Coronavirus Government Response Update—EPA Expands COVID-19 Disinfectant List

March 17, 2020 Coronavirus Government Response Update—EPA Expands COVID-19 Disinfectant List

Welcome to the new “Coronavirus Government Response Update.” This information is intended to keep ISSA members up to date on fast-moving government affairs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today’s update touches on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expanding the agency’s COVID-19 disinfectant list, the House emergency coronavirus bill, how governments in the U.S. are responding to COVID-19, and more.

EPA Expands COVID-19 Disinfectant List
The EPA released an expanded list of registered disinfectant products that have qualified for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The list contains nearly 200 additional products—including 40 new products that went through the agency’s expedited review process. The agency also made key enhancements to the web-based list to improve its usefulness.

Senate Republicans Oppose House Emergency Coronavirus Bill over Paid Leave Provisions
Some Republicans remain opposed to the U.S. House of Represenatives coronavirus bill (H.R. 6201), which lawmakers intended to enact quickly, because of its paid sick leave provisions. Some Senate Republicans are seeking additional changes to the bill, which in its current form would provide free coronavirus testing and paid sick leave to those harmed by the outbreak. But other GOP lawmakers are eager to clear the bill for the president’s signature and then address problems with the House bill in a much larger stimulus package now under negotiation between Congress and the White House, which is likely to involve direct cash assistance to people out of work or otherwise economically hurt due to the virus.

Webinar: How Governments in the U.S. Are Responding to COVID-19
Both the cleaning industry and government play a crucial role in mitigating the deleterious health effects of a pandemic like the current outbreak of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Register today for this ISSA March 25 webinar (12 pm-1 pm CT) and receive a comprehensive overview of how federal, state, and local governments’ responses to the outbreak intersect with and impact the full spectrum of the cleaning industry. The overview will feature federal legislative responses to the outbreak, as well.

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