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Existing SBA lenders can start accepting applications from small businesses and sole proprietors on April 3 As expected, the CARES Act cleared the Senate by a vote of 96-0 just before midnight on March 25, and the House passed the bill on Friday, March 27. President Trump signed the legislation Friday afternoon. Notably, the CARES Act represents the most significant stimulus package in our nation’s history. It contains many complicated and intersecting provisions that will take time to interpret, particularly as we await further clarifications from the Department of Treasury, Department of...

The Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine has placed our Emergency Operating Procedures (EOPs) and an Individual Risk Management tool online and made them available to the community. The Infection Control Team, led by Dr. Jennifer Zambriski, have developed these over the last 3 weeks for use in our Veterinary Teaching Hospital and we believe they can be used as a guideline for how to help other clinics keep themselves and their clients safe. Please let us know if we can be of assistance in any way. Emergency Operating Procedures: https://www.vetmed.vt.edu/vth/eop/...

The second version of DHS CISA's guidance has been issued. Notable additions and omissions are as follows (thank you to Ashley Morgan for compiling the summary): Under the Healthcare/Public Health sector, DHS CISA did not add veterinarians to their list of caregivers as AVMA has requested. We will continue to discuss with DHS CISA. Under the Food and Agriculture sector, DHS CISA added language that appears to broaden the veterinary reference (page 7, bullet 2): Animal agriculture workers to include those employed in veterinary health (including those involved in supporting...

The House of Representatives has just passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The President is expected to sign the bill into law very quickly.  Attached are three documents we have prepared. Highlights of the FFCR Act and the CARES Act Section by Section Analysis of portion of the CARES Act most relevant to veterinary practice FAQ on Small Business Loans These documents will be updated as more information comes out over the next few days.  There has been information to suggest that the Small Business Administration may have...

In light of the State's COVID-19response and the Governor's call for social distancing, the Maryland State Board has voted to allow Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs) to meet all of their CE requirements with online courses when renewing their license registration for FY 2021 only. Normally, only 8 of the 24 CEs required during the three previous years may be done online. This requirement is being waived for FY21 license registration renewals only. The Board previously voted to allow veterinarians to meet all of their CE requirements with online courses when renewing...

The Dept. of Labor just released a Frequently Asked Questions document on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  Attached are 3 documents: 1) DOL FAQ and link is: www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-questions 2) DOL Fact Sheet for Employers and link is: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employer-paid-leave 3) DOL Fact Sheet for Employees and link is: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic/ffcra-employee-paid-leave Significantly, in the FAQ DOL indicates the effective date for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act is APRIL 1, 2020, and apply to leave taken between April 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020.  For the exemption for business with fewer than 50 employees when providing the leave under...

(March 23, 2020) -The Drug Enforcement Administration, Diversion Control Division, is asking State Veterinary Boards to get the below message out to their DEA registration population: The mission of Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA), Diversion Control Division is to prevent, detect, and investigate the diversion of controlled pharmaceuticals and listed chemicals from legitimate sources while ensuring an adequate and uninterrupted supply for legitimate medical, commercial, and scientific needs. During this National Emergency, the Diversion Control Division will continue to work with our Federal partners, DEA registrants, and their representative association to assure that...

Veterinarians qualify as a critical infrastructure business which may remain open in Maryland under the new guidance from Governor Hogan.  I want to highlight a few things for MDVMA members. One, Maryland has activated their medical reserves - veterinarians can sign up here: https://mdresponds.health.maryland.gov/ If layoffs or closures are imminent (even just for a short period of time). The Maryland Departments of Commerce and Labor are adjusting programming and availability to make sure businesses and employers are covered whether it's through loans, grants, or easing up on unemployment insurance. https://govstatus.egov.com/md-coronavirus-business Cases of covid-19 continue to...

The Governor of the State of Maryland has proclaimed a State of Emergency and a catastrophic health emergency related to COVID-19.  On March 12, 2020, an order was issued extending state licenses and registrations until 30 days after the State of Emergency and catastrophic health emergency is terminated. See notice. In accordance with the Order, the Secretary of State has issued a Public Notice extending registrations for charitable organizations, professional solicitors, fundraising counsels, and public safety solicitors due during this period are automatically extended until 30 days after the State of...

A number of you have seen the US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) guidance (attached). This document has been referenced by a couple of states. For example, California’s most recent order requires a statewide shelter-in-place “except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors as outlined” in CISA’s guidance: https://www.cisa.gov/identifying-critical-infrastructure-during-covid-19. AVMA was involved in discussions with DHS and development of this guidance. This guidance applies to veterinarians in all practice sectors. This document was created very quickly in response...

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