FEMA ADVISORY – June 3, 2020
Coronavirus 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 June 2, HHS announced that it is providing an additional $250 million in CARES Act funding to aid U.S. health care systems treating patients and responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The funds will support hospitals and other health care entities to train workforces, expand telemedicine and the use of virtual healthcare, procure supplies and equipment, and coordinate effectively across regional, state and jurisdictional, and local health care facilities to respond to COVID-19.
- In addition to directly supporting health care capacity for COVID-19 patient surge, this funding will advance the mission of the National Special Pathogen System to enhance national capacity and capability to respond to highly infectious diseases now and in the future.
- On June 1, FEMA published a third letter from Administrator Gaynor to emergency managers that highlights the importance of all-hazards preparedness in a COVID-19 environment, particularly as the nation enters hurricane season. The letter addresses the release of the COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season, the All-Hazards Preparedness in a Pandemic Exercise Starter Kit and the Exercise Starter Kit for Reconstituting Operations.
- As of June 2, FEMA has made 8,276 deliveries of medical supplies to nursing homes to all 53 states and territories. 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.
- As of June 2, FEMA, HHS, and the private sector combined have coordinated the delivery of or are currently shipping: 92.2 million N95 respirators, 149.2 million surgical masks, 13.9 million face shields, 36.8 million surgical gowns and over 1 billion gloves.
- To support the Administration’s Testing Blueprint, FEMA is working to source and procure testing material – specifically, testing swabs and transport media.
- FEMA has procured and delivered 13.2 million swabs and 8.8 million units of 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.
- As of June 2, CDC, state, and local public health labs and other laboratories have tested more than 17.6 million samples.
- As of June 1, the FDA has issued 117 individual emergency use authorizations (EAU) for test kit manufacturers and laboratories, including 12 antibody tests and one antigen test.
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