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Coronavirus Resources

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an illness caused by a virus that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has spread throughout the world and first appeared in Wuhan, China in late 2019. COVID-19 symptoms can range from mild (or no symptoms) to severe illness. You can become infected by coming into close contact (about 6 feet or two arm lengths) with a person who has COVID-19. COVID-19 is primarily spread from person to person. 

Individuals around the country, including our healthcare workers, delivery drivers and grocery store clerks have made tremendous sacrifices to keep the country running during this crisis. Congress has passed several pieces of legislation, including measures to provide economic stimulus checks to Americans, loans for small businesses and additional funding for hospitals responding to this virus. 

Below, you will find information on stimulus checks, information on Congressional action as well as state and local resources. For more information on coronavirus, please visit the Centers for Disease Control's website at cdc.gov/coronavirus.

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I. Help for Individuals
II. Help for Small Businesses
III. Federal Resources and Guidelines
IV. State and local resources and announcements



I. Help for Individuals

Direct Financial Assistance
The CARES Act authorized direct financial assistance for millions of American taxpayers up to $1,200 for those who meet specific requirements. Most American taxpayers will be eligible for this payment. If you did not file taxes in 2018 or 2019 and are receiving Social Security retirement, survivors or Social Security Disability payments, no action is required from you and you should automatically receive these payments.

To help taxpayers who did file taxes in 2018 or 2019 get their CARES Act stimulus payments as soon as possible, the IRS launched the "Get My Payment" web app. The app allows you to:
  • Check your payment status
  • Confirm your payment type: direct deposit or check
  • Enter your bank account information for direct deposit if the IRS doesn't have your direct deposit information and it hasn't sent your payment yet
NOTE: In certain cases, the "Get My Payment" app will be unable to tell users the status of their payment. Users may receive an error message if they:
  • Are not eligible for a payment (see the FAQs on who is eligible and who is not eligible)
  • Are required to file a tax return and have not filed in tax year 2018 or 2019
  • Recently filed their return or provided information through the Non-Filers Form (payment status will be updated when processing is completed)
  • Are a Social Security or VA benefit recipient (the IRS is working with the relevant agency to issue payments and information is not available in this app yet)
  • Tried to enter your information too many times and are locked out for 24 hours (information is updated once a day)

My office and I are aware of difficulties some may be having accessing the system. Please contact us with any issues you're experiencing or call (202) 225-2706.

 


II. Help for Small Businesses
Paycheck Protection Program
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed. This section of the bill, known as the Paycheck Protection Program, provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to small businesses. These loans may be forgiven if borrowers keep their payrolls during the crisis or restore their payrolls afterward. Congress has directed the Small Business Administration to rapidly release additional guidance regarding how to apply for these loans.


Click here for information from the U.S. Treasury about the Paycheck Protection Program.


III. Federal Resources and Guidelines
White House guidelines

  • The following guidelines are in effect until April 30, 2020:
    • Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.
    • If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
    • If your children are sick, keep them at home. Do not send them to school. Contact your medical provider.
    • If someone in your house has tested positive for the coronavirus, keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work. Do not go to school. Contact your medical provider.
    • If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.
    • If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk, stay home and away from other people.
  • Avoid gatherings of more than 10 people
  • Do not travel unnecessarily, especially on airlines
  • Work or engage in schooling from home
  • Do not visit nursing homes
  • The deadline to file federal taxes has been extended to July 15 with no penalty.
  • Federal student loan interest and payments have been temporarily suspended.
  • Medicare patients can now be evaluated, as well as receive preventative health screenings and other services without leaving home through expanded telehealth services for no additional charge.


CDC guidelines
To prevent the spread of coronavirus, the CDC has issued the following recommendations:

  • Make sure you wash your hands.
  • Refrain from touching your face.
  • Wear a face mask or cloth face covering when leaving the house.
  • If you’re feeling sick, stay home.


Tax Information

Actions by Congress

On March 28, 2020,with my support, the U.S. House of Representatives approved an economic relief package (CARES Act) to help Americans and small businesses affected by the coronavirus. President Trump signed the bill into law on March 28, 2020. For questions about the CARES Act and stimulus checks, click here. For a detailed, section by section explanation of the CARES Act, click here.


IV. State and Local Resources and Announcements
Reopening Florida
Governor DeSantis announced the following updates on the status of openings and closings in Florida, effective May 4th*:

  • Restaurants may reopen with the following restrictions:
    • Indoor seating is restricted to 25 percent capacity.
    • Indoor and outdoor seating must follow 6-feet distancing guidelines.
  • Retail stores may resume normal operations at 25 percent indoor capacity.
  • Bars, gyms and personal services (i.e. hairdressers) should remain closed at this time.
  • Essential operations and services will continue uninterrupted.
  • Visitation is restricted at long-term care facilities and nursing homes.
  • Elective surgeries and in-patient procedures can resume at hospitals.
  • Vulnerable individuals should continue to avoid close contact with people outside the home.
  • All individuals should continue to maximize physical distance from others in public.
  • All individuals should continue to avoid social gatherings of 10 or more people when social distancing is not possible.
  • Cloth face coverings are recommended for all face-to-face interactions when physical distancing is difficult to maintain.
  • All schools will continue distance learning for the remainder of the school year. Students and parents are encouraged to visit their school district’s website for more information:
  • The prohibition of vacation rentals has been extended until further notice.
  • You can read the Governor’s full executive order here.
  • Click here for the full guidelines and phases of the plan to reopen Florida.
*Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties are not included in this reopening date.
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