Washington (DC): The whole-of-America response to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic continued today. Sailors aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy, deployed to Los Angeles, is supporting the nation’s COVID-19 response by serving as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients admitted to shore-based hospitals.
Meanwhile, National Guardsmen working in Nebraska and New Jersey ensured medical gear was set up in Atlantic City and flights were departing on time from Offutt Air Force Base, just south of Omaha, Nebraska. Another FEMA Project Airbridge flight landed in Chicago’s Midway Airport today, carrying much-needed medical supplies for distribution to some of the hardest hit areas around the country.
Under the White House Coronavirus Task Force’s direction, FEMA, HHS and our federal partners are working with state, local, tribal and territorial governments to execute a whole-of-America response to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the public. In addition to the nationwide emergency declaration, President Trump has granted 54 major disaster declarations to states, territories and the District of Columbia.
FEMA’s Project Airbridge expedites movement of critical supplies, in varying quantities, from the global market to medical distributors in various locations across the U.S.
As of April 8, 21 airbridge flights have landed, containing critical personal protective equipment (PPE): gloves, gowns, goggles, and masks. An additional 49 flights are scheduled over the next three weeks.
To date, FEMA has obligated nearly $5 billion in support of COVID-19 efforts.