Stanton Pushes CDC Director to Prioritize Support for Cities with Confirmed Coronavirus Cases

February 4, 2020
Press Release
Detection Tools Needed in Maricopa County After Case Confirmed at ASU

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Rep. Greg Stanton, along with members of both the House and Senate, cosigned a bipartisan letter to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield to request additional resources to cities with confirmed cases of coronavirus.

“Global health officials must provide up-to-date and transparent information so that we can tackle this outbreak head-on,” said Rep. Stanton “The CDC should prioritize local communities where cases have been already confirmed, including Maricopa County, so health professionals on the ground have the resources and tools they need to detect and prevent the disease from spreading. This is a critical time when all levels of government must work together.”

One of the 11 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States was confirmed in Maricopa County. The patient, a member of the Arizona State University community, has been in isolation since the diagnosis was announced last week.

In the letter, Stanton and the other cosigners asked for additional information about the availability and distribution of a rapid diagnostic test that will make it easier for local health care providers to respond to potential new cases.

The full text of the letter is available here.