BPHC Bulletin: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Updates

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HRSA is working to keep health centers and Health Center Program partners updated on the latest information regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). All bulletins, FAQs, and related information will be posted on the Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Resources for Health Centers webpage.

  • CDC Updated Guidelines on the Use of Facemasks and Respirators
    On Tuesday, March 10, the CDC released updated guidance on the use of facemasks by health care workers in situations involving COVID-19. The guidance states that facemasks are an acceptable temporary alternative for most medical services until the demand for N95 respirators lessens. Respirators should be prioritized for procedures that are likely to generate respiratory aerosols, which pose the highest risk of exposure to health care providers. Eye protection, medical gowns, and gloves continue to be recommended.

  • Status of Coronavirus Funding for Health Centers
    On Friday, March 6, the President signed into law the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020, which provides $8.3 billion in emergency funding for federal agencies to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. $100 million is available for health centers to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 national emergency. HRSA is working quickly to develop a spend plan and will expedite the awarding of funds.

  • CDC Publishes Coronavirus.gov
    The new website for all CDC updates on COVID-19 is Coronavirus.gov.