Walorski Statement on First Case of Coronavirus in Indiana’s 2nd District

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Walorski Statement on First Case of Coronavirus in Indiana’s 2nd District

Applauds President Trump’s Commitment to Protecting Americans’ Health, Keeping Economy Strong

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement after St. Joseph County health officials announced the first case of COVID-19 in Indiana’s 2nd District and President Trump addressed the nation from the Oval Office on the federal response to coronavirus:

“The arrival of coronavirus in our community is a development our public health authorities and health care workers have been preparing for, and I’m confident they are doing everything possible to protect Hoosiers. Governor Eric Holcomb and State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box are doing a phenomenal job coordinating our state’s response and making sure communities across Indiana are ready to confront coronavirus. I spoke with St. Joseph County Health Officer Dr. Robert Einterz after today’s announcement, and I will remain in close contact with state and local officials to ensure they have the resources they need.

“As President Trump told the nation tonight: We’re all in this together. Our country has faced many challenges, and we will overcome this with strength and resolve. I look forward to working with the president to keep our economy on track and ensure American workers and families continue to thrive.

“It is more important than ever that Hoosiers continue taking simple but important precautions: wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and stay home if you are sick. If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 – fever, cough, and shortness of breath – call your doctor and remain at home until you receive further instructions.”

BACKGROUND

The latest updates and information about coronavirus can be found at walorski.house.gov/coronavirus.

In addition to the case in St. Joseph County, state officials have confirmed 10 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Indiana. Last week, Governor Eric Holcomb declared a public health emergency in order to ensure coordination among all levels of government. State Health Commissioner Kris Box, M.D., FACOG, has briefed Congresswoman Walorski and other members of the Indiana congressional delegation on the state’s response.

Last week, Congress signed and President Trump signed H.R. 6074, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, which provides $7.8 billion in emergency funding for federal, state, and local efforts to fight coronavirus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released information on what Americans can do to prevent the spread of coronavirus. These guidelines can be found here, and additional information and updates are available at coronavirus.gov.

Everyday preventive actions include:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District of Indiana, serving as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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