FEMA Region VII INCIDENT REPORT: COVID-19 Operations in Region VII, (Initial) as of 03/11/2020 1400

Summary: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an acute respiratory illness that was first detected in China and has now spread to over 100 locations world-wide, to include the U.S. As of today, March 11th, 2020, The World Health Organization (WHO) has characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. As widely reported, cases increase in the U.S., we are now seeing them confirmed in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa.




Sources: U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services, Iowa Dept. of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, World Health Organization


Current Situation:

Iowa: EOC Full Activation since March 9, 2020 (Daily 0800-1630 CDT)

Total # of cases = 13 (Presumptive positive and Confirmed cases)

Governor Reynolds signed a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency on the evening of March 9, 2020, activating the disaster response and recovery aspects of the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s Iowa Emergency Response Plan. The proclamation authorizes state agencies to utilize resources including personnel, equipment and facilities to perform activities necessary to prevent, contain and mitigate the effects of the COVID19 virus. (Iowa WebEOC)



Kansas: EOC Not Activated.

Total # of cases = 1 (Presumptive positive and Confirmed cases)

Kansas announced its first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 on March 8, 2020. The first case is a Johnson County woman under the age of 50. Latest reports show the individual is doing well. http://www.kdheks.gov/coronavirus/index.htm


Nebraska: EOC Not Activated.

Total # of cases = 5 (Presumptive positive and Confirmed cases)

Nebraska’s first travel-related case was announced on March 7, 2020. This individual was from Douglas County who recently returned from England. The two presumptive cases were related to the first positive case. A 36-year-old woman from Omaha being treated in the biocontainment unit remains in critical condition. As of March,8 these individuals were showing mild symptoms of COVID-19, but are improving while self-quarantining at home.



University of Nebraska Medical Center: Daily update https://www.nebraskamed.com/covid19-update

On March 10, 2020 one more member of the group of Americans evacuated to Omaha from the Diamond Princess cruise ship departed the National Quarantine Unit today. Of the seven remaining Diamond Princess passengers, one continues to be treated in the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit and is in good condition. Six (6) remain in isolation.


Missouri: EOC Not Activated.

Total # of cases = 1 (Presumptive positive and Confirmed cases)

Missouri’s first travel-related COVID-19 case was announced on March 7, 2020. The presumptive positive case was a young woman that was studying abroad in Italy. The woman is in St. Louis County and has self-quarantined.

On 03/11/20, MO Dept. of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) announced activation of a 24/7 COVID-19 hotline (877-435-8411).



Impacts: Currently there are no state travel restrictions or event cancellations due to COVID-19.


  • Safety and Security: None reported
  • Food, Water, & Shelter: None reported
  • Health & Medical: All states actively working on containment and treatment of affected citizens of COVID-19
  • Energy: None reported
  • Communications: None reported
  • Transportation: None reported
  • Hazardous Material: None reported


The Regional Watch Center will continue to monitor, and report updated information as necessary.


As a reminder, the core functions of the RWC are information collection, analysis, management, and distribution.  All emergency management stakeholders are encouraged to communicate with their appropriate Public Health/Preparedness offices for any questions or concerns relating to COVID-19 readiness in their respective states.


State and Local Response:

  • Missouri: Normal Operations actively monitoring the situation
  • Iowa: Emergency Operations Center is at full activation in repose to COVID-19 and the Governor has signed a Disaster Proclamation on 3/9/2020
  • Kansas: Normal Operations actively monitoring the situation
  • Nebraska: Normal Operations actively monitoring the situation


  * Data include both confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 reported to CDC


 Federal Operations:

  • RRCC Status: Not Activated
  • RWC Status: Monitoring and in contact with ESF-8 POC
  • IMAT-A Status: Monitoring the situation ready to deploy when needed
  • Deployments: None


Questions and comments can be directed to:

FEMA Region VII Watch: 816-283-7600


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