CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION:
In coordination with agencies across the federal government, the White House Office of Legislative Affairs would like to share the President’s Guidelines on 15 Days to Slow the Spread HERE.
The most up-to-date information and guidance can be found via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus Disease 2019 website: HERE. The Coronavirus Task Force holds frequent national briefings which can be viewed live: HERE. You are also encouraged to follow HHS, CDC, and other agency social media channels for up-to-date information.
What You Should Know (here)
Travel Information (here)
Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities (here)
Higher Risk & Special Populations (here)
Healthcare Professionals (here)
Resources for Healthcare Facilities (here)
Resources for Health Departments (here)
Communication Resources (here)
Agency Resources and Hotline Contact Information: Below, please find agency-by-agency information, guidance, and contact information.
Resources – Below, please find agency-by-agency resources and guidance.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (here)
U.S. Department of Education (here)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (here)
U.S. Department of Labor (here)
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (here)
U.S. Department of State (here)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (here)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (here)
U.S. Small Business Administration (here)
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (here)
Hotlines – Below, please find contact information for agencies that offer COVID-19 hotlines.
FDA’s hotline (1-888-INFO-FDA) is available 24 hours a day for labs to call regarding difficulties obtaining supplies for collecting patient samples for COVID-19 testing, including swabs, media needed for transport, and conservation of the samples. We also encourage labs to reach out at with any questions related to diagnostic development. You may also be interested in our COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions page, which contains information on vaccines, diagnostic tests, drugs, medical devices, food and other products FDA regulates.
The Department of State’s phone (1-888-407-4747) is available from 8 AM to 8 PM Eastern Standard and is toll-free in the United States and Canada. From other countries, citizens may call 1-202-501-4444. Citizens may also reach out directly to U.S. Embassies and consulates overseas. Links to Embassy links with country specific COVID-19 information is available here and health alerts can be found by searching specific countries here. Travelers who register through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program at Step.State.gov will receive urgent country-specific updates via e-mail.
The Department of Education’s Federal Student Aid customer care line remains open at 800-4-FED-AID. Additionally, questions on which the Department can be helpful should be directed to COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can be reached at 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636). This is a hotline for the public with questions about anything related to the CDC, so feel free to share this number with constituents. Information is also available on the CDC INFO website.
The Department of Defense offers resources for constituents to take action and stay informed about COVID-19. You can sign up for email updates and check this page regularly for the latest information. The COVID-19 pandemic and our national response continues to evolve by the minute. If you have any questions, please visithttps://www.tricare.mil/coronavirus.
The U.S. Army has established a COVID-19 Information Hotline at 1-800-984-8523.
The CBP Info Center offers a general information line at (877)227-5511. Please note that this line is not COVID-19 specific.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published guidance on preparing workplaces for COVID-19 here. Contacts for Regional OSHA Offices are available, and OSHA can be reached at 1-800-321-OSHA.
The Dangers of Mixing Household Cleaners
Please see the following from FEMA and The U.S. Fire Administration
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends routine cleaning of surfaces to limit the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This is a good time for you to remind your community about the dangers of mixing household chemicals. People are very concerned right now and may not think about the dangers of mixing cleaners. The following is a listing of combinations of chemicals that can either create toxic fumes or be highly corrosive.
Bleach + vinegar = chlorine gas.
This can lead to coughing, breathing problems, burning and watery eyes. Chlorine gas and water also combine to make hydrochloric and nypochlorous acids.
Bleach + ammonia = chloramine.
This can cause shortness of breath and chest pain.
Bleach + rubbing alcohol = chloroform.
This is highly toxic.
Hydrogen peroxide + vinegar = peracetic/peroxyacetic acid.
This can be highly corrosive.