We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and remain in regular communication with both state and federal agencies. This page is intended to keep North Dakotans informed on current efforts and resources. We recommend following official guidance from the CDC and other officials. You can also subscribe to regular updates from the The Center of Health Security at Johns Hopkins University here.
Paycheck Protection Program loans are now available.
President Trump approves North Dakota Disaster Declaration.
Fargo, West Fargo mayors issue 'stay home' directives.
President Trump signs the Phase 3 COVID-19 reliefs package.
Social Security recipients will automatically receive economic impact payments.
Learn more about COVID-19 and what measures you can take against it.
Clean your hands often
Avoid close contact
Stay home if you're sick
Cover coughs and sneezes
Wear a facemask if you are sick
Clean and disinfect
Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.
These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure (based on the incubation period of MERS-CoV viruses).
Older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions may be at higher risk for more serious complications from COVID-19. These people who may be at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness, includes:
Learn about current resources:
Learn more about the one-time tax rebate check of $1,200 to every American whose 2018 tax return, or 2019 if filed, showed income at or below $75,000. That’s $2,400 per married couple, with an extra $500 per child.
The SSA will provide limited, critical services via phone, mail, and online, while we focus our efforts on serving people most in need. Recipients will continue to receive their monthly benefit amount via Direct Deposit.
The Department of Energy will fill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to its maximum capacity by purchasing 77 million barrels of American-made crude oil. The solicitation is for crude oil to be delivered in May and June; although, early April deliveries are encouraged.
If you’re an older adult or a caregiver for one, you may need help picking up groceries, prescriptions, and other necessary supplies. If someone you don’t know offers to help, be wary. Some scammers offer to buy supplies but never return with the goods or your money. It’s usually safer to find a trusted friend or neighbor or arrange a delivery with a well-known company.
The Trump Administration announced expanded Medicare telehealth coverage that will enable beneficiaries to receive a wider range of healthcare services from their doctors without having to travel to a healthcare facility.
During the COVID-19 national emergency, federal student loan borrowers can be placed in an administrative forbearance, which allows you to temporarily stop making your monthly loan payment.
You can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) at any lending institution that is approved to participate in the program through the existing U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 7(a) lending program and additional lenders approved by the Department of Treasury. You can call your bank or find SBA-approved lenders in your area through SBA’s online Lender Match tool.
The Trump Administration is taking aggressive actions and exercising regulatory flexibilities to help healthcare providers contain the spread of 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). CMS is empowered to take proactive steps through 1135 waivers as well as, where applicable, authority granted under section 1812(f) of the Social Security Act (the Act) and rapidly expand the Administration’s aggressive efforts against COVID-19. As a result, several blanket waivers are in effect, with a retroactive effective date of March 1, 2020 through the end of the emergency declaration.???????
Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Congress is working on legislation aimed at combating the virus and providing economic relief to American families. We have debated and passed these pieces of legislation in "phases".
Here's a breakdown:
$8.3 billion supplemental appropriation passed earlier this month.
$105 billion targeted relief package negotiated by President Trump and House Leaders to help workers and families.
UPDATE: Phase 3.5
On April 21, 2020 the Senate passed $475 billion in emergency funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, COVID-19 testing, and health care providers. Learn more here.
This legislation was signed by President Trump on March 27. It is aimed at getting financial assistance to Americans, bringing relief to small businesses and their employees, stabilizing the economy, and supporting healthcare workers and patients. Here are the key provisions:
Provides money to American families
Gives a one-time tax rebate check of $1,200 to every American whose 2018 tax return, or 2019 if filed, showed income at or below $75,000. That’s $2,400 per married couple, with an extra $500 per child.
Expands unemployment insurance to self-employed workers and makes more money available for longer
Additional $260 billion to support workers affected by COVID-19.
Helps small businesses keep employees and stay open
Creates a “Paycheck Protection program” that will provide 8 weeks of cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to small businesses who maintain their payroll.
Helps families stay in their homes
Prohibits foreclosures on all federally-backed mortgage loans for a 60-day period beginning March 18, 2020.
Provides relief to people with federal student loans affected by COVID-19
Requires federal student loan payments, principal, and interest be deferred for 6 months through September 30, 2020 without penalty to the student.
Fully mobilizes America’s health care sector and prioritizes rural health
Significantly expands telehealth so that patients can see doctors with whom they don’t already have a relationship from the safety of their own home, connecting people on home dialysis with providers, and allowing federally qualified health centers to participate.
Provides loans (not bailouts) to support important national industry
Provides direct lending through the Treasury’s Exchange Stabilization Fund to passenger airlines, cargo airlines, and businesses important to “maintaining national security.”
This package includes
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