President Signs COVID-19 Relief Measure


President Signs COVID-19 Relief Measure

As reported last week, Congress passed a $2.3 trillion spending and COVID-19 relief measure and on Monday, President Trump signed the measure into law. For more details about the measure, please see the links below: CHEAC Article NACo Analysis

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CDC Update on COVID-19

On Wednesday, December 30, the Centers for Disease Control held a Media Telebriefing on the COVID-19 response. The telebriefing featured Dr. Henry Walke, CDC’s COVID-19 Incident Manager and Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. The transcript of the telebriefing can be found here.

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Governor Newsom Announces Vaccine Partnership with CVS and Walgreens

This week, Governor Newsom announced that California opted into the federal COVID-19 Pharmacy Partnership, under which CVS and Walgreens will administer the Pfizer vaccine to residents and staff of long-term care facilities. CVS and Walgreens will first vaccinate staff and residents at nursing homes, before moving on to assisted living, residential care, and other long-term…

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Homekey Projects Close Escrow

This week, the Governor announced that all 94 Homekey projects closed escrow, providing 6,029 housing units for people experiencing homelessness in California. Under the Homekey program, local entities partnered with the state to acquire and rehabilitate various housing types to serve people experiencing homelessness or those at risk of serious illness from COVID-19. A total…

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Governor Releases California’s Safe Schools for All Plan

This week Governor Newsom released the California State Schools for All Plan, California’s framework to support schools to continue operating safely in-person and expand the number of schools resuming in-person instruction. The framework has four key pillars: Funding to Support Safe Reopening. Governor Newsom’s January budget will propose $2 billion to support safety and mitigation…

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Newsom Issues Additional COVID-19-Related Executive Orders

Over the past week, Governor Gavin Newsom issued three additional executive orders related to COVID-19 response activities. Executive Order N-35-20 was issued on Saturday, March 21, 2020, and is referred to as an “omnibus” executive order. This order contains a wide array of actions to provide the state the ability to increase healthcare capacity in…

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DOF to Reevaluate All Budget Change Requests, Transfers $1.3B to Disaster Response-Emergency Operations Account

This week, the California Department of Finance (DOF) took two significant actions related to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency. DOF Budget Letter On Tuesday, DOF issued a budget letter to all agency secretaries and departmental directors and senior staff notifying them of severe economic impacts, including a significant drop in economic activity with corresponding negative effects…

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