Latest Information On COVID-19
Delivering Help During the Pandemic
What we have done
- Hazard pay for frontline workers.
- $50 million to purchase medical equipment and supplies for hospitals, nursing facilities and emergency medical services to meet the urgent needs by patients and staff including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – $286 million for small business assistance.
- Kept education funding level with last year’s spending, from Kindergarten through college. This stability, while most other budget lines were reduced, gave schools the ability to make plans for this year.
- Made applying for unemployment compensation easier for workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic by waiving the one week waiting period and job search and work registration requirements for claimants under the disaster emergency, providing automatic relief from benefit charges for employers whose account would otherwise be charged during the disaster emergency, increasing timeframes and allows for interest-free payment plans, and providing the secretary with the ability to adopt temporary regulations to ensure compliance with federal law.
- Helped childcare programs to continue operations throughout the pandemic and providing $220 million to childcare providers. Pushed the federal government to approve State and federal investments in childcare programs to provide services to school age children on days when schools are not conducting full day in person classes.
What we need to do.
- Push for everyone to wear a mask – inside and out – so we can protect all citizens while getting our economy back up and stronger.
- Provide more assistance to local, small businesses who are being greatly impacted by this Pandemic.
- Invest in our schools so they can help assist with distance learning and hybrid learning as we return to normal.
- Issue grants to our local hospitals and governments who are on the frontlines of fighting the pandemic.