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FEMA Advisory: COVID-19 Daily Briefing Points (May 12, 2020)

FEMA ADVISORY – May 12, 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 information By the Numbers; Supply Chain Task Force; FEMA and Department of Health and Human Services Response; and Guidance from Federal Agencies.

Topline messaging includes:

  • On May 11, President Trump announced additional efforts to ensure that every state, territory and tribe has the resources they need to meet their testing goals.
    • The president announced that states, territories and tribes would be receiving $11 billion in funds from the CARES Act to help governors meet their testing goals.
    • Throughout the month of May, FEMA and HHS will be delivering 12 million swabs to states nationwide.
    • The Administration has partnered with national retail companies as well as local independent pharmacies to increase access to testing. By the end of this week, more than 300 retail testing sites will be operational to serve Americans in 47 states and D.C., prioritizing access in underserved communities.
  • As of May 11, CDC, state, and local public health labs and other laboratories have tested more than 8.9 million samples.
    • HHS and FEMA have expanded items supplied by the International Reagent Resource (IRR) to help public health labs access free diagnostics supplies and reagents.
    • As of May 11, the FDA has issued 67 individual emergency use authorizations (EAU) for test kit manufacturers and laboratories.
    • In addition, 25 authorized tests have been added to the EUA letter of authorization for high complexity molecular-based laboratory developed tests (LDTs).
  • As of May 10, FEMA, HHS, and the private sector combined have coordinated the delivery of or are currently shipping: 90.7 million N95 respirators, 126.6 million surgical masks, 9.3 million face shields, 21.2 million surgical gowns, and 993.4 million gloves.
    • FEMA is coordinating two shipments totaling a 14-day supply of personal protective equipment to all 15,400 Medicaid and Medicare-certified nursing homes. The shipments are meant to supplement existing efforts to provide equipment to nursing homes.
    • To support the Administration’s Testing Blueprint, FEMA 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.

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