President Biden recently unveiled a comprehensive six-pronged national strategy, End of the pandemic, to fight COVID-19.
Vaccinate the unvaccinated
Protect the vaccinated more
Keeping schools safe
Increased testing and masking requirement
Protect our economic recovery
Improving care for people with COVID-19
The links above will take you to each page for more details. Below are industry specific notes.
*Employers with more than 100 employees will need to ensure their employees are vaccinated or tested weekly
The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is developing a rule that will require all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforce is fully immunized or require that all workers who are not vaccinated produce a negative test result at least once a week before coming to work. OSHA will issue a Temporary Emergency Standard (ETS) to implement this requirement.
*COVID-19 vaccines will be required for more than 17 million healthcare workers in Medicare and Medicaid participating hospitals and other healthcare settings
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) take action to require COVID-19 vaccinations for workers at most healthcare facilities that receive Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement, including, but not limited to, hospitals , dialysis centers, outpatient surgery establishments and home care. agencies. This action builds on the recently announced CMS vaccination requirement for nursing homes, and will apply to nursing home staff as well as staff in hospitals and other CMS regulated facilities, including including clinical staff, people providing services through arrangements, volunteers and staff not involved in the direct care of patients, residents or clients. These requirements will apply to approximately 50,000 providers and will cover the majority of healthcare workers across the country. Some facilities and states have started adopting immunization mandates for hospital staff or the health care sector.
* Employers will be required to provide paid time off to get vaccinated
To continue efforts to ensure that no worker loses a dollar in wages because of being vaccinated, OSHA is developing a rule that will require employers with more than 100 employees to provide paid time off for the time they are in. workers need to be vaccinated or recovered. if they are under post-vaccination weather. This requirement will be implemented through the ETS.
* Increased support for hospitals affected by COVID
The president’s plan will provide additional support to hospitals facing capacity issues. The Department of Defense announces its commitment to double the number of DOD clinician teams deployed to support hospitals struggling with an increase in COVID-19 cases. These clinicians will be available for assignments as part of the FEMA response in all surge conditions. In addition, the Department of Veterans Affairs has opened more than 150 hospital beds in Veterans Affairs facilities in growing states to reduce the burden on local hospitals.
* Strengthening the COVID-19 Economic Disaster Loan Program
The president’s plan will help more than 150,000 small businesses by bolstering the COVID Injury-Related Economic Disaster (EIDL) Loan Program, which provides long-term, low-cost loans. The improvements will allow more businesses to gain more and more flexible support with the $ 150 billion in loanable funds still available in the program.
First, the Small Business Administration (SBA) will increase the maximum amount of funding a small business can borrow under this program from $ 500,000 to $ 2 million, which can be used to hire and retain employees, buy inventory and equipment, and pay more. interest debt.
Second, the SBA will make it easier for small businesses with multiple locations in hard-hit sectors like restaurants, hotels and gyms to access these loans. To ensure that taxpayer dollars are used to support businesses that really need help, the SBA has put in place enhanced controls and will work closely with the SBA Inspector General to monitor the program.
And finally, to ensure that Main Street businesses have more time to access the remaining funds, the SBA will offer an exclusive 30-day access window where only small businesses looking for loans of $ 500,000 or less. will receive rewards after the launch of the new and improved loan product.
To learn more about President Biden’s COVID-19 action plan, click here.