In these uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations across the nation are grappling with when and how to resume operations while protecting the well-being and safety of their employees and communities. To assist non-Federal Government organizations and the private sector in the process of a measured return to normal operations, FEMA has created Planning Considerations for Organizations in Reconstituting Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic. This Fact Sheet builds upon the White House guidelines for Opening Up America Again by providing a range of considerations, questions and web links that provide valuable insights and resources as organizations navigate through this critical process.
FEMA ADVISORY – May 1, 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Whole-of-America Response
Attached you will find today’s FEMA Daily Briefing Points for the Whole-of-America response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. These briefing points include Topline Messages, as well as Supply Chain Task Force; By the Numbers; FEMA and Department of Health and Human Services Response; and Guidance from Federal Agencies.
Topline messaging includes:
- On April 30, President Trump announced additional efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of America’s seniors during the coronavirus pandemic.
- FEMA is coordinating two shipments totaling a 14-day supply of personal protective equipment to all 15,400 Medicaid and Medicare-certified nursing homes in America. The first shipments are expected to begin next week. The shipments are meant to supplement existing efforts to provide equipment to nursing homes.
- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is providing states with $81 million from the CARES Act to increase their inspections of nursing homes.
- HHS recently announced nearly $1 billion in grants to assist older adults and people with disabilities, providing services such as home delivered meals and care services in the home.
- On April 27, President Trump unveiled the Opening Up America Again Testing Overview and Testing Blueprint designed to facilitate state development and implementation of the robust testing plans and rapid response programs described in the President’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again.
- The President’s Testing Blueprint sets forth the partnership between federal, state, local, and tribal governments, along with the private-sector and professional associations, all of which will play important roles in meeting the Nation’s testing needs.
- To support the Administration’s Testing Blueprint, FEMA, at the direction of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, is working to source and procure testing material – specifically, testing swabs and transport media.
- The FEMA-sourced material will be provided to states, territories and tribes for a limited duration to help increase testing capacity in support of their individualized plans.
- Once sourced and procured, the intent is to have this material shipped directly to a single location within each state, territory or tribe for their ultimate distribution.
- Each state, territory and tribe will develop its own distribution strategy to align with its testing plan and unique needs.
- As of April 30, CDC, state, and local public health labs and other laboratories have tested more than 6 million samples.
- States should be making full use of the testing resources available to them, to include leveraging the full capacity available through commercial laboratories in addition to the capability provided through state laboratories.
- HHS and FEMA have expanded items supplied by the International Reagent Resource (IRR) to help public health labs access free diagnostics supplies and reagents.
- To date, the FDA has issued 50 individual emergency use authorizations for test kit manufacturers and laboratories.
- As of April 30, FEMA, HHS, and the private sector combined have coordinated the delivery of or are currently shipping: 78.3 million N95 respirators, 111.8 million surgical masks, 7.3 million face shields, 16.9 million surgical gowns, 888.6 million gloves, 10,653 ventilators and 8,450 federal medical station beds.
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