Sherrod Brown releases plan to address PPE and medical shortages

March 23rd, 2020

In Letter to the President, Brown Outlines Critical Steps White House can Take Now to Address Shortage of Personal Protective Equipment U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has released his plan for addressing the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) needed by healthcare workers on the frontline of keeping Americans healthy and safe during the coronavirus pandemic.  Read Sen. […]

Read More Edit

Florida Keys shut down due to coronavirus

March 23rd, 2020

The Florida Keys are closed to visitors, including all hotels and other lodging establishments. Officials from Monroe County, which encompasses most of the archipelago off the southern coast of Florida, posted a statement on the county's website that said the Keys would be "closed to all tourists and leisure visitors, lodging establishment are no longer […]

Read More Edit

Miami-Dade mayor orders boat ramps and marinas closed amid coronavirus

March 23rd, 2020

The Miami Herald is reporting that the mayor of Miami-Dade County has announced the closure of all marinas and boat ramps in the county, citing large gatherings of boaters on the water amid the coronavirus pandemic. Palm Beach County officials also banned recreational boating activities indefinitely, citing parties and other large gatherings on the water. […]

Read More Edit

Department of Labor offers COVID-19 resources

March 23rd, 2020

The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for impacts related to the COVID-19 virus. A wealth of information can be found on this website https://www.dol.gov/coronavirus. Information is available on numerous topics including workplace safety, unemployment insurance, and support for dislocated workers. The website was developed in collaboration with the U.S. […]

Read More Edit

Small Business Administration responds to COVID-19

March 23rd, 2020

Health and government officials are working together to maintain the safety, security, and health of the American people. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is urging businesses do their part to keep their employees, customers, and themselves healthy. The SBA will work directly with state governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits […]

Read More Edit

New York governor requesting PPE

March 23rd, 2020

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is requesting a critical need for personal protective equipment (PPE) including gloves, gowns & masks to aid in the COVID-19 battle. He writes via a Twitter post, “We need companies to be creative to supply the crucial gear our healthcare workers need. NY will pay a premium and offer funding.” His post […]

Read More Edit

Bank-information announced for COVID-19

March 23rd, 2020

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is working with federal and state banking agencies, as well as financial institutions to consider all reasonable and prudent steps to assist customers in communities affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition, FDIC is monitoring information issued by international and U.S. health organizations. Regulatory agencies have encouraged financial institutions […]

Read More Edit

Coalition of apparel brands and textile companies heeds call for medical face masks

March 23rd, 2020

A coalition of iconic American apparel brands and textile companies, responding to the urgent call of the White House for medical supplies, has come together to build a supply chain virtually overnight and fast-track the manufacturing of medical face masks to help hospitals, health care workers and citizens battling the spread of the COVID-19 disease. […]

Read More Edit

IFAI and U.S. textile/nonwoven associations urge government to deem manufacturing facilities “essential”

March 20th, 2020

Industrial Fabrics International Association (IFAI) and two other U.S. textile and nonwoven associations issued a joint statement March 19 urging federal, state and local governments to deem textile and nonwoven manufacturing facilities as “essential” when drafting “Shelter in Place” orders in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The statement notes, “We associations recognize the serious challenges […]

Read More Edit

Defense Product Act invoked to expand medical supplies

March 18th, 2020

On Wednesday, March 18, U.S. President Donald Trump invoked the Defense Product Act (DPA) to speed up and expand the supply of resources from the country's industrial base, particularly to increase the production of medical supplies and equipment.  "We will be invoking the Defense Production Act," the president announced during Wednesday's Coronavirus Task Force briefing. […]

Read More Edit