A Coronavirus Update

March 4, 2020

News from Congressman Steve Cohen






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March 3, 2020


Dear Friend,

The respiratory disease caused by coronavirus, first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, has now been detected in 50 locations internationally. While the family of coronaviruses has been around for some time, the Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19, is a new kind of coronavirus.   
In responding to the spread of the COVID-19, Congress will work together to address this public health crisis in a smart, strategic, and serious manner. We want to be fully prepared, not panicking, as we move forward to ensure adequate funding, respect for science, and evidence‑based decision-making.  
The first step Congress must take is to ensure the government has the resources needed to combat this deadly virus and keep Americans safe. That is why the House will be advancing a strong, strategic emergency funding supplemental spending bill this week that fully addresses the scale of this public health situation.   
There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Memphis at this time.  


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • 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. 
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask (facemasks are only needed for those who show symptoms of coronavirus). 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 

For more information on the coronavirus, please visit here.  
If you are planning on travelling, please visit the CDC's Information for Travel guide.

As always, I remain.
Most sincerely,

Steve Cohen
Member of Congress

167 North Main Street,
Suite 369
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 544-4131
Fax: (901) 544-4329

Washington, D.C.
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Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3265
Fax: (202) 225-5663




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