Special Coronavirus Update – March 14, 2020

March 14, 2020
Press Release

Special Coronavirus Update – March 14, 2020

I wanted to provide an update on the coronavirus outbreak, including what steps Congress has recently taken to address this crisis, the latest recommendation on how to keep you and your loved ones safe, and links to where you can find the latest updates and information.

You can also watch my latest video update on the coronavirus outbreak by clicking here or the image below.


Steps By Congress To Address The Outbreak

I joined with my House colleagues on Friday, March 13, to pass legislation to relieve potential financial strain on those most directly impacted by the coronavirus.

The legislation would guarantee free testing for the virus, expand unemployment insurance to help those laid off during the outbreak, extend paid sick leave to all Americans, and provide meals to low-income children who might go hungry due to school closures. The Senate must join us to pass this crucial measure.

This critical legislation follows on the heels of a bill the House passed last week, on March 4, that provides $8.5 billion in emergency funding for treatment, research, and public health programs to contain and fight the spread of the disease. This legislation also included funding to ensure that all Americans can access any developed vaccines.

Latest Recommendations To Slow The Spread Of Coronavirus

The World Health Organization has officially declared the coronavirus outbreak as a global pandemic. During this public health crisis, it important that we all take steps to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. Below are new recommendations announced this week by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

  • Cancel or postpone large events or gatherings. Governor Newsom is requiring that all events of 250+ attendees be canceled, but Los Angeles County recommends all non-essential events over 50+ attendees be canceled. If you are a person who has underlying health conditions, is elderly, or is otherwise at risk of serious complications, avoid such events altogether. The California Department of Health has issued similar guidance for the entire state.
  • Practice social distancing. That means limiting the time you spend in public and keeping a 6-foot distance between yourself and other people when you are in public. 
  • Avoid non-essential travel, and do not travel to areas where there are outbreaks of coronavirus. 
  • Abstain from all cruise ship travel, as suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 
  • Continue to wash your hands frequently and stay home if you are even mildly sick.
  • If you are self-quarantined, make sure you connect with the Department of Public Health so that you have all the necessary follow up and supplies.
  • Individuals who are elderly, have underlying health conditions or are pregnant should contact their providers when they are sick.
  • Call your health care provider or local public health department first before seeking medical care so that appropriate precautions can be taken.

Links To Organizations Providing Information And Regular Updates On The Coronavirus Outbreak

As always, educate yourself, take advised precautions, and stay safe. As the situation evolves, I will be in touch with more updates.