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COVD-19 Update March 20, 2020

Posted By Jennifer Gill, Friday, March 20, 2020
Updated: Friday, March 20, 2020

 March 20, 2020

Coronavirus Daily Update
March 20, 2020

The United States has crossed the 10,000 line in COVID-19 cases. Our shared work continues. Your dedication to residents and staff is an inspiration to all of us to keep pushing information and resources out. Here is today’s update:

Letter to the Postmaster General
letter to the Postmaster General  pointing out the nationwide issues with mail delivery has been sent (this is a widespread concern in North Carolina). Some postal carriers are refusing to comply with COVID-19 screening (required by CMS, many states, and most providers) and insisting they must enter communities and deliver the mail. They point to a directive from the Postmaster General. The US Postal Service has said the Postal Workers Union won’t allow screening. As the letter says, “many of our organizations have large communities with hundreds of residents and their staff are stretched very thin right now.” While we will continue to work in partnership with LeadingAge national, we would encourage you to contact your local Member of Congress to voice your concern about this critical issue.

Small Business Administration Loans
Today the Small Business Administration posted COVID-19 disaster categories on its website,
. This means that small entities, including not for profits, are now able to apply for SBA disaster loans as a result of economic injury caused by COVID-19. This could apply to members across settings but particularly adult day services who will have no revenue if they voluntarily or are forced to close.  Be on the lookout soon for an article that explains to members how to apply.

U.S. Tax Filing Deadline Moved to July 15
Americans will have an additional three months to file their taxes amid the coronavirus pandemic, the US treasury secretary said on Friday. We’ll be providing additional information on this in next week’s updates.

Joint Letter with NCHCFA to Governor Cooper and Secretary Cohen
Working in collaboration with the North Carolina Health Care Facilities Association, we sent a joint letter to Governor Roy Cooper and Secretary Mandy Cohen offering our assistance and perspective on the things we think would be most helpful in providing safety, security, and comfort to the tens of thousands of elders we serve across North Carolina.

CDC Memo on Returning to Work
CDC posted this 
Return to Work Criteria memo in the last few days.  It is very short, less than one page, and describes strategies to determine when health care personnel may return to work after confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection.  It covers test-based and non-test based strategies.

Summary of Second Coronavirus Bill
The President signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act into law. Most important for LeadingAge members are the two weeks (100%) paid sick leave and extended (2/3) paid family medical leave to care for a sick family member. The provisions apply to employers who employ fewer than 500 workers.  Those with 50 or fewer have the option to ask for an exemption if paying the benefits would jeopardize the viability of the business.  The benefit will be paid through credits against the employer’s payroll taxes.  The bill also includes a 6.2% FMAP bump in Medicaid and an expansion of SNAP benefits and senior nutrition programs. You can find a summary of these provisions on the LeadingAge
resources page.

Summary of LeadingAge's Affordable Housing Relief and Resources Work
Here is an
article summarizing LeadingAge's housing asks for the third and future coronavirus bills.

CDC Alert for Older Adults
CDC posted this page, 
“Older adults, 65 years and older, are at higher risk for severe illness,” yesterday.  It has a good graphic showing hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths, and notes that eight of ten deaths reported in the US have been people age 65 or older.                                                                                          

LeadingAge National 3:30pm Daily Coronavirus Call In
Here is the registration information for people who want to register for the first time for these LeadingAge calls: .  Anyone who is already registered, should not register again.  You will receive a notification one hour before the call with call in information. We are encouraging people who can to use their computers rather than phones for the call to ease demand on the system.  These calls will be held through Sunday, with recordings posted on the resources page.

LeadingAge National COVID-19 Member Community
Lots of conversation and collaboration is occurring nationwide between members on the COVID-19 Member Community.  Go to to join it.

Practical Tools for Staff Conversations
In an effort to help our leaders inspire and motivate their teams, here is our practical tool for today: Harvard Business Review’s "In Praise of the Incomplete Leader" tells us, “No leader is perfect. The best ones don’t try to be-they concentrate on honing their strengths and find others who can make up for their limitations.” Check in question for your team: Understanding that we can’t be all things to all people, what areas can the team help to support you in your work today?

LeadingAge NC COVID-19 Information Page
In addition to daily email updates, LeadingAge North Carolina is updating our COVID-19 information page daily with resources from trusted sources. Click here to view the page.


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