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COVID-19 and Blood Donation

As the presence of COVID-19 continues to affect people in the United States and around the world, many cities and states have adapted shelter-in-place restrictions to slow the spread of the virus. While these measures are designed to save lives, they are also having a real impact on many aspects of our society. One critical aspect that is affected is the country’s blood supply.

Acting Secretary Chad Wolf Statement on the REAL ID Enforcement Deadline

Due to circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the national emergency declaration, the Department of Homeland Security, as directed by President Donald J. Trump, is extending the REAL ID enforcement deadline beyond the current October 1, 2020 deadline. I have determined that states require a twelve-month delay and that the new deadline for REAL ID enforcement is October 1, 2021. DHS will publish a notice of the new deadline in the Federal Register in the coming days.

NOTE: The published Federal Register notice can be found at https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2020-04-27/pdf/2020-08481.pdf

Talking with Your Children about COVID-19

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. Children and teens react, in part, based on what they see from the adults around them. When parents and caregivers deal with a situation calmly and confidently, they can provide the best support for their children.

PANTHR

S&T has established the PANTHR program to strengthen customer engagement within the Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE) by aligning chemical and biological hazard awareness and characterization activities to provide timely, accurate, and defensible decision support tools and knowledge to stakeholders. 

DHS Initiating Crucial Research to Mitigate COVID-19

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is conducting ongoing research that will help scientists better understand the coronavirus that causes the disease known as COVID-19, and methods to prevent its spread. In the Trump Administration’s whole of government effort, this work is being done at the National Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures Center (NBACC) laboratory in cooperation with the DHS Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office. As results become available, NBACC will provide updates on their findings to DHS and response agencies, especially those that may immediately impact efforts to mitigate transmission.

Safe and Healthy Teleworking

Many of us are making the transition to full-time telework as we practice social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. There are some important factors you should keep in mind when setting up your home office.

COVID-19 Info for First Responders

DHS recognizes that first responders at the Federal, State and local level are on the front lines of providing support to their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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