May 12, 2020
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COVID-19 Resources and Information
In order to get and keep America open, states, tribes, localities, and territories must be able to quickly identify new cases, break chains of transmission, and protect first responders and healthcare workers from infection. The following pages serve as an easily accessible repository of guidelines, tools, and resources from CDC and others for individuals, states, tribes, localities, and territories.
CDC offers free resources including videos, handouts, flyers, fact sheets, and posters. Access current communication tools and resources available for use and distribution.
Other Learning Opportunities and Resources
This guidance is intended for all Americans, whether you own a business, run a school, or want to ensure the cleanliness and safety of your home. Reopening America requires all of us to move forward together by practicing social distancing and other daily habits to reduce our risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19.
COVID-19 is a new disease and there is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19.
CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States. The virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms. In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores, pharmacies) especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
COVID-19 Partner Spotlight
appreciates the work of its partners during the COVID-19 pandemic. Michelle
Belles, from The Salvation Army,
described some of their COVID-19 activities.
The majority of the communities we serve are low-income and vulnerable populations or people experiencing homelessness who do not have the funds or the ability to go to the grocery store. This demographic is dramatically growing in size because people have lost their jobs and are struggling. Our service support to the community includes feeding, food box distribution, home delivery, school lunch meal support, cleaning supplies, etc. The need is growing on a daily basis because many government programs and buildings have shut down and we are now filling that gap. For example, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of our shelters would have a decrease in individuals during the day as they would leave for employment, appointments, and school. Since this pandemic began, everyone is remaining in these shelters, which has increased the need for more meals and staffing. To add on to our sheltering mission during COVID-19 posture, many state and local governments have requested us to expand our shelter program and to include more homeless shelter facilities, isolation shelters, and reception areas. This requires more resources for The Salvation Army and many of our partners to help feed people at these locations. In some areas we offer rental and utility services, and case management. We also offer emotional and spiritual care through a national ESC hotline: 1-844-458-HOPE (4673). Additionally, we are finding different ways to reach the community virtually.
Our requirements for cleaning and maintaining shelter and feeding operations change quickly as new CDC guidance is released. We also encourage our staff and volunteers to work with their local public health officials for guidance in their specific area. Many territories and divisions have released Transportation Security Administration documents on COVID-19 to the community, which follow CDC guidelines and direct them to the CDC website for more information.