The COVID-19 Coronavirus was first detected in Wuhan, China and has been detected in the United States. A public health emergency has been declared in the United States.

President Trump has been laser focused on addressing the COVID-19 Coronavirus and protecting the health and safety of Americans from the start. Additionally, Congress is monitoring this closely, and we continue to receive regular updates and briefings from all the relevant public health officials.

On March 6, President Trump signed the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act into law. The bill provided $8.3 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations for federal, state, and local responses to the Coronavirus.

H.R. 6201 – the second Coronavirus bill – was signed into law by President Trump on Wednesday, March 18th. This bill requires free access to coronavirus testing, ensuring there are no cost barriers to these tests. It also included $1.2 billion to help cover the costs of testing, including $142 million to directly help our service members and veterans.

The CARES Act – the third Coronavirus bill – unanimously passed the Senate. This package will provide further assistance to our economy, including direct relief payments to most American taxpayers. Click here for the full text of the CARES Act.

About Coronavirus

On February 11, 2020 the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease that is causing the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, first identified in Wuhan China. The new name of this disease is coronavirus disease 2019, abbreviated as COVID-19. In COVID-19, ‘CO’ stands for ‘corona,’ ‘VI’ for ‘virus,’ and ‘D’ for disease. Formerly, this disease was referred to as “2019 novel coronavirus” or “2019-nCoV”.

The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. 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 such as the Coronavirus, including:

For the latest information on the status of the outbreak, visit the CDC’s website here.

Louisiana Resources

The Louisiana Department of Health continues to closely monitor this outbreak and shares twice-daily updated case numbers online.

Testing and Supplies:

Ochsner Health has designated three urgent care centers to serve individuals in Southeast Louisiana experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. The following Ochsner Urgent Care Centers are now designated for COVID-19 assessment and testing, if recommended by the Louisiana Department of Health and the patient’s provider.

Three new drive-through COVID-19 “Community-Based Testing Sites” made available by the Trump Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the Greater New Orleans area. The sites will initially focus on testing health care workers and first responders. Beginning Sunday, March 22, the testing locations will be available to any symptomatic individual, with a cap of 100 tests per day, per site. The sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily. Please click the links below for more information on each testing location.

Small Businesses:

Federal Resources

Tax Filing and Payment Deadline Extended:

 

Click here for the latest updates from Congressman Steve Scalise.