This page is a partial compilation of federal assistance and resources provided to the U.S. Territories and freely associated states to prepare for and combat the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). It is provided as a courtesy. Content will be updated as information is received. The Office of Insular Affairs is not responsible for the accuracy and/or timeliness of information on this page from other sources. Please reach out to Tanya_Joshua@ios.doi.gov with any questions. The Administration and the U.S. Congress are supporting the American people during the global pandemic. The U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), and the freely associated states of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) and the Republic of Palau will receive important Federal assistance during this time. This webpage does not include Federal COVID-19 assistance made available to Puerto Rico, as it does not fall under the purview of the Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs. ContentsI. Guidelines for America II. White House Updates, Fact Sheets, and Emergency Disaster Declarations III. LegislationIV. Office of Insular AffairsV. Federal Partners I. GUIDELINES FOR AMERICA Opening Up America Again President’s Coronavirus guidelines to slow the spread CDC guidelines: What to Do if You Are Sick II. WHITE HOUSE UPDATES, FACT SHEETS, AND EMERGENCY DISASTER DECLARATIONS Fact Sheet Explaining Operation Warp Speed Guam Disaster Declaration, March 28, 2020 Guam Fact Sheet Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Disaster Declaration, April 1, 2020 CNMI Fact Sheet U.S. Virgin Islands Disaster Declaration, April 2, 2020 USVI Fact Sheet American Samoa Disaster Declaration, April 17, 2020 American Samoa Fact Sheet White House Update on Administration COVID-19 Efforts, July 1, 2020 III. LEGISLATION Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 – Public Law 116-123 (March 6, 2020) Provides $8.3 billion in emergency funding for federal agencies to respond to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. Full summary of PL 116-123 on congress.gov Families First Coronavirus Response Act – Public Law 116-127 (March 18, 2020) Provides paid sick leave, tax credits, and free COVID-19 testing; expands food assistance and unemployment benefits; and increases Medicaid funding. Full summary of PL 116-127 on congress.gov Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) – Public Law 116-136 (March 26, 2020) Responds to impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the economy, public health, state and local governments, individuals, and businesses. Full summary of PL 116-136 on congress.gov Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act – Public Law 116-139 (April 24, 2020) Provides additional funding for small business loans, health care providers, and COVID-19 testing. Full summary of PL 116-139 on congress.gov Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 – Public Law 116-260 (December 27, 2020) Includes $600 direct-payment checks Reinstated Medicaid eligibility for individuals from the freely associated states residing in the U.S. and territories (optional). Extends Eligibility for CARES Act funds to Commonwealth-Only Transitional Workers in the CNMI Important Contact Information for Members of U.S. Congress from Insular Areas American Samoa Representative Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen (202) 225-8577; https://radewagen.house.gov/; @RepAmata Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Representative Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan (202) 225-2646; https://sablan.house.gov/; @Kilili_Sablan Guam Representative Michael San Nicolas (202) 475-6453; https://sannicolas.house.gov/; @GuamCongressman Virgin Islands Representative Stacey Plaskett (202) 225-1790; https://plaskett.house.gov/; @StaceyPlaskett IV. OFFICE OF INSULAR AFFAIRS CARES Act funding in the total amount of $55 million as provided for under Public Law 116-136 through the OIA Technical Assistance Program for all the Insular Areas was fully obligated and awarded. OIA Announces Full and Final Allocation (November 1, 2021)OIA CARES Act (P.L. 116-136) Grant Awards Itemized (November 8, 2021) Compact of Free Association Funding for COVID-19 Reviewed through Joint Economic Management Committee (JEMCO) for the FSM and the Joint Economic Management and Financial Accountability Committee (JEMFAC) for the RMI The JEMCO has authorized $7 million prior-year unexpended Compact funds for the Federated States of Micronesia for COVID-19 use. Announced on April 8, 2020. For more information contact Office of Insular Affairs Honolulu Office at (808) 525-5088 or Compact Grants Lead Stephen_Savage@ios.doi.gov OIA press on COVID-19 assistance March 19, 2020 - Interior Applauds Centers for Disease Control’s Support to U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States During Coronavirus Pandemic March 19, 2020 - Interior Provides $366,900 to Support the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in Emergency Preventive Measures Against COVID-19 March 26, 2020 - Interior Provides $858,924 to Procure GeneXpert COVID-19 Testing Kits and Machine for the U.S. Pacific Territories and Freely Associated States March 27, 2020 - President and Congress Approve COVID-Related Funding Bill That Includes Millions for U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States April 3, 2020 - Compact Funding to Help Build and Repair COVID-19 Quarantine Facilities in the Federated States of Micronesia April 8, 2020 - Interior Announces $7 Million in Compact Funds Available for COVID-19 Quarantine and Outreach Needs in the Federated States of Micronesia April 13, 2020 - Interior Invites Territories and Freely Associated States to Submit Requests for Funding under CARES Act May 5, 2020 - Interior Announces $151,550 in CARES Act Funding for Mañe’lu June 22, 2020 - Initial Economic Impact of COVID-19 Reported for Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and Palau July 20, 2020 – CNMI Uses Interior CARES Act Funding to Strengthen COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness and Response Capabilities November 25, 2020 - $1.5 Million in Compact and CARES Act Funding for COVID-19 Quarantine Facilities in Kosrae, Micronesia December 16, 2020 - Interior Applauds Inclusion of Insular Areas through Operation Warp Speed to Receive COVID-19 Vaccines V. FEDERAL PARTNERS U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) USDA Coronavirus Resources USDA Announces Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP) – Press Release, April 17, 2020Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Department of Education COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel Office of Post-Secondary Education Secretary DeVos Rapidly Delivers More Than $6 Billion in Emergency Cash Grants for College Students Impacted by Coronavirus Outbreak – Press Release, April 9, 2020 CARES Act: Higher Education Relief Fund Higher Education Relief Fund - Insular Areas 18004(a)(1) School 18004(a)(1) Student AANAPISI HBCU Area Totals American Samoa Community College $ 808,942 $ 808,943 $ 6,421 $ 1,624,306 University of Guam $ 2,282,349 $ 2,282,349 $ 18,299 $ 4,582,997 Guam Community College $ 574,675 $ 574,675 $ 4,582 $ 1,153,932 Northern Marianas College $ 919,665 $ 919,666 $ 7,283 $ 1,846,614 University of the Virgin Islands $ 856,868 $ 856,869 $ 1,875,124 $ 3,588,861 U.S. Territories Subtotal $ 5,442,499 $ 5,442,502 $ 36,585 $ 1,875,124 $ 12,796,710 College of Micronesia $ 1,820,156 $ 1,820,157 $ 14,376 $ 3,654,689 College of the Marshall Islands $ 978,336 $ 978,337 $ 7,723 $ 1,964,396 Palau Community College $ 379,745 $ 379,745 $ 3,007 $ 762,497 FAS Subtotal $ 3,178,237 $ 3,178,239 $ 25,106 $ 6,381,582 Insular Areas Total $ 8,620,736 $ 8,620,741 $ 61,691 $ 1,875,124 $ 19,178,292 Source: 18004(a)(1) - https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/allocationsforsection18004a1ofcaresact.pdf and https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/allocationstableinstitutionalportion.pdf Source: 18004(a)(2) AANAPISI and HBCU - https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/caresact.htmlUpdated 5/14/2020 Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) Education Stabilization Fund Outlying Areas Education Stabilization Fund Outlying Areas (0.5 of 1%) ESF-SEA ESF-GOV American Samoa Dept. of Education $ 38,321,932 Guam Dept. of Education $ 41,521,997 CNMI Public School System $ 23,163,734 VI Dept. of Education $ 19,992,337 American Samoa Governor $ 7,272,191 Guam Governor $ 12,499,963 CNMI Governor $ 4,777,211 USVI Governor $ 6,200,635 U.S. Territories Total $ 123,000,000 $ 30,750,000 Source: https://oese.ed.gov/files/2020/05/OA-Allocations-Table.pdf Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) CDC to Award Over $560 Million to State & Local Jurisdictions in Support of COVID-19 Response – Press Release, March 11, 2020 CDC Letter to State Health Officers, March 11, 2020 – Immediate Plans for COVID-19 Supplemental Funding to Jurisdictions Information for Recipients and Applicants of CDC Funding CDC COVID-19 - Public Health Emergency Program U.S. Territories CompB 3/16/2020 Supp 4/1/2020 Total FY2020 Guam $479,432 $958,864 $1,438,296 USVI $419,100 $838,201 $1,257,301 American Samoa $370,247 $740,493 $1,110,740 CNMI $369,766 $739,532 $1,109,298 U.S. Territories Subtotal $1,638,545 $3,277,090 $4,915,635 Freely Associated States FSM $420,403 $840,805 $1,261,208 RMI $367,754 $735,509 $1,103,263 Palau $336,794 $673,587 $1,010,381 FAS Subtotal $1,124,951 $2,249,901 $3,374,852 Total all areas $2,763,496 $5,526,991 $8,290,487 Source: https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2020/04/06/updated-cdc-funding-information.html Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) HRSA Awarded $100 Million for Community Health Centers – Press Release, March 24, 2020 HRSA COVID-19 Funding FAQs HRSA COVID-19 Funds (under PL 116-123) by All Areas HHS Awards $1.3 Billion to Health Centers in Historic U.S. Response to COVID-19 – Press Release, April 8, 2020 List of Award Recipients under CARES Act, PL 116-136 HRSA COVID-19 Funds for Insular Areas U.S. Territories PL 116-123 PL 116-136 Area Totals American Samoa $58,550 $745,580 $804,130 Guam $61,026 $736,610 $797,636 CNMI Kagman $52,557 $542,780 $595,337 Frederiksted, USVI $64,395 $770,570 $834,965 St. Thomas, USVI $58,924 $662,960 $721,884 U.S. Territories Subtotal $295,452 $3,458,500 $3,753,952 Freely Associated States Chuuk, FSM $60,183 $654,095 $714,278 Kosrae, FSM $514,993 $514,993 Pohnpei, FSM $82,420 $1,027,535 $1,109,955 Yap, FSM $63,623 $707,780 $771,403 Ebeye, RMI $73,802 $853,055 $926,857 Palau $93,763 $1,155,140 $1,248,903 FAS Subtotal $373,791 $4,912,598 $5,286,389 Total for all Insular Areas $669,243 $8,371,098 $9,040,341 Source PL 116-123: https://bphc.hrsa.gov/emergency-response/coronavirus-covid19-FY2020-awards Source PL 116-136: https://bphc.hrsa.gov/emergency-response/coronavirus-cares-FY2020-awards Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD Moves Quickly to Make $3 Billion of COVID-19 Relief Funding Available to Communities Across the Nation – Press Release, April 2, 2020 HUD Allocates Second Wave of Relief Funds, Over Half a Billion Dollars to Help Protect Low-Income Americans – Press Release, May 1, 2020 Coronavirus Resources from HUD Program Offices Coronavirus CARES Act Supplemental Funding FY2020 Territory CDBG20-CARES ESG20-CARES Totals by Area American Samoa $532,457 $269,228 $801,685 Guam $1,785,801 $888,696 $2,674,497 CNMI $549,270 $275,414 $824,684 USVI $1,132,472 $566,662 $1,699,134 Total $4,000,000 $2,000,000 $6,000,000 Source: https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/comm_planning/budget/fy20/ HUD Assistance to Public Housing Authorities under the CARES Act Territory Amount Guam Housing & Urban Renewal Authority $ 745,204 Virgin Islands Housing Authority $ 3,236,293 Total to Territories $ 3,981,497 Source: https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/Main/documents/CARESACT685M.pdf Internal Revenue Service Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments Department of Justice U.S. DOJ Coronavirus Resources and Guidance Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Solicitation U.S. Attorney Announces $2,932,867.00 Award to Address Covid-19 Pandemic on Guam – Press Release, April 15, 2020 Department of Justice FY20 CARES Act CESF Funding Territory Amount American Samoa $2,231,620 Guam $2,932,867 CNMI $1,509,123 USVI $2,932,867 Total $9,606,477 Source: https://bja.ojp.gov/program/cesf/state-and-local-allocations Department of Labor Coronavirus Resources through the Department of Labor (Complete List) Under the Cares Act, the U.S. Territories including the freely associated states are eligible for the PUA and the FPUC. Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), Operating, Financial, and Reporting Instructions, April 4, 2020 Press Release on PUA Guidelines Published by Labor, April 5, 2020 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) Press Release on FPUC Guidelines Published by Labor, April 4, 2020 News articles USDOL Approves CNMI’s Unemployment Compensation Plan, Releasing $70.5 Million – Marianas Variety, May 25, 2020 FSM Receives $36 Million from U.S. for Jobless Aid - Guam Daily Post, May 26, 2020 Guam DOL: $100K for Processing, Call Centers; DOL approved initial release of $276M from $924m budget submitted by Guam DOL – Guam Daily Post, June 5, 2020 Additional Resources and Information Wage and Hour Division – Temporary Rule: Paid Leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act Employee Paid Leave Rights Employment and Training Administration – Unemployment Insurance Flexibilities, Press Release, March 12, 2020 Small Business Administration Small Business Guidance and Relief Options COVID-19 Business Relief Options Paycheck Protection Plan Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advance up to $10,000 SBA Express Bridge Loans up to $25,000 SBA Debt Relief State Department For important information and ongoing updates about COVID-19 resources in the freely associated states, visit the U.S. Embassy Facebook pages: U.S. Embassy Kolonia (FSM) U.S. Embassy Majuro (RMI) U.S. Embassy Koror (Palau) Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Department of Transportation Secretary Chao Announces $10 Billion for America’s Airports – Press Release, April 14, 2020 FAA CARES Act Funds for U.S. Territories Territory Amount American Samoa $1,381,262 Guam $20,693,369 CNMI $22,759,818 USVI $41,145,247 Total $85,979,696 Source: https://www.faa.gov/airports/cares_act/ Federal Transit Administration (FTA) U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao Announces $25 Billion to Help Nation’s Public Transportation Systems Respond to COVID-19 – Press Release, April 2, 2020 FTA Cares Act Funding FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION FY20 CARES Act S.5307, S.5311, S.5340 Urban; Rural Area Apportionments Territory Amount American Samoa $1,105,059 Guam $2,704,154 CNMI $1,047,695 USVI $4,100,960 Total $8,957,868 Source: https://cms7.fta.dot.gov/funding/apportionments/table-3-fy-2020-cares-act-section-5311-rural-area-apportionments USVI: https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/apportionments/table-2-fy-2020-cares-act-section-5307-urbanized-area-apportionments Department of the Treasury Assistance for Workers and Families – Direct Cash Assistance Coronavirus Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments overview See if you are eligible Tax Filers – Get My Payment/Check on Status Non-filers – Enter Payment Info Assistance for Small Businesses See also Small Business Administration for Paycheck Protection Program and EIDL Loans. Assistance for State, Local, and Territorial Governments The U.S. Department of the Treasury will provide assistance to state, local, and territorial governments through the $150b Coronavirus Relief Fund – Territories and District of Columbia to Receive $3 billion. $3b for U.S. Territories and District of Columbia Jurisdiction Allocation American Samoa $ 35,173,619 Guam $ 117,968,258 CNMI $ 36,284,218 USVI $ 74,809,978 Sub-total $ 264,236,073 Puerto Rico $ 2,240,625,864 District of Columbia $ 495,138,063 Total $ 3,000,000,000 Source: https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/cares/state-and-local-governments Preserving Jobs for American Industry U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) USAID Provides $2.3 Million to support the Pacific Island countries in their response to COVID-19 – Press Release, April 9, 2020 Support for twelve Pacific Island countries includes the Freely Associated States. U.S. Government Provides Additional $9.9 Million to Support COVID-19 Efforts in the Pacific Islands Region, Press Release, May 26, 2020 The FAS are also eligible for support provided to strengthen the capacity of civil society organizations, combat disinformation, and protect the rights of vulnerable and marginalized populations.