Coronavirus Update

March 12, 2020
Information and resources on federal responses for state, local, and regional government.
Federal Response
Last week, Congress passed an $8.3 billion emergency supplemental package to help accelerate COVID-19 preparedness and response. TFG Memo on the Congressional Supplemental .

On Thursday, March 12, the House will vote on another multi-billion dollar bill, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act ( H.R.6201 ), in response to the coronavirus outbreak with emergency provisions that include paid sick leave, widespread free testing, food aid, and unemployment insurance, among other provisions. However, the bill does not yet have bipartisan support, reducing the chances that both the House and Senate will pass another coronavirus response bill before lawmakers leave Washington for a previously scheduled one-week recess beginning Thursday.

Senate Democrats unveiled their own legislative plan to provide "targeted economic and community relief."

Discussions on Capitol Hill are also continuing on a potential economic stimulus package. Politico's coverage of the potential stimulus package is here .

During a Press Briefing by Vice President Pence and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, the Vice President reported that the Administration is calling for payroll tax relief for Americans that may not have paid family leave during the coronavirus outbreak. The Task Force also announced this week that private health insurance companies have agreed to waive co-payments for coronavirus testing.

The Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar has stated that the Trump Administration plans to urge states and localities to take stronger steps to fight the coronavirus with more recent information from the CDC. More information from the Guardian is here .

The House and Senate Sergeant at Arms have ordered limited access to the Capitol effective 5 PM on March 12, 2020 through 8 AM on April 1, 2020. The Capitol and House and Senate Office Buildings will only be open to Members, staff and official business visitors, and the Capitol will be closed to all tours. Offices expecting official business visitors will be required to escort them to and from the meeting.
Resources and Funding
Following the passage of the Congressional Supplemental for the Coronavirus HHS announced initial funding to a limited number of state and local jurisdictions in support of the COVID-19 response. A list of the CDC funding actions to jurisdictions is here .
Other Resources
CDC recommendations for Mitigation Strategies for Santa Clara County in California , and Seattle-King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties in Washington based on the current COVID-19 transmission and affected health care facilities.

The World Health Organization is working with the World Economic Forum to engage companies around the world and discuss ways to protect staff and customers, ensure business continuity, and contribute to the coronavirus response. A United Nations article on the call to action is here .
Bloomberg Philanthropies alongside the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, have launched a new program of support to help American mayors respond to the rapidly evolving coronavirus epidemic. More information is here .
Federal Agency Intergovernmental Contacts
Primary points of contact at federal agencies can be found below:

For more information please contact Zachary Israel zisrael@tfgnet.com (202) 256-4386