Coronavirus Information & Resources
Like you, I recognize that this is an unprecedented time for our country and for the state of Ohio.
That’s why I have worked across the aisle in Congress to provide you with the resources necessary to tackle the health and economic challenges caused by COVID-19. To date, Congress has taken a number of significant actions to help protect families, businesses, employees, and our healthcare heroes on the front lines during this crisis.
Congress’ initial response to this virus came in the form of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, an $7.8 billion relief package focused on the healthcare aspects of COVID-19. It included more than $3.4 billion for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund to purchase and develop vaccines and medical supplies such as personal protective equipment (PPE), and nearly $1 billion forstate and local government response efforts. This package passed the House onMarch 4, 2020and was signedinto law two days later.
The second significant action taken by Congress to address the pandemic was the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which provided $2.5 billion in immediate, targeted relief for those impacted by the pandemic. This package included $1.2 billion to help cover the costs of coronavirus testing, $15 million for the IRS to administer tax credits to help small businesses impacted by the pandemic, $1.25 billion to provide emergency nutritional assistance for senior citizens, women, children, and low-income families, and relief for those who might need to take paid leave from work in order to care for themselves or family members. The Families First Coronavirus Act passed the House on March 14, 2020 and was signed into law four days later.
The third and most well-known relief package passed by Congress was the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This important legislation delivered $2.2 trillion in emergency relief to workers, families, small businesses, health systems and distressed communities. Specifically, it created the Paycheck Protection Program, supported hospitals and health systems with $100 billion, provided direct payments of $1,200 per eligible individual, $2,400 per eligible couple, and $500 per eligible child, delivered $272 billion to state and local governments to support their response to the virus, and provided $450 million for The Emergency Food Assistance Program to assist food banks across the country. The CARES Act was passed by the House on March 27, 2020 and signed into law later that same day.
Congress also passed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which increased the Paycheck Protection Program lending capacity from $349 billion to $659 billion and allocated an additional $75 billion to hospitals and health systems. This bill passed the House on April 23, 2020 and was signed into law the following day.
The effects of all of this legislation are widespread, so I want to make sure you have the information and resources you need to navigate them and find the help you may need. I encourage you to check out the other tabs in this section of my website where you will find a list of federal and state resources to help you navigate this crisis as well as the most up-to-date information about the virus.
As we continue to face the health and economic impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, other good ways to stay informed are by signing up for my Weekly Wrap, liking my Facebook page, and following me on Twitter.
Last but certainly not least, I urge you to follow the guidance issued by the CDC, Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health. We must continue to do everything in our power to prioritize our health and prevent the spread of this deadly virus in our communities. As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office with any questions, concerns, or if you need assistance.
David P. Joyce
Member of Congress