March 31, 2020
I have added a page to my website to provide small businesses and nonprofit organizations in my district with a breakdown of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act initiatives, including more than $375 billion in small business relief that includes $349 billion for forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees and keep them on the payroll; $17 billion for debt relief for current and new SBA borrowers; and $10 billion in immediate disaster grants. Click here or select the link in the sidebar on the right.
March 30, 2020
Today, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi put out her Families First - COVID 19 Constituent Resources Took Kit, outlining House Democrats' action thus far in ensuring our nation’s federal response to the coronavirus crisis puts workers and families first: their health, their wages and their well-being.
We have already passed and signed into law three sweeping pieces of legislation:
- The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act
- The Families First Coronavirus Response Act
- And the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Together, these laws dramatically expand critical financial lifelines for families, establish new benefits and protections for workers, create new tools for small businesses to meet payroll and other expenses, and provide relief for students and schools.
This Families First Coronavirus Constituent Service Resource Toolkit will help you understand all the benefits that are available to you and your community and how to use them. Click here.
March 27, 2020
This afternoon, Members of the U.S. House of Representatives passed the sweeping and historic Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a bipartisan package providing more than $2 trillion to address the needs of hardworking Americans and their families, including small business owners who are the backbone of our local and state economy. The bill package was signed into law by the President soon after it passed.
This is by no means a perfect solution and there are many areas that House Democrats are still fighting to address, including providing universal access to paid sick days and family leave, increasing funding for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and holding bad actors like the cruise industry accountable. But the direct cash assistance to all Americans, expansion of unemployment compensation, small business loans and grants, and funding for our hospitals and state and local governments are critically needed.
House and Senate Democrats were able to defeat Senate Republicans who attempted in the eleventh hour to claw back benefits for the unemployed and under-employed, sending a clear message to the American people that Congress is united in its efforts to save lives and help hardworking Americans, families, and small businesses first. We have learned from our mistakes of the past and are fighting efforts to defraud the government during this unprecedented crisis and to ensure that big banks, major corporations, and the financially elite do not profit from this disaster while others are left to foot the bill.
The package initiatives include, but are not limited to:
- A $150 Billion State and Local Coronavirus Relief Fund: Creates a $150 billion State and Local Coronavirus Relief Fund to provide states and localities additional resources to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. It is estimated that California will receive approximately $15.3 billion in desperately needed funds to benefit our state’s residents.
- $260 Billion in Dramatically Expanded Unemployment Benefits: Includes numerous provisions to improve unemployment benefits including providing an additional $600 per week for the next four months, providing an additional 13 weeks of federally funded benefits, and expanding eligibility to include workers in the gig economy and self-employed workers.
- Immediate Direct Cash Payments to Lower and Middle-Income Americans: Provides for immediate, direct cash payments to lower-and middle-income Americans of $1,200 for each adult and $500 for each child, beginning to gradually phase out at an annual income of $75,000 for an individual and $150,000 for joint filers. These payments will provide individuals with the cash they need right now to survive with much of the economy currently shut down.
- More Than $375 Billion in Small Business Relief: Provides more than $375 billion in small business relief, including $349 billion for forgivable loans to small businesses to pay their employees and keep them on the payroll; $17 billion for debt relief for current and new SBA borrowers; and $10 billion in immediate disaster grants.
- Approximately $200 Billion for Our Hospitals, Health Care Workers, and Health Research: Provides an investment of about $200 billion in our hospitals, health systems, and health research, including expanding funding for the personal protective equipment desperately needed by our health care workers, including ventilators, N95 masks, gowns, and gloves.
- More Than $100 Billion in Additional Emergency Appropriations, Including the Following:
- Transit Agencies: Provides $25 billion to transit agencies, which have all seen a drastic drop in revenues as social distancing has been implemented. This funding is to be used to protect the jobs of the employees of the transit agencies, funding their paychecks during this public health emergency. California will receive $3.7 billion under this program.
- Airports and Airlines: Provides $10 billion in aid contingent on retaining 90 percent of their workforce. It also prohibits airlines from stock buybacks and CEO bonuses, secures direct payroll payments to keep airline workers employed and receiving paychecks and collective bargaining agreements negotiated by workers will also be protected.
- HUD Emergency Solution Grants: Provides $2 billion for HUD Emergency Solution Grants to states that will be distributed by formula. These grants are designed to address the impact of the coronavirus among individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, and to support additional homeless assistance, prevention, and eviction prevention assistance. Of this $2 billion, our state will receive over $237 million. In addition, the bill provides an additional $2 billion for these grants that will be allocated by HUD to the most hard-pressed areas.
- Child Care and Development Block Grant: Supports child care and early education by providing $3.5 billion for the Child Care and Development Block Grant. Our state will receive over $347 million under this emergency appropriation.
- Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): Provides $900 million to help low-income families pay their heating and cooling bills. Our state will receive more than $74 million for this purpose during this public health emergency.
- Byrne-Justice Assistance Grant Program: Provides $850 million for this program, giving additional support to state and local law enforcement agencies, thereby allowing them, for example, to obtain the personal protective equipment and other medical items they may need during this public health emergency. Our state will receive more than $96 million under this appropriation.
- CDC Coronavirus State, Local and Tribal Grants Minimum Awards: Provides about $750 million in CDC State, Local, and Tribal Grants Minimum Awards to help agencies cope with the public health emergency. The minimum award for our state is over $41 million. In addition, states can apply for additional funds above their minimum award, based on their needs.
- School Systems and Higher Education Institutions. Provides $30.75 billion for grants to provide emergency support to local school systems and higher education institutions to continue to provide educational services to their students, including students with disabilities, English language learners and homeless students, and support the on-going functionality of school districts and institutions. That includes helping college students by dealing with increased costs and challenges meeting basic needs, like housing and food.
- Election Assistance: Provides $400 million for Election Assistance Grants for states to help prepare for the 2020 elections. Coronavirus is already resulting in the postponement of some primaries and this funding can help states make voting safer for individuals. Funding can be used, for example, to increase the ability to vote by mail, expand early voting, and expand online registration. Our state will receive over $36 million for these purposes.
PREVIOUS CONGRESSIONAL ACTION
The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplementary Appropriations Act was signed into law on March 6, 2020 AND provided $8.3 billion in funding for vaccination developments and research, masks and other protective gear for health care agencies, increased testing across all levels of government, implementation of measures to control the virus’ spread, and loan subsidies for small businesses.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed into law on March 18, 2020 NS provided food assistance for children reliant on school meals in light of school closures, unemployment insurance for laid-off workers, Medicaid funds for state and local government workers, free Coronavirus testing for those who need it but cannot pay, and reeimbursements for businesses who give workers paid sick leave.
Are there any San Mateo or San Francisco residents who have tested positive? As of Friday, March 27, in San Mateo County, there were 239 confirmed cases of coronavirus, and 6 deaths. In San Francisco County, there were 279 positive cases and 3 deaths reported. Unfortunately, the number of COVID-19 cases continues to increase as testing becomes more widely available. To find daily updates on the number of confirmed cases in your region please visit, San Mateo County Health’s website or the San Francisco Department of Public Health’s website.
Where did the virus come from? Coronaviruses, including COVID-19, are a large family of viruses found in humans and animals. It’s rare for animal coronaviruses to infect people, but like SARS and MERS, this appears to be the case with COVID-19 as well. It’s believed that all three of those coronaviruses have their origins in bats. Many of the patients at the epicenter of the outbreak in Wuhan, China had some link to a seafood or live animal market, suggesting animal-to-person spread.
Can someone be asymptomatic but pass the virus to others? It’s possible for the virus to be transmitted by someone who is infected with COVID-19 but not presenting symptoms, although the chances appear to be lower. This is because the virus is spread through respiratory droplets which are expelled when an infected person coughs and sneezes.
What should you do if you get sick? The CDC recommends that you stay home and call your health care provider about your symptoms. If you think you have COVID-19, you should tell them so they can better take care of you and keep other people from getting infected or exposed. If you are not sick enough to be hospitalized, you can recover at home. Follow CDC instructions for how to take care of yourself at home, but know when to get emergency help.
How can you get the disease? People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small respiratory droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 3 feet away from a person who is sick. Although it is not certain how long COVID-19 survives on surfaces, it appears to behave like other coronaviruses, suggesting that the virus persists on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days.
Are the hospitals in our district prepared for a surge? A "health care surge” is an excess in demand for health care services and resources. Each hospital has a surge capacity plan in place to allow them to stretch or reconfigure their existing capacity in an emergency. Health officials estimate that the surge in COVID-19-related hospitalizations may come as soon as the next two weeks in the Bay Area. Many hospitals report that they currently lack the space and supplies to attend to all the patients who may need acute care and intubation and they are working to order emergency supplies and hire additional personnel now to prepare. California currently has a surge capacity of 8661 beds and the State is in the process of identifying hotels and other spaces where people who don’t require acute care can stay. An agreement has been reached to keep Seton Hospital open to care for COVID-19 patients (currently 120 beds, which will slowly increase as additional floors are opened). Individual health systems are also exploring options for utilizing decommissioned hospitals.
What is being done to ensure access to personal protective equipment (PPE)? The Strategic National Stockpile is the nation’s largest supply of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies for use in a public health emergency severe enough to cause local supplies to run out. The third COVID-19 package passed on Friday includes $16 billion to replenish the Strategic National Stockpile supplies of pharmaceuticals, personal protective equipment, and other medical supplies, $1 billion for the Defense Production Act to bolster domestic supply chains, and $4.3 billion to support federal, state, and local public health agencies to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus, including for the purchase of personal protective equipment.
California began receiving shipments from the Strategic National Stockpile to disseminate to Counties and local health systems and the week of March 23rd. An additional 20 million N95 masks and 10,000 ventilators among other necessary supplies. The Congresswoman speaks with our regional hospitals daily and is collaborating with our state and county officials to advocate for our hospitals’ growing needs for PPE, testing materials, and sanitation supplies. That includes a list she sent of emergency items needed by all our hospitals to both the Department of Health and Human Services and the Governor’s Office.
On March 18th, President Trump signed an executive order invoking the Defense Production Act (DPA) which allows the federal government to compel production of medical supplies like PPE, FEMA announced on March 24th, that they will use the DPA for the first time to secure 60,000 test kits and will add “DPA language” to existing contracts for 500 million masks. The President also encouraged car manufacturers to begin producing ventilators but has thus far not enforced the DPA to compel companies to do so. General Motors announced it was partnering with Ventec Life Systems, a medical device company, to increase production of its respiratory care systems, rather than making ventilators on their own.
For the $8.3 billion appropriated by Congress for the coronavirus response, how do we know President Trump won’t reallocate the money for a different purpose? The bill passed by Congress and signed into law by the President makes clear that the President cannot use funds appropriated for any other purpose.
What is the Congresswoman’s position on waiving all fees related to Coronavirus testing and treatment? I believe that in order to control the spread of this outbreak, all coronavirus testing must be free. The federal government should also take meaningful action to subsidize out-of-pocket costs for treatment. People should not have to worry about going bankrupt in order to take care of themselves or help contain the spread of this virus.
Does the Congresswqoman support direct cash transfers? What direct cash transfers are in the coronavirus stimulus? Democrats worked hard to negotiate a regular paycheck that working Americans can rely on for as long as this pandemic lasts. The amount that Senate Republicans ultimately agreed to and voted on March 25th does not go as far as the relief that would have been provided by Speaker Pelosi’s bill, but it will provide some stability to families during a difficult time. Single taxpayers who earn $75,000 or less will get $1,200, with an additional $500 per child. Joint filers who earn under $150,000 will get $2,400, plus $500 per child. If you make between $75,000-$99,000, the amount you receive will be reduced by 5% of your income above $75,000. The assistance completely phases out at $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers if you have no children. Unlike the first Senate proposal, all taxpayers would receive this amount. The assistance will be an advance against a tax credit. The House bill included a larger amount: up to $1,500 ($3,000 for joint returns) plus an additional $1,500 for each qualifying child. The phaseout over $75k was more complicated in the Speaker’s bill – you would have to return an amount equal to the ratio of your income above $75k to one half of $75k (32.5k).
What is being done regarding cleaning BART, SFO and the busses? The recommendation from State and County officials is to stay at home as much as possible and limit your movement. However, many essential workers must still take public transit. Due to a decrease in ridership, many public transit systems have modified hours and routes. They have also increased deep cleaning of their cars, handholds, and vehicles and are using medical-grade disinfectants to wipe down frequently touched surfaces.
What precautions have been put in place for people in prisons in California? At least two inmates and five state prison employees had tested positive for COVID-19 as of March 24, 2020, though none were located in our district. Governor Newsom announced that same day that the intake and transfer of adults and youth into the state’s 35 state prisons and four youth correctional facilities will be suspended. Instead, they will remain in county custody for the next 30 days. Further, Board of Parole Hearings will move to video conferences. The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office has temporarily suspended all visits to correctional facilities, arrestees will be screened outside of the correctional facilities, and newly arrived inmates will be housed in the Intake Housing Unit for several days before being transferred to the jail’s general population. Visitation at the Youth Services Center are temporarily suspended as well. All staff coming in and out of correctional facilities are being closely monitored. In the event that an incarcerated individual shows signs of COVID-19, correctional staff will collaborate with Correctional Health Services to implement a quarantine plan as necessary.
What is the timeframe when an infected person is contagious? Can someone spread COVID-19 during the incubation period? Much about the virus is still unknown. The current understanding is that people can transmit the virus before they develop symptoms but it is not yet known what role asymptomatic infection plays in transmission or the length of time that someone remains contagious. Public health experts’ initial findings indicate that those infected by the novel coronavirus develop symptoms about five days after exposure, and almost always within two weeks. The CDC has used that standard in encouraging those who have potentially been exposed to self-quarantine for two weeks.
Can the test for COVID-19 detect virus when no symptoms are apparent? Yes. The tests detect the virus’ genetic material. However, the detection of viral RNA does not necessarily mean that infectious virus is present.
What should apartment managers be doing to reduce the risk of transmission? The National Apartment Association and HUD have resources on their websites directed toward public housing authorities, landlords, non-profits, and shelters which mostly refer to the CDC’s recommendations for individual prevention. HUD also released new Infectious Disease Toolkits for Continuum of Care and Emergency Solution Grant that include information on preventing and managing the spread of infectious disease, including COVID-19, for people experiencing homelessness here.
What does the FEMA major disaster declaration mean for California? The President invoked the Stafford Act by authorizing both an emergency declaration and a major disaster declaration for California. By invoking the Stafford Act, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will be able to utilize the $43.6 billion currently available in the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF) to assist state and local governments in their efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health. Reimbursable activities typically include emergency protective measures, such as the activation of State Emergency Operations Centers, National Guard costs, law enforcement and other measures necessary to protect public health and safety. FEMA assistance will be provided at a 75 percent Federal cost share. The major disaster declaration also made crisis counseling services available for reimbursement, and other Individual Assistance programs such as disaster UI and SNAP are under consideration.
What is being done to help the homeless?
Currently, the CDC has provided guidelines for best practices for local homeless shelters. In addition to helping the homeless, we must protect individuals and families who are on the brink of homelessness. The third Coronavirus stimulus bill passed on March 27th includes:
- $ 4 billion in Emergency Solution Grants to assist those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
- $5 billion in funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. $2 billion of this funding will be provided to cities and counties based on the prevalence and risk of COVID-19 and related economic and housing disruption. The additional funding will also help support the expansion of community health facilities, child care centers, food banks, and senior services.
- $3 billion for rental assistance protections for low-income Americans. The funding will allow housing providers to help the more than 9.6 million individuals currently assisted by HUD to remain in their homes or access temporary housing assistance.
- FEMA expedited the transfer of 109 disaster mobile home units to support COVID-19 housing initiative for impacted individuals.
At the state and local level, San Francisco has identified over 8,000 empty hotel rooms to possibly use to house people. Priority will be given to those who have tested positive and those who are awaiting test results but don’t have a home where they can quarantine. The city has also allocated funding to clean shelters and resource centers and will also use the money to increase meal offerings and expand shelter hours. Governor Newsom announced that the state would spend up to $150 million in emergency funding to lease hotel rooms and purchase trailers to house homeless individuals. San Mateo County is also utilizing hotels as a means of shelter. And Project WeHope operates a mobile hygiene center dubbed “Dignity on Wheels” that make stops throughout the region.
Additional details and guidance can be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/homeless-shelters/plan-prepare-respond.html
How will you help the unemployedand under-employed? The House recently passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which includes numerous provisions to help the unemployed, underemployed, and homeless. First and foremost, this package provides free testing for the coronavirus for everyone, including the uninsured. This is critical for providing care and diminishing further spread of the virus.
Unfortunately, many have lost their jobs due to business closures as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. To alleviate the economic stress, the House bill provides the following:
- Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits will be expanded to an additional 26 weeks in qualifying States. Additional funding will also be provided to help States process UI benefits faster.
- Employers with fewer than 500 employees and government employers are to provide employees two weeks of paid sick leave.
- Employees of employers with fewer than 500 employees and government employers, will be provided up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave.
- Refundable tax credits equal to 100 percent of qualified paid sick leave wages paid by an employer.
Other federal programs will also be adjusted or expanded to meet communities’ needs during the outbreak. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) will receive an additional $500 million to assist pregnant women or mothers with young children who lost their jobs as a result of COVID-19. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will suspend work requirements and increase flexibility in administering benefits. Supplemental funding will also be provided to distribute home-delivered, pre-packaged meals to an additional 25 million low-income seniors, and make certain that students can continue to access nutrition assistance.
Please note I am also a co-sponsor of legislation to provide individuals earning less than $100,000 with at least $1,000 to help offset the financial stress caused by the coronavirus outbreak. During the COVID-19 outbreak, the federal government has a responsibility to ensure accessible and affordable health care for everyone, and to provide meaningful support and relief to help Americans through this unprecedented time.
How will you strengthen food security? The closure of schools has had a significant impact on food security since many students relied on the free and reduced lunch program as a primary source of their meals. In response, school districts have set up community sites where families can still go and pick up meals. Please contact the San Mateo County Office of Education or your child’s local school district for more information on accessing school meals. The Families First Coronavirus Response aid package provided over $1 billion in aid for food security, including $500 million for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). It also eased SNAP eligibility rules, expanded meals for low-income seniors, and provided additional support to local food banks. The Senate aid package that is scheduled to be voted on in the House on March 27th includes:
- An additional $15.5 billion for SNAP
- $8.8 billion for Child Nutrition Programs
- $450 million for the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). This funding is critical for supporting food banks.
- $9.5 billion to assist food producers who support local food systems like farmers markets, schools, and restaurants.
The proposed House coronavirus aid bill would expand on these efforts by further expanding SNAP funding, increasing the maximum SNAP benefit by 15 percent, and increasing the minimum benefit from $18 to $30.
What is the vulnerability of infants and children? Based on available evidence, children do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19 than adults. While some children and infants have been sick with COVID-19, adults make up most of the known cases to date. The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar in children and adults. However, children with confirmed COVID-19 have generally presented with mild symptoms. Reported symptoms in children include cold-like symptoms, such as fever, runny nose, and cough. Vomiting and diarrhea have also been reported. It’s not known yet whether some children may be at higher risk for severe illness, for example, children with underlying medical conditions and special health care needs. There is still much more to be learned about how the disease impacts children.
Why haven't our 2nd installment property tax payments been postponed past April 10? The CA state taxes for 2019 filing and payments have been postponed. How is property tax any different?
It’s critical that the government work to relieve unnecessary financial burdens while families face unprecedented challenges related to COVID-19. Both the federal government and California recently postponed the filing and payment deadlines for the 2019 tax season until July 15, 2020. If you are unable to file your taxes by the July 15th deadline, you can request an automatic 6 month extension by filling out Form 4868. The IRS will continue to process tax returns on an ongoing basis. It is important that those who are able to file their taxes online do so in order to receive any refund for which they may be eligible.
Unfortunately, property taxes are still due on April 10th. While this is not within federal jurisdiction, I share your concern that Californians struggling to make ends meet during a public health crisis should be able to defer property tax payments. This is a state and local issue that must immediately be addressed by California and individual counties. I am urging my colleagues at the state and county level to ensure that they understand how critical this relief is for my constituents.
If you are unable to file your taxes by the July 15th deadline, you can request an automatic 6 month extension by filling out Form 4868.
Unfortunately, property taxes are still due on April 10th. While this is not a federal issue, I share your concern that Californians struggling to make ends meet during a public health crisis should be able to defer property tax payments. This is a state and local issue that must immediately be addressed by California and individual counties. I am urging my colleagues at the state and county level to ensure that they understand how critical this relief is for my constituents.
When will COVID 19 testing be made available to everyone? COVID-19 testing is drastically expanding as more private companies and health care systems step in with their own diagnostic tests, labs, and drive-through testing sites.
There are currently 22 Public health labs in CA testing samples and in our district:
- SMC County Lab
- Verily/Project Baseline
San Francisco-based primary care and urgent care clinic systems include:
Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19 in order to slow transmission and the advice is the same whether you know you’re infected or not—stay home. Right now, we are prioritizing tests for: first-responders, health care workers, and those who are in high risk categories or experiencing serious symptoms like trouble breathing. The debate over the utility of widespread testing largely depends on context and the ability of the local health care systems to contend with a large influx of sick patients. Ideally, we would be testing as many people as possible, but many now agree we missed the window when testing would have been most effective in helping to contain the virus. We are now in a phase of mitigation where resource allocation is critical, which is why our shelter in place is so essential. Testing not only involves the test kits, but also reagents, swabs and tubes to collect samples, PPE to protect health care workers and the healthcare providers themselves to screen and provide care. As more people become ill, conserving these resources is ever more important.
My family members are stuck abroad. How do I get them home? The State Department and U.S. Embassy staff on the ground are working around the clock to help thousands of U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents return home. This requires negotiating special clearances for flight and in-country travel with the host governments. Their first recommendation is to enroll in the STEP program. This notifies the DOS to your whereabouts and allows them to send you timely updates and warnings. Second, visit the U.S. Embassy’s website, you will find a list of all the embassies here, to obtain their contact information and provide necessary information including documents for repatriation flights. If your loved one requires emergency assistance, please complete a general privacy release form found on my website and email my staff member, Alexandra at firstname.lastname@example.org so that she can liaise with the U.S. Embassy on your behalf.
Coronavirus Resources and Links
State and local public health authorities are on the front lines of the response to COVID-19 and often have the most up-to-date and detailed information on cases in their jurisdictions. State and local public health officials are the experts best positioned to inform your constituents about the COVID-19 response in your state or locality.
- Situation summary and how CDC is aggressively responding
- What we know about COVID-19 so far
- How to prepare yourself, your home, and your family
- The latest travel information
- Preventing COVID-19 spread in communities
- Resources for providers, health care facilities, health departments, and laboratoriesGuidance for schools, businesses and employers
- CDC Fact Sheets:
- What the Public Should Do, English
- Stop the Spread of Germs, English, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
- CDC posted information outlining steps people at higher risk can take. CDC also posted more information regarding people who need to take extra precautions and other at-risk populations.
- CDC published Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings.
- CDC posted Screening Guidance for Dialysis Patients to help dialysis facilities limit the spread COVID-19.
- CDC updated the information for Pediatric Healthcare Providers.
- CDC published a statement on self-quarantine guidance for Greater New York City Transportation and Delivery Workers.
- Publications: CDC published an article in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR): Asymptomatic and Presymptomatic SARS-CoV-2 Infections in Residents of a Long-Term Care Skilled Nursing Facility – King County, Washington, March 2020.
- Videos: CDC published downloadable videos that share information about COVID-19.
- Translation: CDC added content to the website in four languages:
- Spanish: https://espanol.cdc.gov/enes/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- Chinese: https://chinese.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- Vietnamese: https://vietnamese.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- Korean: https://korean.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- Travel: CDC issued a Global Level 3 advisory recommending that travelers avoid all nonessential international travel.
* as of 4:00 PM EST April 1, 2020.
COVID-19 cases in the United States: 186,101
- Deaths: 3,603
- Travel-related: 1,110
- Close contact: 3,128
- Under investigation: 181,863
States reporting cases: All 50 states, plus DC, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam
- Confirmed Cases Globally: 823,626, as of April 1, 2020
- Number of Global Locations with Confirmed Cases: Over 150 (view locations with confirmed cases here)
- Local transmission of COVID-19 has been reported in numerous countries throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas.
FEMA Coronavirus Rumor Control page:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has created a coronavirus rumor control page to help combat the spread of disinformation, myths and distortions about the virus and related issues, including federal government action. Go to https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control to learn more.