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  • American Medical Association President urges reliance on Science to Guide COVID-19 Response

    American Medical Association President urges: Rely on Science to Guide COVID-19 Response | site |


    (November 13, 2020) - - On November 13, 2020 the American Medical Association published the following information: CHICAGO — With COVID-19 cases at an all-time high, American Medical Association (AMA) President Susan R. Bailey, M.D., today addressed the Special Meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates and outlined ongoing challenges in the fight against COVID-19, praised physicians and other frontline health care workers battling the virus, and discussed how only science and evidence will light our way forward. Dr. Bailey also touted AMA efforts to boost availability of PPE and testing supplies, as well as ongoing work to provide financial lifelines to physician practices across the country so they can survive the pandemic and continue to serve their communities. Finally, with significant advances regarding vaccines on the horizon, Dr. Bai...
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  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs releases COVID-19 Response Report

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs releases COVID-19 Response Report

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs releases COVID-19 Response Report | site |


    (November 9, 2020) - - On November 9, 2020 the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs today announced publication of its Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response Report detailing its efforts to address the pandemic from early January through June 30. The report results are a continuation of VA’s pledge to share best practices and lessons learned with other government agencies and the private health care system while the country fights COVID-19. “As the nation’s largest integrated health care system, VA’s COVID-19 response has been robust and far-reaching. This includes 24 current and 75 completed Fourth Mission assignments involving more than 2,000 VA employees helping to support non-Veteran patients and non-VA health care systems,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “This
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  • Readout from the Trump Administration’s 40th Governors Briefing on COVID-19 Response and Vaccine Distribution Best Practices

    Readout from the Trump Administration’s 40th Governors Briefing on COVID-19 Response and Vaccine Distribution Best Practices | site |



    (October 30, 2020) - - On October 30, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the following information:

    Today, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar led a discussion with the chief executives and senior leaders of approximately 50 states, territories, and the city of Washington, D.C., and the White House Coronavirus Task Force on local, state, and federal COVID-19 response and recovery efforts and continued collaboration on vaccine distribution and administration planning. Earlier today, HHS responded to our nation’s governors thoughtful technical questions on vaccine planning and distribution effort, which can be found here*. Ambassador Birx provided an update on data and trends from across the nation, and discussed her recent visits to states in the upper Midwest and
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  • Weekly Update - - Department of Homeland Security Response to COVID-19

    Weekly Update - - Department of Homeland Security Response to COVID-19

    Weekly Update: Department of Homeland Security Response to COVID-19 | site |



    (November 2, 2020 - November 3, 2020) - - On these dates, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published/updated the following information:

    Throughout the pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has stood ready to assist communities across the nation in the fight against COVID-19.


    “Under the guidance of President Trump and this Administration, the Department of Homeland Security has taken unprecedented action to fight COVID-19,” said Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli. “There is no doubt that the COVID-19 related measures the Department undertook, especially at our southern border, continues to save American lives. DHS stands ready to assist and address unforeseen challenges that come our way, and we remain committed to protecting the safety and security of the American public.”

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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Awards 100 Million Dollars to Health Centers for COVID-19 Response

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Awards $100 Million to Health Centers for COVID-19 Response | site |




    (March 24, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published (today) the following information: Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded $100 million to 1,381 health centers across the country with funding provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020. HRSA-funded health centers may use the awards to address screening and testing needs, acquire medical supplies and boost telehealth capacity in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. On Friday, March 6, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020, which provides $8.3 billion in emergency funding for federal agencies to respond to the COVID...
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  • U.S. Department of Education Releases Webinar, Fact Sheet for Protecting Students' Civil Rights During COVID-19 Response

    U.S. Department of Education Releases Webinar, Fact Sheet for Protecting Students' Civil Rights During COVID-19 Response| site |



    (March 17, 2020) - - Today (March 17, 2020), the U.S. Department of Education published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Education released today a webinar on ensuring web accessibility for students with disabilities for schools utilizing online learning during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. In addition, OCR published a fact sheet for education leaders on how to protect students' civil rights as school leaders take steps to keep students safe and secure. These resources will assist education leaders in making distance learning accessible to students with disabilities and in preventing discrimination during this Administration-wide response effort. As more schools across the nation shift to distance learning, OCR's webinar reminds decisionmakers of their re
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  • Statement from Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin Regarding House-passed Coronavirus Response Legislation

    Statement from Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin Regarding House-passed Coronavirus Response Legislation| site |



    (March 16, 2020) - - On March 14, 2020 the U.S. Department of the Treasury published the following Statement from Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin Regarding House-passed Coronavirus Response Legislation:

    “This bill will provide significant relief to small businesses that cannot afford the employee costs associated with coronavirus. The bill provides a dollar for dollar reimbursement for coronavirus related sick leave costs. To protect businesses concerned about cash flow, the Treasury will use its regulatory authority to advance funds to employers in a number of ways. Employers will be able to use cash deposited with the IRS to pay sick leave wages. Additionally, for businesses that would not have sufficient taxes to draw from, Treasury will use its regulatory authority to make advances to small businesses to cover such costs.”
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  • Salvation Army General releases a Video Message in Response to Covid-19

    Salvation Army General releases a Video Message in Response to Covid-19 | site |




    (March 14, 2020) - - On March 12, 2020 the Salvation Army published the following information:

    IN a video message, The Salvation Army's international leader General Brian Peddle has urged Salvationists and friends to ‘find ways to demonstrably care and still be the Army who serves.’ He underlined the importance of prayer at this time.

    The General has also encouraged the sharing of this video message, online and in corps (churches) and other Salvation Army centres.




    Covid-19: A video message from General Brian Peddle from Salvation Army IHQ on Vimeo.
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  • COVID-19 Response News Alert - - Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Issues Frequently Asked Questions to Assist Medicare Providers

    COVID-19 Response News Alert: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Issues Frequently Asked Questions to Assist Medicare Providers| site |




    (March 6, 2020) - - Today, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the following information:

    Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued frequently asked questions and answers (FAQs) for healthcare providers regarding Medicare payment for laboratory tests and other services related to the 2019-Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The agency is receiving questions from providers and created this document to be transparent and share answers to some of the most common questions.

    Included in the FAQs is:
    • Guidance on how to bill and receive payment for testing patients at risk of COVID-19;
    • Details of Medicare’s payment policies for laboratory and diagnostic services, drugs and vaccines under Medicare Part B, ambulance services, and other medical services
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  • American Hotel and Lodging Association Joins Business Leaders to Discuss Response to Coronavirus

    American Hotel & Lodging Association Joins Business Leaders to Discuss Response to Coronavirus| site |



    (March 4, 2020) - - Today, the American Hotel & Lodging Association published the following information: WASHINGTON (March 4, 2020) – Chip Rogers, president and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), today joined leaders from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Travel Association, Airlines for America, and the National Retail Federation to discuss the potential impact of COVID-19 and the business community is responding. Rogers underscored the hotel industry’s commitment to the health and safety of our employees and guests, and encouraged travelers to follow CDC guidance on COVID-19 while recognizing that domestic travel is still possible. “I want to reiterate how critically important the health and safety of our guests and employees is to us as an association and to each and every one of our members,” said Rogers. “As someone who is o...
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  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Initial Funding to Jurisdictions Supporting COVID-19 Response

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces Initial Funding to Jurisdictions Supporting COVID-19 Response| site |



    (March 4, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published (today) the following information: Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is announcing upcoming action to provide initial resources to a limited number of state and local jurisdictions in support of our nation’s response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). “State and local governments are the backbone of our public health system. They have been essential partners in the ongoing work to contain and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the United States,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “The Trump Administration is acting swiftly through every avenue we have to ensure state and local governments have the support they need to combat this outbreak.” “CDC is committed to wo...
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  • President of American Medical Association calls on Physicians to rise in Coordinated Response to Coronavirus COVID-19 Situation

    President of American Medical Association calls on Physicians to rise in Coordinated Response to Coronavirus COVID-19 Situation | site |




    (February 27, 2020) - - Today, Dr. Patrice A. Harris, President of the American Medical Association, called on physicians to rise in coordinated response to COVID-19.

    Writing in the Leadership Viewpoints section of the organization's website, Dr. Harris called on physicians to not only address the medical aspects of the disease; but, to also address the effects that faulty information can have on society.
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  • FDA’s Actions in Response to 2019 Novel Coronavirus at Home and Abroad

    FDA’s Actions in Response to 2019 Novel Coronavirus at Home and Abroad

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Actions in Response to 2019 Novel Coronavirus at Home and Abroad| site |



    (February 14, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the following statement from Stephen M. Hahn M.D., Commissioner of Food and Drugs, U.S. Food and Drug Administration: The FDA plays an essential role in overseeing our Nation’s medical products as part of our vital mission to protect and promote public health, including during public health emergencies. The FDA is an active partner in the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) response, working closely with our government and public health partners across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as well as with our international counterparts. Our work is multifaceted, focusing on actively facilitating efforts to diagnose, treat and prevent the disease; surveilling the medical product supply chain for potential shortages or disruptions and helping to mitigate such impact...
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  • World Health Organization announces Global Research and Innovation Forum to Mobilize International action in Response to the Novel Coronavirus Emergency

    World Health Organization announces Global Research and Innovation Forum to Mobilize International action in Response to the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Emergency| site |



    (February 11 - 12, 2020) - - The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced a Global Research and Innovation Forum to Mobilize International action in Response to the Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Emergency. The following (published by the WHO) is a brief description of the forum:

    The forum, to be held 11-12 February in Geneva, is organized in collaboration with the Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness (GLOPID-R), and brings together key players including leading scientists as well as public health agencies, ministries of health and research funders pursuing 2019-nCoV critical research and the development of vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics, among other innovations.


    Draft agenda
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  • FDA Takes Significant Step in Coronavirus Response Efforts, Issues Emergency Use Authorization for the First 2019 Novel Coronavirus Diagnostic

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration takes Significant Step in Coronavirus Response Efforts, Issues Emergency Use Authorization for the First 2019 Novel Coronavirus Diagnostic| site |




    FDA says Critical Milestone Reached in Response to this Outbreak



    (February 4, 2020) - - Today (February 4, 2020), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published the following information:

    Today, the U.S Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) to enable emergency use of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2019-nCoV Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel. To date, this test has been limited to use at CDC laboratories; today’s authorization allows the use of the test at any CDC-qualified lab across the country.

    “Since this outbreak first emerged, we’ve been working closely with our partners across the U.S government and around the globe to expedite the development and
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    American Medical Association President urges reliance on Science to Guide COVID-19 Response
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    American Medical Association President urges: Rely on Science to Guide COVID-19 Response | site |


    (November 13, 2020) - - On November 13, 2020 the American Medical Association published the following information: CHICAGO — With COVID-19 cases at an all-time high, American Medical Association (AMA) President Susan R. Bailey, M.D., today addressed the Special Meeting of the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates and outlined ongoing challenges in the fight against COVID-19, praised physicians and other frontline health care workers battling the virus, and discussed how only science and evidence will light our way forward. Dr. Bailey also touted AMA efforts to boost availability of PPE and testing supplies, as well as ongoing work to provide financial lifelines to physician practices across the country so they can survive the pandemic and continue to serve their communities. Finally, with significant advances regarding vaccines on the horizon, Dr. Bai...
    11-16-2020, 09:32 AM
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs releases COVID-19 Response Report
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    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs releases COVID-19 Response Report | site |


    (November 9, 2020) - - On November 9, 2020 the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) published the following information:

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs today announced publication of its Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response Report detailing its efforts to address the pandemic from early January through June 30. The report results are a continuation of VA’s pledge to share best practices and lessons learned with other government agencies and the private health care system while the country fights COVID-19. “As the nation’s largest integrated health care system, VA’s COVID-19 response has been robust and far-reaching. This includes 24 current and 75 completed Fourth Mission assignments involving more than 2,000 VA employees helping to support non-Veteran patients and non-VA health care systems,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “This
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    11-10-2020, 02:49 PM
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    Readout from the Trump Administration’s 40th Governors Briefing on COVID-19 Response and Vaccine Distribution Best Practices
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    Readout from the Trump Administration’s 40th Governors Briefing on COVID-19 Response and Vaccine Distribution Best Practices | site |



    (October 30, 2020) - - On October 30, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services published the following information:

    Today, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar led a discussion with the chief executives and senior leaders of approximately 50 states, territories, and the city of Washington, D.C., and the White House Coronavirus Task Force on local, state, and federal COVID-19 response and recovery efforts and continued collaboration on vaccine distribution and administration planning. Earlier today, HHS responded to our nation’s governors thoughtful technical questions on vaccine planning and distribution effort, which can be found here*. Ambassador Birx provided an update on data and trends from across the nation, and discussed her recent visits to states in the upper Midwest and
    ...
    11-06-2020, 07:28 PM
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    Weekly Update - - Department of Homeland Security Response to COVID-19
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    Weekly Update: Department of Homeland Security Response to COVID-19 | site |



    (November 2, 2020 - November 3, 2020) - - On these dates, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published/updated the following information:

    Throughout the pandemic, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has stood ready to assist communities across the nation in the fight against COVID-19.


    “Under the guidance of President Trump and this Administration, the Department of Homeland Security has taken unprecedented action to fight COVID-19,” said Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli. “There is no doubt that the COVID-19 related measures the Department undertook, especially at our southern border, continues to save American lives. DHS stands ready to assist and address unforeseen challenges that come our way, and we remain committed to protecting the safety and security of the American public.”

    Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ...
    11-06-2020, 03:22 AM
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Awards 100 Million Dollars to Health Centers for COVID-19 Response
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    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Awards $100 Million to Health Centers for COVID-19 Response | site |




    (March 24, 2020) - - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published (today) the following information: Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded $100 million to 1,381 health centers across the country with funding provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020. HRSA-funded health centers may use the awards to address screening and testing needs, acquire medical supplies and boost telehealth capacity in response to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. On Friday, March 6, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020, which provides $8.3 billion in emergency funding for federal agencies to respond to the COVID...
    03-25-2020, 01:53 AM

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