McMorris Rodgers Votes for Additional Funding to Fight Coronavirus

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) released the following statement after voting in support of supplemental appropriations funding to respond to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States. 
 
“Today, the House took action to ensure our nation has the resources it needs to effectively respond to and contain COVID-19. I want to encourage everyone to do their part and be extra diligent about washing your hands, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying at home if you are feeling sick,” said Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. “This isn’t just about you, it’s about the people who you could come into contact with who may be at higher risk for severe illness. Locally, I will be continuing to monitor the situation and will remain in contact with local health officials to ensure they have what they need to keep our communities safe. If you are looking for more information, please visit www.cdc.gov/covid19.”
 
NOTE: In addition, the Trump administration made the following announcement today.
 
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is announcing upcoming action by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide initial resources to a limited number of state and local jurisdictions in support of our nation’s response to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
 
Using funds provided to CDC through the HHS Secretary’s Transfer, CDC will:
 
Award an initial $25 million cooperative agreement to the states and local jurisdictions who have borne the largest burden of response and preparedness activities to date. This is an initial award for those jurisdictions who require immediate assistance for activities such as monitoring of travelers, data management, lab equipment, supplies, staffing, shipping, infection control, and surge staffing. Once supplemental funding is provided, support will be provided to all states and local jurisdictions for a variety of critical public health activities.  Below is information specific to what State and County Health Departments are receiving in your State:
  • Washington State: $1,750,000
 
Award an initial $10 million cooperative agreement to state and local jurisdictions to begin implementation of coronavirus surveillance across the U.S., building on existing influenza activities and other surveillance systems. This initial award is for a limited number of jurisdictions. Once supplemental funding is provided, additional support will be provided to all states and local jurisdictions to enhancing testing and surveillance. Below is information specific to what State and County Health Departments are receiving in your State:
  • Washington State: $1,000,000
 
CDC will use existing networks to reach out to state and local jurisdictions to access this initial funding.
 
More resources on 2019 Novel Coronavirus:
Read more about the supplemental appropriations by clicking here. 
 
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