A Doctor's note on Coronavirus

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Washington, May 12, 2020 | comments

May 12, 2020

Dear Friends,

On February 5, President Trump laid out a plan for a prosperous nation with a robust economy that benefited all sectors of society. Speaker Pelosi literally tore that plan to shreds and has now provided an 1,815-page messaging bill.

During March and April, Congress passed massive spending bills to provide aid during this crisis. It is now time for Congress to be deliberate, study and learn from implementation of the previous legislation, and see what next steps need to be taken. Americans need solutions, not a wish list bill that will not become law.

National Update:
The Internal Revenue Service(IRS) set tomorrow, May 13, at 12:00 p.m. EST as the deadline for eligible Americans to submit direct deposit information to receive their Economic Impact Payments via direct deposit. Otherwise, the IRS will distribute the remaining payments by check.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at the Department of Homeland Security released a Cybersecurity alert for health care organizations, warning them of advanced persistent threat groups who are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Food and Drug Administration issued a Fast Track designation for Moderna’s vaccine candidate against COVID-19.

The Labor Department launched a portal for private business groups and organizations to apply to oversee apprenticeship programs run by private entities.

BIO released a resource that tracks the various developments in biotechnology related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Texas Update:
Governor Abbott directed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the Texas Department of State Health Services, and the Texas Department of Emergency Management to test all nursing home residents and staff in the state.

The Texas Hospital Association updated its FAQ document regarding the executive order that addresses requirements under which hospitals can perform surgeries and procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Until next time, this is your doctor's note.

Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D.

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