As your Congresswoman, I am working with federal, state, and local officials to rapidly address and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On March 6, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act into law. The bill provided $8.3 billion in emergency funding to address the Coronavirus.
Additionally, on March 13, the House passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This is a second supplemental funding bill to help cover the costs of COVID testing, provide nutrition for vulnerable Americans, and provide financial relief in the form of tax credits and paid sick leave.
On March 27, President Trump signed into law the CARES Act, an unprecedented stimulus to the American economy in order to combat the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic. The CARES Act provides much needed financial resources to keep healthcare workers and first responders safe, Americans employed, small businesses open, and to stabilize the economy as soon as this crisis is defeated.
On January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak of the coronavirus (also referred to as COVID-19).
On February 11, 2020 the WHO announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan, China. The name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”.
On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a national emergency in the United States. This declaration helps allow for federal money to flow back to the states.
The Coronavirus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
- Symptoms include: fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases such as the Coronavirus, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Washing your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America
President Trump recently announced guidelines to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the United States:
If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work and contact your medical provider.
If your children are sick, keep them at home. Do not send them to school. Contact your medical provider.
If someone in your household has tested positive for the Coronavirus, keep the entire household at home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
If you are an older person, stay at home and away from other people.
If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.
Below are links to local and federal websites that can provide the updates as we continue to address the coronavirus pandemic.
West Virginia Resources
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources is constantly monitoring the outbreak, and continuously sharing new updates here.
The West Virginia Department of Education is delivering daily school lunches for students at home, to pick-up locations in every country throughout the state. You can find your pick-up location here.
If you believe that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and need to undergo testing, please contact your health provider, and visit the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources' website or call the State Coronavirus hotline: 1-800-887-4304.