Category Archives: Coronavirus

Blogs about coronavirus (COVID-19)

Is FEMA Ready to Respond to Emergencies?

Even before COVID-19, a rising number of natural disasters has meant an increased reliance by state, local, and tribal entities on federal funding and resources. For instance: The 2017 Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria affected 47 million people and are … Continue reading

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CARES Act provides relief to some homeowners during coronavirus outbreak

Help is coming for some Americans, who are falling behind on their mortgage payments as a result of economic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March … Continue reading

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CRISPR: A Technology That Could Help In the Fight Against COVID-19

As work continues around the globe to diagnose and treat patients with COVID-19 (coronavirus), today’s WatchBlog looks at a technology that may help scientists develop new diagnostic tests for rapidly identifying the virus—a critical component in the fight against the … Continue reading

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Providing Services to Older Adults Isolated Due to COVID-19

Adults over the age of 60 may be more at risk of serious health issues as a result of the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). These adults may isolate themselves in their homes for increased safety, and may face challenges accessing … Continue reading

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The Military’s Pandemic Response—Supporting Civil Authorities

The Department of Defense (DOD) often is expected to play a critical role in helping respond to a pandemic or medical disaster. For example, during the Zika virus outbreak in 2016, DOD collaborated with the Department of Health and Human … Continue reading

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As Aid for COVID-19 Arrives, So Might Fraud. Here’s How You Can Report It.

The federal government has taken extraordinary measures to help those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March 27, provides funds for federal and state agencies to … Continue reading

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School Lunches During COVID-19

What happens to children who rely on meals at school when the coronavirus pandemic results in unexpected school closures? Federal nutrition assistance programs are usually used to provide food to children in low-income areas when schools are closed for vacation. … Continue reading

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What is the Defense Production Act, and how is it being used in response to COVID-19?

On March 27, the administration announced it would use the Defense Production Act in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus). The President directed the Department of Health and Human Services to work with General Motors to prioritize the production of ventilators that … Continue reading

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Are Schools Prepared to Respond to a Pandemic?

Schools and colleges across the nation are closing their doors, sending students home, and moving to online or other forms of instruction in response to growing concerns about the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.  In our prior reports, we have reviewed how … Continue reading

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Census Operations During COVID-19

April 1st is Census Day—an important marker for reporting where you live as of April 1, 2020, for the 2020 Decennial Census. The census, which includes a population count, has real consequences for how seats in the House of Representatives … Continue reading

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