—Updated March 19, 2020
The link here is CDC’s current Myth/Fact page. Additionally, for the most up-to-date information, CDC has started a What is New page – this includes the latest fact sheets and external communications materials on COVID-19.
CDC’s website and communications resources can be found here in Spanish. Content is continuing to be updated daily.
National Emergency Declaration (see attached email)
On March 13, President Trump declared a nationwide emergency pursuant to Sec. 501(b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121-5207 (the “Stafford Act”). This increases federal support to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in its role as the lead federal agency for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response. As a result of the President’s decisive, unprecedented action, FEMA is directed to assist state, local, tribal, territorial governments and other eligible entities with the health and safety actions they take on behalf of the American public. Today’s declaration does not make direct financial assistance available to individuals.
OSHA Guidance on Preparing the Workforce for COVID-19 (see PDF)
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed this COVID-19 planning guidance based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as considerations for doing so.
Small Business Administration Resources (see PDF)
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.
Slow The Spread Campaign
The White House put together graphics you can share via email, social media or websites, or display in your workplace. Download here.
Leave some for your neighbor – don’t buy more than you need!
The Washington State Department of Health put together great material about purchasing reasonably during this time.
“Washington State’s supply chains are operating normally, yet consumers are overstocking and clearing store shelves of the items that sick neighbors, doctors, dentists and emergency response personnel need to stay safe. Health experts emphasize the best way to protect yourself from infection is through washing your hands frequently and limiting contact with others, not by overstocking certain supplies. Leave some for the folks who need them most!”
Federal Motor Safety Carrier Administration Expanded Emergency Declaration
The Federal Motor Safety Carrier Administration provided an expanded emergency declaration on March 18, 2020.
Government Response to Coronavirus, COVID-19
Learn about international travel restrictions, how you can prepare for coronavirus, and what the U.S. government is doing in response to the virus.
I have received a lot of inquiries on resources for cleaning facilities where an individual tested positive for the coronavirus. The CDC offers these resources to assist your business.
- General Recommendations for Cleaning for Facilities
- Recommendations for Cleaning Ships
- Recommendations for Cleaning of Aircraft
Update on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response
Please join us for an update on the COVID-19 response.
Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2020 Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
Presenter: Dr. Nancy Messonnier (Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases)
Dr. Messonnier will share guidance for the private sector, including what CDC knows at this point and what CDC is doing in response to this outbreak. We will also have time for questions and answers. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit questions in advance. Register at https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_v1NsR-W0TqaqmPgkbPqx9g
Washington Small Business Development Center Business Resiliency Webinars
The Washington SBDC is launching a series of Business Resiliency webinars targeted at small businesses starting this Thursday at 11am in Response to COVID-19. View the upcomingevents to support your business. Webinar participants will also receive access to a business resiliency PDF fillable form that they can customize according to their particular needs. About 30 minutes of the webinar will be an overview of resiliency planning and the remainder of the time will be for questions and answers. In addition, they have a business resiliency web page. On the page, you’ll be able to download a copy of our Business Resiliency Guide, as well as a Business Resiliency Plan, which can be customized by small business owners to meet their specific needs.
Region 10 State Private Sector Leads
Private Sector Lead for Washington Emergency Management Division
- Taylor Hennessee, Private Sector – Infrastructure Program Manager, Taylor.Hennessee@mil.wa.gov
Emergency Operations Center is activated to Level 1
Washington COVID Information
- Washington COVID-19
- Employment Resources
- Governor Office COVID-19 Resources
- Small Business Resource
- Washington State Department of Commerce – StartUp Washington
Useful COVID-19 Links
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
· Twitter (here)
· Facebook (here)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
· Twitter (here)
· Facebook (here)
What you should know:
Information for Businesses:
· SBA: COVID-19 Resources
· CISA: Risk Management for COVID-19
Information for Travel and Transportation:
· State: Travel Advisories
· State: Traveler’s Checklist
· State: Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
Information for Healthcare Providers, First Responders, and Research Facilities:
Information for Families and Households:
Information for Schools and Childcare Providers:
Information for Community Events and Gatherings:
Information for Military Response:
National Business Emergency Operations Center (NBEOC)
The FEMA National Business Emergency Operations Center (NBEOC) is activated as part of the Interagency Crisis Action Task Force, supporting the HHS, the Lead Federal Agency for our nation’s response to COVID-19.
The Crisis Action Task Force and NBEOC are operating daily (M-Fri) from 0800-1700 hrs. (EST).
The NBEOC Dashboard remains active 24/7. Post questions for the private sector community and FEMA staff to respond. We will post current information on the dashboard as it’s received.
Private Sector Liaison | Region 10 Office of External Affairs
Mobile: (425) 877-8593
Federal Emergency Management Agency