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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – MARCH 26, 2020

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE – MARCH 26, 2020

From the Office of Congressman Ben Ray Lujan

FROM SPEAKER of THE HOUSE NANCY PELOSI




March 20, 2020




UPDATED DISTRICT WORK PERIOD PACKET: Updated Materials on The Two Enacted Coronavirus Bills, Plus Resources for Constituents on Coronavirus

This updated packet includes updated materials on the provisions of the two bills that House Democrats have taken a leadership role in already getting written and enacted by Congress in response to the coronavirus pandemic: the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

The packet also includes useful resources for constituents from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the coronavirus.

Finally, the packet includes suggestions for virtual events and social media suggestions for Member offices, including a Resource Kit, prepared by the Office of Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), on holding a Telephone Town Hall on the coronavirus.

RESOURCES ON THE TWO ENACTED CORONAVIRUS BILLS

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Congress has already enacted two critical pieces of legislation – with both of these pieces of legislation led by the efforts of House Democrats:

  • $8.3 Billion Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations, signed into law by President Trump on March 6; and
  • The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed into law by President Trump on March 18.

Resources on the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, Signed into Law on March 6
Press Release, prepared by the Appropriations Committee
One Pager, prepared by the Appropriations Committee
Title-by-Title Summary, prepared by the Appropriations Committee
Talking Points and Sample Social Media, prepared by the Appropriations Committee
The Bill’s Small Business COVID-19 Disaster Loan Provisions, prepared by the Small Business Committee 

 Resources on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, Signed into Law on March 18
Overall Information
Press Release
One Pager
Title-by-Title Summary
Talking Points and Sample Social Media, prepared by Appropriations Committee

 Fact Sheets Prepared by the Education and Labor Committee

The Emergency Sick Leave and Emergency Family Leave Provisions
The Free Testing for Coronavirus Provisions
The Child Nutrition Provisions

Fact Sheets Prepared by the Ways and Means Committee
The Unemployment Insurance Provisions
The Tax-Related Provisions, Including the Tax Credit for Employers Providing Paid Sick and Family Leave

Fact Sheet Prepared by the Agriculture Committee
The SNAP Provisions

Fact Sheet Prepared by the Small Business Committee
The Provisions Relating to Small Businesses

RESOURCES FOR CONSTITUENTS ON THE CORONAVIRUS

Your constituents can now get to CDC’s home page on the coronavirus, simply by going to 
coronavirus.gov

 On March 16, the Administration issued updated guidance on the coronavirus, entitled “15 Days to Slow the Spread.” (The updated guidance is also attached) This updated guidance includes:

  • Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
  • Avoid eating in bars, restaurants, and food courts (use drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options).
  • Avoid discretionary travel, shopping visits, and social visits.
  • Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.

    UPDATED CDC RESOURCES ON CORONAVIRUS

 CDC GUIDANCE ON STRATEGIES TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS IN NURSING HOMES: CDC recommends such steps as limiting visitors, aggressive disinfecting of facility, and closely monitoring residents with symptoms of respiratory infection.

 CDC INFOGRAPHICS ON CORONAVIRUS
Infographic on the Symptoms of Coronavirus (In English, Spanish, and Chinese)
Infographic on Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus (In English, Spanish, and Chinese)

CDC INFORMATION ON STATE AND LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS: CDC points out that state and local public health authorities are on the front lines of the response to COVID-19 and often have the most up-to-date and detailed information on cases in their jurisdictions. State and local public health officials are often the experts best positioned to inform your constituents about the COVID-19 response in your state or locality.

 ADDITIONAL CDC RESOURCES

CDC FACT SHEETS:
CORONAVIRUS: CDC Fact Sheet: What You Need to Know (English)
CORONAVIRUS: CDC Fact Sheet: What You Need to Know (Spanish)
CORONAVIRUS: CDC Fact Sheet: What You Need to Know (Chinese)
CORONAVIRUS: CDC Fact Sheet: What To Do If You Are Sick (English)
CORONAVIRUS: CDC Fact Sheet: What To Do If You Are Sick (Spanish)
CORONAVIRUS: CDC Fact Sheet: What To Do If You Are Sick (Chinese)
CORONAVIRUS: CDC Fact Sheet: What the Public Should Do (English)
CORONAVIRUS: CDC Fact Sheet: Stop the Spread of Germs (English)
CORONAVIRUS: CDC Fact Sheet: Stop the Spread of Germs (Spanish)
CORONAVIRUS: CDC Fact Sheet: Stop the Spread of Germs (Chinese)

CMS RESOURCES
CORONAVIRUS: CMS Press Release: CMS Announces Actions to Address Spread of Coronavirus
CORONAVIRUS: CMS Guidance on Infection Control and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Nursing Homes

RESOURCES FOR MEMBERS’ OFFICES

Suggestions for Virtual Events on Coronavirus
Coronavirus Telephone Town Hall Resource Kit, prepared by Office of Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) 

  • Best Practices
  • E-newsletter
  • Social Media Post
  • Franking Approved Scripts
  • Memo and Talkers for Member – Including Examples of Expert Guests
  • Memo and Talkers for Guests
  • Tic Tok
  • Press Release
  • Host Instructions
  • Screener Instructions 


 

 

 


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