Coronavirus Response and Resources

All of us are now feeling the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. From restaurants and schools closing across the U.S. to being told to work-from-home, each family and individual is being impacted by the response to this easily transmitted and potentially deadly virus.

We understand that in these uncertain times some clarity can help. Connected Nation has long worked to find innovative solutions for connecting all communities to high-speed internet. We have unique understanding and expertise in everything from telehealth to telework.

Below you’ll find resources and tips on navigating a more digital world, something that’s required as we all move toward more and more “social distancing” over the coming days and weeks. If you have questions or concerns you would like addressed, please email us at info@connectednation.org.

The CDC has a toll-free line with information on Covid-19 (24/7, English only): 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636). TTY:  888-232-6348.   

Click here to see the COVID-19 response by state.

Click here for a resource guide for government leaders via GovTech

Click here for a list of federal resources for small businessesCOVID-19 Updates: Federal Resources for Small Businesses

TELEHEALTH

The White House announced  new telehealth initiatives including expanding Medicare immediately to cover telemedicine. Click here to download a fact sheet with commonly asked question. Call your doctor's office if you have additional questions.

These organizations and states have expanded or are offering telehealth screenings for coronavirus. The services range from online consultations with a doctor to a form with questions to answer that gives you guidance (last updated March 30, 2020):

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TELEWORK (WORKING-FROM-HOME)

Digital Works Now Offering Virtual Job Training for Kentucky Military Spouses, Veterans

So, you’ve been told to work-from-home. Now what? We’ve got some tips to help you make teleworking work for you.

Working from Home: 10 Apps to Keep You Productive!

Checklist For Companies With Remote Employees Due To COVID-19

Got slow speeds or no internet connection at all? These tips can help you improve your connection.

Don’t fret. Teleworking can still be GREAT for the economy. In fact, it can improve it. Learn more here.

Connected Nation provides telework training through its Digital Works program. This is a one-of-a-kind job creation program that goes beyond training and placement to encompass high-demand, telework professions.

WHO LACKS BROADBAND?


18.3 million Americans
45% of low income families
22% of rural residents
12 million school-aged children


According to the Pew Research Center 44% households with income under $30,000 do not have home broadband services and 46% do not have a traditional computer. (Source: Pew Research Center Study Conducted in Feb 2019)

FREE ONLINE TRAINING, RESOURCES, AND APPLICATIONS

Connected Nation is providing some FREE resources for online training to help senior citizens and others in need of assistance as they navigate a world that's rapidly becoming almost completely digital.

You can find these resources on our Drive website at https://www.driveyourlearning.org/.  Below are some of the most-commonly used training resources from the website:

Other Resources and Applications:

SCHOOL RESOURCES

Some 15% of U.S. households with school-age children do not have a high-speed internet connection at home, according to a previously published Pew Research Center analysis. Connected Nation has long recognized the need to connect every student and classroom in the United States.

Latest school-related  news: 

Internet Options: 

Resources:

CONNECTING ALL AMERICANS

Some federal agencies are tasked with expanding broadband (high-speed internet) access to all Americans, especially in rural areas which are disproportionately disconnected. This is some of the latest news impacting that effort:

TRACKING AND UNDERSTANDING THE SPREAD

USA Today answered tons of questions from the public about coronavirus. These are the answers.

Johns Hopkins University is tracking the spread of the coronavirus around the world, including in the U.S. See the below map for the very latest.(link)