Death Toll Climbs in California; House Passes Aid Package
President Trump said he would sign the $484 billion package, which replenishes a depleted small-business loan program. Another 4.4 million people filed for unemployment. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Source Type: news

House Passes Another Stimulus Bill as Coronavirus Batters Economy
FRIDAY, April 24, 2020 -- The U.S. House passed a $484 billion deal on Thursday that would replenish a small business loan program that has run out of funding. The bill also directs more money to hospitals and COVID-19 testing. President Donald... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 24, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Why New Zealand ’s Coronavirus Elimination Strategy Is Unlikely to Work in Most Other Places
As countries around the world work to “flatten the curve” of coronavirus infections, one has set itself a far more ambitious target. New Zealand plans to wipe out COVID-19 completely. “We have the opportunity to do something no other country has achieved—elimination of the virus,” Jacinda Ardern, the country’s Prime Minister, said Apr. 16. The strategy appears to be working. Fewer than 1,500 people have been infected with the virus in the country of almost 5 million. Only 17 have died. On April 24, just five new cases were confirmed. (By comparison, Colorado, which is roughly the same g...
Source: TIME: Health - April 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Amy Gunia Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 feature overnight Source Type: news

Coronavirus Live Updates: Death Toll Climbs in California; House Passes Aid Package
President Trump said he would sign the $484 billion package, which replenishes a depleted small-business loan program. Another 4.4 million people filed for unemployment. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Source Type: news

Congress passes expanded small-business loan funding to address coronavirus shutdowns
The House has passed nearly half a trillion dollars for small-business loans in the Paycheck Protection Program amid the coronavirus crisis. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - April 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sarah D. Wire, Jennifer Haberkorn Source Type: news

Conformis to Bring Furloughed Employees Back to Work
There’s some significant news coming out of Conformis today. The custom orthopedic implant company said it expects most of the 80 employees it had to furlough about a month ago will be returning to active employment as early as April 27, 2020. The company said there some employees who have separated from it in the normal course of business. The Billerica, MA-based firm said two factors contributed to the furlough ending. The first reason is the $4.7 million loan it received from the Paycheck Protection Program administered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. These loans are offered because of the e...
Source: MDDI - April 23, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: COVID-19 Orthopedics Source Type: news

House Set to Sign Off on Economic Stimulus Bill Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
THURSDAY, April 23, 2020 -- Lawmakers were poised to pass a $484 billion deal on Thursday that would replenish a small business loan program that has run out of funding and direct more money to hospitals and COVID-19 testing. The Senate has already... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 23, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Watch live: Coronavirus Task Force gives update on response
The Senate on Tuesday passed a $484 billion relief package that will replenish the quickly-depleted loan program for small businesses ailing because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - April 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trump: Immigration ban to put "Americans first in line for jobs"
The president also said Harvard University will repay money meant for small businesses. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - April 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Senate passes bill to boost small business aid, hospitals and testing
President Trump has consistently claimed there is no shortage of medical supplies or coronavirus tests but that's been disputed by many governors. Paula Reid reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - April 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Can you say "fraud?" Large companies stepping in to take coronavirus relief loans meant for SMALL businesses
(Natural News) The biggest problem with showering the country with money under the guise of trying to provide ‘relief’ for people, whether it’s the economic crisis of 2009 or the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, is that such helicoptering of money rarely comes off as efficient. What’s more, when there are literally trillions of dollars up... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Senate votes to increase funding for small businesses dealing with coronavirus shutdowns
The Senate approved a deal to provide more money for small business loans, hospitals and COVID-19 testing. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - April 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sarah D. Wire Source Type: news

Top House Republican McCarthy confirms deal reached on small business loan bill
The top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Tuesday that a deal had been reached to replenish funding for an emergency program that extends loans to small businesses hit by a drop in demand due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Schumer: Deal reached on major parts of $500B virus aid
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer says agreement has been reached on major elements of a nearly $500 billion coronavirus aid package for small businesses, as well as additional help for hospitals and virus testing (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Reimagining a Post COVID World: Key Principles for the Future
Mandeep Tiwana is chief programmes officer at CIVICUS, the global civil society alliance. He’s based at CIVICUS’ New York office. By Mandeep TiwanaNEW YORK, Apr 21 2020 (IPS-Partners) In her book, ‘A World Made New: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,’ Mary Ann Glendon tells the beautiful story of how out of the ashes of the Second World War emerged the world’s pre-eminent rights framework. The Declaration recognises the inherent dignity of every human being and was born out of the shared horror felt by the international community with war crimes and genocide on an...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Mandeep Tiwana Tags: Economy & Trade Health Humanitarian Emergencies Source Type: news

Senate Passes $484 Billion Coronavirus Relief Package
The U.S. Senate passed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, or the COVID-19 3.5 relief package, which provides $484 billion to support small businesses, hospitals and enhance COVID-19 testing, including $225 million in direct funds to rural health clinics. The House will vote on the bill April 23, 2020. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - April 21, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Talks drag on $450B virus aid for small business, hospital
The Trump administration and Congress are struggling to seal an agreement on more than $450 billion to help small businesses hurt by the coronavirus, but both sides insist a final pact is within reach (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Conformis Gets Some Economic Relief to Help with Negative COVID-19 Impact
There is a bit of relief for Conformis, a maker of custom orthopedic implants, which has been impacted significantly by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The Billerica, MA-based company said in a release it received $4.7 million under the paycheck protection program (PPP) offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act authorizes the SBA to make available low-interest rate loans to qualified small businesses under the PPP. According to the terms of the PPP, all or a portion of the loan may be fully forgiven if the ...
Source: MDDI - April 21, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Tags: COVID-19 Business Source Type: news

Late-stage Negotiations on $450B Virus Aid Program Drag On
Late-stage negotiations in Washington on additional funding for a small-business rescue program dragged Monday past a hoped-for deadline, though both the Trump administration and key lawmakers insisted they are close to a final pact. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - April 21, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Senate close to deal on more coronavirus funds for small businesses as critics say too much went to big firms
Congressional leaders are nearing a deal over an emergency coronavirus package to replenish a small business program that ran out of funds last week. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sarah D. Wire, Jennifer Haberkorn Source Type: news

White House, Congress Near Deal on Yet Another Coronavirus Aid Package
MONDAY, April 20, 2020 -- The White House and Congressional leaders said Sunday they were close to agreement on a $470 billion coronavirus package that would pump more money into a small business loan program that has run out of funding. Roughly... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - April 20, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Trump, Congress near deal on small business, hospital aid
The Trump administration and Congress expect an agreement Monday on a coronavirus aid package of up to $450 billion (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Trump administration and Democrats near deal for more coronavirus aid to small businesses
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Democratic leaders said Sunday they were "very close" to a coronavirus relief deal with about $400 billion more for small-business loans, hospitals and testing. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - April 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Laura King Source Type: news

Coronavirus Live Updates: White House Calls Testing ‘Sufficient’ but States Say They Need More
New York, New Jersey and other states say reopening their economies must be linked with wider testing for the virus. Leaders say a second lifeline for small businesses and hospitals nears approval. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Tests (Medical) United States Politics and Government Quarantines Doping (Sports) Deaths (Fatalities) Vaccination and Immunization Medicine and Health Source Type: news

Evolving aid package offers billions for hospitals, testing
The Trump administration and Congress are nearing an agreement as early as Sunday on an aid package of up to $450 billion to boost a small-business loan program that has run out of money and add funds for hospitals and COVID-19 testing (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - April 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Face The Nation: Scott Gottlieb, Suzanne Clark, King Abdullah II
Missed the second half of the show? The latest on testing supplies for the coronavirus in America, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is expecting a deal in Congress for additional funding for the small business loan program and how the King of Jordan managed the spread of COVID-19. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - April 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Many Milwaukee-area business execs support gradual reopening of state economy
The debate in Wisconsin over when to restart the economy, which has been stalled by the coronavirus pandemic, is intensifying as business leaders try to figure out the best way to restart the region's economy, something that many say is necessary in the near future to save many small businesses that face the possibility of not being able to reopen. The Milwaukee Business Journal on Friday asked a group of area business executives if they supported a gradual reopening of the economy and how it should be implemented. Read the responses. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 19, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Mark Kass Source Type: news

Many Milwaukee-area business execs support gradual reopening of state economy
The debate in Wisconsin over when to restart the economy, which has been stalled by the coronavirus pandemic, is intensifying as business leaders try to figure out the best way to restart the region's economy, something that many say is necessary in the near future to save many small businesses that face the possibility of not being able to reopen. The Milwaukee Business Journal on Friday asked a group of area business executives if they supported a gradual reopening of the economy and how it should be implemented. Read the responses. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 19, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Mark Kass Source Type: news

Officials Say C.D.C. Errors Caused Testing Delays
Democratic lawmakers and the Trump administration seek to break an impasse over a small-business loan program. Hospitals struggle to provide dialysis amid an unforeseen surge in patients with kidney failure. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Cuomo, Andrew M Fauci, Anthony S Texas Abbott, Gregory W (1957- ) Trump, Donald J California Austin (Tex) New York State Source Type: news

Coronavirus Live Updates: As N.Y. Extends Shutdown, Trump Tells Governors to ‘Call Your Own Shots’
More than 22 million Americans lost their jobs in one month, and a federal fund to help small businesses ran out of money. China ’s economy took a steep dive. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Source Type: news

Chefs accuse insurance companies of denying claims amid coronavirus pandemic
A group of chefs from noted restaurants say they paid millions in premiums to insurance companies that are now denying their claims as small businesses across the country struggle with coronavirus lockdowns. Anna Werner speaks to chef Thomas Keller, who says he paid extra for virus coverage and is now suing his insurance company for not paying up. We cover his story for our series Financial Fallout, on the economic impact of the virus crisis. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - April 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Namibia: Informal Sector Needs Help to Operate Under Lockdown
[New Era] The announcement by President Hage Geingob that informal traders would be allowed to operate under strict conditions until the country emerges from the Covid-19 lockdown on 5 May has been met with appreciation. However, a small business expert has cautioned that the sector will need special assistance to operate under strict conditions. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 17, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Opinion: Small businesses need help now. Congress would rather play politics
Taking the Paycheck Protection Program hostage to help other needy programs, even if they're desperate for help, seems like a power play unsuited for the moment. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - April 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jon Healey Source Type: news

Op-Ed: Millions of small businesses are about to collapse. We can't afford the mistakes we made in 2008
Saving Wall Street in the 2008 crash didn't save Main Street. We can't let that happen again. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - April 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Roger Lowenstein Source Type: news

Senate fails to provide more coronavirus relief money for small businesses
A government loan program for small businesses hit by the coronavirus pandemic is out of funds, and there's disagreement on how to replenish it. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - April 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jennifer Haberkorn Source Type: news

Joint Corp. receives PPP loan, draws on credit line to shore up finances
The Joint Corp., a Scottsdale-based operator and franchisor of chiropractic clinics nationwide, said Wednesday it received a $2.7 million loan through JPMorgan Chase Bank NA under the U.S. Small Business Administration ’s Payroll Protection Program set up to help companies handle the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. The company already had drawn down $2 million in mid-March on a newly established line of credit agreement with Chase in what it said in a regulatory filing was "a precautionary… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - April 16, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Phoenix Business Journal staff Source Type: news

Small businesses struggle to get emergency funding
The $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program could run out of money as early as Tuesday night. And Congress can't agree on how to send more. Kris Van Cleave reports. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - April 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

U.S. coronavirus small-business program funding nearly spent
Funding for a small business loan program is nearly wiped out with no agreement between the White House and Democrats on how to refill the coffers. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - April 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jennifer Haberkorn Source Type: news

Have you been approved for a PPP loan? Tell us about the experience
Many small businesses are hurting because of the spread of COVID-19 and the precautions that have kept most Americans at home and not spending money. The federal government's Paycheck Protection Program, part of the CARES Act, was opened up earlier this month to provide almost $350 billion in low-interest loans to small-business owners needing cash to meet payroll and rent obligations. But with any government program designed quickly and meant to fill an immediate need, there have been varying… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 15, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Kirk Seminoff Source Type: news

Webinar: FAB&T, Wright Lindsey Jennings Offer Help Navigating the CARES Act
First Arkansas Bank & Trust, Wright Lindsey Jennings and Arkansas Business will present a free webinar about how small businesses can take advantage of the federal CARES Act amid the COVID-19 crisis. (Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care)
Source: Arkansas Business - Health Care - April 15, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

SBA: Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program
In this notice, the Small Business Administration provides supplemental information with additional guidance on the application of certain affiliate rules applicable to the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program announced in aseparate interim rule notice. Comments on the interim rule are due by May 15, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 15, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SBA: Business Loan Program Temporary Changes; Paycheck Protection Program
The Small Business Administration has released an interim final rule to implement the Paycheck Protection Program portion of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The Paycheck Protection Program and loan forgiveness are intended to provide economic relief to small businesses that have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This interim rule is effective April 15, 2020. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 15, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Tourism May Be One of the Worst-Hit Sectors and Bouncing Back Is Not Going to Be Easy
[Daily Maverick] Tourism contributed about R130-bn to South Africa's GDP in 2018. The sector helps to offset the national balance of payments' deficit, accounts for many direct (and indirect) jobs more than 1.5 million combined in 2018), supports small businesses and spreads economic activity around the country through its broad spatial impacts. But the post-lockdown bounceback will probably be muted, so what should tourism operators do? (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 14, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Play your part, stay apart: Advice and insight on physical distancing
It has been a month since the wide-ranging safer-at-home directive went into effect in Los Angeles on March 17, following, and followed by, similar policies in other states  and countries around the world.  It ’s been hard. It’s wreaked havoc on our economy, our communities and our sense of emotional well-being. People understandably want to connect, go outside, share physical spaces, make a living, enjoy friends and family.  We asked Daniel Fessler, professor of anthropology and director of theUCLA Bedari Kindness Institute to help unpack why physical distancing feels so counterintuiti...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - April 13, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

OCC, Federal Reserve, FDIC: Regulatory Capital Rule: Paycheck Protection Program Lending Facility and Paycheck Protection Program Loans
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Board), and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) have issued an interim final rule and comment request for the Paycheck Protection Program Lending Facility and Paycheck Protection Program Loans regulatory capital rule which, as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), is intended to provide liquidity to small business lenders and the broader credit markets, to help stabilize the financial system, and to provide economic relief to small businesses nationwide. The interim final rul...
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - April 13, 2020 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, next steps, and the role of small business
(American Institute of Biological Sciences) The BioScience Talks podcast features discussions of topical issues related to the biological sciences. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 13, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Trump's INSANE-o-nomics: Govt. pays Americans to sit at home and collect $15 / hour while small businesses collapse from lack of labor
(Natural News) We’re not sure how President Trump thinks there’s going to be anything resembling an economic “recovery” when tens of millions of American workers are being paid $15 / hour by the government to sit at home and do nothing. For millions of Americans, this create zero incentive to get a job, since most... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trump's INSANE-o-nomics: Govt. will pay Americans to sit at home and collect $15 / hour while small businesses collapse from lack of labor during attempted "recovery"
(Natural News) Clarification: The comments about this article led me to realize I didn’t do a good job explaining the timing of all this. The lockdowns are ending May 1st, based on current talk from the White House. Yet the “bailout money” paychecks will keep being paid to people for three additional months (at least),... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - April 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Heart of at-home health care: Spaulding Medical, Amanda Baltz
"As a small business, this pandemic is a major challenge for us all - personally and professionally." (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 10, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news