Greg Walden Shares What You Need to Know on COVID-19 - May 11
The latest on the coronavirus:
More Funding for Oregon Community Health Centers
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded over $2.4 million to 11 Community Health Centers (CHCs) in Oregon’s Second District. The funding comes through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to help HRSA-funded health centers across Oregon expand COVID-19 testing. The health centers will be able to use the funding to expand the range of testing and testing-related activities, including the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE); training, outreach, procurement and administration of tests; laboratory services; and the expansion of walk-up or drive-up testing capabilities.
The following Health Centers in Oregon’s Second District Received Funding:
- Asher Community Health Center -- Fossil -- $114,514
- Columbia River Community Health Services -- Boardman -- $162,409
- Klamath Health Partners -- Klamath Falls -- $265, 759
- La Clinica Del Valle Family Health Care Center INC. -- Medford -- $471,649
- Lapine Community Health Center -- La Pine -- $211,804
- Mosaic Medical -- Prineville -- $438,229
- One Community Health -- Hood River -- $284,269
- Rinehart Medical Clinic -- Wheeler -- $114,709
- Rogue Community Health -- Medford -- $283,774
- Siskiyou Community Health Center -- Grants Pass -- $352,699
- Winding Waters Medical Clinic -- Enterprise -- $166,114
Read more here.
Economic Impact Payments:
On Friday, the IRS and Treasury Department shared new data that shows that approximately 130 million Americans have received their Economic Impact Payment that was provided through the CARES Act. In the program's first four weeks, more than $200 billion have been sent out through this program, and in Oregon 1,658,586 payments have been made totaling $2,782,872,801.
You can check on the status of your Economic Impact Payment here.
Good News for Farmers and Ranchers:
The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced that agricultural businesses are now eligible for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL) as part of the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act. SBA’s portal has reopened for farmers, ranchers, and certain other agricultural businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. More info here.
An Update on SBA PPP Loans:
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is still processing Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loans. This comes after President Trump signed into law more funding for the PPP.
Over 4.1 million small businesses have had their loan applications processed through the PPP, and a total of more than $530 billion have been approved. In the second round of funding, as of May 8, in Oregon 5,751 loans have been processed totaling $3,217,222,676.
Learn more here.
Watch out for COVID-19 Scams:
Both the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission are reporting a spike in coronavirus related scams including home testing kits, fake cures, and other malicious attempts to prey on COVID-19 fears. The Treasury Department will NOT ask you to pay anything for the payment most Americans will receive as a result of the CARES Act and will not contact you for your bank account information. If you are contacted by someone claiming to be from the government asking for this type of information, please report it to www.ftc.gov/complaint. You can learn more about how to protect yourself from these types of scams here.
Resources to Know and Share: Here are some helpful resources and information on COVID-19.
How to Get Your Individual Payments:
The IRS launched the “Get My Payment” web portal with features to let taxpayers check on their Economic Impact Payment date and update direct deposition information. Click here to check on the status of your payment.
Veterans who receive disability compensation, a pension, or survivor benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs DO NOT need to do anything to receive their payment.
Those on Social Security who do not file taxes also DO NOT need to file anything to receive this new payment.
Low income individuals with a gross income between $12,200 for individuals and $24,400 for married couples that do not file taxes, WILL need to submit information to the IRS to receive this payment. You can provide this information through the IRS’s website here.
Helpful Resources on PPE:
CDC updated the PPE Burn Rate Calculator, a spreadsheet-based model that will help health care facilities plan and optimize the use of PPE for response to COVID-19. More here.
You can now see PPE shipments to Oregon counties here.
ASSISTANCE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES
The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing billions in funding toward job retention and certain other expenses.
Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.
For a top-line overview of the program CLICK HERE
If you’re a lender, more information can be found HERE
If you’re a borrower, more information can be found HERE
The application for borrowers can be found HERE
Other resources on the Paycheck Protection Program:
- Coronavirus.gov Small Business Resources Page
- Treasury Department Overview On The Paycheck Protection Program
- SBA.gov/Coronavirus Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources Page
INFORMATION FOR AMERICANS ABROAD:
The State Department has repatriated over 76,500 Americans from more than 130 countries.
The State Department is making efforts to bring home Americans, including through commercial flights, chartered flights, and military transport. Any American abroad who needs assistance should contact their local U.S. embassy and register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), available here or by calling 1-888-407-4747.
If you decide to travel abroad or are already outside the United States:
- Consider returning to your country of residence immediately using whatever commercial means are available.
- Have a travel plan that does not rely on the U.S. Government for assistance.
- Review and follow the CDC’s guidelines for the prevention of coronavirus.
- Check with your airline, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit travel.state.gov to view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security.
- Visit Embassy webpages on COVID-19 for information on conditions in each country or jurisdiction.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States
ASSISTANCE FROM HHS AND FEMA:
HHS and FEMA have fielded many requests to assist or partner with the Federal Government in response to the COVID pandemic.
- Organizations or individuals seeking to contract with the federal government to import or manufacture medical products to aid the U.S. response submit information to FEMA through a Request for Proposal, available here.
- Organizations or individuals that wish to donate medical supplies or equipment can submit that information here.
- Other inquiries from organizations or individuals, including individuals who want to volunteer or organizations that want to produce a product related to the COVID response, among other inquiries, can be referred to https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help.
How to schedule a blood donation appointment:
- Visit RedCrossBlood.org. Click on “Schedule an Appointment” under the “Donate Blood” tab. From there you can enter your zip code to find a blood drive near you.
- Red Cross Blood Donor App
- Call 1-800-RED-CROSS
- Use Amazon Alexa Blood Scheduling Skill
Fast Facts: Here are some helpful stats on COVID-19 as of 5/10/20
Cases of COVID-19:
U.S. current case count (As of 5/9): There are currently at least 1,298,117 cases and 78,084 deaths in the United States, as reported by Johns Hopkins and other media sources.
Oregon current case count : 3,228
Hood River: 13
Testing in Oregon:
Total (since 1/24): 75,450
ICYMI from Walden: