Coronavirus Response Efforts
I’d like to provide an update on the ongoing efforts to address the Coronavirus, recent action by Congress and the Trump Administration, and what preventative steps you can take.
What is being done to limit the spread of Coronavirus?
Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act
For years, Congress has been anticipating and preparing for an outbreak of an infectious disease. Therefore, numerous actions to prepare for pandemics have been signed into law, including the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act. The bipartisan legislation strengthened our country’s emergency response workforce, bolstered national health security strategy, improved coordination between agencies and other health entities, and reauthorized response and public health preparedness programs.
Coronavirus Supplemental Funding
In addition to this previous action, it was necessary for Congress to specifically address the Coronavirus. That’s why this past week, with my strong support, the House passed a bipartisan emergency supplemental package that includes approximately $8 billion in funds designed to aid states and the federal government in the fight against Coronavirus. President Trump signed the bill into law on Friday.
Action taken by Trump Administration
The Administration has also taken unprecedented steps to limit travel to prevent further spread of the virus, and these decisions have slowed the outbreak in America, allowing public health officials an opportunity to increase test kit availability and develop and implement containment measures. With the public health emergency declaration, federal agencies are able to use reserve funding to work in close coordination with states to help find cases, prevent further spread, help with quarantines, and improve availability of proper medical equipment. There are also ongoing efforts to expedite the development of a vaccine.
I am also in contact with experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute of Health (NIH), Homeland Security, other agencies, and Vice President Pence who are all currently working in coordination to prevent the further spread of this virus. Our public health experts are working diligently to stay ahead of the outbreak and to be prepared to take appropriate action to respond at a moment’s notice.
Update on Michigan
As of this writing, there currently are no confirmed Coronavirus cases in Michigan, but the situation is rapidly evolving and I will continue to stay in close contact with local and state health officials to ensure they have the necessary equipment and testing ability to handle cases. The Coronavirus should not be a partisan issue, and I am working with my colleagues in the Michigan delegation to ensure proper action is taken to keep our communities safe and healthy. Representative Debbie Dingell and I talked about these efforts on Paul W. Smith’s show this past week. To listen, please click here.
If you have any additional questions, visit my website at walberg.house.gov/coronavirus or call my office at 517-780-9075. You can also find the latest information available at CDC.gov or by calling 1-800-CDC-INFO
What can you do to stay healthy?
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• 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.