How to Help – If you or your organization are interested in helping the effort to combat the spread of COVID-19, FEMA has established a website (www.fema.gov/coronavirus/how-to-help) with more information. Examples for the private sector include:

• To sell medical supplies or equipment to the federal government, please submit a price quote under the COVID-19 PPE and Medical Supplies Request for Quotation. Full details can be found in the solicitation (Notice ID 70FA2020R00000011).
o This solicitation requires registration with the System for Award Management (SAM) in order to be considered for award, pursuant to applicable regulations and guidelines. Registration information can be found at www.sam.gov.  Registration must be “ACTIVE” at the time of award.
• If you have medical supplies or equipment to donate, please provide us details on what you are offering.
• If you are a private company that wants to produce a product related to the COVID response – email nbeoc@max.gov.
• If you are a hospital or healthcare provider in need of medical supplies, please contact your state, local, tribal or territory department of public health and/or emergency management agency.
• If you are interested in doing business with FEMA and supporting the response to COVID- 19 with your company’s non-medical goods and/or services, please submit your inquiry to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Procurement Action Innovative Response Team (PAIR) team at DHSIndustryLiaison@hq.dhs.gov.

For additional information please visit FEMA’s website: https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus/.

President Trump and his Administration are working every day to protect the health and wellbeing of Americans and respond to the coronavirus. See below for some of the critical new actions taken in recent days to combat the coronavirus and support our nation’s incredible healthcare professionals.

• The President announced he is extending CDC guidelines to slow the spread of the virus.
• FEMA launched Project Airbridge to help quickly airlift critical supplies across the country.
• The FDA gave emergency approval for a new rapid test that can deliver results in as little as 5 minutes.
• The FDA gave emergency approval to a new system to sterilize N95 masks, helping hospitals get the most use out of their masks.
• The FDA approved the emergency use of convalescent plasma treatments for seriously ill coronavirus patients.
• CMS issued sweeping regulatory changes to help increase hospital capacity, rapidly expand the healthcare workforce, and cut paperwork so doctors can focus on patients.

White House COVID-19 Updates
• Memorandum on Providing Federal Support for Governors’ Use of the National Guard https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/memorandum-providing-federal-support-governors-use-national-guard-respond-covid-19-3/E)
• President Trump and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Conference – 3/30 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reyR9Wv8vjk• President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force Hold a Press Briefing – 3/29 https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-vice-president-pence-members-coronavirus-task-force-press-briefing-14/

• President Trump Approves Disaster Declaration for Alabama, Connecticut, Colorado, District of Columbia, Georgia, Guam, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Oregon
• President Trump Meets with Supply Chain Distributors (REMARKS, VIDEO)
• Letter from the Vice President to Hospital Administrators (HERE)
• Ivanka Trump: Emergency Relief Bill Will Help America’s Small Businesses (HERE)

HHS accepts donations of medicine to Strategic National Stockpile as possible treatments for COVID-19 patients (HERE)
• HHS accepted 30 million doses of hydroxychloroquine sulfate donated by Sandoz, the Novartis generics and biosimilars division, and one million doses of chloroquine phosphate donated by Bayer Pharmaceuticals, for possible use in treating patients hospitalized with COVID-19 or for use in clinical trials.

HHS Accelerates Clinical Trials, Prepares for Manufacturing of COVID-19 Vaccines
• HHS took steps to speed the development and manufacturing of vaccines to prevent COVID-19, working with New Jersey-based Janssen Research & Development, part of Johnson & Johnson, and Moderna of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Trump Administration Makes Sweeping Regulatory Changes to Help U.S. Healthcare System Address COVID-19 Patient Surge
• At President Trump’s direction, CMS is issuing an unprecedented array of temporary regulatory waivers and new rules to equip the American healthcare system with maximum flexibility to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump Administration Engages America’s Hospitals in Unprecedented Data Sharing
• CMS sent a letter to the nation’s hospitals on behalf of Vice President Pence requesting they report data in connection with their efforts to fight COVID-19.

OCR Issues Bulletin on Civil Rights Laws and HIPAA Flexibilities That Apply During the COVID-19 Emergency (HERE)
• The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is issuing a bulletin to ensure that entities covered by civil rights authorities keep in mind their obligations under laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, and exercise of conscience and religion in HHS-funded programs, including in the provision of health care services during COVID-19.

CDC Statement on COVID-19 Apple App
• Apple Inc. – in partnership with the White House Coronavirus Task Force and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – released an app and website that guides Americans through a series of questions about their health and exposure to determine if they should seek care for COVID-19 symptoms. Download the app here:

Trump Administration Provides Financial Relief for Medicare Providers (HERE)
• Under the President’s leadership, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is announcing an expansion of its accelerated and advance payment program for Medicare participating health care providers and suppliers, to ensure they have the resources needed to combat the Coronavirus.

FDA on Signing of the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Bill, Including Landmark Over-the-Counter Drug Reform and User Fee Legislation
• On Friday, the President signed into law a $2 trillion emergency relief bill that will continue to aid the response efforts and ease the economic impact of COVID-19.

FDA expedites review of diagnostic tests to combat COVID-19
• The FDA has been providing unprecedented flexibility to labs and manufacturers to develop and offer COVID-19 tests across the U.S. The FDA’s regulations have not hindered or been a roadblock to the rollout of tests during this pandemic.

Enforcement Policy for Sterilizers, Disinfectant Devices, and Air Purifiers During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency
• FDA is issuing this guidance to provide a policy to help expand the availability and capability of sterilizers, disinfectant devices, and air purifiers during this public health emergency.

Temporary Policy Regarding Nutrition Labeling of Certain Packaged Food During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
• FDA is issuing this guidance to provide restaurants and food manufacturers with flexibility regarding nutrition labeling so that they can sell certain packaged foods during the COVID-19 pandemic.

DHS: Be Like Mike (VIDEO)
• If you’ve been to an area with current travel restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, you can still come home anytime. You’ll just follow these guidelines.

DHS Responds: Ongoing Actions to Respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic
• The men and women of DHS are on the front lines every day, fighting against the spread of coronavirus to protect the homeland. Here’s what we’re doing.

Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce 2.0
• The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) executes the Secretary of Homeland Security’s authorities to secure critical infrastructure. Consistent with these authorities, CISA has developed, in collaboration with other federal agencies, State and local governments, and the private sector, an “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce” advisory list.

FEMA: Photos of the Whole-of-America COVID-19 Response
• The Whole-of-America response to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic continues this weekend, as President Donald Trump visited the men and women aboard USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) Saturday at Naval Station, Norfolk, Va., before the hospital ship deployed to New York in support of the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts.

HUD: COVID-19: Client Screening and Work Flow Examples (HERE)
• This resource contains client screening and work flow examples from Atlanta, GA and San Diego, CA.

Protecting Health and Well-being of People in Encampments during an Infectious Disease Outbreak
• Continuums of Care should work in close consultation with their local/state public health agencies and their local/state emergency management offices to develop the strongest possible approaches to protect the health and well-being of people who are currently unsheltered.

USNS Mercy Begins Treating Patients in Los Angeles
• The Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy has accepted its first patients in Los Angeles during its support of the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts.

Partnering With the U.S. Defense Industrial Base to Combat COVID-19
• The Department continues to aggressively partner with the defense industry to mitigate impacts from the COVID-19 national emergency.

Trump, Esper Send Off USNS Comfort to Join New York’s COVID-19 Fight
• The United States is at war with an invisible enemy in the coronavirus, President Donald J. Trump said from the dock at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, where he and Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper saw off the Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort as it left for New York City to join the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
• The USNS Comfort arriving in New York City:

Army Corps of Engineers Creates Alternative Care Facilities
• Though the Army Corps of Engineers has done important work in the past seven days related to the coronavirus pandemic, transforming buildings into hospitals in the next two to three weeks is more important, the commander of the Corps said.

VA Deploys Mobile Vet Centers to Increase Outreach during COVID-19 Outbreak
• The VA began deploying Mobile Vet Center units, the week of March 16, to expand direct counseling, outreach and care coordination to Veterans in communities affected during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first of the mobile units was dispatched to various cities to include boroughs in New York City, a second unit was sent to San Francisco, followed by mobile centers going to New Orleans and Los Angeles.

VA to Assist New York City with COVID-19 Response
• The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it is opening a total of 50 beds (35 acute care and 15 intensive care unit) to non-Veteran, non-COVID patients to help assist New York City in its COVID-19 response efforts. VA’s decision comes in response to a request the department received from the Federal Emergency Management Agency after the state of New York asked FEMA for federal assistance.

COVID-19: Servicemembers’ Civil Rights – Message from the Assistant Attorney General
• “Since COVID-19 has come to our shores, active duty service members and members of the National Guard and Reserve have shouldered new burdens as they work to protect our country.  We owe it to them to ensure that COVID-19 does not jeopardize their economic livelihood.”

For the most up-to-date information, please see the CDC’s website: www.coronavirus.gov.

COVID-19: Background & Additional Information

The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/

For background and the most up-to-date information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Disease 2019 website: HERE

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
• Twitter (here)
• Facebook (here)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
• Twitter (here)
• Facebook (here)

What you should know:
• Workplace, School, and Home Guidance
• People at Risk for Serious Illness from COVID-19
• How COVID-19 Spreads
• Symptoms
• Steps to Prevent Illness
• Frequently Asked Questions
• What to Do If You Are Sick with COVID-19
• Stigma Related to COVID-19
• Facts about COVID-19
• Information for People at Higher Risk and Special Populations
• Communication Resources

Situation Updates:
• Situation Summary
• Cases in the U.S.
• Global Locations with COVID-19
• Risk Assessment
• CDC in Action: Preparing Communities

Information for Businesses:
• Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers
• Information for Communities, Schools, and Businesses
• Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations – Community Facilities
• SBA: COVID-19 Resources
• DOL: Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus
• DOL: OHSA Resources for Workers and Employers on COVID-19
• WHO: Get Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19
• CISA: Risk Management for COVID-19
• EPA: Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19

Information for Travel and Transportation:
• Information for Travel
• Guidance for Ships
• Guidance for Airlines and Airline Crew
• State: Travel Advisories
• State: Traveler’s Checklist
• State: Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
• DOT: FAQs from FTA Grantees Regarding COVID-19

Information for Healthcare Providers, First Responders, and Research Facilities:
• Information for Healthcare Professionals
• Resources for State, Local, Territorial and Tribal Health Departments
• Resources for Healthcare Facilities
• Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with COVID-19 or Persons Under Investigation in Healthcare Settings
• Information for Laboratories
• Resources for First Responders
• Guidance for Public Health Professionals Managing People with COVID-19 in Home Care and Isolation Who Have Pets or Other Animals
• FAQs and Considerations for Patient Triage, Placement and Hospital Discharge
• Guidance for Homeless Shelters
• Guidance for Hemodialysis Facilities
• CMS: Information on COVID-19 and Current Emergencies
• CMS: Guidance for Hospice Agencies
• CMS: Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act Requirements and Implications Related to COVID-19
• CMS: FAQs for State Survey Agency and Accrediting Organizations
• EPA: Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19

Information for Law Enforcement:
• What Law Enforcement Personnel Need to Know
• Bureau of Prisons COVID-19 Resources

Information for Families and Households:
• Information on COVID-19 for Pregnant Women and Children
• Interim Guidance for Household Readiness
• Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations for U.S. Households
• Guidance for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Homes and Residential Communities
• FAQ: COVID-19 and Children
• EPA: Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19

Information for Schools and Childcare Providers:
• Interim Guidance for Administrators of U.S. Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools
• Resources for Institutes of Higher Education
• Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations – Community Facilities
• USDA: USDA Makes It Easier, Safer to Feed Children in California Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
• DOEd: Resources for Schools and School Personnel
• EPA: Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19

Information for Community Events and Gatherings:
• Interim Guidance for Mass Gatherings and Large Community Events
• Interim Guidance for Community- and Faith-Based Organizations
• EPA: Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19

Agency Resources and Information:
• U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
• Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
• U.S. Food & Drug Administration
• U.S. Department of Agriculture
• U.S. Department of Defense
• U.S. Department of Education
• U.S. Department of Energy
• U.S. Department of Homeland Security
• U.S. Department of Labor
• U.S. Department of State
• U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
• U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
• U.S. Small Business Administration