US coronavirus case rates are ticking up after weeks of decline

(CNN) “Daily US coronavirus cases have been ticking up recently, a trend medical experts have said they won’t want to see as a potentially complicated flu season approaches. New daily cases averaged about 39,700 over a week as of Thursday — and that average has risen the past five days, data from Johns Hopkins University show. This […]

Why Can’t America Make Enough N95 Masks? 6 Months Into Pandemic, Shortages Persist

Earlier this week, NPR interviewed Joel Rose about America’s PPE shortages. Now, he has published an article further detailing his findings. To read the article, click here.

Bills to Exempt PPE Purchases from Tax

Here is an interesting article from MiBiz that explains why employers will be exempt from sales tax. Employers could buy pandemic-related personal protection equipment without having to pay state sales or use taxes under proposed statewide legislation. The state House Tax Policy Committee began reviewing two bills this week that would exempt from sales and […]

NPR Probes Why Personal Protective Equipment Is Still In Short Supply

In this five minute interview, Joel Rose does a deep dive into America’s dramatic PPE shortage, and examines possible solutions. Click here to listen.

‘We’ll no longer be beholding to China’: Graham announces legislation incentivizing American-made PPE

Last month, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced the U.S. MADE act, which he hopes will be included in the latest coronavirus relief package. If passed, the bill will create a 7.5 billion dollar tax credit for companies that manufacture PPE. Graham hopes this tax credit will relieve US reliance on foreign PPE. “The goal is […]

Legislation introduced for long-term US-made PPE contracts

Earlier this week, representatives Rob Portman (R-OH) and Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced bipartisan legislation to the Senate that incentives domestic manufacturing of PPE. The legislation will require the Defense Logistics Agency to issue long term contracts for PPE made in the US. “Multi-year contracts give producers the certainty to know that their investment in the […]

[Video] Sen. Mitch McConnell on State Spending of Federal Stimulus Packages

This video from WHAS 11 shows Mitch McConnell tell reporters that Kentucky has only spent 6% of the stimulus package the commonwealth received from the federal government. Most other states have spent up to 25% of their allotted stimulus packages from Congress, but many are also sitting on the cash. Statistically, Kentucky is one of […]

The Effect of COVID-19 on Labor Laws

In this article from the New Jersey Law Journal, readers can understand the effects of COVID-19 on labor laws. Employers face challenges as they attempt to comply with new and frequently changing federal, state and local laws, regulations and guidance related to COVID-19, all of which are likely to continue evolving even after the development […]

PPE Supply Shortage Woes Set to Continue

Check out this article from Kaiser Health News about the availability of PPE in the United States. The issues that we are seeing 7 months after the Coronavirus will be present moving forward. The lack of strategic planning or government intervention will require businesses and people to fend for themselves. The arrival of flu season […]

In Kansas visit, Dr. Birx urges use of masks

White House COVID-19 advisor Dr. Deborah Birx advocated the use of masks during her Kansas City roundtable on Sunday. She also urged leaders to ensure mask mandates during times in which positive cases are rising. To read more, click here.