Coronavirus Update Newsletter 3.14.2020
I"m deeply concerned about the Coronavirus health crisis.It is a fast moving situation and I want to keep you informed about the actions we've taken in Washington to help keep people safe and provide economic relief.
Protecting America's Families
The House again passed bipartisan legislation to provide relief for families facing this public health threat. The bill includes:
- Free coronavirus testing for everyone who needs a test, including the uninsured.
- Paid emergency leave, with both 14 days of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave.
- Enhanced Unemployment Insurance, a first step that will extend protections to furloughed workers.
- Strengthened food security initiatives, including SNAP, student meals, seniors’ nutrition and food banks.
- Increased federal funds for Medicaid, as states face increased costs.
This legislation puts families first. It is an important step to provide resources to every American and to ensure our healthcare providers have the tools to fight this disease. I am in regular contact with local health officials, schools, community leaders and Governor Newsom’s team to assess the Valley’s needs and do everything possible to keep our communities safe.
Prevention and Preparedness
Last week, we passed, and the President signed, bipartisan legislation to provide $8.3 Billion to protect Americans. The bill includes:
- $3.2 billion to bolster prevention, preparedness, and response efforts
- $950 million to support state and local health agencies
- Nearly $1 billion to procure medicine and supplies for Community Health Centers
- $3 billion for vaccine and treatment development
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is working to identify the most effective allocation of these resources to ensure state and local agencies are prepared.
Update on Travel
On Wednesday, March 12th, President Trump announced that the U.S. will suspend travel to most of Europe for 30 days. This travel restriction will not apply to U.S. Citizens or legal residents and transatlantic trade will continue.
Authorities are recommending you avoid all non-essential travel.
Rest assured, I will continue to monitor this crisis as it evolves and will do everything I can to ensure the health and safety of the residents of the San Joaquin Valley, California, and the United States.