After a historic week of dramatic disruptions to our way of life in America stemming from the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, President Trump declared a national emergency on Friday, March 13, releasing $50 billion to states and territories to fight the disease.
The past week was full of historic events and cancellations, including numerous schools being closed nationwide or going to online classes, cruises and airlines changing schedules, March Madness being cancelled and NBA, MLB and NHL games being suspended.
Public- and private-sector workplaces around the country activated pandemic plans following CDC and state health department guidance, such as these strong recommendations from Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf:
- Cancel gatherings of more than 250 people
- Staying away from recreational activities and public areas
- Religious leaders using discretion to prevent the spread of illness in their congregation.
In Michigan, the Grand Traverse County Health Department issued these Interim Community Mitigation Recommendations on March 11. The state government also launched the website www.michigam.gov/coronavrius which contains local news, recommendations and more for various groups.
NGA and NASCIO Guidance
The National Governors Association (NGA) has released a website.
This excellent resource offers trusted, reliable data, maps and state by state updates on numerous topics during this unprecedented national emergency. Extensive information is available on the following topics:
- Timeline of steps taken by the federal government to address coronavirus
- Resources on Funding
- Planning and Preparedness
- Legal Issues
- Operational Coordination
- Supply Chain and Health System Readiness
- Long-Term Care
- Health Insurance
- Human Services
- Schools/Childcare and Universities
- Public Safety
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) held a call with state CIOs and CISOs this week to coordinate actions and they also released this COVID-19 Planning and Response Guidance for State CIOs, which covers topics such as: