AACN's Washington Weekly

Published April 15, 2020

Department of Education Announces Guidance on CARES Act Education Grants

On April 14, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced official guidance for the $3 billion dollars in emergency education relief funding authorized in H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Each governor has broad authority to distribute the funds within their state, as long as they use the funds to support schools and colleges impacted by the coronavirus. While we do not yet know how each state will allocate their funding, AACN will continue to monitor this issue and provide updates. To read the Department of Education letter to Governors, click here.  

Federal Communications Commission Begins Vetting Applications for COVID-19 Telehealth Aid

On April 13, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) began the process to vet applicants for the $200 million in telehealth funding allocated in the CARES Act. These funds are meant to “prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19” by providing telecommunication services, expanding broadband connectivity, and purchasing devices required to provide telehealth services. Colleges and universities are eligible to apply for this funding.  For more information, applicants may view a video explaining the application process and find more details at the live portal.

American Public Health Association and National Academy of Medicine Discuss COVID-19 Treatment

On April 9, the American Public Health Association and the National Academy of Medicine discussed emerging evidence related to the spread and treatment of COVID-19.  A University of Nebraska Medical Center study focused on detecting air and surface contamination by taking environmental and air samples on tabletops, window ledges, and personal items (such as phones) in rooms from both a biocontainment and quarantine unit. This study concluded that while ubiquitous environmental contamination is not directly linked to symptoms caused by COVID-19, there is value in strategies that provide for environmental disinfection. In terms of treatments, convalescent plasma also has been discussed and is being used in other countries such as Italy and China. To  view a recording of this webinar or to read the transcript, click here.

Feedback Requested: AACN’s COVID-19 Federal Response

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