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coronavirus (covid-19) response efforts

MONITORING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

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.

LATEST UPDATES

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.

FAQS

Learn more about COVID-19 and what measures you can take against it.

HOW DO I PROTECT MYSELF

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

HOW CAN I PROTECT OTHERS?

Stay home if you're sick

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick: You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider's office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear the facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

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).

WHO IS AT RISK?

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:

  • Older adults
  • People who have serious underlying medical conditions like:
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Lung Disease

SEEKING HELP?

Learn about current resources:

Recover Checks FAQs

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.

SMALL BUSINESS DISASTER ASSISTANCE

The SBA provides low-interest disaster loans to help businesses and homeowners recover from declared disasters.

TRAVEL NOTICES (CDC)

Learn the latest on travelers returning from high risk countries, domestic & foreign travel, and other frequently asked questions.

VETERAN ASSISTANCE (VA)

VA has implemented aggressive public health measures including outreach to Veterans and staff, clinical screening at VA health care facilities, and protective procedures for patients admitted to community living centers and spinal cord injury units.

SOCIAL SECURITY UPDATES (SSA)

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.

PERSONAL FINANCIAL PROTECTION (CFPB)

The CFPB is committed to providing consumers with up-to-date information and resources to protect and manage their finances during this difficult time as the situation evolves.

OIL SOLICITATION (DOE)

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.

UNEMPLOYMENT (DOL)

Learn more about workplace safety, wages, hours & leave, unemployment insurance flexibilities, support for dislocated workers, and other current services.

FORECLOSURE AND EVICTION SUSPENSION (HUD)

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) authorized the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to implement an immediate foreclosure and eviction moratorium for single family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages for the next 60 days.

REAL ID DEADLINE PUSHED (DHS)

The Trump administration is extending the REAL ID deadline by a year due in part to DMV closures nationwide amid the coronavirus outbreak.

EMPLOYEE RETENTION CREDIT (USDT)

CARES authorized an Employee Retention Credit (ERC), which encourages businesses to keep employees on payroll. The tax credit is refundable and is 50 percent of up to $10,000 in wages paid by eligible employers impacted by the pandemic.

AVOIDING SCAMS DURING QUARANTINE

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.

TAX RELIEF (IRS)

The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus.

MEDICARE TELEHEALTH COVERAGE (CMS)

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.

FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS (ED)

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. 

PAYCHECK PROTECT PROGRAMS (SBA)

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.

BLANKET WAIVERS FOR HEATLH CARE PROVIDERS (CMS)

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.???????

CURRENT EFFORTS

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:

PHASE ONE

$8.3 billion supplemental appropriation passed earlier this month.

  • $8.3 billion emergency funding
  • Bolsters vaccine development and equipment stockpiles
  • Increases state and local health budgets
PHASE TWO

$105 billion targeted relief package negotiated by President Trump and House Leaders to help workers and families.

  • Free coronavirus testing
  • Paid emergency leave
  • Enhanced unemployment insurance
  • Additional funding for nutrition programs
  • Protections for health care workers and employees
PHASE THREE

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

  • $117 billion for hospitals and veterans’ health care;
  • $45 billion for FEMA disaster relief fund;
  • $16 billion for the Strategic National Stockpile which includes procuring personal protective equipment, ventilators, and other necessary medical supplies for federal and state response efforts;
  • $11 billion for vaccines, therapeutics, diagnostics, and other medical needs;
  • $11 billion for America’s military;
  • $8.8 billion for child nutrition programs;
  • $4.3 billion for the Centers for Disease Control;
  • $562 million to support small businesses through the disaster loans program account;
  • $275 million to expand services and capacity for rural hospitals, telehealth, poison control centers, and HIV/AIDS programs;
  • $250 million to improve the capacity of health care facilities;
  • $25 million for distance learning telemedicine, and broadband to support rural communities in accessing health and education resources. 

If you'd like to learn more about what is in this bill, please read here.

Senator Cramer's Efforts

Video Resources From Senator Cramer