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As a direct result of President Donald J. Trump’s all-of-America campaign to combat COVID-19, Apple Inc. has partnered with the White House, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop an interactive COVID-19 Screening Tool, now available on Apple.com/COVID19 and as an app named COVID-19 in the App Store. [read more]

President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to use any and all authority available under the Defense Production Act to require General Motors to accept, perform, and prioritize Federal contracts for ventilators. Our negotiations with GM regarding its ability to supply ventilators have been productive, but our fight against the virus is too urgent to allow the give-and-take of the contracting process to continue to run its normal course. GM was wasting time. Today’s action will help ensure the quick production of ventilators that will save American lives. [read more]

Following extensive negotiations between the Trump Administration and Congressional Leaders, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES). The $2.2 trillion economic relief package provides American families, healthcare workers, and small businesses with the economic support they need to get through this challenging time. The package includes $1,200 payments to qualifying Americans, $100 billion in direct support for hospitals, and over $370 billion to small business owners to keep their employees on the payroll. It also includes direct relief for State, Tribal, and local governments through the $150 billion Coronavirus Relief Fund. Each State will receive at least $1.25 billion. $8 billion is set aside for tribal governments. [read more]

The Idaho Health Data Exchange (IHDE) announced today its strategic action plan to address concerns surrounding the current novel COVID-19 health pandemic. A major element to this plan is to provide temporary emergency access that will be free of charge to all healthcare providers who do not currently have access to the portal, and are caring for the citizens of Idaho both within the state, as well as in communities in neighboring states. [read more]

Boise, Idaho (March 25, 2020) – Following the guidance of Idaho’s public health experts, Governor Brad Little issued a statewide stay-home order today for all Idahoans. He also signed an extreme emergency declaration, which allows the state to more effectively increase health care capacity, take steps to reduce and slow coronavirus spread, and take rapid and decisive steps to improve the condition of Idahoans whose job and incomes are being harmed by the pandemic. [read more]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 20, 2020 Included below is information on the only public event on Governor Brad Little’s calendar at this time for the week of March 23-27. TUESDAY, March 24, 2020 Governor Little will host a statewide AARP telephone town hall to provide information and answer questions regarding coronavirus in Idaho. The hour-long conversation begins at 12 p.m. MST. Anyone can participate. Participants can join by dialing toll-free 866-767-0637 or register in advance by visiting https://vekeo.com/aarpidaho/. The conversation will also be streaming at www.facebook.com/aarpidaho. # # # NEWS MEDIA CONTACT: Marissa Morrison Hyer, Press Secretary 208-943-1686 or Marissa.Morrison@gov.idaho.gov [read more]