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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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  • World Health Organization says 675 Million Dollars needed for New Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Global Plan

    World Health Organization says $US675 Million needed for New Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Global Plan| site |




    Urgent support needed to protect vulnerable countries from outbreak



    Geneva, Switzerland - - (February 5, 2020) - - Today (February 5, 2020), the World Health Organization (WHO) published the following information: To fight further spread of the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak in China and globally, and protect states with weaker health systems, the international community has launched a US$675 million preparedness and response plan covering the months of February through to April 2020. “My biggest worry is that there are countries today who do not have the systems in place to detect people who have contracted with the virus, even if it were to emerge,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “Urgent support is needed to bolster weak health systems to detect, diagnose and care for p...
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  • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Response to the 2019 Coronavirus

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Response to the 2019 Coronavirus

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Response to the 2019 Coronavirus| site |



    (February 5, 2020) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) indicated that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is actively monitoring the effects of the public health emergency related to the 2019 coronavirus outbreak on agency operations.

    Additional information may be found at https://www.uscis.gov/news/alerts/us...19-coronavirus

    or

    Please press HERE
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  • CDC publishes Press Briefing Transcript of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Response

    CDC publishes Press Briefing Transcript of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Response

    CDC publishes Press Briefing Transcript of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Response| site |



    Editor's note: Please be advised that this information may be somewhat dated (later updates by CDC having possibly been issued).


    (January 24, 2020) - - Today (January 24, 2020), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the following information:



    Transcript of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Response

    Press Briefing Transcript

    Friday, January 24, 2020


    Please Note: This transcript is not edited and may contain errors.


    Operator: Welcome and thank you for standing by. Your lines have been placed in a listen only mode until the question and answer section. At that time if you would like to ask a question, you may press star 1. Today’s conference is being recorded. If you have any objections, you can disconnect at this time. I’ll now turn the call over to Benjamin...
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  • FEMA Leads Massive Whole Community Response Effort for Hurricane Michael Survivors

    FEMA Leads Massive Whole Community Response Effort for Hurricane Michael Survivors




    Washington, DC - - (October 15, 2018) - - Thousands of first responders and volunteers continue working together to save lives, restore power and help survivors affected by Hurricane Michael. More than 16,000 federal employees, including over 8,000 military personnel have been deployed to support Hurricane Michael response efforts. Since Michael’s landfall, search and rescue teams from FEMA, the U.S. Coast Guard, National Guard and others, working alongside state responders and volunteers, have completed 110 evacuations, 4,193 rescues/assists, 15,287 shelter in place checks, and 128 animal assists. Structural assessments were completed on 16,827 structures in Florida. FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance teams are in Florida helping survivors register for assistance. More than 28,000 individuals and ho...
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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, 12:53 AM
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    U.S. Department of Education Releases Webinar, Fact Sheet for Protecting Students' Civil Rights During COVID-19 Response
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    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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    03-18-2020, 11:27 PM
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    Statement from Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin Regarding House-passed Coronavirus Response Legislation
    by Staff Reporter 1
    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.”
    ...
    03-16-2020, 09:41 AM
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    Salvation Army General releases a Video Message in Response to Covid-19
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    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.
    ...
    03-14-2020, 06:01 AM
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    COVID-19 Response News Alert - - Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Issues Frequently Asked Questions to Assist Medicare Providers
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    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
    ...
    03-07-2020, 01:14 AM

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