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Beginning June 4, 2020, certain USCIS field offices and asylum offices will resume non-emergency face-to-face services to the public. Application support centers will resume services later. USCIS has enacted precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in reopened facilities:

Visitors may not enter a USCIS facility if they:

  • Have any symptoms of COVID-19, including cough, fever or difficulty breathing;

  • Have been in close contact with anyone known or suspected to have COVID-19 in the last 14 days; or

  • Have been individually directed to self-quarantine or self-isolate by a health care provider or public health official within the last 14 days.

  • Visitors may not enter the facility more than 15 minutes prior to their appointment (30 minutes for naturalization ceremonies), and sanitizer will be provided for visitors at entry points.

  • Members of the public must wear facial coverings that cover both the mouth and nose when entering facilities. If they do not have one, USCIS may provide one or the visitor will be asked to reschedule their appointment.

  • There will be markings and physical barriers in the facility; visitors should pay close attention to these signs to ensure they follow social distancing guidelines.

  • Individuals may also have to answer health screening questions before entering a facility.

  • Individuals are encouraged to bring their own black or blue ink pens.

Appointment notices will include further instructions for visiting USCIS facilities. For more information, see our USCIS Visitor Policy and USCIS Office Closings pages.

Last updated June 05, 2020
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No. If you represent a small business or nonprofit, for information visit the U.S. Small Business Administration’s COVID-19 loan resources page. If you are unemployed due to COVID-19, please contact your local unemployment office.

Last updated June 17, 2020
Source: U.S. Small Business Administrationlinks to external site

President Trump has directed the Secretary of Defense to permit full federal reimbursement by FEMA for states’ use of their National Guard forces. The memorandum issued by the president provides governors continued command of their National Guard forces while being 100 percent federally funded under Title 32. This is in effect through August 21.

National Guard member responsibilities have included disinfecting public spaces, distributing food, assisting with transportation and logistical support of health officials and coordinating with state and local health and emergency managers. The use of the National Guard has enabled states to use the additional resources to meet the missions necessary in the whole-of-America COVID-19 response.

Last updated June 17, 2020
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DIY ventilator makers may request that their product be added to the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) that FDA issued on March 24, 2020, to legally market the product in the U.S. Instructions on how to do so, and the criteria for ventilator safety, performance and labeling, may be found in the Letter of Authorization and Appendix A for the EUA related to ventilators, anesthesia gas machines modified for use as ventilators, positive pressure breathing devices modified for use as ventilators, ventilator tubing connectors, and ventilator accessories.

Last updated April 15, 2020
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administrationlinks to external site

If you receive any calls like this, please know that it is a scam to get your private personal information. Beneficiaries are being targeted in a number of ways, including telemarketing calls, social media platforms, and door-to-door visits. Do not give out your Medicare, Medicaid, or Social Security numbers. And be cautious about any unsolicited requests for your personal information. If you think you need to be tested for the Coronavirus, please call your doctor, who can advise you on what tests you may need.

Last updated April 06, 2020
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A worldwide online conspiracy theory has attempted to link 5G cell phone technology as being one of the causes of the coronavirus. Many cell towers have been set on fire as a result. 5G technology does NOT cause coronavirus.

Last updated April 06, 2020
Source: Federal Communications Commissionlinks to external site

FEMA suspended rent for disaster survivors living in FEMA housing in California, Florida, North Carolina, and Texas through September 1. FEMA contacted eligible occupants to inform them of the rent suspension.

Other sources of financial relief for renters may be available through state and local governments. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development also provides information on housing-related COVID-19 assistance.

Last updated June 17, 2020
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No. The Federal Government recognizes that State, local, tribal, and territorial governments are ultimately in charge of implementing and executing response activities in communities under their jurisdiction, while the Federal Government is in a supporting role.

Accordingly, the CISA Essential Industry Guidance list is advisory in nature. It is not, nor should it be considered, a federal directive or standard in and of itself.

While this guidance is not a federal mandate, and final decisions remain at the state and local levels, we firmly believe it can serve as a baseline for a common national approach in prioritizing essential services and workers.

Last updated March 30, 2020
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No. States and cities are responsible for announcing curfews, shelters in place, or other restrictions and safety measures.

Last updated March 26, 2020
Source: Federal Emergency Management Agencylinks to external site

The Federal Trade Commission is getting a lot of reports about fraudulent calls, texts, and emails coming from people pretending to be from the Social Security Administration, IRS, Census, USCIS and the FDIC. These fake government messages might say that you’re approved for money, can get quick relief payments, or get cash grants due to the coronavirus. These are all scams, and none of those messages come from a government agency. If you get a call or message like this, don’t respond. Instead, report it to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.

Last updated July 17, 2020
Source: Federal Trade Commissionlinks to external site

There are currently no FDA-approved vaccines or drug products for COVID-19. You can report websites selling fraudulent medical products to the FDA through our website, by phone, or mail. Learn more...

Last updated April 15, 2020
Source: U.S. Food & Drug Administrationlinks to external site

FEMA works with HHS and federal partners to coordinate the distribution of medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE). The supplies originate from multiple sources including Project Airbridge, the Strategic National Stockpile, private industry donations, federal interagency allocation and vendor procurements. These shipments are being sent with prioritization given to the areas with the most critical need for those supplies based on HHS and CDC data.

FEMA is not seizing or taking PPE or other medical supplies from state or local governments, hospitals, or anyone lawfully engaged in acquiring or distributing PPE. Learn more from FEMA’s rumor control page.

Last updated June 17, 2020
Source: Federal Emergency Management Agencylinks to external site