Rumor Control

CDC’s current Myth/Fact page.
Additionally, for the most up-to-date information,
CDC has started a What is New page –
this includes the latest fact sheets and external communications materials on COVID-19.



CDC’s website and communications resources can be found here in Spanish.
Content is continuing to be updated daily. 


National Emergency Declaration

On March 13, President Trump declared a nationwide emergency pursuant to Sec. 501(b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121-5207 (the “Stafford Act”). This increases federal support to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in its role as the lead federal agency for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response. As a result of the President’s decisive, unprecedented action, FEMA is directed to assist state, local, tribal, territorial governments and other eligible entities with the health and safety actions they take on behalf of the American public. Today’s declaration does not make direct financial assistance available to individuals.


OSHA Guidance on Preparing the Workforce for COVID-19 (see attached PDF)

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed this COVID-19 planning guidance based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices. It focuses on the need for employers to implement engineering, administrative, and work practice controls and personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as considerations for doing so.


Small Business Administration Resources (see attached PDF)

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Upon a request received from a state’s or territory’s Governor, SBA will issue under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, an Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration.

Update on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response 

Please join us for an update on the COVID-19 response. 

Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2020.   Time: 3:00 p.m. ET

Presenter: Dr. Nancy Messonnier (Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases)

Dr. Messonnier will share guidance for the private sector, including what CDC knows at this point and what CDC is doing in response to this outbreak. We will also have time for questions and answers. 
Please email to submit questions in advance.
Register at


Washington Small Business Development Center Business Resiliency Webinars

The Washington SBDC is launching a series of Business Resiliency webinars targeted at small businesses starting this Thursday at 11am in Response to COVID-19. View the upcomingevents to support your business. Webinar participants will also receive access to a business resiliency PDF fillable form that they can customize according to their particular needs. About 30 minutes of the webinar will be an overview of resiliency planning and the remainder of the time will be for questions and answers. In addition, they have a business resiliency web page. On the page, you’ll be able to download a copy of our Business Resiliency Guide, as well as a Business Resiliency Plan, which can be customized by small business owners to meet their specific needs. 


Region 10 State Private Sector Leads


Private Sector Lead for Washington Emergency Management Division


Emergency Operations Center is activated to Level 1

Washington COVID Information


Useful COVID-19 Links

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

·       HHS Twitter

·       HHS Facebook


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

·      CDC Twitter

·       CDC Facebook


What you should know:

·       Workplace, School, and Home Guidance

·       People at Risk for Serious Illness from COVID-19

·       How COVID-19 Spreads

·       Symptoms

·       Steps to Prevent Illness

·       Testing

·       Frequently Asked Questions

·       What to Do If You Are Sick with COVID-19

·       Stigma Related to COVID-19

·       What You Need to Know

·       Facts about COVID-19

·       Information for People at Higher Risk and Special Populations

·       Communication Resources


Situation Updates:

·       Situation Summary

·       Cases in the U.S.

·       Global Locations with COVID-19

·       Risk Assessment

·       CDC in Action: Preparing Communities


Information for Businesses:

·       Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

·       Information for Communities, Schools, and Businesses

·       Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations – Community Facilities

·       SBA: COVID-19 Resources

·       DOL: Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for Coronavirus

·       DOL: OHSA Resources for Workers and Employers on COVID-19

·       WHO: Get Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19

·       CISA: Risk Management for COVID-19

·       EPA: Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19
·    PDF


Information for Travel and Transportation:

·       Information for Travel

·       Guidance for Ships

·       Guidance for Airlines and Airline Crew

·       State: Travel Advisories

·       State: Traveler’s Checklist

·       State: Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

·       DOT: FAQs from FTA Grantees Regarding COVID-19


Information for Healthcare Providers, First Responders, and Research Facilities:

·       Information for Healthcare Professionals

·       Resources for State, Local, Territorial and Tribal Health Departments

·       Resources for Healthcare Facilities

·       Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with COVID-19 or Persons Under Investigation in Healthcare Settings

·       Information for Laboratories

·       Resources for First Responders

·       Guidance for Nursing Homes

·       Guidance for Public Health Professionals Managing People with COVID-19 in Home Care and Isolation Who Have Pets or Other Animals

·       FAQs and Considerations for Patient Triage, Placement and Hospital Discharge

·       What Law Enforcement Personnel Need to Know

·       Guidance for Homeless Shelters

·       Guidance for Hemodialysis Facilities

·       CMS: Information on COVID-19 and Current Emergencies

·       CMS: Guidance for Hospice Agencies

·       CMS: Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act Requirements and Implications Related to COVID-19

·       CMS: FAQs for State Survey Agency and Accrediting Organizations

·       EPA: Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19

·   PDF


Information for Families and Households:

·       Information on COVID-19 for Pregnant Women and Children

·       Interim Guidance for Household Readiness

·       Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations for U.S. Households

·       Guidance for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Homes and Residential Communities

·       FAQ: COVID-19 and Children

·       EPA: Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19

·   PDF


Information for Schools and Childcare Providers:

·       Interim Guidance for Administrators of U.S. Childcare Programs and K-12 Schools

·       Resources for Institutes of Higher Education

·       Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations – Community Facilities

·       USDA: USDA Makes It Easier, Safer to Feed Children in California Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

·       DOEd: Resources for Schools and School Personnel

·       EPA: Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19

·   PDF


Information for Community Events and Gatherings:

·       Interim Guidance for Mass Gatherings and Large Community Events

·       Interim Guidance for Community- and Faith-Based Organizations

·       EPA: Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19

·   PDF


Information for Military Response:

·       DOD: Department of Defense Coronavirus Response


National Business Emergency Operations Center (NBEOC)

The FEMA National Business Emergency Operations Center (NBEOC) is activated as part of the Interagency Crisis Action Task Force, supporting the HHS, the Lead Federal Agency for our nation’s response to COVID-19. 


The Crisis Action Task Force and NBEOC are operating daily (M-Fri) from 0800-1700 hrs. (EST). 


The NBEOC Dashboard remains active 24/7. Post questions for the private sector community and FEMA staff to respond. We will post current information on the dashboard as it’s received.