WASHINGTON — The whole-of-America response to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic continues, as federal and state leaders toured a food distribution center in Laurel, Maryland, and the hospital ship USNS Mercy departed Los Angeles after serving as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients.
In support of the White House Task Force’s testing initiative, FEMA is supporting the procurement of specimen collection supplies to supplement the supplies states and healthcare providers are procuring from the private market. FEMA has procured and delivered 4.1 million swabs and 2.3 million media so far in the month of May.
As of May 14, Project Airbridge has completed 142 flights with an additional 61 flights scheduled or in transit. Two flights are scheduled to land today, one 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 May 14:
- More than 1.4 million N-95 masks.
- More than 921 million gloves.
- More than 97.4 million surgical masks.
- More than 17.1 million surgical gowns.
- More than 2.4 million thermometers.
- More than 1.2 million face shields.
- More than 392,000 coveralls.
- More than 109,000 stethoscopes
- More than 370,000 oxygen masks.
- More than 250,000 swabs.
- More than 160,000 cannulas.
To date, FEMA, HHS, and the private sector combined have coordinated the delivery of or are currently shipping: 92.7 million N-95 respirators, 133 million surgical masks, 10.5 million face shields, 22.5 million surgical gowns and 99.9 million gloves.
As of May 14, FEMA has obligated more than $6.1 billion to assist with emergency protective measures. In the past 24 hours that amount includes:
- $1.5 million for Arizona.
- $17.3 million for California.
- $56.7 million for Texas.
Federal, State Leaders Tour Maryland Food Service Distributor
LAUREL, Md. (May 15, 2020) — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue (center, blue jacket), Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (far left), White House Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump and CEO Coastal Sunbelt Produce John Corso tour the company’s distribution facility. Coastal supports the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, delivering American grown fresh fruit and fresh vegetable boxes to food banks, community and faith-based organizations and other non-profit organizations.
USDA photo by Meghan Rodgers
Hospital Ship USNS Mercy Departs Los Angeles
LOS ANGELES (May 15, 2020) — USNS Mercy departs Los Angeles, after completing a deployment supporting the nation's COVID-19 response efforts. The ship served as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients admitted to shore-based hospitals, allowing medical personnel at those facilities to focus their efforts on COVID-19 cases.
FEMA photo by Colleen Zaremba
Air Force Flyover Honors SoCal Healthcare Workers, Responders
MORENO VALLEY, Calif. (May 14, 2020) — Medical personnel wave and cheer as a KC-135 Stratotanker flies over the crowd at the Riverside University Health System Medical Center. The 452nd Air Mobility Wing participates in the #AirForceSaluted portion of #AmericaStrong, honoring local healthcare workers, essential employees and other first responders on the front line of the battle against COVID-19.
U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Nick Kibbe
Utah National Guard Assists COVID-19 Response
SALT LAKE CITY (May 14, 2020) — Members of the Utah National Guard sort medical supplies at a staging warehouse. Over 120 Utah National Guard soldiers and airmen are assisting in the COVID-19 response, including supply and warehouse management, logistics and testing.
U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. John Winn
N.D. National Guardsmen Support Drive-thru Testing Site
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (May 14, 2020) — North Dakota National Guard soldiers and airmen join N.D. Department of Health personnel to administer COVID-19 testing at a drive-thru site. The soldiers and airmen are partnering with the N.D. Department of Health and other civilian agencies to support the COVID-19 community response.
U.S. Air National Guard photo by David H. Lipp
FEMA Supports Community Outreach for Poultry Workers
SEAFORD, Del. (May 14, 2020) — A FEMA emergency manager assists Delaware Public Health and the Delaware National Guard during concentrated testing and community outreach for nearby poultry plants on the Delmarva Peninsula. Over 500 people were tested, given care kits with cleaning supplies and educational materials.
FEMA photo by Zane Hadzick