March 4, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement after both Los Angeles City and Los Angeles County declared a public health emergency as a proactive measure to stave off the spread of COVID-19 (“the coronavirus”) in the Los Angeles community. These public health emergency declarations will enable officials to more easily acquire federal funding to assist with efforts to address and contain the coronavirus. It follows similar actions by other localities in California and around the country.

“Given that there are now seven known cases of coronavirus in Los Angeles County, I’m glad that Los Angeles County and Los Angeles City are taking important steps to enable our state, city and county public health officials to have the resources they need to combat the coronavirus. Federal resources will allow community leaders to better address the potential spread of this virus. Unfortunately, the Trump Administration had faulty tests and failed to provide enough test kits to many jurisdictions, including Los Angeles County.

“We have to ensure that Los Angeles and other communities have the test kits necessary to adequately identify and address coronavirus cases. That’s one reason the House will pass $8.3 billion in strong emergency funding to fully address the seriousness of this health crisis. Congress is working to ensure that the supplemental funding measure guarantees that state and local governments will be reimbursed for costs incurred while responding to the coronavirus outbreak. State and local officials are working tirelessly to keep our community healthy and safe and I will do everything I can to support their efforts.”