WASHINGTON – As FEMA, under the direction of the White House Task Force, has led the whole-of-America response to the COVID-19 pandemic for the past several weeks, billions of essential resources and protective equipment have been delivered throughout the nation.
As of June 10, FEMA, HHS, and Project Airbridge combined have coordinated the delivery of, or are currently shipping: 94.7 million N-95 respirators, 149.2 million surgical masks, 14.3 million face shields, 44.6 million surgical gowns and over 1 billion gloves. Additionally, as of June 10, FEMA has made 14,752 deliveries of medical supplies to nursing homes in 53 states and territories.
FEMA continues working to source and procure testing material – specifically, testing swabs and transport media. FEMA has procured and delivered 19.3 million swabs and 12 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 10, CDC, state and local public health labs and other laboratories have tested more than 21.6 million samples.
Last week, FEMA announced that the Emergency Food and Shelter Program’s National Board will begin disbursing $320 million to assist organizations in communities across the country dedicated to providing food, shelter and supportive services to people with economic emergencies, including our nation’s hungry and homeless populations.
These funds are for people with non-disaster related emergencies and can be used for a broad range of services, including: mass shelter, mass feeding, food pantries and food banks, payment of one-month’s utility bills to prevent loss of services, payment of one-month’s rent/mortgage to prevent evictions/foreclosures and transition assistance from shelters to stable living conditions.
FEMA also released guidance to assist state, tribal and territorial governments in planning mass care delivery.
You can read the state-by-state update here.