03/25/2020 Update

Major Disaster Declaration Granted – Following a request from Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, President Donald Trump last night approved a Major Disaster Declaration for Louisiana.  The move unlocks significant federal resources and millions in disaster funding to deal with the coronavirus crisis.  Louisiana joins New York, California and Washington in receiving federal funds to prevent further spread of COVID-19. Request for Major Disaster Declaration under the Stafford Act:

 The bill provides:

  • Direct financial aid through “recovery checks” to most American households;
  • Rapid relief for small businesses and their workers in the form of forgivable loans, made via local banks, intended largely for payroll (a provision strongly advocated for by GNO, Inc. and partners); and
  • More support for hospitals and front-line health care workers to address supply shortages, speed vaccine development and encourage telehealth.
  • Childcare Assistance Centers for Critical Personnel – The Louisiana Department of Education opened the Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) to support essential critical infrastructure personnel.  Eligible families will have access to subsidized care for children age 12 and under at licensed childcare centers participating in the program or through registered and certified family childcare and in-home providers.
  • New Hotline for Louisiana Businesses – Louisiana Economic Development has launched a new hotline for Louisiana businesses. Companies can call 225-342-4321 between 8:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. with their questions related to the impact of the coronavirus.

Tips

  • Ochsner Health System Update – Ochsner Health System will be hosting a WebEx conference call tomorrow, March 25, at 1:00 pm to give the business community an update on the virus and the opportunity to ask questions to their medical professionals and health executives. 
    • Join from your computer:   Click HERE and enter meeting number: 804 148 239
    • Join by phone:  Event Dial-in: 1-415-655-0001; Meeting Number: 804 148 239

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