President Trump signed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act into law on March 27, 2020. Under the CARES Act, individuals who qualify for unemployment receive an extra $600 a week in benefits. These extra benefits, known as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), are crucial for some Americans to making ends meet.
Despite many states still facing rising numbers of COVID-19 cases, the CARES Act only allows for PUA until July 31, 2020. Beginning August 1, 2020, individuals on unemployment will receive only their state benefits.
In Georgia, the minimum weekly payment is $55 and the maximum is $365.
If your unemployment benefits are about to end and you are looking for work, apply with Horizon Staffing here.
The United States House of Representatives passed a bill in May 2020 titled Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act. The HEROES Act would extend PUA and provide Americans with a second stimulus package. The proposed stimulus would provide $1,200 per person, including dependents, regardless of age. The HEROES Act is currently under consideration in the Senate.
To read more information about the HEROES Act click here.
President Trump on second stimulus
President Trump assured the American people on Monday that the second stimulus packed was coming “very soon” and would be “very generous.”
The only proposed stimulus package currently is the HEROES Act that is waiting to be voted on in the Senate.
According to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), the HEROES Act would be the last round of stimulus checks if passed.
Georgia Coronavirus Update
Georgia has seen a rising number of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations throughout June and has reached the highest level since the start of the pandemic. According to the Associated Press, Georgia has averaged 1,073 infections reported daily over the last seven days.
Over 66,000 Georgians have been infected, and 2,652 people have died statewide, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health.
Stop the Spread
Continue to practice social distancing and proper handwashing to stop the spread of COVID-19. Sanitize areas and items that you use frequently and avoid using other people’s items. If you have returned to work where you are in close proximity with other individuals, wear a mask.
Please refer to the CDC for more advice on how to stop the spread of COVID-19.