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Civil Rights and COVID-19

Coronavirus - Civil Rights and COVID-19

“We are empowering medical providers to serve patients wherever they are during this national public health emergency. We are especially concerned about reaching those most at risk, including older persons and persons with disabilities.” – Roger Severino, OCR Director

The resources below explain how civil rights laws assist patients in receiving the care they need during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

For more information about how nondiscrimination laws apply during an emergency, visit the Civil Rights Emergency Preparedness page.


COVID-19 Announcements

OCR Bulletins


Other OCR Resources

For more information about how nondiscrimination laws apply during an emergency, please visit the Civil Rights Emergency Preparedness page.

To learn more about privacy flexibilities and guidance during COVID-19, please visit the HIPAA and COVID-19 page.

For more information on how HIPAA applies in in emergency situations, please visit the HIPAA Emergency Preparedness page.


* People using assistive technology may not be able to fully access information in these files. For assistance, contact the HHS Office for Civil Rights at (800) 368-1019, TDD toll-free: (800) 537-7697, or by emailing OCRMail@hhs.gov.

National Response Coordination Center’s Statement on Civil Rights & COVID-19

Other HHS Resources for Civil Rights & COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Resources

CDC Multilingual Content

CDC Posters

CDC Fact Sheets

CDC Videos in Spanish

CDC Videos in American Sign Language

Administration for Community Living (ACL) COVID-19 Resources

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) COVID-19 Resources

Other Federal Agency Civil Rights Information on COVID-19

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) COVID-19 Resources

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) COVID-19 Resources

U.S. Department of Education COVID-19 Resources

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) COVID-19 Resources

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) COVID-19 Resources

Content created by Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
Content last reviewed on May 15, 2020