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As the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic persists, it’s important to stay informed of what your local, state, and federal officials are recommending. To keep yourself and your community safe, check these trusted resources for the latest information.

General Information and Updates

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has information on preventative measures for protecting yourself, your loved ones, and those in your community from COVID-19. Additionally, there is information on steps to take if you are ill with COVID-19. Note: Available in Spanish.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

The World Health Organization (WHO) has regularly-updated advice on protective measures, such as when and how to wear a face mask in time of COVID-19. Note: Global updates can also be found here.
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) website contains information on the latest research on COVID-19. Note: Available in Spanish.
https://www.nih.gov/health-information/coronavirus

Johns Hopkins University has a virtual world map of coronavirus cases.
https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/data/animated-world-map

The New York Times has a regularly updated page with a map that shows how all 50 states are reopening.
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/states-reopen-map-coronavirus.html

McGraw Hill Medical has expert and frequently updated information on COVID-19.
https://www.accessmedicinenetwork.com/channels/2610

Finding Local and State Information

Check your state’s government websites, such as the department of employment, department of labor, department of health, governor’s office, etc. to learn what resources are available in your state for COVID-19.

For local information and for recommendations on community actions intended to limit exposure to COVID-19, check with your state and local public health authorities. 
https://www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/healthdirectories/healthdepartments.html

Nutrition Programs

Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) has developed an interactive map which hosts links to each state agency’s website. This resource will guide families on how to serve meals during school closures. In addition, there are links to a list of meal sites available in each state (if available).
https://frac.org/research/resource-library/state-of-the-states-profiles

SNAP COVID-19 Emergency Allotments Guidance
As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, the USDA has granted waivers to some states. These waivers allow for the issuance of emergency allotments (supplements) to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/covid-19-emergency-allotments-guidance

Feeding America hosts an interactive map to locate a food bank near you (if available).
https://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank

Unemployment & Health Insurance

The CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020 and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 was signed into law on December 27, 2020. These acts have created new unemployment insurance programs in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (PUC) gives claimants the usual calculated unemployment benefit plus an additional amount in compensation per week.
https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/cares

If you were terminated from employment or had your hours reduced, had a death or divorce of a covered employee, or lost dependent status, you may be able to keep your previous insurance through the government’s COBRA continuation coverage.
https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/ebsa/about-ebsa/our-activities/resource-center/faqs/cobra-continuation-health-coverage-consumer.pdf

If you have lost employer-based coverage, you may qualify for the Health Insurance Marketplace Special Enrollment Period; however, you would need to apply within 60 days of losing your coverage to be eligible.
https://www.healthcare.gov/coronavirus/

Specific Prevention Activities

Occupational Safety and Health Administration has information for prevention measures for workers and employers. There is a hazard assessment that employers can take to determine strategies to prevent workers from being exposed to COVID-19.
https://www.osha.gov/coronavirus

The Food and Drug Administration has guidelines on food safety during COVID-19 outbreak.
https://www.fda.gov/food/food-safety-during-emergencies/food-safety-and-coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19

Mental Health Resources

Mental Health America hosts information and resources about coping with mental health issues during disease outbreak. There is also a screening tool available.
https://mhanational.org/covid19

American Psychiatric Association compiled resources to help those experiencing a mental health crisis get immediate assistance.
https://www.psychiatry.org/psychiatrists/covid-19-coronavirus               

Mental Health First Aid 
provides resources on how to help someone who is experiencing anxiety or depression during COVID-19.
https://bit.ly/31wZzEL

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 
provides insight on how take care of your mental health during stressful times like a pandemic.
https://afsp.org/taking-care-of-your-mental-health-in-the-face-of-uncertainty/

Domestic Violence Resources

National Domestic Violence Hotline produced this resource to help victims navigate intimate partner violence during COVID-19 outbreak.
https://www.thehotline.org/2020/03/13/staying-safe-during-covid-19/

Workplaces Respond 
has compiled resources to support workers experiencing violence during the pandemic.
https://www.workplacesrespond.org/page/covid19supportingworkers/#unemployed

Children and Older Adults

US Department of Education has information and resources for school personnel.
https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus

Public Broadcasting Service hosts information on how to talk to your kids about Coronavirus. https://www.pbs.org/parents/thrive/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-coronavirus

CDC compiled a resource for assisting children in emergencies. (Note: Available in Spanish) https://www.cdc.gov/childrenindisasters/helping-children-cope.html

Online Counseling Programs 
has compiled 133 resources for mental, social and emotional health specifically for children and teens.
https://onlinecounselingprograms.com/resources/ultimate-guide-to-mental-health-and-education-resources/ 

Teens and Youngs Adults

The Jed Foundation website features an educational Mental Health Resource Center as well as methods to seek help with emotional struggles specifically for teens and young adults.
https://www.jedfoundation.org/ 

SeizeTheAwkward.org includes educational content about how to detect signs of mental health struggles, how to start a conversation about mental health, and how to seek help when needed.
https://seizetheawkward.org/ 

Racial Equity 

Racial Equity Tools provides information on addressing COVID-19 from a racial equity lens.
https://www.racialequitytools.org/fundamentals/resource-lists/resources-addressing-covid-19-with-racial-equity-lens

Black Women’s Health Imperative 
has tools to address racial disparities, COVID-19, and COVID-19 related self-care.
https://coronavirus.bwhi.org

Last updated on January 6th, 2021

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Additional Resources for Older Adults

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