U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath, D-Marietta, will host a telephone town hall at 7 p.m. Friday,March 20, for residents of Georgia’s Sixth District.
McBath and local health experts will provide updates about the coronavirus, and participants will have the opportunity to ask their questions about the current health crisis.
“It’s important that we all have the most up-to-date information through this public health crisis,” McBath said in a news release. “I’m looking forward to hearing the concerns of our neighbors and providing an update on what we are doing at the federal level with our state and local partners to keep everyone safe, healthy, and informed.”
Participants may register at McBath.House.Gov/Live to receive a phone call when the event begins.
Earlier this week, Congressman Lucy McBath (D-6) issued the following information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis:
The State of Georgia has a new COVID-19 hotline. It can be reached by calling (844) 442-2681.
During this time, I urge you to visit my website for updates and resources from the CDC, Georgia’s Department of Health, and other local health partners. I have also recorded a short PSA to share precautions we all can take to help keep those at risk, safe.
In Washington last week, the House of Representatives voted on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, a bipartisan bill focused on providing support for American families during the public health crisis.
The legislation includes:
- Free coronavirus testing for everyone who needs a test
- Paid emergency family and medical leave
- Enhanced Unemployment Insurance to protect furloughed workers
- Strengthened food security initiatives for students, seniors, and food banks
- Increased federal funds for Medicaid, as states face higher costs
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act followed the $8.3 billion in bipartisan and comprehensive emergency funding the House passed to address the Coronavirus, minimize further spreading, and ensure there are resources available to combat this public health crisis.
This funding will be used for emergency response, treatment, and vaccine development. The money will also go toward ensuring the vaccine is affordable and accessible for all Americans.
We are continuing to work with state and local partners and and closely monitoring cases in Georgia to ensure our community and our country are healthy and protected. The Georgia Department of health has put together a Daily Status Report which you can find here. Protecting the safety and security of our families is of the utmost importance.
My office has put together a list of resources that may help you stay informed during this public health emergency. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach my office at (470) 773-6330.
The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Practice “Social Distancing”
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should:
- Stay home except to get medical care
- Call ahead before visiting your doctor
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Avoid sharing personal household items
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
Georgia’s Department of Health is providing updates on the disease’s spread within the state, as well as frequently asked questions available here.
The State Department provides a list of travel advisories for those who are planning to fly outside of the United States.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to my office at (470) 773-6330 with any questions or concerns.