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COVID-19 Relief Bill

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The passing of the COVID-19 Relief Bill by the House, is aimed at providing relief to millions of Americans directly affected. This gives some peace of mind for families affected.

Previously an emergency spending bill of $8.3 billion had already been approved to help stop the spread of this disease.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, or H.R. 6201, was passed by the House with a vote of 363 to 40 (I wonder who was opposed to this idea?), includes measures such as;

  • COVID-19 testing for all who need it, this includes those with/without insurance.
  • Up to two weeks of paid emergency sick leave.
  • 90 days of paid family and medical leave.
  • Medical leave and unemployment insurance for furloughed (granted leave of absence or temporary release) workers.
  • Increased money for Medicaid, health insurance for state, local governments and indigenous peoples.
  • Enhanced unemployment for employees who have lost employment secondary to the outbreak.
  • Strengthen SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is the program formerly known as food stamps), helping to keep hunger at bay.
  • Setting up relief centers, assistance 

Employers receive a refundable tax credit to help offset their costs of providing workers with paid leave.

Employees who function in the role of caregivers or who must care for their children due to school and day care closures could receive a daily total amount of $200 per day.

Employees on sick leave can receive a daily total capped at $511 per day.

Self-employed workers would also qualify for the refundable tax credit.

The bill makes allowances of $15 million for the Internal Revenue Service to implement the tax credits for paid sick and paid family and medical leave, so remember to claim on your tax returns.

The government intends to propose another COVID-19 Bill that could include tax incentives to stimulate the economy and assist the working class.

I am slightly relieved that there will be at least some assistance for those who need it. It is my prayer that this bill lives up to its name and provides some much needed relief ….

Sources Cited;

https://www.law360.com/tax-authority

Click to access BILLS-116hr6201-SUS.pdf

 

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Coronavirus Update


WHO: Coronavirus: World Health Organization; 2020. Licence: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO

2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in the U.S.

The CDC continues to closely monitor the spread of the respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus (2019-nCoV). The first case was reported in Wuhan, China, but have been rapidly growing in a number of other countries, including the United States.

This information is current as of January 29, 2020. Number of persons currently under investigation (PUI) = 36

Individuals Positive5
Individuals Negative68
Individuals Pending§92
Total165
The above information from the CDC website.

States with confirmed 2019-nCoV cases:

  • Washington
  • Illinois
  • California
  • Arizona
  • Oregon

Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Around The Globe:

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • South Korea
  • Italy
  • Macau
  • Taiwan
  • Australia
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Nepal
  • Sri Lanka
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • The Republic of Korea
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United States
  • Vietnam

What YOU Need To Know:

There are no clear parameters for classification of clinical symptoms. Symptoms mimic the flu:

  • Cough
  • Fever 
  • Symptoms of lower respiratory illness (e.g., cough, difficulty breathing).
  • In severe cases, the infection can lead to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death. 

Not much is really known about this virus at this time. Viruses are self limiting agents that hijack your cells to do their dirty work.

  • Care will be supportive, fluids, antivirals, rest, contain the spread until more information becomes available.
  • Wash hands frequently when available, carry hand sanitizer when you cannot wash your hands.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing / sneezing.
  • Thoroughly cooking your eggs and meats.
  • Limit your contact in public spaces if at all possible.
  • Apply additional caution for the very young, old and persons who are immunocompromised.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone showing signs of respiratory illness, such as coughing or sneezing until further information.

No vaccine or specific treatment for 2019-nCoV infection is currently available.

For further information I invite you to visit:

Stay safe and blessed!