Current Non-COVID emergencies

Current non-COVID emergencies

Here’s information and updates about non-COVID natural disasters, man-made incidents, and public health emergencies that are happening now. Find more information on ongoing or past emergencies.

Find the latest information & updates about COVID.

2021

Acting Secretary Cochran used his authority in the Public Health Service Act to declare a public health emergency (PHE) on February 17, 2020, giving us the flexibility to support our beneficiaries in Texas retroactively effective from February 11, 2021.

 Texas guidance:

2020

Cyber-attacks

Ransomware Activity Targeting the Healthcare & Public Health Sector (October 30, 2020)

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to U.S. hospitals and healthcare providers. CISA, FBI, and HHS have updated Alert AA20-302A: Ransomware Activity Targeting the Healthcare and Public Health Sector to include the latest threat information to provide warning to healthcare providers to ensure that they take timely and reasonable precautions to protect their networks from these threats.

To report suspicious or criminal activity related to information found in this Joint Cybersecurity Advisory:

  • Contact your local FBI field office at https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices, or the FBI’s 24/7 Cyber Watch (CyWatch) at (855) 292-3937 or by e-mail at CyWatch@fbi.gov
    • Please include the following information regarding the incident: date, time, and location of the incident; type of activity; number of people affected; type of equipment used for the activity; the name of the submitting company or organization; and a designated point of contact.
  • To request incident response resources or technical assistance related to these threats, contact CISA at Central@cisa.dhs.gov.
  • If you think you had a problem with your medical device or a medical device your patient uses, the FDA encourages you to report the problem through the MedWatch Voluntary Reporting Form.
    • For urgent matters, such as potential medical device impacts related to a cyber-attack affecting your hospital system, please contact CyberMed@fda.hhs.gov.

For more analysis and health care-specific indicator sharing, please browse to the HHS’ Healthcare Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center

Oregon wildfires 

Secretary Azar used his authority in the Public Health Service Act to declare a public health emergency (PDF) (PHE) in Oregon on September 16, 2020, giving us the flexibility to support our beneficiaries, effective September 8, 2020.

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Hurricane Laura

Secretary Azar used his authority in the Public Health Service Act to declare a public health emergency (PHE) on August 26, 2020, giving us the flexibility to support our beneficiaries in Louisiana, effective August 22, 2020 and Texas, effective August 23, 2020.

Louisiana & Texas guidance:

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California wildfires 

Secretary Azar used his authority in the Public Health Service Act to declare a public health emergency (PHE) in California on August 26, 2020, giving us the flexibility to support our beneficiaries, effective August 14, 2020.

Puerto Rico earthquake

Secretary Azar used his authority in the Public Health Service Act to declare a public health emergency (PHE) in Puerto Rico on January 8, 2020 giving us the flexibility to support our beneficiaries, effective December 28, 2019.

You can read the blanket waivers (PDF) for Puerto Rico earthquake

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2019

Hurricane Dorian

Find information about Hurricane Dorian on our Past Emergencies Hurricanes page.

Tropical Storm Barry

Find information about Tropical Storm Barry on our Past Emergencies Hurricanes page.

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02/19/2021 04:20 PM