Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Resources for Regions
Notices From Regional Councils:
The coronavirus disease 2019, otherwise known as COVID-19, is a respiratory disease caused by a new strain of the coronavirus that was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are responding to the outbreak which has now been detected in almost 90 locations internationally, including in the United States. On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern.” Less than two months later WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic on March 11, 2020.
In the United States, there are at least N/A active cases, with cases present in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
At least N/A patients with the virus have died in the US.
According to Business Insider, nearly all states have declared states of emergency in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak. On March 13th, President Trump declared a national emergency concerning the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.
View a map showing coronavirus data by county here.
- Which organization will take the lead on coordinating local response?
- Who will be directing specific steps to follow for best medical practices?
- Where does funding for emergency response come from?
- Which organization will take the lead or “speak first” in health-related communication? How will other organizations disseminate that information to their specific audiences?
- Which levels of government will have a role in determining and enforcing movement restrictions or quarantines?
- How are you establishing a relationship with your public health agency now so you receive information before it is released to the general public?
- Connecting with your local public health unit to ensure you are receiving the most up-to-date information.
- Continuously monitoring and helping disseminate information from your local public health units to your community.
- Partnering with other governmental organizations to provide translation services during an emergency event.
- Providing fact sheets and resources from sources, such as the CDC, to firstline communicators throughout your organization, such as customer service representatives and elected officials.
- Promoting verified information to dispel misinformation about the origin, spread, or impact of the virus, including, but not limited to, combating stigma in relation to Chinese and other Asian and Asian American communities.
- Educating your community regarding nonpharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) that help slow the spread of illness (i.e., hand washing, sneeze techniques, improper use of masks, remote work policies, etc.).
- Encouragement of general population emergency preparedness for individuals including food and water storage, medication supply and access, and the creation or update of a household emergency plan.
- Identifying what segments of your population may require specialized outreach, and what organizations you can partner with to provide translation services during an emergency event.
- Basic plans for family or households who may have COVID-19-infected members.
- Lodging/quarantine for household animals with infected owners.
- Facilities or resources, such as emergency command centers, lodging, or staff expertise your organization can make available to aid in emergency response.
- Potential national media attention and the impacts to your communication plan and staffing.
- Contingency plans if key local government employees contract the illness.
- Access to and necessity of personal protective equipment (PPE) as identified by your local public health authority.
- Impacts of restricted movement directives or large-scale quarantines on your community.
- Following and implementing CDC and your local public health agency’s guidance on mass gatherings within your community.
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Resources
- Main Page
- Situation Summary Page
- Cases in the U.S.
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Mass Gatherings
- Healthcare Professionals
- Resources for Healthcare Facilities
- Information for Health Departments
- Information for Travel
- Work, School and Home Guidance
- Communication Resources
- Public Health Emergency Response Guide for State, Local and Tribal Public Health Directors
- Public Health Emergency Preparedness Clearing House
- Resources for Emergency Health Professionals
World Health Organization
Other Federal Department Resources
- Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) General Resource Page
- FEMA Individual Household Preparation
- Esri COVID-19 GIS Hub
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- U.S. Department of Education
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
- U.S. Department of Labor
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- U.S. Department of State
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
- National Governors Association (NGA) Resource Hub
- National Association of Counties (NACo) County Response Efforts & Priorities
- National League of Cities (NLC) Response Resources for Local Leaders
- ICMA Coronavirus Resources
Congressional Research Service
- COVID-19: Social Insurance and Other Income-Support Options for Those Unable to Work
- Workplace Leave and Unemployment Insurance for Individuals Affected by COVID-19
- SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans for COVID-19
Infographics and Downloads
- $8.3 billion new emergency supplemental funds
- More than $3 billion for research and development of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics
- $2.2 billion in public health funding for prevention, preparedness, and response,
- $950 million of which is to support state & local health agencies
- $1 billion for procurement of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, to support healthcare preparedness and Community Health Centers, and to improve medical surge capacity;
- $61 million to facilitate the development and review of medical countermeasures, devices, therapies, and vaccines, and to help mitigate potential supply chain interruptions;
- $1.25 billion to address the coronavirus abroad to help keep Americans safe here at home; and
- Allows for an estimated $7 billion in low-interest loans to affected small businesses, to help cushion the economic blow of this public health emergency o $300 million so the government can purchase vaccines at a fair and reasonable price.
- Initial $25 million cooperative agreement to the states and local jurisdictions who have borne the largest burden of response and preparedness activities to date.
- Initial $10 million cooperative agreement to state and local jurisdictions to begin implementation of coronavirus surveillance across the U.S., building on existing influenza activities and other surveillance systems.
All mapping dashboard screenshots were collected on March 11, 2020 and do not reflect current data.
In response to this ongoing public health emergency, an interactive web-based dashboard (static snapshot shown at left) has been developed and hosted by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University to visualize and track reported cases in real-time.
A Hong Kong-based dashboard contributes a feature showing the locations of buildings visited by higher concentrations of confirmed cases and the locations of current quarantines—a detail that can help residents of those areas actively reduce their exposure.
All information and resources provided in this blog should be paired with the frequent updates provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Executive Office of the President of the United States, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), among others.