Coronavirus Information and Resources

Coronavirus Information

The World Health Organization labeled the COVID-19 a pandemic and the situation is rapidly evolving. It is important that you are aware of the disease and the efforts necessary to prevent it from spreading. Click here if you would like to receive email updates from Rep. Stanton, and visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) website for the latest information and recommendations. 

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Symptoms 

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. Symptoms can include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. If you have visited China within the past few weeks and start to feel ill, call your doctor. 

Prevention

There are simple everyday precautions you can take to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses that cause COVID-19, including:  Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:

  • Stay home except to get medical care.
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes.
  • Wear a facemask. CDC recommends facemasks be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also critical for health workers and care takers.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.

Response from Centers for Disease Contol

 

What Congress is Doing

On March 14th, Congress passed H.R. 6201, the bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act, critical legislation to support Arizona families facing COVID-19. The Senate approved the House-passed coronavirus bill on March 18th.

The bill ensures free coronavirus testing for every Arizonan who needs a test—including the uninsured. To get this outbreak under control and defeat it, we need to significantly expand testing so we can respond in a way that is precise and based in data and science.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act also includes:

  • Emergency paid sick leave to help replace lost wages for those who can’t work due to illness or caregiving responsibilities, including two weeks of paid sick leave and up to three months of paid family and medical leave

  • Enhanced, emergency unemployment measures that give states the resources and flexibility to offer unemployment benefits to laid-off and furloughed workers, as well as to those who exhaust their paid leave

  • More than $1 billion to expand food assistance programs to provide nutritious food to low-income pregnant women, mothers with young children, low-income seniors, and children who depend on schools’ free and reduced-priced meals in the case of school closures

  • Emergency measures to protect front-line health care workers

  • Funding for states to handle the ongoing economic consequences of the pandemic, including funding to state and territorial Medicaid programs to prevent states from cutting benefits

Arizonans deserve a coordinated, fully-funded, government-wide response to keep us safe from the coronavirus pandemic. And we have already begun work to develop a third emergency response package that will continue to put families first.

Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act

I voted for an emergency coronavirus response package of $8.3 billion which included funding for vaccine development, support for state and local governments, and assistance for affected small businesses. This bipartisan package was signed into law by President Trump on March 6, 2020.

Arizona COVID-19 Response 

Health officials are closely monitoring and testing the progression of COVID-19 in Arizona. The Arizona Department of Health Services has made a COVID-19 Response and Testing dashboard to provide updates on the local progression and containment of the disease.

Meals for Students During COVID-19

Every day, Arizona schools serve hundreds of thousands of breakfasts and lunches to students for free or at a reduced cost. Although schools in our community have closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, our educators are working hard to ensure children still have access to the meals they rely on. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act included more than $1 billion to expand food assistance programs to provide nutritious food to children who depend on those school meals, as well as to low-income pregnant women, mothers with young children, and low-income seniors.

Here is what school districts in our area are doing to sustain child nutrition programs during school closures.

Reject the Stigma

Stigma and discrimination can emerge in communities when people associate an infectious disease, such as COVID-19, with a specific population or nationality—even though not everyone in that population or from that region has the disease and members of particular groups are at no greater risk for contracting it. 

Individuals—including those of Asian descent—who have not recently traveled to China or been in contact with a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 are not at greater risk of acquiring and spreading COVID-19 than other Americans. 

Being Chinese or Asian American does not increase the chance of getting or spreading COVID-19. We must reject any racism or prejudice towards our neighbors.  

Travel Warnings  

CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China and South Korea. CDC also advises that older adults and those with chronic medical conditions consider postponing nonessential travel to Iran, Italy, and Japan. Travelers should practice usual precautions when traveling to Hong Kong. If you plan to travel internationally, I encourage you to enroll in the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive important messages, alerts, updates, and travel advisories while you are abroad.

Stay Informed 

Experts have been working hard to understand this new strain of coronavirus. Because the situation is rapidly evolving, please visit the sites below to stay up to date. 

The Centers for Disease Control provides updates on the virus and safety information for the public and healthcare professionals. 

The State Department provides a list of travel advisories for those who are planning to fly outside of the United States.

The Arizona Department of Health Services provides Arizona-specific updates on COVID-19 testing and response.  

Your health and safety are important. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call our office at (602) 956-2463.

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