The World Health Organization has officially classified the disease known as the coronavirus as a pandemic. This means that this highly contagious disease will likely spread to all corners of the world, including our own community. While there is no need to panic, it is important for all of us to closely follow the advice of health experts about the steps we must take to prevent spreading this disease to others.
In response to this public health crisis, Congress has taken the following steps:
- For the latest updates on the coronavirus and tips on how to keep you and your family safe, please visit coronavirus.gov.
- Following the guidance of medical professionals and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there will be a temporary closure of the Capitol Visitor Center to all tours, including Member and staff led tours. Access to the U.S. Capitol and House and Senate buildings will be limited to Members of Congress, staff, credential press and official business visitors. These steps are being implemented to protect the health and safety of congressional employees as well as the public. If you had planned a visit to Washington, we appreciate your understanding as we take these necessary measures. If you have any questions, please call our office at (888) 205-5421.
- Additionally, in light of the COVID-19 virus and consistent with guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the U.S. House of Representatives' Sergeant-At-Arms, and the Office of the Attending Physician of the United States Congress, our offices in Washington, Orlando, and Sanford will be closed to in-person meetings and appointments until further notice. These practices are consistent with CDC guidelines to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in the United States. If you need assistance from our office, please call (888) 205-5421, and we will be happy to assist you.
- Congress recently passed legislation I supported - that was signed into law by the President - to provide more than $8 billion to fund the federal government's response to the coronavirus. It includes $3 billion to develop tests, vaccines, and treatments as well as $950 million to support state and local health agencies.
- Congress is in the middle of bipartisan negotiations to pass additional legislation to help stop the spread of this disease and help reduce the impact on our economy caused by coronavirus.
The spread of coronavirus presents an unprecedented public health challenge and we must all must do our part to protect ourselves and our loved ones. I encourage you to continue following the advice of health professionals and practicing good hygiene. If you feel sick, stay home to prevent spreading any respiratory disease to others. For the latest information on the coronavirus, please visit the websites of CDC and the Florida Department of Health.
If you need assistance, do not hesitate to contact my office at (888) 205-5421. To stay up-to-date on this issue, I encourage you to sign up for my newsletter. The safety of you and your family is my number one priority. I will continue fighting to ensure our government is taking all the necessary steps to protect our community.
Member of Congress