Update on the coronavirus

Mar 18, 2020

Dear Friend,

Never in our lifetimes have we experienced a public health crisis such as the one we are experiencing right now as a result of the coronavirus.

The steps that we, as a nation, are being asked to take to help curb the spread of this virus are truly unprecedented – but, at this point, they are necessary to protect the public’s health.

I want to assure you that Congress is working to do everything it can to protect you and your family during this difficult time.

From the small business owners who are being forced to shut down, to the employees who are losing their jobs, to the industries that support our everyday lives – it’s important that all of us come together to take steps that we know are needed to help people recover from this disaster, and that’s exactly what we are doing.

Earlier this month, Congress passed the first of three major pieces of legislation to provide our communities with the additional tools and resources they will need – including funding for local governments to purchase additional protective equipment for health care workers – and an additional $3 billion to help speed up the development of a cure.

Congress, today, passed the second major piece of legislation to address this crisis. This bill – which the House passed earlier this week, and the Senate passed today – will ensure that coronavirus tests are provided to all Americans who need them at no cost to patients. It also increases funding to continue providing meals to low-income children and seniors, and it will reimburse employers who offer their employees paid sick leave during this time. 

While these first two pieces of legislation are important first steps to help address this crisis, they are only that – they are just first steps.

Right now, Congress is working hard to pass a third major response bill – one that we hope will, among other things, provide direct payments to most, if not all, Americans to help them make ends meet while much of our economy is shut down.

This is a difficult time for everyone. And I want you to know that we are all in this together. I will continue to be working day and night to ensure our government agencies are taking the steps they should be taking to solve this crisis. And to ensure that everyone here in our community is receiving the help they need.

As we continue to work through this, it's important that each and every one of us is doing our part to help slow the spread of this virus.

This week, the CDC issued the following new guidelines that I hope everyone will heed:

As more information becomes available, I will be doing my best to share it with you as quickly as possible. If you haven’t done so already, please visit our website at degette.house.gov, where you will find more information from various government agencies on how best to protect yourself and your community from the spread of coronavirus.

And, as always, if you have any questions, or need anything at all, please don’t hesitate to contact my office at 303-844-4988.

Stay well,
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Diana DeGette