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May 27th, 2020
COVID-19 News & Updates
As you know, the Coronavirus is having an impact on business and society. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted by the situation. We will be providing daily and weekly updates about COVID-19 to you. We hope that you find these interesting and informative.
Summer is not completely canceled. Here are 100 things we can do with or without kids.

(CNN)This is not the summer we had hoped or planned for.
The calendar is littered with canceled vacations and summer camps, shuttered pools and playgrounds, spots in our calendars meant to be spent with friends and loved ones.
The summer weeks ahead are filled with ... nothing. (For some, nothing but work.) Adults, kids and adults feeling like kids, all bored. And that boredom, combined with the fear of getting sick or actually getting sick, could make for a cruel summer.
But wait. There really is still fun to be had. With a little bit of imagination, we can set ourselves free from that cage of coronavirus. We can play silly games. Connect with family and friends. And find ways to express gratitude for others, including our families and first responders.

Antibody Testing
Coronavirus antibody testing may not be as reliable as we thought. The CDC now says tests used to determine if people have been infected in the past with Covid-19 might be wrong up to half the time. This can be especially dangerous if the test results in a false positive, leading people to believe they have been infected in the past and may be immune (it's still not clear whether a past infection means someone can’t get the virus again). Regardless, the CDC says the antibody tests aren’t accurate enough to use to make important policy decisions, like figuring out when people should return to work. Health officials or providers using antibody tests need to use the most accurate ones they can find and might need to test people twice, the CDC says.

Countries recovering, Latin America now epicenter
As parts of Europe and Asia look toward pandemic recovery, Latin America has now become the center of the global coronavirus outbreak. The director of the Pan American Health Organization says the region has surpassed Europe and the US in daily infection numbers. Mexico saw its largest single-day increases in both newly confirmed cases and reported deaths yesterday, the same day Peru reported 5,000 new cases. Peru now has the second-highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Latin America behind Brazil and one of the world’s highest infection rates per capita over a seven-day rolling average. Brazil also continues to suffer, with daily death tolls this week surpassing those in the US.
Coronavirus 'does not spread easily' by touching surfaces or objects, CDC says. But it still 'may be possible.'

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has always warned that "it may be possible" to become infected with coronavirus by touching contaminated surfaces or objects.
It just "does not spread easily" in that manner, the agency says, nor by animal-to-human contact or vice versa.
"COVID-19 is a new disease and we are still learning about how it spreads," the  CDC's recently updated guidelines  say. "It may be possible for COVID-19 to spread in other ways, but these are not thought to be the main ways the virus spreads."
Dr. John Whyte, chief medical officer for the health care website WebMD, told  Fox News  that the CDC's slight update brings clarity and helps to reduce fears.
“Many people were concerned that by simply touching an object they may get coronavirus, and that’s simply not the case. Even when a virus may stay on a surface, it doesn’t mean that it’s actually infectious,” Whyte said. “I think this new guideline helps people understand more about what does and doesn’t increase risk. It doesn’t mean we stop washing hands and disinfecting surfaces. But it does allow us to be practical and realistic as we try to return to a sense of normalcy."

The CDC still warns that the main way the virus is spread is through person-to-person contact, even among those who are not showing any symptoms.
The main way to prevent infection, the CDC says, is by practicing social distancing and staying at least 6 feet away from others, washing your hands with soap and water, and cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched areas.

Governor Hutchinson announces some communities and school sports teams can resume starting June 1

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Although the state saw its biggest jump in cases today, Governor Asa Hutchinson gave the okay to some sports teams and summer camps across the Natural State.
People will get a chance to participate in sports again but things will look a lot different. There are several restrictions in place. Anyone who is 10-years-old or older will have to wear a mask.
Team practice and competitions are still not allowed for close contact sports like basketball, wrestling, football, volleyball, soccer, and martial arts.
The Governor did say the following is allowed starting June 1:
  • People can have individual practice with their own equipment
  • Conditioning/Training with limited group sizes and social distancing
  • Cheer-leading and dance practice under gym directive restrictions
Governor Hutchinson also listed the sports that are allowed, with limited contact. Those are baseball, softball, track, gymnastics, and swimming.
Although those sports are allowed they want to remind folks to still social distance when possible. Use your own equipment, disinfect anything that is shared and they are encouraging anyone who is 65 or older not to participate in any activities.

HSA/HDHP Limits Increase for 2021
On May 20, 2020, the IRS released the inflation-adjusted limits for HSAs and HDHPs for 2021. These limits include: (1) the maximum HSA contribution limit, (2) the minimum deductible amount for HDHPs, and (3) the maximum out-of-pocket expense limit for HDHPs. This Compliance Bulletin shows the new limits for 2021, as compared to the limits for 2020.
Major outbreaks, epidemics and
pandemics in U.S. history

An influenza pandemic, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is "a global outbreak of a new influenza-A virus that is very different from current and recently circulating human seasonal influenza-A viruses." These viruses are constantly changing, "making it possible on very rare occasions for non-human influenza viruses to chang e in such a way that they can infect people easily and spread efficiently from person to person." 
On behalf of all of our team, please know that we are here for you and that we will continue to do everything we can to support you during this time. Please do not hesitate to let us know if there is anything you need! 

The Hatcher Agency