Coronavirus Update for Wednesday, January 6

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the federal government as of 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6.

Provider Relief Fund

  • The Office of Management and Budget has issued guidance on how funds received through the Provider Relief Fund should be audited.  Entities that receive government grants of more than $750,000 are subject to a single audit requirement.  Because of the Provider Relief Fund, many hospitals that have never been subject to this audit requirement now must comply with it.  The deadline originally was October 1 but was postponed and it has now been delayed again until June 30.

Department of Health and Human Services

  • HHS announced that the CDC will provide more than $22 billion in funding to states, localities, and territories to support the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, as directed by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act.  The money will be used for testing, contact tracing, surveillance, containment, vaccine distribution, and mitigation and will be allocated through a population-based formula.  Go here to see HHS’s announcement and for links to tables that show how much money individual jurisdictions will receive for testing and vaccine distribution.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Food and Drug Administration

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention