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Supporting Patients & Healthcare Workers

The health and safety of the American people is our top priority. Like all emergencies, response is most successful when it is locally executed, state managed and federally supported.

We are partnering with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to address needs across the healthcare community.

What We’re Doing

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We have been working with partners to ensure medical supplies and equipment reach front line healthcare workers through a four-pronged approach:

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We partner with HHS to strategically prioritize medical supplies and equipment based on data on COVID-19 disease activity and its effects, so limited supplies get to areas where resources are needed most urgently.

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We are supporting testing across the country, working with governors and tribal leaders to ensure they have the equipment, supplies and testing resources to reopen safely and responsibly.

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We are establishing alternate care sites to relieve pressure on local hospital systems. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is assessing and converting structures to be used as alternate care sites.

What You Can Do: Patients & Individuals

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State, tribal and local health officials are providing instructions on preventing the spread of COVID-19 and preserving your community’s safety. Follow your local and state health department to learn what to do.

If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19, follow the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidelines: stay home, call your doctor and take steps to stop the spread of disease.

Visit the CDC’s page for detailed information on how to:

  • Self-check your symptoms
  • Get medical care
  • Isolate at home
  • Care for someone who is sick
  • Prevent others from getting infected

Additional Government Resources

  • HHS has resources to help you cope and to support your mental and behavioral health during the pandemic.
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Disaster Distress Line is available to anyone experiencing emotional distress related to a disaster, including COVID-19. 
  • If you or a loved one need help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.
  • The Department of Justice created a national task force to actively look for and act on hoarding and price gouging. If you suspect price gouging or hoarding of medical supplies, contact your state Attorney General’s office for guidance on how to file a report.

What You Can Do: Healthcare Workers

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Visit our State, Local, Tribal & Territorial Governments page for more information on working with FEMA and other federal agencies during the COVID-19 response.

For healthcare workers, work together with your emergency managers to:

  • Integrate leading health officials into emergency operations centers and unified command groups at every level of government.
  • Ensure the entire leadership team in your state, territory or tribe understands the emergency management process. 
  • All requests to the federal government must be formally communicated by the state, territory or tribe's emergency manager to the FEMA Regional Administrator.
  • Contribute daily data to the federal government to support planning, monitoring and resource allocation

All requests to the federal government must be formally communicated by the state, territory or tribe's emergency manager to the FEMA Regional Administrator.

Additional Government Resources

Healthcare Professionals (CDC)

Health Departments (CDC)

Laboratories (CDC)

Vaccine and Medication Development (FDA)

Coronavirus News Updates (HHS)

Frequently Asked Questions

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See more answers to frequently asked questions at coronavirus.gov.

Where can I get tested for coronavirus?

The process and locations for testing vary from place to place. See Testing for COVID-19 for more information.

How can I prepare and protect myself from COVID-19?

The best source of information on how to protect yourself and others is www.coronavirus.gov.

What can I do if I think I am sick?

The best source of information on symptoms is www.coronavirus.gov, where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a list of COVID-19 symptoms you may experience.

How can I tell if information I’ve heard is a rumor or not?

Check the sources of information you see about COVID-19 by seeking out trusted, verified sources like coronavirus.gov, your state and local government’s official accounts, or visiting our Rumor Control page.