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The latest on the COVID-19 outbreak

It is important to PIA that you are updated on developments pertaining to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak regularly.

To find the latest information about COVID-19, please review this news posting daily. Postings include topics such as:

Business & Compliance

Insurance Industry

General Information

Webinars & Videos

Latest news about COVID-19 in Vermont:

Business & Compliance:

April 2: Start applying for a Paycheck Protection Program loan Friday, April 3

April 1: How to prepare for an SBA Paycheck Protection Program loan

March 27: President signs federal stimulus package; includes loans for small businesses

March 26: Who qualifies for paid leave under the new coronavirus law

March 25: Nonessential businesses must close in-person operations today by 5 p.m.

March 23: Treasury, IRS, and Labor announce tax credits for small- and mid-sized businesses to swiftly recover the cost of providing coronavirus-related leave

March 23: Mass. governor orders all nonessential businesses to cease in-person operation, directs the Department of Public Health to issue stay-at-home advisory for two weeks

March 21: Gov. Phil Scott announces new COVID-19 community mitigation measures - directs the closure of close-contact businesses and further restricts the size of mass gatherings to 10 or less

March 20: Economic injury disaster loans available to Vermont businesses

March 20: U.S. Treasury extends tax-filing deadline for taxpayers and businesses

March 20: Governor signs executive order to allow limited sales of to-go alcohol

March 19: Paid sick leave signed by president

March 18: Treasury and IRS to delay tax payment deadline by 90 days

March 17: Gov. Phil Scott orders implementation of child care system for personnel essential to COVID-19 response—childcare centers closed; urged to provide care for children of Vermonters responding to crisis

March 17: If you do business in New York: Cyber security certification of compliance filing deadline extended to May 30 due to COVID-19

March 16: Gov. Phil Scott announces new guidance on COVID-19 community mitigation measures, including that all bars and restaurants must close or offer takeout only

March 10: Utica National offers coronavirus guidance for employers, and educational institutions

March 3: Endorsements: COVID-19 risk management

Insurance Industry:

March 31: PIA National proposes COVID-19 recovery fund

March 27: PIA National statement on House passage of COVID-19 relief bill

March 27: Insurance deemed nonessential in Vermont

March 27: Insurance an essential industry for ’Stay-at-Home’ order

March 27: PIA National statement on Senate passage of COVID-19 relief bill

March 20: Utica National offers advices on the COVID-19 pandemic: How agents and producers should respond to coverage questions

March 19: Vermont DFR urges health insurers to expand coverage and reimbursement of telemedicine services

March 19: Even during challenging times, we are committed to our members

March 16: Insurance bulletin #210: COVID-19 prescription drug refills

March 16: Letter from Commissioner Pieciak

March 16: Statement on financial institutions working with customers affected by the coronavirus and regulatory assistance

March 12: COVID-19 and what it means to you (PIA QuickSource document)

March 12: Insurers impacted by coronavirus twice over

March 11: Vermont House passes telehealth bill; H.723

March 11: Update from PIAVT: Vermont leaders take caution; COVID-19 presumed in state

March 6: Update from PIA: COVID-19 outbreak

Feb. 4: Many coverages exclusions with coronavirus

General Information:

April 2: COVID-19 update from Vermont Department of Health

March 31: Health regulation regarding COVID-19 and telemedicine

March 20: Attorney general’s office publishes guidance on complying with open meeting laws during COVID-19 emergency

March 20: Vermont DMV operations continuity plan

March 20: Vermont DMV makes exceptions for driving education amid pandemic

March 20: Vermont DMV urges Vermonters to renew licenses and registrations online; grants 90-day extension to renewals if necessary

March 17: Congress begins to address COVID-19 pandemic

March 17: One dangerous coronavirus "self-check test" is circulating on social media. Here’s why you should avoid it.

March 16: Welch says coronavirus crisis is unprecedented

March 15: Gov. Scott orders orderly closure of Vermont preK-12 schools this week

March 13: Gov. Phil Scott declares state of emergency to implement new COVID-19 community mitigation measures

March 13: Trump declares a national emergency in response to coronavirus

March 13: U.S. House plans to vote on virus bill soon

March 13: Federal government’s response to coronavirus, COVID-19

March 11: ‘How do I get tested?’ and other coronavirus questions

March 11: COVID-19 is now officially a pandemic, the World Health Organization says

March 10: Gov. Phil Scott orders activation of State Emergency Operations Center

March 9: Coronavirus will cost businesses billions. Insurance may not help.

Webinars & Videos:

April 1: The Break: Paid Medical and Family Leave

April 1: PIA Northeast Director of Government & Industry Affairs Bradford J. Lachut, Esq., to lead PIA webinar, Coronavirus and Commercial Coverage on Monday, April 13, and Wednesday, May 6, from 10-11 a.m.

March 31: The Break: PIA explains what small businesses need to know about the federal stimulus

March 23: Did you miss the free-to-PIA-members Webinar: Coronavirus: What You Need to Know Right Now? You can access it on-demand now.