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Coronavirus 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.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding this FEMA Advisory, please contact FEMA Office of External Affairs, Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs Division:
  • Congressional Affairs at (202) 646-4500 or at FEMA-Congressional - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Intergovernmental Affairs at (202) 646-3444 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Tribal Affairs at (202) 646-3444 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Private Sector Engagement at (202) 646-3444 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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