Updates on COVID-19 Nationwide

July 2021

7/20/2021 — IRS Outlines Coronavirus Relief for Retirement Plans and IRAs. Read the details.

7/20/2021 — NIH Reports What Severe COVID-19 Does to the Brain. Read the findings.

7/13/2021 — NIH Talks Viral Variants: Cause for Concern, Time for Action. Stopping the spread of COVID-19 variants is key. Read the article.

7/13/2021 — IRS Readies Nearly 4 Million Refunds for Unemployment Compensation Overpayments. Read the announcement.

7/6/2021 — Federal Housing Administration Introduces More Measures to Help Homeowners Struggling Due to Covid-19. Read how HUD is helping.

7/6/2021 — CDC Outlines What You Should Know About the Possibility of COVID-19 Illness After Vaccination. Read the guidance.

June 2021

6/29/2021 — NIH Announces A New Clue to Severe COVID-19. Read about the discovery.

6/29/2021 — CDC Announces Temporary Halt in Residential Evictions to Prevent the Further Spread of COVID-19. Read the announcement.

6/22/2021 — The Child Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan means that most families will automatically receive monthly payments without having to take any action. Read the details.

6/22/2021 — IRS announces two new online tools to help families manage Child Tax Credit payments. Determine whether your family qualifies.

6/15/2021 — Federal Department of Health and Human Services Invites You to Join the COVID-19 Community Corps and fight to end the COVID-19 pandemic by choosing to get fully vaccinated and encouraging the people in your life to do the same. Read about the initiative.

6/15/2021 — IRS Provides New FAQs Available to Aid Families and Small Businesses Under the American Rescue Plan. Read the guidance.

6/8/2021 — FBI Urges Citizens to Protect Your Wallet—and Your Health—from Pandemic Scammers. Read the information.

6/8/2021 — CDC Offers Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education. Read the guidance.

6/1/2021 — NIH COVID-19 Clinical Trials. Learn what medical research is underway to prevent, diagnose, and treat COVID-19 and how you can be a part of it. Read the details.

6/1/2021 — NIH Discusses COVID-19 Testing at Home—No Appointment or Prescription Necessary. Read the article.

May 2021

5/25/2021 — NIH Plans Research on “Long COVID” Effects. Read the details.

5/25/2021 — CDC Outlines Possible Side Effects After Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine. Read the information.

5/18/2021 — CDC Provides Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens. Read the recommendations.

5/18/2021 — Biden-Harris Administration to Invest $7 Billion from American Rescue Plan to Hire and Train Public Health Workers in Response to COVID-19. Read the fact sheet.

5/11/2021 — IRS offers overview of tax provisions in American Rescue Plan; retroactive tax benefits help many people now preparing 2020 returns. Read the information.

5/11/2021 — NIH Provides A Real-World Look at COVID-19 Vaccines Versus New Variants. Read the findings.

5/4/2021 — IRS has options for gig economy workers and those with unemployment benefits. Read the article.

5/4/2021 — CDC Offers Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People. Read the recommendations.

April 2021

4/27/2021 — US Department of Homeland Security Announces Extension of REAL ID Full Enforcement Deadline. Read the announcement.

4/27/2021 — FDA and CDC Lift Recommended Pause on Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) COVID-19 Vaccine Use Following Thorough Safety Review. Read the recommendations.

4/20/2021 — CDC Outlines J&J/Janssen Vaccine Pause Questions and Answers. Read the information.

4/20/2021 — NIH-funded COVID-19 testing initiative aims to safely return children to in-person school. Read the article.

4/13/2021 — Joint CDC and FDA Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine. Read the statement.

4/13/2021 — US Department of Labor’s Guidance on Unemployment Insurance Relief During COVID-19 Outbreak. Read the information.

4/6/2021 — IRS Announces New Exclusion of up to $10,200 of Unemployment Compensation. Read the announcement.

4/6/2021 — CDC Discusses How to Protect Yourself and Others When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated. Read the guidance.

March 2021

3/30/2021 — CDC Outlines What Goes into Developing COVID-19 Vaccines. Read the information.

3/30/2021 — CDC Provides Information About Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine. Read the details.

3/23/2021 — Pew Research Center Releases 10 facts about Americans and Coronavirus Vaccines. Read the article.

3/23/2021 — Tax Day for individuals extended to May 17: Treasury, IRS extend filing and payment deadline. Read the details.

\3/16/2021 — IRS Provides 2021 Economic Impact Payment Status Tool. Check your payment status.

3/16/2021 — President Biden’s Plan To Provide Direct Relief To Americans, Contain Covid-19, And Rescue The Economy. Read the details.

3/9/2021 — CDC Provides Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People. Read the recommendations.

3/9/2021 — From NIH: Learn what medical research is underway to prevent, diagnose, and treat COVID-19 and how you can be a part of it. Read the information.

3/2/2021 — Us Department Of Labor Guidance To State Ui Programs Expands Eligibility For Workers Who Declined Work Due To Pandemic Safety Concerns. Read the details.

3/2/2021 — Biden-Harris Administration Increases Lending to Small Businesses in Need, Announces Changes to PPP to Further Promote Equitable Access to Relief. Read the release.

February 2021

2/23/2021 — What Older Adults Need to Know about COVID-19 Vaccines. Read the information from the CDC.

2/23/2021 — President Biden Issues a Proclamation on Remembering the 500,000 Americans Lost to COVID-19. Read the proclamation.

2/16/2021 — IRS Issues Guidelines to “Be tax ready: Understand how life changes may affect the 2020 tax return filed this year.” Read the guidelines.

2/16/2021 — CDC Provides Guidance on Caring for Someone Sick at Home. Advice for caregivers in non-healthcare settings. Read the guidance.

2/9/2021 — Federal Government to Begin Distributing COVID-19 Vaccines to Select CVS Locations. Read the details.

2/9/2021 — CDC Outlines When Vaccine is Limited, Who Gets Vaccinated First? Read the recommendations.

2/2/2021 — CDC Offers Guidance to Know Your Travel Risk. Read the advice.

2/2/2021 — CDC Provides a Guide to Masks–How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask. Read the guidance.

January 2021

1/26/2021 — Biden Administration to Purchase Additional 200 Million Doses to Be Delivered This Summer. Read the announcement.

1/26/2021 — CDC Updates Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination. Read the update.

1/19/2021 — CDC Offers Guidance on Making Decisions about Children Attending In-person School During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Information for Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers. Read the information.

1/19/2021 — CDC Talks COVID-19 and Animals. Read the findings.

1/12/2021 — Treasury and IRS begin delivering second round of Economic Impact Payments to millions of Americans. Read the details.

1/12/2021 — CDC Explains What to Expect after Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine.  Read the information.

1/5/2021 — National Institutes of Health Outlines How Years of Research Enabled a COVID-19 Vaccine to be Developed in Record Time. Read COVID-19 Vaccine Development: Behind the Scenes.

1/5/2021 — CDC Explains How It Is Making COVID-19 Vaccine Recommendations. Read the information.

December 2020

12/29/2020 — CDC Outlines Vaccination Considerations for Persons with Underlying Medical Conditions. Read the guidance.

12/29/2020 — Medicare Warns to Watch out for COVID-19 vaccine scams. Learn more.

12/22/2020 — NIH working group is studying social, behavioral, and economic health problems caused by the pandemic. Read about the study.

12/22/2020 — CDC Shares Information About Ensuring the Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines in the United States. Read the information.

12/15/2020 — Federal student loan repayment suspension and 0% interest rate have been extended. Visit the website.

12/15/2020 — CDC Outlines When Vaccine is Limited, Who Gets Vaccinated First? Read the recommendations.

12/8/2020 — NIH-funded tool helps organizations plan COVID-19 testing. Online calculator computes costs of testing and offers strategies for preventing infections in schools and businesses. Read the release.

12/8/2020 — IRS Outlines How the CARES Act changes deducting charitable contributions. Read the guidelines.

12/1/2020 — CDC Offers Guidance on Daily Activities and Going Out. Read the recommendations.

12/1/2020 — CDC Provides More Information About People at Increased Risk for COVID-19. Read the guidance.

November 2020

11/24/2020 — CDC Outlines Benefits of Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine. Read the article.

11/24/2020 — FDA Authorizes Monoclonal Antibodies for Treatment of COVID-19. Read the explanation.

11/17/2020 — National Institutes of Health (NIH) Reports Promising Interim Results from Clinical Trial of NIH-Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. Read the findings.

11/17/2020 — CDC Answers Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination. Read the information.

11/10/2020 — CDC Provides Guidance on Celebrating Thanksgiving. Read the advice.

11/10/2020 — CDC Gives Latest Information on Approach to Vaccine Development. Read the details.

11/3/2020 — CDC Updates Guidance on How to Protect Yourself & Others. Read the information.

11/3/2020 — CDC COVID Data Tracker shows the number of cases in the U.S. Read the data.

October 2020

10/27/2020 — CDC Outlines Research on Reinfection of the Virus that Causes COVID-19. Read the information.

10/27/2020 — CDC Gives Guidance on When to Quarantine. Read the guidance.

10/20/2020 — CDC Offers Guidance on Knowing Your Travel Risk. Read the advice.

10/20/2020 — US Small Businesses Administration released a simpler loan forgiveness application for PPP loans of $50,000 or less. You can view the application here and instructions for completing the application here.

10/13/2020 — CDC’s COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions Page Updated. Visit the page.

10/13/2020 — CDC’s Guidance on Trick or Treating and Other Halloween Activities. Read the advice.

10/6/2020 — National Institutes of Health Announce Investigational COVID-19 vaccine well-tolerated and generates immune response in older adults. Read the announcement.

10/6/2020 — Food and Drug Administration launched a new webpage to highlight new vaccine information as it becomes available. Visit the webpage.

September 2020

9/29/2020 — Why are people of color more at risk of coronavirus complications? Read the conclusions.

9/29/2020 — Military Suicides Up as Much as 20% in COVID Era. Read the article.

9/22/2020 — CDC Answers Frequently Asked Questions on Contact Tracing. Read the information.

9/22/2020 — CDC Offers Guidance on Virus Spread Risk at Holiday Celebrations. Read the guidance.

9/15/2020 — CDC Outlines People Who Are at Increased Risk for Severe Illness. Read the information.

9/15/2020 — CDC Offers Guidance on Helping to Stop the Spread of COVID-19 in Children. Read the advice.

9/8/2020 — CDC Offers Guidance for Parents on Helping Children Cope during COVID-19. Read the advice.

9/8/2020 — CDC Provides Information on Travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Read the guidance.

9/1/2020 — CDC Provides COVID-19 Cases and Deaths by County. View Virginia’s statistics here.

9/1/2020 — Cox Expands Commitment to Bridging the Learning Divide, Provides Additional Support for Kids and Families Learning from Home. Read the news release.

August 2020

8/25/2020 — The CDC wants you to know what to expect in contact tracing. View or download the informational flyer.

8/25/2020 — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is alerting the public about fraud schemes related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Read the information.

8/18/2020 — CDC Provides Information to Consider about Travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Read the guidance.

8/18/2020 — CDC Offers COVID-19 and Seasonal Allergies FAQs. Read the information.

8/11/2020 — CDC Encourages People to Donate Blood Plasma and Help Save Lives.  Find out if you are eligible and how to donate at www.coronavirus.govexternal icon.

8/11/2020 — FDA Warns Danger: Don’t Drink Miracle Mineral Solution or Similar Products. Read the details.

8/4/2020 — CDC Outlines When You Can be Around Others After You Had or Likely Had COVID-19. Read the guidelines.

8/4/2020 — CDC Issues Advice for those Now Returning to Work. Read the recommendations.

July 2020

7/28/2020 — CDC Provides School Decision-Making Tool for Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians. Read the guidance.

7/28/2020 — Medicare Issues Alert About COVID-19 Fraud. Read the details.

7/21/2020 — CDC Offers Toolkit for Childcare Programs and Summer Camps. Read and download the information.

7/21/2020 — CDC offers Guidance on How to Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19 in Children. Read the article.

7/14/2020 — CDC calls on Americans to wear masks to prevent COVID-19 spread. JAMA editorial reviews latest science, while case study shows masks prevented COVID spread. Read the article.

7/14/2020 — IRS reminder: Taxpayers can get an extension to Oct. 15 to file taxes. Read the release.

7/7/2020 — FDA Authorizes Additional COVID-19 Combination Diagnostic Test Ahead of Flu Season. Read the announcement.

7/7/2020 — Centers for Disease Control Offers Considerations for Events and Gatherings. Read the guidance.

June 2020

6/30/2020 — CDC Offers Considerations for Wearing Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19. Read the guidance here.

6/30/2020 — IRS has easy ways to help taxpayers who need more time or payment options. Read the release.

6/23/2020 — CDC Offers Considerations for Travelers—Coronavirus in the US. Read their guidance.

6/23/2020 — CDC Offers Suggestions for Youth and Summer Camps. Read the article.

6/16/2020 — CDC Outlines How COVID-19 Spreads. Read the release.

6/16/2020 — IRS reminder: File now, choose direct deposit or schedule tax payments electronically before the July 15 deadline. Read the release.

6/9/2020 — CDC Outlines How to Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19 When Visiting Parks and Recreational Facilities. Read the guidance.

6/9/2020 — IRS warns against COVID-19 fraud; other financial schemes. Read the release.

6/2/2020 — CDC Releases Information for Parents on Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) associated with COVID-19. Read the article.

6/2/2020 — IRS reminder: June 15 tax deadline postponed to July 15 for taxpayers who live and work abroad. Read the release.

May 2020

5/26/2020 — CDC provides Interim Guidance for Communities of Faith

5/26/2020 — Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Frequently Asked Questions from the Food and Drug Administration. Read the list.

5/19/2020 — The CDC launches Clinician On-Call Center, a 24-hour hotline with trained CDC clinicians standing by to answer COVID-19 questions from healthcare personnel. View or download an informational flyer.

5/19/2020 — IRS Information for 2020 Tax Filing Season. Learn more here.

5/12/2020 — CDC Releases Viral Testing Data for the U.S. Read the update.

5/12/2020 — Why the Economic Impact Payment amount could be different than anticipated. Read the article by the IRS.

5/5/2020 — Department of the Treasury and the IRS Warn of Coronavirus Scams. Learn more here.

5/5/2020 — Comprehensive list of symptoms of Coronavirus provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Find them here.

APRIL 2020

4/28/2020 — Testing for COVID-19 Information Provided By CDC. Learn more here.

4/28/2020 — IRS Non-Filers Should Use “Enter Payment Info Here” tool to get Economic Impact Payment; many low-income, homeless qualify. Read the release.

4/21/2020 — Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Questions and Answers Read here.

4/21/2020 — “Get My Payment” Web App Launched for Americans to Submit Direct Deposit Information and Track Payments. Read release here.

4/14/2020 — IRS Issues Guidance for Non-Filers and the Economic Impact Payment. Read here.

4/11/2020 — U.S. Department of Labor Publishes Guidance on Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. Read the details.

4/6/2020 — The CDC Recommends Wearing Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19. Learn more and see how to make your own.

4/2/2020 — Paycheck Protection Program/CARES Act The Treasury Department released details about how small businesses can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program—which provides $349 billion in forgivable loans to businesses employing fewer than 500 people. The program—which is part of the CARES Act that was passed and signed into law last week—will help America’s small business entrepreneurs face the challenging economic conditions sparked by the coronavirus outbreak.  

 As noted above, small businesses—including sole proprietors—can begin applying for the financial relief on April 3, 2020. Independent contractors and self-employed individuals can begin applying on April 10, 2020. The program will be open until June 30, 2020, but small businesses are encouraged to take advantage of the financial relief as soon as possible. 

4/2/2020 — Coronavirus Emergency Loans Guide and Checklist for Small Businesses and Nonprofits The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Coronavirus Emergency Loans Guide and Checklist for Small Businesses and Nonprofits — Starting April 3, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for loans through existing SBA lenders. Starting April 10, independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply for loans through existing SBA lenders. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans as soon as they are approved and enrolled in the program. Visit www.sba.gov for a list of SBA lenders. There is a funding cap, so the Treasury Department recommends applying as soon as possible.

4/1/2020 — US Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship has sent out The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act .

4/1/2020 — Medicare offers information on avoiding Coronavirus scams. https://tinyurl.com/wxsckx2

MARCH 2020

3/26/2020 — Time published A Coronavirus Guide for Older Adults (And Their Family Advocates).

3/26/2020 — Acting Secretary Chad Wolf Statement on the REAL ID Enforcement Deadline Extension. Visit https://www.dhs.gov/news/2020/03/26/acting-secretary-chad-wolf-statement-real-id-enforcement-deadline for details.

3/26/2020 — IRS issues guidance on Coronavirus Tax Relief payments. Visit https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus often for updates. For those looking for information on stimulus payments, #IRS will share it as soon as it’s available. In the meantime, there’s no need to sign up for anything – Just make sure you’ve filed a 2018 or 2019 tax return.

3/25/2020 — FEMA published a webpage on Coronavirus Rumor Control to help the public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control

3/23/2020The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Checklist for Older Persons, “If you are an older adult or someone who has severe chronic medical conditions such as heart or lung disease, or diabetes, you are at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. It is very important for you to take steps to stay healthy.” Read more ….

3/23/2020The CDC releases daily update of number of COVID-19 cases in U.S. “COVID-19: U.S. at a Glance.” Read more ….

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