As we continue to monitor how Coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts our communities, I want to make sure my constituents have access to the most up-to-date information and resources. If you have further questions, please contact my office at 202-225-6636. You may also listen to my March 13, 2020 Telephone Town Hall on the Coronavirus here.
State & Local Resources
To get all of the latest updates and resources, please refer to the links below:
- New Orleans Updates
- East Baton Rouge Updates
- West Baton Rouge Updates
- Jefferson Parish Updates
- St. Charles Parish Updates
- Ascension Parish Updates
The coronavirus causes illness in some people ranging from mild to extremely severe and deadly. It is spread through close personal contact, touching an object or surface with the virus on it then touching your eyes, nose or mouth, and through respiratory droplets produced when sneezing and coughing. People at higher risk for this illness include older adults and those who have serious medical conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and lung cancer.
Symptoms of the coronavirus include fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. If you begin to experience any of these symptoms, please seek medical attention immediately.
Protection and Preparedness
While there is currently no antiviral treatment specifically recommended for coronavirus, the precautions below can help protect yourself and community:
- Cough into your elbow and not into your hand
- Avoid contact with people who are sick
- Stay home if you are sick
- Wash your hands thoroughly and often with warm water for at least 20 seconds
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Disinfect commonly used home and work surfaces, including mobile devices
Last week, I voted to help pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in the House of Representatives. If passed by the Senate and signed into law, this bill will serve as a necessary first step in our response. However, Congress needs to do much more to provide meaningful relief for workers who will have difficulty making ends meet on their mortgages, rents, and other significant bills. That is why last week, I called on President Trump and House Speaker Pelosi to start putting money in the pockets of everyone impacted by this crisis immediately. In the coming days and weeks, I will continue to fight for a direct cash assistance proposal.