The Government of the Community of Madrid is the body in charge of directing the regional policy. It is responsible for the executive and administrative functions, as well as the exercise of regulatory authority in matters within its competences. Each community has a health department responsible for key areas such as healthcare planning, public health, and management of health services that have the primary aim of ensuring proximity of services for users.
In the current early phase of the COVID-19 outbreak, Madrid needed to prepare to face the escalation of cases, with a particular focus on the readiness of healthcare services. Containing and mitigating the spread and infection rate of the virus has been the first priority of Madrid public health authorities to distribute the number of infections over time and, if possible, reduce the incidence of the disease it causes.