JEDE COVID-19 Update for May 13, 2020

MAJOR COVID-19 ACTIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

ECONOMIC RECOVERY

  • Re-Opening Business Protocols:  Governor released new business operation protocols to protect worker and public safety.  Progress in reopening businesses is based on specific health indicators, which the Governor tracks and reports using a “Report Card.”

  • Quick Guide to Reopening:  Below is a quick-guide for reopening.  California is currently at Stage 2.  Resiliency Roadmap:  https://covid19.ca.gov/roadmap/

    • STAGE 1: Safety and Preparedness

      • Continue to build out testing, contact tracing, PPE and hospital surge capacity

      • Make essential workforce environments as safe as possible

      • Prepare sector-by-sector safety guidelines

    • STAGE 2: Lower Risk Workplaces

      • Retail (i.e.: curbside pickup)

      • Manufacturing

      • Offices (when telework is not possible)

      • More public spaces

    • STAGE 3: Higher Risk Workplaces with Modifications

      • Personal care (hair and nail salons, gyms)

      • Entertainment venues (theaters, sports without live audiences)

      • In-person religious services (churches, weddings)

    • STAGE 4: End of Stay-At-Home Order

      • Concerts

      • Convention centers

      • Live audience sports

  •  Nine More Counties Open:  Governor Newsom reports that 9 additional counties have met the metrics for expanding businesses under the Stage 2 including Amador, Lassen, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Tuolumne and Yuba-Sutter have attested that they meet certain criteria necessary to move further into Stage 2. By doing so, these counties – similar to Butte and El Dorado counties – may reopen various parts of the economy with modifications implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19.   https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Local-Variance-Attestations.aspx

  • Listening Tour:  Governor Newsom continued with his Economic Recovery & Reinvention Listening Tour, holding another virtual roundtable on May 7 with restaurant owners and workers to discuss their experiences and insights for what recovery can and should look like in a new economic landscape coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic.  On May 8, the Governor visited two small businesses in Sacramento to see how they were adapting to the new protocols.

  • Los Angeles Port Update:  The Port of Los Angeles Executive Director, Gene Seroka, issued a video of his presentation to business stakeholders at the International Ports and Harbors World Ports Conference.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkKJSFzMGEA&feature=youtu.be. Other updates below.

    • The Port of Los Angeles continues to be open with all terminals operating.  On May 13, there were 12 ships in port – 9 container, 1 liquid bulk vessel, 1 dry bulk vessel, and USNS Mercy.

    • Cargo levels are 80-85% of normal volumes this time of year.  In April, the Port of Los Angeles moved 688,999 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs), which is 53% more than March volumes, but a decrease of 6.45% compared to April 2019. Overall volumes for 2020 are expected to be considerably lower than 2019.

    • There were 40 cancelled sailings during Q1 2020.  In the second quarter, more than 30 scheduled sailings have been cancelled for sailings between April 20 and July 19, 2020.

  • Which Communities are Most Vulnerable to COVID-19:  The Initiative for a Cooperative Inner City released a report identifying general patterns of medical and economic vulnerability.  The report further suggests the types of communities where medical and economic assistance might best be targeted.

  • CA Senate Budget Framework:  California State Senate released its budget framework, which includes recommendations from the Senate Democratic Caucus Working Group on Economic Recovery.    https://sd39.senate.ca.gov/sites/sd39.senate.ca.gov/files/5.12.20_slides_-_economic_recovery.pdf

GRANTS

  • Energy-Intensive Manufacturing:  The US Department of Energy’s Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) announced up to $7 million in new funding to improve energy-intensive manufacturing processes and strengthen America’s manufacturing sector. CESMII released two project calls to fund research and development (R&D) projects that align with the institute’s goal of accelerating smart manufacturing adoption through the integration of advanced sensors, data, and platforms and controls.

  • Manufacturing Assistance Grant:  The CARES Act provided $50M for the Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (MEP Centers) to help US manufacturers prevent, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus.  MEP centers, including the California Manufacturing and Technology Corporation, may apply for an award to help manufacturers recover from workforce and supply chain interruptions; apply for private insurance claims and disaster loans from the Small Business Administration; and access resources at the federal, state and local levels.  https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=326218

  • Advanced Manufacturing Grants:  On May 5, 2020, awards were made to four Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (MEP Centers) to deploy advanced manufacturing technology services to US manufacturers.  MEP Centers in Michigan, Indiana, Texas and California each received cooperative agreement awards for $1M.

GLOBAL RESPONSES TO COVID-19

  • Japan Supports Farmershttps://gain.fas.usda.gov/#/

    • Japan's farmers, foresters, and fishermen are eligible for cash allowances to help sustain businesses affected by COVID-19 related losses. Corporations are eligible for a maximum allowance of two million yen ($18,692) and individual business entities are eligible for a maximum allowance of one million yen ($9,345).

    • Japanese farmers, foresters, and fishermen whose income from sales decreased over 30% for any month between February and October of 2020 are eligible for tax relief as part of Japan’s COVID-19 Emergency Economic Package. Farmers are also eligible to participate in an existing property tax incentive program that has been expanded to include facilities and buildings.

  • Sweden Business Support:  Sweden announced a number of measures to help businesses that have been adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic.  https://www.government.se/articles/2020/03/economic-measures-in-response-to-covid-19/

    • $15 million for a Green Jobs Initiative, intended to mitigate unemployment linked to the ongoing outbreak by creating work in nature and forest conservation.

    • $297 million in funding to capitalize a small- and medium-sized business lending program.

    • $7.2 billion added to the Swedish Export Credit Corporation’s credit framework to provide both state supported and commercial credit to Swedish export companies.

    • Nearly $4 billion for a program to help businesses adapt to the COVID-19 realities of doing business. Examples provided include:  Restaurants shifting to takeout orders, taxi companies becoming food delivery businesses, and manufacturing companies reorienting their production to produce health care materials.

    • $1.4 million to support additional students attending courses at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

    • The central government will assume the entire cost of all sick pay during April and May.

COVID-19 PROGRAM UPDATES

AS OF MAY 12, 2020

Total

Count

Letters of Intent Received from Local Administrators

69

Estimated Weekly Meals to be Served

1,034,733

Estimated Weekly Individuals to be Served

81,146

Food Providers Interested in Participating

4,276

Closed Food Providers Interested in Participating

350

Individuals Served This Week

11,673

 

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