WASHINGTON — The whole-of-America response to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic continued today, as critical FEMA-procured medical supplies like masks, gloves and hand sanitizer were moved from a Frederick, Maryland, warehouse to help states, territories and tribes in the fight against the virus.
Meanwhile, another alternate care facility is being built out in Loveland, Colorado, and decontamination system set up in Austin, Texas. FEMA continues to expedite movement of commercially pre-sourced and procured critical supplies from the global market to medical distributors in various locations across the U.S. through Project Airbridge.
As of April 30, Project Airbridge has completed 104 flights with an additional 31 scheduled or in transit. Five flights landed yesterday, two each in Chicago, two in Los Angeles and one in New York. Four flights are scheduled to land today, three in Chicago and one in Los Angeles.
Through Project Airbridge, the following supplies have been delivered from overseas manufacturers to the U.S. and into private sector supply chains from March 29 to April 30:
- More than 768,000 N-95 masks.
- More than 825 million gloves.
- More than 75.5 million surgical masks.
- More than 11.6 million surgical gowns.
- More than 2.2 million thermometers.
- More than 648,000 face shields
- More than 198,000 coveralls.
- More than 109,000 stethoscopes.
Maryland Distribution Center Provides Hub for Equipment
FREDERICK, Md. (May 1, 2020) — A FEMA logistics specialist stages a pallet of personal protective equipment at the Frederick distribution center for loading on trucks. The warehouse is acting as a hub for FEMA-procured supplies like masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and respirators that is being sent to help states, territories and tribes fight COVID-19.
FEMA Photo by Raymond J. Piper
Alternate Care Facility Set for Loveland, Colorado
LOVELAND, Colo. (April 30, 2020) — Officials from FEMA, HHS and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tour an alternate care facility in Loveland. FEMA directed USACE to build out a temporary facility for up to 195 beds, addressing Colorado’s request for additional hospital bed space for anticipated COVID-19 patients,
FEMA photo by Conor McClintock
FEMA Receives Millions of PPE Supplies from Taipei Reps in Houston
FORT WORTH, Texas (April 30, 2020) — Representatives from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston visit a FEMA distribution center to present a donation of 1 million face masks and thousands of personal protective equipment to support healthcare workers on the front lines against COVID-19.
Taipei Economic & Cultural Office photo by Patrick Ho
Battelle Decontamination Systems Get Setup in Austin, Texas
AUSTIN, Texas (April 29, 2020) — Battelle and Austin Watershed Protection Dept. staff work to install Battelle Critical Care Decontamination Systems at the Travis County Exposition Center in Austin. FEMA and HHS are coordinating delivery and set-up of Battelle machines, will be used to decontaminate previously worn N-95 respirator masks.
FEMA photo by Julie Joseph
Comfort's Medical Team Collects Samples for COVID-19 Testing
ABOARD USNS COMFORT (May 1, 2020) — Lt. Mary Catherine Taylor collects a sample for a COVID-19 test aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort. All personnel aboard the ship are being tested as Comfort is transiting the Atlantic Ocean. The ship is returning to Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, following its COVID-19 response mission in New York City, caring for COVID-19 and non COVID-19 patients.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Scott Bigley