FEMA Update: Cloth Masks to General Public

Updated: Jun 11, 2020

Captured from FEMA website:

Efforts have continued across the country to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The White House Coronavirus Task Force, FEMA, and other federal partners are working to execute a whole-of-America response to fight COVID-19 and protect the public. This week, those efforts are focused on providing the guidelines, information and necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) to workers on the frontline. This is part of the multi-prong approach to re-open American economic activity while continuing to limit spread of COVID-19.

Over the weekend, Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released targeted guidance for meat and poultry processing facilities.

This guidance reinforces implement infection control practices to reduce risk of COVID-19 transmission and illness in these facilities.

This guidance includes implementation of engineering controls, cleaning and disinfection, social distancing, work practice controls, administrative controls, and use of personal protective equipment. It also outlines how to provide basic worker infection prevention information and training to all workers in a clear and accessible manner.

In addition to efforts to protect workers in the meat and poultry industry, FEMA, HHS, the Cybersecurity Infrastructure and Security Agency (CISA) and other federal agencies are distributing cloth face coverings.

As of today, 32.5 million cloth face coverings are being processed and distributed to state, local, tribal, private sector, and federal entities. The facial coverings are being delivered in a phased approach for infrastructure workers, first responders and food producers and other sectors that support community lifelines who do not need medical-grade PPE for their daily work. Distribution is based on CISA’s analysis of priority infrastructure sectors.

For more information on FEMA and other federal COVID-19 response efforts , visit the FEMA Best Practices page.

PHP suspects people will start seeing restaurants and local businesses in the next 3 weeks.



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