Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for Regions

BACKGROUND
The Coronavirus disease 2019, otherwise known as COVID-19, is a respiratory disease caused by a new strain of the coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, China in late 2019.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on March 11th. And COVID-19 has now spread to nearly all areas of the globe. 

In the United States, all states have declared states of emergency in response to COVID-19. On March 13th, President Trump declared a national emergency .

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CORONAVIRUS BY THE NUMBERS
Coronavirus Data

In the United States, there are at least N/A active cases, with cases present in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
At least N/A patients with the virus have died in the US.
(Source: www.worldometers.info)

FUNDING RESOURCES: CONGRESSIONAL FUNDING PACKAGES
 
Phase 1: Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (H.R. 6074)

Passed March 6th the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 (P.L. 116-123), provides $8.3 billion in emergency funding for federal agencies to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. Of the $8.3 billion, $6.7 billion (81%) is designated for the domestic response and $1.6 billion (19%) for the international response. Key highlights and additional details on specified activities can be found here.

Phase 2: Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201)

Passed on March 18th the second coronavirus relief package, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, offers expanded paid leave benefits and increased food aid, among other provisions and will cost nearly $192 billion over a decade, according to the Congressional Budget Office. A full funding breakdown has yet to be released but the single largest cost of the package is a provision for employers with fewer than 500 workers to finance paid leave benefits at a cost of $95 billion over a decade.

Phase 3: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748)

On March 27th the House of Representatives passed, and the president signed, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act (H.R. 748) the third COVID-19 bill to be developed by Congress.  This legislation is by far the largest and most substantial coronavirus relief package released so far. The bill is intended to provide the country with $2.3 trillion of aid to counter the physical and economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Below is a table of top-level figures showing the legislation’s primary areas of support, including support for state and local government, transportation, individuals, and businesses.

NARC developed an analysis of the bill which includes more detailed information on the funding outlined in the table below. 

Top Level Funding Figures (~$2.3 Trillion Total)

Phase 3.5: Paycheck Protection and Health Care Enhancement Act (H.R. 266)

On April 23rd, following weeks of negotiation, congress approved another coronavirus-related package which would provide nearly $500 billion in additional aid.  The agreement that was reached provides $380 billion for small businesses and includes $75 billion for hospitals and $25 billion for disease testing. Additional funding for state and local governments was not included in this bill, but negotiations are underway to include that funding in the next coronavirus aid bill.

All information and resources provided in this blog should be paired with the frequent updates provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Executive Office of the President of the United States, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), among others.