Some good news: the Treasury Department says approximately 80 million Americans will receive their CARES Act stimulus payments this week.In fact, today my office heard from a veteran that has already received payment directly to his account. These payments will help families cover necessary expenses and put more money in consumers' pockets during this crisis. More information about the payments:
As a reminder: Social Security beneficiaries WILL receive payments and DO NOT need to take any action to receive them. T hey will receive the payments in the same way they receive their regular monthly benefits (direct deposit or check).
Individuals who do not file a tax return can use this toolto enter in the information necessary for them to receive payments.
The IRS will be launching a "Get My Payment" app this week that will enable you to check your payment status and enter in your bank account information to receive a direct deposit. I'll link to that in a future update when it goes live.
The City of Wilmingtonhas an extensive, updated FAQ document with answers to common questions residents may have, particularly about the city, state and county stay-at-home orders.
Brunswick County issued an update yesterday on the status of the outbreak in the county, residents can read it here.
An additional resource for our rural communities and farm families: USDA Secretary Sonny Purdue announcedthe launch of a one-stop-shop of federal programs and resources that can be used by rural communities, organizations and families impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. View the USDA Federal Rural Resource Guide here.
President Trump has announced that, as part of the FDA’s Coronavirus Treatment Acceleration Program (CTAP), 19 therapies and treatments are now being tested, and 26 more are in active planning for clinical trials.
An additional bit of good news: the FDA has authorized two companies to supply machines to sterilize N95 masks. The new approval will support decontamination of approximately 750,000 N95 respirators per day in the United States. This means more N95 respirators in the hands of our front line health care professionals that need them the most.
North Carolina 2-1-1continues to provide critical information for people who need help with food, utilities and other needs. Thousands of calls are coming in, and the lines are sometimes busy. If you call 2-1-1 and get a busy signal, just wait a while and call back.