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US Considers Fourth Coronavirus Relief Bill; Communities Plan for Long-Term Recovery Efforts


The total number of confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) cases has exceeded 1.6 million worldwide, with more than 460,000 confirmed cases in the United State (US) — of whom approximately 26,500 are reported as recovered.

Johns Hopkins 2019-nCoV Map of Global Cases: Source

In Washington, D.C., this week, lawmakers are calling for a fourth coronavirus relief bill as the Trump administration begins implementing its historic $2 trillion stimulus package through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday she hopes the US Congress will move ahead with an infrastructure plan when it fully returns on April 20, echoing President Trump’s call for an additional $2 trillion infrastructure bill to create jobs as part of the COVID-19 fallout.

Lawmakers will be returning to Congress on April 20. Photo Credit: Hagerty Consulting, Austin Falley

As numerous federal, state, and local public health agencies continue pandemic response efforts, some federal agencies are working to minimize the export of certain medical supplies from the US. Specifically, private companies are  blocked from exporting critical medical supplies needed in the US for coronavirus efforts, unless given approval for overseas shipments by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said the administrative rule aims to curb price gouging on personal protective equipment (PPE). The regulation is expected to be published on Friday, April 10, 2020, in the Federal Register and be upheld for 120 days.

Under the CARES Act, many people who lost their employment are eligible to receive an additional $600 a week in unemployment benefits in addition to benefits individuals would normally receive through their individual state. Many states’ unemployment assistance systems are struggling to accommodate the sudden surge in claims from COVID-19’s economic effects. State and local leaders face underfunded unemployment insurance systems, and potential challenges associated with system failures during implementation.

Tracking COVID-19 Data and Costs to Maximize Recovery Outcomes

Communities across the country are grappling with the overwhelming burden of responding to COVID-19, leaving little time or energy for planning for long-term recovery. A critical first step to prioritizing recovery activities is understanding the impact to your community. 

The Hagerty Consulting team recommends collecting data now that can be analyzed later to tell the full story of community wellbeing, economic, and public health consequences in your area. This first step will assist with prioritizing resources and activities to do the most good for your community. Here are some specific metrics your community can begin to capture now so that you are better prepared for long-term recovery.

Over the coming days and weeks, Hagerty will continue to provide guidance on making effective preparations for long-term recovery, as well as continuing our situational updates.



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