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FEMA Advisory

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Whole-of-America Response

Attached you will find today’s Daily Briefing Points and the Regional Supplemental 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. The Regional Supplemental highlights the updated numbers by states and regions.

Topline messaging includes:

  • 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.

  • On June 1, HHS announced a task order with Emergent BioSolutions to advance manufacturing capabilities for a potential COVID-19 vaccine as well as therapeutics. Under the order, Emergent will commit contract development and manufacturing organization drug substance and drug product manufacturing capacity valued at approximately $542.75 million for production of COVID-19 vaccine candidates through 2021.
  • As of June 1, FEMA has made 7,360 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 1, FEMA, HHS, and the private sector combined have coordinated the delivery of or are currently shipping: 92.2 million N95 respirators, 147.3 million surgical masks, 13.7 million face shields, 36.1 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 13.1 million swabs and 8.6 million units of media so far in the month of May.
    • 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 1, CDC, state, and local public health labs and other laboratories have tested more than 16.7 million samples.

    • As of May 29, the FDA has issued 114 individual emergency use authorizations (EAU) for test kit manufacturers and laboratories, including 12 antibody tests and one antigen test.

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Follow FEMA on social media at: Visit the FEMA Blog, follow @FEMA or @FEMAEspanol on Twitter, FEMA or FEMA Espanol on Facebook, @FEMA on Instagram, and view videos on the FEMA YouTube channel, and Administrator Pete Gaynor on Twitter @FEMA_Pete.

FEMA Mission

Helping people before, during, and after disasters


FEMA Advisory

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Whole-of-America Response

Attached you will find today’s Daily Briefing Points and the Regional Supplemental 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. The Regional Supplemental highlights the updated numbers by states and regions.

Topline messaging includes:

  • On May 28, President Trump announced his intent to extend the Title 32 orders through mid-August. The President’s current authority provides governors continued command of their National Guard forces, while being 100% federally funded under Title 32, enabling these states to use the additional resources to meet the missions necessary in the whole-of-America COVID-19 response. Current orders expire on June 24.

    • FEMA will work with the Department of Defense and the states to extend validated mission assignments to carry out the President’s direction.
  • On May 28, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced that it is setting aside $10 billion of round two funding for the Paycheck Protection Program to be lent exclusively by Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs).

    • CDFIs work to expand economic opportunity in low-income communities by providing access to financial products and services for local residents and businesses.
    • The dedicated funds will further ensure that the funding reaches all communities in need of relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • On May 28, the Health Resources and Services Administration awarded $15 million in CARES Act funding to 52 Tribes, Tribal organizations, urban Indian health organizations and other health services providers to Tribes across 20 states to prepare, prevent and respond to COVID-19 in rural tribal communities.
  • On May 28, the FDA announced a reference panel to evaluate diagnostic tests for COVID-19. Reference panels are an additional step to ensure the quality of the tests, validation of new assays, test calibration and monitoring of assay performance.
  • As of May 28, FEMA has made 1,575 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 May 28, FEMA, HHS, and the private sector combined have coordinated the delivery of or are currently shipping: 92.1 million N95 respirators, 146.1 million surgical masks, 12.7 million face shields, 32.9 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 9.9 million swabs and 5.5 million units of media so far in the month of May.
    • 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 May 28, CDC, state, and local public health labs and other laboratories have tested more than 15.7 million samples.

    • As of May 28, the FDA has issued 113 individual emergency use authorizations (EAU) for test kit manufacturers and laboratories, including 12 antibody tests and one antigen test.

Follow Us

Follow FEMA on social media at: Visit the FEMA Blog, follow @FEMA or @FEMAEspanol on Twitter, FEMA or FEMA Espanol on Facebook, @FEMA on Instagram, and view videos on the FEMA YouTube channel, and Administrator Pete Gaynor on Twitter @FEMA_Pete.

FEMA Mission

Helping people before, during, and after disasters.



FEMA Advisory

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:

  • As of May 25, Small Business Administration has approved 430,906 Economic Injury Disaster Loan applications resulting in $37.8 billion in disaster loan funds available to assist businesses and their employees. The SBA has also approved over 4.4 million Paycheck Protection Program applications resulting in $511.2 billion available to assist businesses and their employees.
  • On May 22, FEMA, HHS and the CDC announced release of a tool to support state, local, tribal, and territorial government officials with needed data as they continue to adjust community mitigation measures.

    • The Community Mitigation decision support tool puts the data for each metric in the President’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again in one easy-to-access place – the Gate Indicators tab and sub-tabs.
    • Officials can view their influenza- and coronavirus-like illnesses, case and death data, as well as a range of information on hospital capacity to determine whether community mitigation should be adjusted.
    • The tool also has a variety of other data available outlined in greater detail below. An account is required for access, and government officials can get one by applying here.
  • As of May 22, FEMA has made 645 deliveries of medical supplies to nursing homes in 52 of 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 May 23, FEMA, HHS, and the private sector combined have coordinated the delivery of or are currently shipping: 89.4 million N95 respirators, 135.2 million surgical masks, 15.0 million face shields, 32.4 million surgical gowns, and over 1 billion gloves.
  • FEMA has procured and delivered 9.9 million swabs and 4.9 million units of media so far in the month of May. In support of the White House Task Force’s testing initiative, FEMA is procuring specimen collection supplies to supplement the supplies states and healthcare providers are procuring from the private market.
  • As of May 23, CDC, state, and local public health labs and other laboratories have tested more than 13.6 million samples.

    • As of May 22, the FDA has issued 109 individual emergency use authorizations (EAU) for test kit manufacturers and laboratories, including 12 antibody tests and 1 antigen test.

Follow Us

Follow FEMA on social media at: Visit the FEMA Blog, follow @FEMA or @FEMAEspanol on Twitter, FEMA or FEMA Espanol on Facebook, @FEMA on Instagram, and view videos on the FEMA YouTube channel, and Administrator Pete Gaynor on Twitter @FEMA_Pete.

FEMA Mission

Helping people before, during, and after disasters.

FEMA Advisory

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 16, the FDA announced the authorization of an at-home sample collection kit for COVID-19 diagnostic testing. The emergency use authorization was issued to Everlywell, Inc. for the Everlywell COVID-19 Test Home Collection Kit.
    • The test kit is authorized to be used by individuals at home who have been screened using an online questionnaire that is reviewed by a health care provider.
    • Results will be returned to the patient through Everlywell’s independent physician network and their online portal.
  • On May 15, President Trump announced Operation Warp Speed. The goal of this national program is to accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics.
    • Operation Warp Speed is a public-private partnership between components of HHS, the Department of Defense, private firms and other federal agencies.
    • The program aims to have substantial quantities of a safe and effective vaccine available for Americans by January 2021.
  • As of May 17, FEMA, HHS, and the private sector combined have coordinated the delivery of or are currently shipping: 83.4 million N95 respirators, 133.7 million surgical masks, 11.5 million face shields, 24.4 million surgical gowns, and 989.4 million gloves.
  • FEMA has procured and delivered 4.7 million swabs and 2.8 million media so far in the month of May. In support of the White House Task Force’s testing initiative, FEMA is supporting the procurement of specimen collection supplies to supplement the supplies states and healthcare providers are procuring from the private market.
  • As of May 17, CDC, state, and local public health labs and other laboratories have tested more than 10.8 million samples.
    • As of May 14, the FDA has issued 101 individual emergency use authorizations (EAU) for test kit manufacturers and laboratories, including 12 antibody tests and 1 antigen test.
  • On May 11, President Trump announced additional efforts to ensure that every state, territory and tribe has the resources they need to meet the robust testing plans described in the President’s Guidelines for Opening up America Again and the Testing Blueprint unveiled by the President on April 27.

Follow Us

Follow FEMA on social media at: Visit the FEMA Blog, follow @FEMA or @FEMAEspanol on Twitter, FEMA or FEMA Espanol on Facebook, @FEMA on Instagram, and view videos on the FEMA YouTube channel, and Administrator Pete Gaynor on Twitter @FEMA_Pete.

FEMA Mission

To help people before, during, and after disasters.


FEMA Advisory

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 14, President Trump announced continued efforts to ensure a fully stocked, resilient national stockpile and the strong domestic industrial base needed to confront COVID-19.

    • These efforts will include a plan to restructure the Strategic National Stockpile, implanting lessons learned from recent pandemics.
    • Additionally, the President signed an executive order providing authority to ensure America is producing critical goods necessary to build up our strategic stockpiles and reduce dependency on foreign supplies.
  • As of May 14, FEMA, HHS, and the private sector combined have coordinated the delivery of or are currently shipping: 92.7 million N95 respirators, 133.7 million surgical masks, 10.5 million face shields, 22.5 million surgical gowns, and 989 million gloves.
  • FEMA has procured and delivered 4.1 million swabs and 2.3 million media so far in the month of May. In support of the White House Task Force’s testing initiative, FEMA is supporting the procurement of specimen collection supplies to supplement the supplies states and healthcare providers are procuring from the private market.
  • As of May 14, CDC, state, and local public health labs and other laboratories have tested more than 9.5 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 12, the FDA has issued 95 individual emergency use authorizations (EAU) for test kit manufacturers and laboratories, including 12 antibody tests and 1 antigen test.
  • On May 15, FEMA updated information on the process used by the National Resource Prioritization Cell. The cell uses data from FEMA, HHS and CDC to develop recommendations to ensure distribution of the right resources to the right places at the right times. The resource prioritization process will now be conducted every seven days.
  • 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.

    • 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 for opening up America again.

Follow Us

Follow FEMA on social media at: Visit the FEMA Blog, follow @FEMA or @FEMAEspanol on Twitter, FEMA or FEMA Espanol on Facebook, @FEMA on Instagram, and view videos on the FEMA YouTube channel, and Administrator Pete Gaynor on Twitter @FEMA_Pete.

FEMA Mission

To help people before, during, and after disasters.




U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Intergovernmental Affairs

Please see the below, and attached, information from our partners in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regarding an update on the Whole-of-America response to COVID-19.



FEMA Advisory

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.
  • 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.

    • 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.

Follow Us

Follow FEMA on social media at: FEMA online, on Twitter @FEMA or @FEMAEspanol, on FEMA Facebook page or FEMA Espanol page and at FEMA YouTube channel.

Also, follow Administrator Pete Gaynor on Twitter @FEMA_Pete.

FEMA Mission

To help people before, during, and after disasters.

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 COVID-19 By the Numbers 5.12.20.pdf

May 11, 2020

FEMA Advisory

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 on 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 May 9, President Trump announced that the federal government will spend $3 billion to buy dairy, meat, and produce from U.S. farmers, ranchers, and specialty growers; the goods will be provided to support food lines and kitchens and the Farmers to Families Food Box Program.
  • On May 9, the FDA issued the first emergency use authorization for a COVID-19 antigen test, a new category of tests designed for rapid detection of the virus that causes COVID-19.

    • Antigen tests can play a critical role in the fight against COVID-19 due to their ability to be produced at a lower cost than other tests. Antigen tests can also potentially scale to test millions of Americans a day due to their simpler design.
  • On May 9, HHS announced the allocation plan for the drug remdesivir. The Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) expects supplies of the drug to be delivered to all 50 states, five territories, the Veterans Health Administration and the Indian Health Service by the end of the week.
    • Gilead Sciences, Inc. is donating approximately 607,000 vials of the experimental drug over the next six weeks.
    • State health departments will distribute the doses to appropriate hospitals within their states.
  • As of May 10, FEMA, HHS, and the private sector combined have coordinated the delivery of or are currently shipping: 90.4 million N95 respirators, 126.6 million surgical masks, 9.1 million face shields, 21.2 million surgical gowns, 993.4 million gloves, 10,693 ventilators and 8,450 federal medical station beds.
    • 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 May 10, CDC, state, and local public health labs and other laboratories have tested more than 8.6 million samples.
  • 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.
    • 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.

Follow Us

Follow FEMA on social media at: FEMA online, on Twitter @FEMA or @FEMAEspanol, on FEMA Facebook page or FEMA Espanol page and at FEMA YouTube channel.

Also, follow Administrator Pete Gaynor on Twitter @FEMA_Pete.

FEMA Mission

To help people before, during, and after disasters.

FEMA Advisory

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 on 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 May 8, President Trump announced he would be extending the National Guard Title 32 through June 24 to respond to COVID-19. To date, the President has approved 48 National Guard requests for federal support for the use of National Guard personnel in a Title 32 duty status.

    • Through this order, the federal government will fund 100 percent of the cost for T-32 National Guard orders through June 24.

On May 9, HHS announced the allocation plan for the drug remdesivir.

This plan uses a Gilead Sciences, Inc. donation of the drug to the United States.

  • Gilead Sciences, Inc. will supply approximately 607,000 vials of the experimental drug over the next six weeks.

    • On May 7, HHS began delivering cases of the drug to Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan and New Jersey.
    • Earlier in the week of May 4, an initial allocation was sent to Indiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee and Virginia.
  • State health departments will distribute the doses to appropriate hospitals within their states.

    • State and local health departments have the greatest insight into community-level needs in the COVID-19 response, to include appropriate distribution of a treatment in limited supply.
  • This week, FEMA and HHS efforts to fight COVID-19 focused on expanding testing, as well as getting health care facilities the equipment and drugs they need to care for patients.

    • On May 8, the FDA authorized the first diagnostic test with the option of using home-collected saliva samples for COVID-19 testing.
    • On May 7, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded nearly $583 million in funding to 1,385 HRSA-funded health centers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories to expand COVID-19 testing.
    • HHS deployed 50 portable kidney dialysis machines and supplies to New York City and Long Island Intensive care units to provide surge capacity for facilities caring for patients with COVID-19, which has caused acute kidney injury and required dialysis in some instances.
  • As of May 8, FEMA, HHS, and the private sector combined have coordinated the delivery of or are currently shipping: 87.2 million N95 respirators, 124.8 million surgical masks, 8.6 million face shields, 20.5 million surgical gowns, 974.2 million gloves, 10,663 ventilators and 8,450 federal medical station beds.

    • 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 May 8, CDC, state, and local public health labs and other laboratories have tested more than 8.4 million samples.

  • 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 play important roles in meeting the Nation’s testing needs.
  • 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.

Follow Us

Follow FEMA on social media at: FEMA online, on Twitter @FEMA or @FEMAEspanol, on FEMA Facebook page or FEMA Espanol page and at FEMA YouTube channel.

Also, follow Administrator Pete Gaynor on Twitter @FEMA_Pete.

FEMA Mission

To help people before, during, and after disasters.

# # #

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Whole-of-America Response

FEMA Advisory

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.
  • 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 play important roles in meeting the Nation’s testing needs.
  • As of May 1, CDC, state, and local public health labs and other laboratories have tested more than 6.4 million samples.
  • 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.
    • Each state, territory and tribe will develop its own distribution strategy to align with its testing plan and unique needs.

On May 1, HHS announced $40 million of available funding for the development and coordination of a strategic network of national, state, territorial, tribal and local organizations to deliver important COVID-19 related information to minority, rural, and socially vulnerable communities hardest hit by the pandemic.

  • As of May 1, FEMA, HHS, and the private sector combined have coordinated the delivery of or are currently shipping: 78.5 million N95 respirators, 111.8 million surgical masks, 7.3 million face shields, 17 million surgical gowns, 903 million gloves, 10,653 ventilators and 8,450 federal medical station beds.

Follow Us 

Follow FEMA on social media at: FEMA online, on Twitter @FEMA or @FEMAEspanol, on FEMA Facebook page or FEMA Espanol page and at FEMA YouTube channel.

Also, follow Administrator Pete Gaynor on Twitter @FEMA_Pete.

FEMA Mission

To help people before, during, and after disasters.


FEMA Advisory

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Whole-of-America Response 

Please review the 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 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 reopening and testing 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 tribal will develop its own distribution strategy to align with its testing plan and unique needs.
  • On April 29, the National Institutes of Health announced positive results of a trial using Remdesivir, an investigational broad-spectrum antiviral treatment administered via daily infusions.
    • Hospitalized patients with advanced COVID-19 and lung involvement who received Remdesivir recovered, on average, faster than similar patients who received placebo.
    • The preliminary data analysis was from a randomized, controlled trial involving 1,063 patients.
  • President Trump signed an executive order to keep meat processing plants open to ensure the continued supply of beef, pork, and poultry to the American people. The order uses the Defense Production Act to classify meat processing as critical infrastructure.
    • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have put out guidance for plants to implement to help ensure employee safety.
  • As of April 29, CDC, state, and local public health labs and other laboratories have tested more than 5.8 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 29, FEMA, HHS, and the private sector combined have coordinated the delivery of or are currently shipping: 77.9 million N95 respirators, 111.7 million surgical masks, 7.2 million face shields, 16.1 million surgical gowns, 888.5 million gloves, 10,653 ventilators and 8,450 federal medical station beds.


The links below provide the 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 16, President Trump released Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, providing a plan for rolling back social distancing measures and reopening the country’s economy in several phases, depending on location.
    • Vice President Pence spoke with the Nation’s governors on April 24, reinforcing the partnership between the federal and state governments and the continued progress to expand and implement testing to be able to reopen safely and responsibly under the phased approach.
    • Under the guidelines, states will need to meet six metrics that include demonstrating a downward trajectory of COVID-19 cases over a 14-day period and a robust system for testing health care workers before they can proceed to a phased opening.
    • The federal government will continue to work with governors across the country to ensure they have the equipment, supplies and testing resources.
  • During the April 24 White House Press Briefing, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn announced that the FDA had approved the first COVID-19 home collection test kit.
    • The FDA continues to facilitate test development to ensure access to accurate diagnostics, working with over 350 test developers and authorizing 63 types of tests to date.
  • On April 24, President Trump signed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act to replenish the Small Business Administration’s small business loan program while also providing crucial support for America’s frontline medical workers.
    • The act provides $320 billion in additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, along with $75 billion for hospitals and healthcare providers to fight coronavirus and $25 billion for ongoing testing across the country.
    • The Paycheck Protection Program processed nearly $350 billion in loans to 1.6 million small businesses from funding provided in the CARES Act. More than 4,900 lending institutions participated in making these SBA-backed loans.
  • As of April 24, FEMA, HHS, and the private sector combined have coordinated the delivery of or are currently shipping: 70.5 million N95 respirators, 104.5 million surgical masks, 7 million face shields, 14.8 million surgical gowns, 779.1 million gloves, 10,563 ventilators and 8,450 federal medical station beds.
  • The U.S. has now processed 5.1 million samples, which is more total tests than the following nations combined: Australia, Austria, Canada, France, India, Japan, Singapore, Sweden, South Korea, and the United Kingdom.
    • 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.

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