On January 20, 2020, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preparedness (CDC) confirmed the first United States case of COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, in Snohomish County, Washington. In only three short months, cases of COVID19 have been reported across all fifty U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and US Virgin Islands, ballooning to over 1.26 million confirmed cases with an unprecedented seventy-five thousand lives already lost.
COVID-19, first identified in 2019, was officially declared a global pandemic by the WHO on March 11, 2020, and as of May 7, 2020, there have been over 3.78 million cases globally, with an alarming 265,000 deaths. With the implementation of unprecedented travel and movement restrictions, underprepared national response systems are struggling to recognize and support the populations most dramatically affected by the pandemic. Unfortunately, it is still unknown how bad the situation will get before we begin to see a path to recovery, however the positive impact of these social-distancing measures on reducing the future burden are tried-and-true. The full impact of this historic time is hard to imagine but the rippling effects on the economy and the population’s health will be felt for years.
During this time of uncertainty, we here at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP) are focused on ensuring a rapid, evidence-based response to the COVID-19 outbreak, while also working to protect the physical and mental well-being of those that are most vulnerable. Some of our resources include:
- Dr. Redlener and Dr. Fair release “A Guide for Restoring the Economy that Matters Most to Americans“. Download the press release and report, and Dr. Redlener’s letter to US senators, representatives, and state governors..
- “Children and Coronavirus: A Guide for Families and Providers.” Access the tool in English and Spanish.
- “Children of Puerto Rico and COVID-19: At the Crossroads of Poverty and Disaster” A weekly webinar series focused on the impacts of COVID-19 and the children of Puerto Rico.
- A comprehensive COOP plan template, worksheets, and tools are available in English and Spanish.
- “Crisis leadership for a pandemic.” A two-page guide with clear guiding principles for leaders during this time.
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