COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources
To help provide additional assistance, the IRS is establishing a special phone line for taxpayers with questions about their Economic Impact Payments (EIP). That number is 800-919-9835, which is the number reflected on the notice mailed to taxpayers who receive an EIP. We believe this phone line will help address some of the common questions people have about the EIPs.
Information on the CARES Act can be found here: https://home.treasury.gov/cares
Superintendent Spearman has set forth four criteria that each plan must meet in order to be approved. Plans must include:
- A virtual option for all students
- Districts may choose to deliver their own virtual program, take advantage of VirtualSC, suggest enrollment in one of the public charter virtual schools, or contract the service.
- Districts must ensure that any virtual model includes at least an initial in-person contact with students. Intermittent face-to-face contact with students is also strongly encouraged.
- An in-person option for all students
- Hybrid/blended learning models will be considered an in-person option for students.
- If a five day a week face-to-face instruction model can be safely offered, districts are encourage to do so; however, it is not required for plan approval.
- A time-frame for when districts intend to review operational plans so that implementation of a full face-to-face instruction model can be worked towards as health and safety conditions improve.
- Establish how high quality instruction will be provided, regardless of instructional model, and demonstrate how a broad range of student services will be provided. This includes ensuring all federal and state law requirements are met.
For more information, visit: https://ed.sc.gov/newsroom/covid-19-coronavirus-and-south-carolina-schools/school-district-reopening-plans/
Small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, Veterans organizations, and Tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act, as well as individuals who are self-employed or are independent contractors, are eligible if they also meet program size standards.
- For a top-line overview of the program CLICK HERE
- If you’re a lender, more information can be found HERE
- If you’re a borrower, more information can be found HERE
- The application for borrowers can be found HERE
- Information about the payroll protection small business loan program can be found HERE
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans, through the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the COVID-19. For more information on these loans, contact the South Carolina Department of Commerce.
For additional resources, visit the U.S. Small Business Administration COVID-19 website.
On May 20, the Health Resources and Service Administration announced $225 million in funding through the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act to Rural Health Clinics for COVID-19 testing. These investments will support over 4,500 Rural Health Clinics across the country with expanding access to testing in rural communities.
- There are hardship programs in place to help homeowners who have been directly or indirectly affected by the coronavirus and are struggling to make their mortgage payments. The Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, encourages homeowners adversely impacted by the coronavirus who are having difficulty paying their mortgages to reach out to their mortgage servicers as soon as possible. As the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau advises, “you can find the number for your mortgage servicer on your monthly mortgage statement or coupon book.”
- FHFA has established a dedicated webpage with relevant updates and resources available here: www.fhfa.gov/coronavirus
- Additionally, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have their own dedicated webpages for homeowners, with online tools for determining if your mortgage is owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac:
- Use Fannie Mae’s Loan Lookup Tool
- Or call 1-800-2FANNIE (1-800-232-6643)
- Use Freddie Mac’s Loan Lookup Tool
- Or call 1-800-FREDDIE (1-800-373-3343)
- If you need ongoing food assistance, you may apply for SNAP benefits online, by mail or fax. For information on how to apply online or download an application to print out, visit the DSS website. As some county DSS offices are closed to the public due to COVID-19 concerns, we suggest you call the office before visiting in person.
- Additional food banks can be found here: https://www.foodpantries.org/st/south_carolina
For information on South Carolina’s response plan, visit accelerateSC for details.
- For general information about COVID-19 in the United States, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html
- CDC FAQ page: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
- To donate food, water, or medical supplies to support our State in the COVID-19 response, email email@example.com
- Companies who wish to donate should contact FEMA here: https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help
- Medical facilities/nursing homes needing PPE should contact their county emergency manager to get their request into an online system called Palmetto, operation by SCEMD. If the request is not made in Palmetto, the logistics team is unaware and cannot fulfill the request.
- MUSC Telehealth Info: Residents who are showing symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath should call their personal doctor or healthcare provider. If an individual doesn’t have a primary care physician, MUSC Health is providing free telehealth screening to all South Carolinians. Anyone experiencing symptoms can visit MUSC.care and use the promo code COVID19 and be screened without having to leave your home.
- Prisma Telehealth Info: Get easy, affordable access to a Prisma Health care provider from your mobile device or computer. Visit the Prisma Health website and use promo code COVID19.
- Medicare: Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency, doctors and other health care providers can use telehealth services to treat COVID-19.
- Additional telehealth options can be accessed HERE.
- DHEC launched a new testing site map that easily and clearly identifies COVID-19 testing sites around the state. Clicking on a testing site icon provides the facility name, address, hours of operation, contact phone number and additional details. Testing sites area also listed under the map for easy viewing. View the updated map at scdhec.gov/covid19testing.
Before going through a drive-thru testing site, you must first be seen via telehealth and receive a referral from a physician. For questions, contact SCDHEC’s Care Line at 1-855-472-3432.
- The American Red Cross is launching a Virtual Family Assistance Center to support families struggling with loss and grief due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Visit redcross.org/VFA or call 833-492-0094.
- Additional resources:
- Manage Anxiety and Stress Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Talking to Children about COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource National Association of School Psychologists
- Five Ways to View Coverage of the Coronavirus American Psychiatric Association
For free and confidential support for people in distress, call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 or the Crisis Text Line: Text Home to 741741.
- Call your VA Medical Center before going to a clinic, urgent care, or emergency room, especially if you have symptoms of fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Ask your VA health care team about the option of care by phone or video instead of an in-person visit.
- For additional information, visit the VA.gov website.
- If you are a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one, contact the Veterans Crisis Line by calling 800-273-8255 and press 1 or text 838255.
- USCIS Offices are temporarily closed to the public.
- To schedule an emergency appointment, contact the USCIS Contact Center.
- Please check the USCIS Office Closings page to see if your field office has reopened before reaching out to the USCIS Contact Center.
- For more information on the USCIS Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), visit the USCIS website.
- To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect our workforce and customers, we significantly reduced passport operations in March 2020. We temporarily suspended expedited passport processing and restricted service to cases involving life-or-death emergencies.
- As global conditions evolve and U.S. states begin to reopen, we are resuming operations in phases. We ask for your patience as we safely work on your application.
Frequently Asked Passport Questions
- On August 6, in close coordination with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of State lifted the Global Level 4 Health Advisory. The Global Advisory, initially put in place on March 19, 2020, advised U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.
- With health and safety conditions improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others, the Department is returning to our previous system of country-specific levels of travel advice (with Levels from 1-4 depending on country-specific conditions), in order to give travelers detailed and actionable information to make informed travel decisions. This will also provide U.S. citizens more detailed information about the current status in each country. We continue to recommend U.S. citizens exercise caution when traveling abroad due to the unpredictable nature of the pandemic.
- U.S. citizens considering traveling abroad should review the entire Travel Advisory for their destination(s) on http://www.Travel.State.gov. A full list of recent updates to Travel Advisories can be found here: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/.
U.S. Citizens Returning from Brazil
- U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents are allowed to return from Brazil. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requires U.S. passengers who have been in Brazil to travel through select airports with enhanced screening procedures. See?FAQs?on the Presidential Proclamations on travel here for further details.
U.S. Citizens Returning from Europe
- U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents returning to the United States from the?United Kingdom,?Ireland, and the European Schengen area are required to travel through select U.S. airports with enhanced screening procedures. See?FAQs?on the Presidential Proclamations on travel here for further details.
U.S. Citizens Returning from China
- Any U.S. citizen returning to the United States who has been in China in the previous 14 days may be subject to up to 14 days of quarantine.
- Please read these?Department of Homeland Security supplemental instructions?for further details.
Information for American Citizens who are unable to return home due to countries temporarily closing their borders:
- U.S. Citizens should shelter in place.
- Purchase food and other items as possible.
- Individuals should send an email directly to the American Embassy. Please include Name, Date of Birth, Passport# and current location. Individuals should also indicate if they have any urgent needs.
- This link can be used to look up the email addresses for each of the U.S. Embassies: https://www.usembassy.gov/. Please go to the tab for American Citizen Services to find the appropriate email address.
- American citizens can also call American Citizen Services at 1-888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444.
- Here, you can read the latest guidance from the CDC and DHS, the Presidential Proclamations, as well as updates from each affected country.
- American Citizens are also being asked to register with the U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
- The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program is a free service that allows U.S. citizens traveling or living abroad to receive the latest security updates from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
- The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses, and others affected by the coronavirus. This page will be updated as new information is available.
- All local Social Security offices will be closed to the public for in-person service starting March 17, 2020. They are still able to provide critical services and will make certain exceptions for specific dire need situations.
- If you need to contact your local office for a dire need situation, please look for the general inquiry telephone number at the Social Security Office Locator.
- Information from the USDA can be found here: https://www.usda.gov/coronavirus
- USDA announced that the Rural Business-Cooperative Service is making up to $1 billion available in loan guarantees to rural businesses through the Business and Industry CARES Act Program. These loans will also be available to agricultural producers that are ineligible for USDA Farm Service Agency loans. Applications are due no later than September 15, 2021.
- On May 19, President Trump announced efforts to support the nation’s farmers, ranchers and food supply chain.
The USDA announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by COVID-19.
Additionally, the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box program is partnering with regional and local distributors, whose workforces have been significantly impacted by the closure of many restaurants, hotels, and other food service entities, to purchase $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy, and meat and deliver boxes to Americans in need.
- Family Connection of SC is temporarily postponing in-person trainings, outreach events, and, and home visits. The Family Information Center will remain open to provide support, information, and referrals for families with children that have a disability or special healthcare need.
Tuesday | May 5, 2020
WASHINGTON - Today Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), Rep. Jim McGovern (MA-02), and Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13) joined Chef José Andrés and World Central Kitchen in introducing the FEMA Empowering Essential Deliveries (FEED) Act. This bill allows the Federal government to pay 100 percent of the cost to states and localities so that they can partner with restaurants and nonprofits to prepare nutritious meals for vulnerable populations, such as seniors and underprivileged children. These partnerships will support businesses and small farmers as the Coronavirus pandemic continues.Read More
Monday | May 4, 2020
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tim Scott, a member of the Senate Chicken Caucus, joined a letter to the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), led by Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), highlighting the severe impacts of COVID-19 on the U.S. chicken industry and requesting direct assistance for chicken growers and continued support for processing facilities.Read More
Wednesday | April 29, 2020
North Charleston, SC - As reports from around the nation and world continue to show the danger of COVID-19 spread in long-term care facilities such as nursing homes, U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) today wrote letters to both U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster regarding testing plans for these providers and their patients.Read More
Monday | April 27, 2020
Scott, Cortez Masto Applaud FHFA Decision to Allow Federal Home Loan Banks to Accept PPP Loans as Collateral
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) applauded the decision by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) to allow the nation’s eleven Federal Home Loan Banks to accept Payment Protection Program (PPP) loans as collateral on advances to their qualifying member banks. This move will allow small community banks to pledge PPP loans as collateral in order to obtain additional financing from the FHLBanks to make new loans to small business owners in their communities.Read More
Monday | April 20, 2020
Scott, Carper, Menendez, Tillis Urge Chinese Officials to Adjust Export Restrictions Blocking Much-Needed COVID-19 Resources from Reaching the U.S.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Tim Scott (R-SC), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) led a group of bipartisan senators in sending a letter to Chinese Ambassador Cui Tiankai expressing concerns about new requirements placed on coronavirus (COVID-19) testing kits and other medical supplies manufactured in China for export. The senators note that the broad restrictions have had the unintended consequence of blocking critical, high-quality medical products from reaching the United States in a timely manner.Read More
Thursday | April 16, 2020
Scott Joins Bipartisan Letter to HHS to Advocate for Relief for Senior Adult Communities and Health Care Workers
WASHINGTON - Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) joined a bipartisan letter with 26 Senators to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to ensure that as HHS sets guidelines for the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund (PHSSEF), they do not overlook the providers within nursing homes, skilled nursing centers, senior living communities, independent living, assisted living, memory care, and continuing care retirement communities who are devotedly caring for our nation’s seniors, as well as those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.Read More
Thursday | April 16, 2020
CHARLESTON, SC - After talking with President Donald Trump this morning, U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) announced he will serve as a member of the President’s Task Force on reopening the economy. Scott released the following statement:Read More
Wednesday | April 15, 2020
Senator Scott Joins Leader McCarthy for Wall Street Journal Op-Ed: Democrats Want to Gum Up Payroll Protection
WASHINGTON - United States Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) joined House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) in an op-ed published in The Wall Street Journal. The two members discussed the need for Congress to quickly replenish funds for the Paycheck Protection Program. The op-ed continued to explain that while Republicans stand ready to extend funding, Congressional Democrats continue to press for revisions that would make the program more costly, complicated and confusing for small businesses to receive their loans in a timely fashion.Read More
Friday | April 10, 2020
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) today joined fellow Senate Banking Committee members Mike Crapo (R-ID), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Ben Sasse (R-NE), and David Perdue (R-GA) in calling against proposals to fund recovery in other parts of the economy by changing business interruption (BI) insurance contracts that do not cover pandemics and viruses.Read More
Wednesday | April 8, 2020
Senator Scott Joins Colleagues in Urging Action to Avoid Housing Finance System Crisis Amid Coronavirus COVID-19 Outbreak
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) today joined U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner (D-VA), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Jerry Moran (R-KS) in calling for Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) to take urgent and immediate action to avoid an impending crisis in the housing finance system due to the economic fallout of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.Read More
Wednesday | April 8, 2020
Scott Joins Bipartisan Group of Senators Calling on CMS to Address Medicare Program Interest Rates for Health Care Providers on Frontlines of Coronavirus Pandemic
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Tim Scott joined a letter today with a bipartisan group of 32 senators, led by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA), calling on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to waive or modify interest rates for health care providers who’ve sought financial assistance amid the coronavirus pandemic through Medicare’s Accelerated and Advance Payments Program. This program has historically been used to expedite Medicare payments to subsets of Medicare participating providers during very limited circumstances where there is disruption in processing or submission of claims for Medicare services.Read More
Wednesday | April 1, 2020
With COVID-19 modeling showing April will be a potentially devastating month across the nation, U.S. Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Chris Coons (D-DE) and U.S. Representatives Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO-05) and Mark Walker (R-NC-06) are calling for our country to come together in non-denominational, private, and voluntary prayer at Noon every day.Read More
Tuesday | March 31, 2020
Yesterday, it came to light House Speaker Nancy Pelosi thinks the next round of Coronavirus relief legislation should include a “full rollback of the limit on the state and local tax deduction (SALT).” Estimates show that if this change were instituted, more than half of the dollars would go to millionaires, and nearly all would go to those making more than $200,000 a year. U.S. Senator Scott (R-SC) released the following statement:Read More
Wednesday | March 25, 2020
U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) released the statement below after voting for a massive coronavirus relief package in the United States Senate today. A summary of the bill’s major provisions follows the Senator’s quote.Read More
Tuesday | March 24, 2020
U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) delivered a floor speech explaining the dire needs of the American people during the coronavirus outbreak:Read More
Friday | March 20, 2020
Senator Scott Sends Letter to State Department to Expedite Safe Return of Americans Stuck Overseas due to COVID-19
U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) today sent a letter to the U.S. Department of State asking officials to expedite the safe return of Americans stuck in other countries due to the COVID-19 outbreak.Read More
Thursday | March 19, 2020
U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) joined Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) and Sens. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Mitt Romney (R-Utah), today in releasing tax policy recommendations for the “Phase 3” congressional response to the economic impact of the coronavirus. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced the full draft text of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act this afternoon, and negotiations will continue with House and Senate Democrats over the coming days.Read More
Wednesday | March 18, 2020
U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) released the statement below regarding COVID-19 legislation passed by the U.S. Senate today. Senator Scott remains in Washington to work on the next COVID-19 relief package, which will focus on ensuring American families, health care workers and small businesses have access to support during these challenging times.Read More
Tuesday | March 17, 2020
In recent weeks, the world has seen the spread of COVID-19, commonly referred to as the coronavirus. Originating from China, the virus has made its way to the United States, affecting people throughout the country.Read More
Thursday | March 5, 2020
U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) released the statement below after voting for more than $8 billion in emergency funding to combat COVID-19, also known as novel coronavirus. The measure passed the Senate 96-1, and is headed to the President’s desk for signature.Read More