CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

On March 19 at 11:59PM, the state of California and Los Angeles County issued Stay at Home orders. Everyone is instructed to stay home except to get food, care for a relative or friend, get necessary health care, or go to an essential job. If you go out, keep at least 6 feet of distance between you and another person. For more information, please visit https://corona-virus.la/​ and https://covid19.ca.gov/​.

All public beaches, trails and parks are closed in an effort to reduce crowds and prevent the illness from spreading. Read the LA County Department of Public Health temporary closure order here

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As your Member of Congress, one of my top priorities is to keep you informed on pressing matters. My staff and I continue to receive rapidly evolving information regarding the global coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) and I want to provide you with the relevant resources so you can stay up to date on the latest developments. On April 1, I hosted a second telephone town hall regarding the coronavirus crisis. We discussed the bipartisan stimulus law and how individuals and businesses can seek economic relief. If you didn't get a chance to join the call, you can listen to our full discussion here. To listen to my first COVID-19 telephone town hall that took place on March 17, click here. 

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Trusted resources on the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19):

Donating blood is an essential part of ensuring community health. Learn how you can help, click here.

For the latest updates from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, click here.

For the latest updates from the Los Angeles County Consumer and Business Affairs, click here.

For the latest updates from the Los Angeles County Office of Education, click here.

For the latest updates from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), click here.  

For the latest updates from Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, click here.

For the latest updates from the Mayor of Los Angeles, click here.

For the latest updates from the California Department of Public Health, click here.

For the latest updates from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), click here.

For the latest updates from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), click here.

For the latest updates on travel from the U.S. Department of State, click here.

For the latest updates on student loans from the U.S. Department of Education, click here.

For the latest updates from the U.S. Small Business Administraion, click here.

For the latest updates from the Social Security Administration, click here

For the latest updates from the Department of Veterans Affaris, click here.

For the latest updates on coronavirus scams from the Federal Trade Commission, click here.

For the latest updates from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), click here. 

For the latest updates from the World Health Organization (WHO), click here.

Testing:
The LA County Department of Public Health has set up drive-up mobile testing sites to administer tests to the most vulnerable LA County residents. If you are experiencing symptoms and are over the age of 65, have underlying health conditions, and/or have been subject to a mandatory 14-day quarantine period due to exposure, you are likely eligible for a test. 

To learn more about drive-up mobile testing sites, click here

To register and see if you are eligible for a test, click here. 

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Frequently asked questions on the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19):

What is Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that are common among animals and humans. In rare cases, animal coronaviruses can be transmitted from animals to humans. This novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is a newly discovered coronavirus that has not been previously detected in animals or humans. The source of this virus is not yet known.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to basic flu symptoms and may appear 2-14 days after exposure. These include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

Reports of illness have ranged from mild to severe. Cases tend to be mild for those who are young and healthy. For this reason, it is important not to panic.

If you are experiencing symptoms, separate yourself from people and animals and seek help from a health care provider. If symptoms become severe, call your doctor BEFORE visiting and inform them you are showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Prevention:
As there is not yet a vaccine for COVID-19, it is important to take preventative actions to help slow the spread. Here are some preventative measures you and your family can take:

  • Wash hands often for 20-30 seconds with soap and water. If soap and water are not readily available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze with a tissue or elbow.
  • Avoid touching your face, especially eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as phone screens and doorknobs.
  • Stay home from work or school if you are feeling sick.

Beware of Scams:
Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the coronavirus. To avoid scams, it is important to practice good cyber hygiene by watching out for unknown links and emails and doing research on how to properly make donations. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recommends using one of these organizations to help you research charities: BBB Wise Giving AllianceCharity NavigatorCharityWatch, and GuideStar.

Ways You Can Help:

Join the California Health Corps:
In response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases, California is opening new health care sites to treat those affected. To ensure these sites are properly staffed, the state is calling on medical health professionals to join the California Health Corps and help fight this illness. If you are a health care provider, behavioral health professional or health care administrator, click here to sign up. I am incredibly grateful for the tireless work of our doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers who are going above and beyond to help our community during this crisis. I encourage you to find a way to thank healthcare workers in our community for their bravery and heroism on the front lines of this fight.

Donate Blood through the American Red Cross:
As the coronavirus pandemic grows, more scheduled blood drives in our community have been cancelled due to concerns about congregating in workplaces, college campuses and schools. These cancellations have resulted in severe blood shortages, making victims of accidents or people recovering from cancer especially vulnerable without the help of lifesaving blood. The American Red Cross is urging those who are young, healthy and able to donate blood. To find information on where you can safely donate blood, click here.

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Donate Medical Supplies to the LA County Department of Public Health:
Another way to help our healthcare workers is to make sure they're protected. If you want to donate or know of businesses that may be able to help with personal protective equipment (PPE) such as surgical masks, N95 face masks, face shields, and other medical supplies, the LA County Department of Public Health is encouraging people to email medsupply@dhs.lacounty.gov.
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To find more ways to get involved and safely help our community during this difficult time, click here.

If you're feeling stressed, anxious or depressed: 

Whether you're a healthcare professional or not, this is a stressful and uncertain time for all of us. If you’re feeling stressed, anxious or depressed, please call the LA County Department of Mental Health 24/7 Access Line at (800) 854-7771 to talk to someone. You can also text “LA” to 741741. Although we are physically apart, we can continue to be there for one another as we navigate through this crisis.

For help with the following, please call:

  • General information about COVID-19: (833) 544 – 2374
  • Community services and support: 211
  • Medicine and medical attention: your healthcare provider or pharmacy
  • An Emergency: 911

For Parents and Families:

I also recognize how challenging this situation can be for parents and caretakers with children at home. For tips on how to talk to kids about COVID-19 and other family resources, visit First 5 California.

Office Hours: 

Scheduled Tours and Official Meetings in D.C. Offices:
As of March 11, our office received notice that U.S. Capitol and White House tours are cancelled due to an abundance of caution. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to you. These cancellations are a precautionary measure in response to the growing cases of COVID-19.

Our D.C. office is physically closed at this time. Although our offices are physically closed, our staff members are working full-time remotely and are available to assist you via phone or email. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please call our D.C. office number at (202) 225-3976 or contact my office.

Los Angeles Office:
Our Los Angeles district office is physically closed at this time. Although our offices are physically closed, our staff members are working full-time remotely and are available to assist you via phone or email. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please call our district office number at (323) 651-1040 and we will connect you with the resources you need. If you need help with a federal agency, please click here