June 3, 2020
 
Dear Friend,

Here’s today’s update:

  • A bipartisan House bill that makes several needed improvements to the Paycheck Protection Program cleared the Senate last night, sending it to President Trump’s desk where he’s expected to sign it into law soon. The bill gives small business owners, particularly restaurants, needed flexibility to help them make the most of their PPP loans and put those dollars to their most effective use. 
  • For an overview of the legislation and how it modifies the PPP program, click here.

  • The Treasury Department and the IRS announced yesterday that 159 million CARES Act stimulus payments, worth more than $267 billion, have been disbursed to Americans in the last two monthsThese payments were delivered by the Trump Administration in record-setting time, and despite being forced to use outdated equipment and technology, the Administration was able to put much-needed cash in people’s pockets faster than all expectations.
  • If you still have not received your payment, or if you think your payment amount was incorrect, visit the IRS’ page here for help resolving the issue.

  • The FDA announced earlier this week that it is taking more action to help increase the supply of hand sanitizer for the public during the COVID-19 outbreak. The agency has updated its guidance to provide more clarity on the necessary manufacturing processes for alcohol-based sanitizer to ensure that harmful levels of chemicals are not present in hand sanitizer. More information is available here.
  • The FDA has a useful Frequently Asked Questions page about hand sanitizers, as well.

  • Under the Trump Administration’s Operation Warp Speed, the FDA and other federal agencies are working around the clock on new COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccine optionsHere’s an additional update on COVID-19 testing from the FDA:
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, the FDA has worked with more than 400 test developers who have already submitted, or said they will be submitting, Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) requests to the FDA for tests that detect the virus or antibodies to the virus.
  • To date, the FDA has authorized 120 tests under EUAs, which include 104 molecular tests, 15 antibody tests, and 1 antigen test.

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has published a resource guide for our rural communities and farm families that outline the actions it has taken to help rural areas impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. View it here.


For today’s good news story, I’m highlighting the work of Rotary International District 7730, which covers all of southeastern North Carolina. Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, the 1,800+ Rotarians in southeastern NC have raised almost $27,000 to buy food to help feed those in need because of the crisis. Bolstered by a $25,000 grant from Rotary International, the group was able to buy enough foodstuffs to provide 20,000 meals to food pantries, Salvation Army chapters and Family Assistance Groups all across our region. It’s just one of the ways America’s civic organizations are working together to combat the crisis
 
As always, visit coronavirus.gov and the NC Department of Health and Human Services’ website for the latest on the outbreak. . And please feel free to send good news stories our way to highlight in this newsletter by replying to this e-mail. .


Sincerely,


David Rouzer
June 4, 2020


Hurricane Season begins on June 1st and runs through November 30th each year. Please click here to view the letter from our Emergency Manager. We encourage you to take time to read through all the 2020 Hurricane information provided on our website by clicking her e .

Due to Covid-19 our Hurricane information sessions will be conducted by conference call the same way all of our public meetings are being held currently. There will be two question and answer sessions held by our Emergency Manager, David Heglar. We ask that you review the materials provided on our website prior to calling into the meeting. You can access the video presentation by clicking here or the slideshow presentation without narration by clicking here . You may also email our Town Clerk, Mandy Sanders at m.sanders@townofkurebeach.org or our Deputy Town Clerk, Beth Chase at b.chase@townofkurebeach.org with any questions during the question and answer sessions to be read aloud if you prefer not to speak. Any emails received after the sessions will be responded to via email. 
 
Question and Answer Session #1
June 4, 2020 at 5:00 pm
+1 919-371-6229  United States, Raleigh (Toll)
Conference ID: 239 991 119#
 
Question and Answer Session #2
 
June 6, 2020 at 12:00 pm
+1 919-371-6229  United States, Raleigh (Toll)
Conference ID: 407 862 372#
 


For the latest COVID-19 Updates and Archived information from the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce, please CLICK HERE
(If on a cell devise, Click Events and then click on COVID-19 updates)


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