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    Coronavirus Relief Fund Eligibility Items

    FEMA Guidance - COVID-19 Disaster Recovery Resources by Topic

    Emergency supplemental funding package signed – Text | Summary

    FFIS budget brief on the emergency supplemental funding package (account required)

    NGA letter on emergency supplemental funding package

    NGA statement on emergency supplemental funding

    White House funding request   

    Funding transfers within the Department of Health and Human Services

    State and local public health leaders’ emergency supplemental funding request 

    FEMA Coronavirus Pandemic: Eligible Emergency Protective Measures Fact Sheet

    HHS Awards $80 Million in Funding to Sovereign Tribal Nations

    COVID-19 HHS Grant and Cooperative Agreement Awards TAGGS Site

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released information on the immediate infusion of $30 billion payments to health care providers from the $100 billion in the CARES Act. The release includes information on who is eligible, how payments are being distributed, and what providers need to do. This release provides limited information on the additional $70 billion.

    Pathway to Reopening


    NGA Memo: Capacity for COVID-19 Testing — Current Status and Considerations

    FDA FAQs on Diagnostic Testing for SARS-CoV-2

    CDC Information for Laboratories

    CDC COVIDView: A Weekly Surveillance Summary of U.S COVID-19 Activity

    The COVID Tracking Project

    WHO Laboratory Testing for 2019-nCoV in Suspected Human Cases

    ASTHO 16 Key Considerations for Drive-Through or Mobile Testing

    Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy Testing Roadmap

    Additional and Archived Material

    Planning & Preparedness 

    NGA Memo: Key Steps And Considerations For Building A COVID-19 Contact Tracing Workforce

    NGA Memo: Planning For Concurrent Emergencies

    NGA Memo: Update On COVID-19 Treatment Development (28 May 2020)

    NGA Memo: Capacity For COVID-19 Testing — Current Status And Considerations

    NGA Memo: Implementing Effective Social Distancing Policies To Mitigate Spread Of COVID-19

    Natural Disasters, Severe Weather, and COVID-19

    CDC Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities

    CDC: How to Protect Yourself & Others

    CDC Pandemic Preparedness Resources

    CDC Resources for State, Local, Territorial and Tribal Health Departments

    ASPR Select State Health Department Pandemic Influenza Plans 

    NGA Governor’s Guide to Public Health Preparedness

    NASCIO COVID-19 Planning and Response Guidance for State CIOs

    Additional and Archived Material


    NGA Memo: Resources for tracking COVID-19 and assessing state authorities

    NCSL State Quarantine and Isolation Statutes

    The Network for Public Health Law Emergency Legal Preparedness on Coronavirus

    The Network for Public Health Law Table on Legal Liability Protections for Emergency Medical/Public Health Responses  

    The Policy Surveillance Program: State Emergency Suspension Powers

    NEMA Webinar on Non-Traditional Authorities in COVID-19 Response

    Additional and Archived Material

    Critical Infrastructure

    Operational Coordination

    NGA Memo: The Defense Production Act & Executive Action Taken In Response To COVID-19

    NGA Memo: Operational Coordination For COVID-19 Response And Recovery

    NGA Memo: Gubernatorial Considerations For Continuity Of Operations Plan (COOP) Implementation

    NGA Memo: Resources For Tracking The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) And Assessing State Authorities

    FEMA Support to the Coronavirus Response Fact Sheet

    Department of Defense Directive 3025.18: Defense Support to Civil Authorities  

    Identifying Critical Infrastructure During Covid-19

    Additional and Archived Material


    NGA Crisis Communications Toolkit (account required; email NGA staff if you require a login)

    NGA Memo: Countering Mis- And Disinformation Amid COVID-19

    CDC Communication Resources

    CDC Interim Guidance: Public Health Communicators Get Your Community Ready

    CDC Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication

    NGA Crisis Communications Webinar on Coronavirus  

    ASTHO Addressing Communication Challenges During an Infectious Disease Emergency Response: State Experiences from the H1N1 Pandemic

    ASTHO COVID-19: Simple Answers to Top Ten Questions – Risk Communication Guide 

    C-Span Archive of Governor Coronavirus Briefings

    Frameworks Institute: Framing COVID-19

    CDC COVID-19 PSA webpage

    Supply Chain And Health System Readiness

    NGA Memo: Strategies To Address The Need For Personal Protective Equipment As States Gradually Reopen

    NGA Memo: Governor Considerations Regarding Crisis Standards Of Care

    NGA Memo: Gubernatorial Strategies For Health Care Workforce And Facility Capacity

    NGA Memo: Gubernatorial Actions to Support Medical Surge Capacity

    NGA Memo: Gubernatorial Actions to Address PPE and Ventilator Shortages

    NGA Memo: The Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) Response to COVID-19

    NGA Memo: Gubernatorial Strategies for Telehealth 

    NGA Memo: Overview of Section 1135 and Section 1115 Waivers

    CDC Interim Guidance for Health Care Facilities

    CDC Personal Protective Equipment Burn Rate Calculator

    ASTHO PPE Shortages: Considerations for Donation Management and Homemade Equipment

    FEMA Best Practices: Preserving Personal Protective Equipment

    FEMA Fact Sheet: Addressing PPE Needs in Non-Healthcare Setting

    FDA Coronavirus Update: FDA Takes Further Steps to Mitigate Supply Interruptions

    CRS Defense Production Act and the COVID-19 Pandemic

    ASPR COVID-19 Alternative Care Site Resources  

    Manatt HHS Issues COVID-19 HIPAA Waivers

    HHS Secretary Azar Letter to Governors Regarding Health Care Workforce (with enclosed guidance to states)

    HHS Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth During COVID-19

    George Washington University State Health Workforce Estimator

    Federation of State Medical Boards State Action Tracker

    Special Considerations For Vulnerable Populations

    NGA Memo: Opioid And COVID-19 Related Resources

    NGA Memo: Strategies To Address Social Isolation And Loneliness During COVID-19

    NGA Memo: Reducing The Disproportionate Impact Of COVID-19 Among Communities Of Color

    NGA Memo: State Strategies To Support Access To Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services Through The COVID-19 Pandemic

    Considerations for Inpatient Obstetric Healthcare Settings  

    SAMHSA COVID-19 Guidance for Opioid Treatment Programs 

    SAMHSA Guidance on COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Response and 42 CFR Part 2

    SAMHSA Opioid Treatment Program Guidance

    NIDA COVID-19: Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders

    KFF COVID-19: Special Considerations for Pregnant Women

    KFF Telemedicine and Pregnancy Care

    CDC Considerations for Inpatient Obstetric Healthcare Settings  

    CDC How to Care for Someone at Home

    CDC COVID-19: What People Living with HIV Should Know

    CDC COVID-19: People Who Are at Higher Risk for Severe Illness

    CDC Interim Guidance for Responding to COVID-19 among People Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness

    CDC Interim Guidance on Management of COVID-19 in Correctional and Detention Facilities

    CDC Resources for Correctional and Detention Facilities

    CDC Tips for Talking with Children about COVID-19

    CDC People with Disabilities

    Long Term Care

    NGA Memo: Strategies For COVID-19 Response For Populations Receiving Long-Term Care

    NGA Memo: COVID-19 Testing In Long-Term Care Facilities

    NGA Strategies for COVID-19 Response for Older Adults and People with Disabilities

    CMS Nursing Home Five-Star Quality Rating Updates, Nursing Home Staff Counts, and Frequently Asked Questions 

    CMS New Nursing Home Requirements for Notification of Confirmed COVID-19 Among Residents and Staff

    CMS 2019 Novel Coronavirus Long-Term Care Facility Transfer Scenarios

    CMS COVID-19 Long-Term Care Facility Guidance

    CMS Long-Term Care Nursing Homes Telehealth and Telemedicine Toolkit

    CMS Announces Findings at Kirkland Nursing Home and New Targeted Plan for Healthcare Facility Inspections in light of COVID-19

    CMS Prioritization of Survey Activities 

    CMS Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Nursing Homes

    CMS Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning Coronavirus Disease 2019 in Home Health Agencies 

    CMS Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention Concerning Coronavirus Disease 2019 by Hospice Agencies 

    CMS Guidance for PACE Organizations Regarding Infection Control and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019

    Additional and Archived Material

    Health Insurance

    CMS Medicaid and CHIP Disaster Response Toolkit

    CMS Inventory of Medicaid and CHIP Flexibilities and Authorities in the Event of a Disaster

    CMS Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Fact Sheet

    CMS Individual and Small Group Market Insurance Coverage

    CMS Medicare Fact Sheet

    Statement by the AHIP Board of Directors: Taking Action to Address COVID-19

    Blue Cross and Blue Shield Companies Steps to Expand Access to Coronavirus Care

    MACPAC Medicaid’s Role in Disasters and Public Health Emergencies

    CMS Frequently Asked Questions to Ensure Individuals, Issuers and States have Clear Information on Coverage Benefits for COVID-19 

    CMS COVID-19 FAQs for State Medicaid and CHIP Agencies 

    CMS COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Health Care Providers Fact Sheet 

    CMS COVID-19 Partner Toolkit

    CMS Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet

    CMS State Plan Fee-for-Service Payments for Services Delivered Via Telehealth

    OIG Guidance on Waiving Telehealth Cost-Sharing During COVID-19 Outbreak

    CMS FAQs on Catastrophic Plan Coverage and the COVID-19

    CMS 1115 Waiver Opportunity and Application Checklist

    CMS 1135 Waiver Checklist

    CMS 1915(c) Appendix K Template

    CMS Medicaid Disaster State Plan Amendment Template

    CMS FAQ on Increased FMAP in Families First Coronavirus Response Act

    CMS FAQs About Families First Coronavirus Response Act And Coronavirus Aid, Relief, And Economic Security Act Implementation Part 42

    Human Services

    NGA Memo: State & Territory Policy Strategies Supporting Maternal & Child Health During COVID-19

    NGA Memo on State Human Services Actions & Initiatives For COVID-19

    NGA Memo: Addressing Child Abuse Reporting And Supporting Child Well-Being During COVID-19

    NGA Memo on Steps to Address Food and Financial Insecurity for Individuals and Families in Response to COVID-19

    2020 CARES Act CCDBG Supplemental Funding Allocations for States and Territories

    USDA - FNS Program Guidance on Human Pandemic Response

    Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Recommendations for State TANF Agencies

    FRAC Guide to the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP)

    ACF Memorandum on the Child Care and Development Fund Program 

    ACF Frequently Asked Questions Related to COVID-19 

    ACF Grant Flexibilities in Conducting Human Service Activities Related to or Affected by COVID-19

    ACF OCC Flexibility in Spending CCDF Funds in Response to Federal or State Declared Emergency Situations

    HHS ACF Office of Family Assistance guidance on TANF flexibility under COVID-19 emergency   

    HHS ACF COVID – 19 resources 

    Medicaid Disaster Response Tool Kit 

    HHS Administration for Community Living (ACL) Announces $250 million in Grants to States to Provide Meals for Older Adults 

    Coronavirus: What Child Welfare Systems Need to Think About  

    National Association of Social Workers (NASW) COVID-19 Resources for Social Workers  

    Coronavirus Resources and Tips for Parents and Caregivers (Prevent Child Abuse America)  

    A message from the Children’s Bureau on COVID-19 

    Additional and Archived Material


    HUD FHA Foreclosure and Eviction Moratorium

    HUD Dear Lender Letter on evictions and foreclosures 

    HUD Preventing and Managing the Spread of Infectious Disease for People Experiencing Homelessness  

    HUD Preventing and Managing the Spread of Infectious Disease within Shelters  

    HUD Preventing and Managing the Spread of Infectious Disease within Encampments 

    HUD COVID-19 FAQs for the Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher, and Native American Programs 

    CDC Interim Guidance for Homeless Service Providers to Plan and Respond to COVID-19 

    Economic Development And Employers

    NGA Memo: Economic Recovery Planning & Resources to Support Businesses and Local Communities

    NGA Memo: Solutions For Rural Economies In Response To COVID-19

    NGA Summary: State Commerce/Economic Development Actions & Initiatives For COVID-19

    U.S. Department of the Treasury CARES Act web portal, including “Assistance for Small Businesses”  

    Federal Reserve System actions to support the economy  

    U.S. Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program  

    U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program 

    U.S. Department of Agriculture COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide  

    U.S. Department of Labor Short-Time Compensation Program  

    Policy Brief: Supporting People and Companies to Deal with the COVID-19 Virus

    Entrepreneurship - Rebuilding Better:  Start Us Up’s COVID-19 Response Plan

    Additional and Archived Material

    Workforce And Labor

    NGA Memo: State Workforce Development System Partnership With Vocational Rehabilitation Services To Address The Needs Of People With Disabilities Impacted By COVID-19

    NGA Memo: Understanding & Supporting The On-Demand Workforce

    NGA Memo on State Strategies To Leverage RESEA In Response To COVID-19

    NGA Memo on State Strategies To Transition Dislocated And Incumbent Workers Into High-Demand Industries

    NGA Memo on Delivering Workforce System Employment And Training Services Remotely

    NGA Memo on Information And Guidance On Supporting On-Demand Workers Through The COVID-19 Crisis

    NGA Summary of Pertinent Workforce Development Provisions in the CARES Act

    NGA Memo on Short-Time Compensation Programs and COVID-19

    NGA Memo on Unemployment Insurance During COVID-19

    NGA Memo on Steps to Address Food and Financial Insecurity for Individuals and Families in Response to COVID-19

    NGA Memo on Adjustments to Work-Based Learning in Response to COVID-19

    USDOL COVID-19 Resources for Workers and Employers 

    USDOL Guidance on Flexibilities in Regular UI/UC 

    USDOL Summary and Guidance on CARES Act UI Provisions 

    Department of Labor Unemployment Letter on Unemployment Compensation for Individuals Affected by the Coronavirus

    U.S. Department of Labor Resources to Help Workers and Employers

    DHS Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

    US DOL Guidance on Paid Sick Leave and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Under Families First Coronavirus Response Act

    Additional and Archived Material

    Schools and Childcare

    NGA Memo: Child Care For School-Aged Children

    NGA Memo: School Nutrition And Meals Programs During K-12 School Reopening

    NGA Memo: Child Care Reopening And Recovery

    NGA Memo: Summer Camps And Summer Learning Opportunities

    NGA Memo: Governors Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund Summary State-Level Info for Essential Workers Seeking Child Care

    Child Care Covid-19 Resources from ACF Office of Child Care

    ACF Guidance on Temporarily Repurposing Head Start and Early Head Start Centers 

    ACF New information Memorandum on the CARES Act for Child Care

    CDC Child Care and Preschool Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist 

    CDC Children and COVID-19: Tips to Keep Children Health While School’s Out 

    Department of Education Coronavirus Resources for Schools and Institutes of Higher Education

    Child Trends State Laws that Address School Response to Pandemics  

    USDA Proactive Flexibility to Feed Children When Schools Close 

    USDA Memo on Child Nutrition Program Meal Service during Novel Coronavirus Outbreaks 

    Additional and Archived Material

    Postsecondary Education

    NGA Memo: K-12 To Postsecondary Transitions During COVID-19: Opportunities For Governors And States

    NGA Memo: Reopening Institutions Of Higher Education

    NGA Summary of Pertinent Higher Education Provisions in the CARES Act

    NGA Memo on Governors Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund Summary

    NGA Memo on Postsecondary Strategies for COVID-19   

    NGA Memo on Dual Credit in the Time of COVID-19

    NGA Memo on Supporting K-12 and Postsecondary Virtual Learning Environments

    NGA Memo on Adjustments to Work-Based Learning in Response to COVID-19

    NCSL Higher Education Responses to Coronavirus

    CDC Resources for Institutes of Higher Education

    Census Bureau Statement on Modifying 2020 Census Operations to Make Sure College Students are Counted

    CARES Act Higher Education Institution Allocations

    SHEEO COVID-19 Resource page

    Additional and Archived Material

    Public Safety

    NGA Memo: Protests, Policing, And COVID-19

    NGA Memo: Prevention Of Targeted Violence And Terrorism Against Public Health Personnel And Assets

    NGA Memo: Cybersecurity Concerns For Health And Public Health Organizations

    NGA Memo: COVID-19 And Cybersecurity

    NGA Memo: State Tolling of Statutes of Limitations and Interstate Extraditions During COVID-19

    NGA Memo: Law Enforcement and Stay-at-Home Orders

    NGA Memo: COVID-19 Responses in the Juvenile Justice System

    NGA Memo: Early Release from Incarceration in Response to COVID-19

    CDC What Law Enforcement Personnel Need to Know


    NGA Memo: Policy Scan Of States Driver’s License Rules Ahead Of The Election

    NGA Memo: COVID-19 Health And Safety Measures For Elections

    CDC: Considerations for Election Polling Locations and Voters

    Election Assistance Commission: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

    NASS Issue Briefing: Election Emergencies & COVID-19

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