Photos of Whole-of-America COVID-19 Response Volume 43

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May 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — As of May 21, FEMA, HHS and the private sector combined have coordinated the delivery of or are shipping: 83.4 million N-95 respirators, 140.2 million surgical masks, 11.9 million face shields, 28.6 million surgical gowns and more than 1 billion gloves.

FEMA has procured and delivered 7.5 million swabs and 4 million units of media so far this month in support of the White House Task Force’s testing initiative. To date, more than 12.9 million samples have been tested.

As of May 21, FEMA has made 588 deliveries of medical supplies to nursing homes in 52 of 53 states and territories. FEMA is coordinating two shipments totaling a 14-day supply of personal protective equipment to all 15,400 Medicaid and Medicare-certified nursing homes. The shipments are meant to supplement existing efforts to provide equipment to nursing homes.

Project Airbridge has completed 163 flights with an additional 59 scheduled or in transit. Through Project Airbridge, nearly 1.4 million N95 respirators, 921 million gloves, 103.8 million surgical masks, 23.3 million gowns, 2.4 million thermometers, 2 million face shields, 654,000 coveralls, 109,000 stethoscopes, 370,000 oxygen masks and 160,000 cannulas have been delivered.

FEMA has obligated more than $6.2 billion in COVID-19 response efforts. In the past 48 hours that amount includes:

  • $10 million for Arizona.
  • $5.7 million for Kansas.
  • $1.4 million for Puerto Rico.
  • $1 million for South Carolina.

Drive-thru Testing Sites Operational in Milwaukee

People In PPE Masks Standing Around Talking

MILWAUKEE (May 20, 2020) — FEMA Region 5 Regional Administrator James K. Joseph (far right), visits drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites in Milwaukee.

FEMA photo by Alexis Hall

Houston Independent School District Workers Provide Meals for Families

A older man and woman putting food in the trunk of a car

HOUSTON (May 20, 2020) — Houston Independent School District workers pass out free school meals to families affected by COVID-19-related school closures. The U.S. Department of Agriculture provided Texas with more than $1 billion in food benefits through the federal Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer.

FEMA photo by Daniel Rojas

National Guard Soldiers Answer Call of Duty at Arkansas Veterans Cemetery

Military man riding a lawn mower in between rows of gravestones at a VA cemetery.

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (May 21, 2020) — Arkansas Army National Guard Spc. Dyana Henderson maneuvers through a row of headstones as she fills in on state active duty for an Arkansas Veterans Cemetery grounds crew. Five Arkansas National Guard soldiers from Camp Joseph T. Robinson are working at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery after the cemetery grounds maintenance crew was quarantined after one of the crew members tested positive for COVID-19.

Arkansas National Guard photo by John Oldham

New Mexico Air Force Base Hosts High School Graduation

Graduates standing in cap and gown and PPE masks.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (May 22, 2020) — High school graduates wait for the ceremony to begin on Kirtland Air Force Base. Team Kirtland hosted the ceremony for graduating seniors to honor their accomplishments despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ireland Summers

FEMA-Coordinated Shipments of Antiviral Medication Arrive in Texas

A man lifting boxes with a forklift

AUSTIN, Texas (May 21, 2020) — FEMA-coordinated shipments of the antiviral medication Remdesivir arrive in Texas for delivery to hospitals for treatment of COVID-19 patients.

FEMA photo by Julie Joseph


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