3/9/2020 Coronavirus Update

March 9, 2020
Press Release

Latest coronavirus update from Congressman Jeff Duncan: 

I’ve been monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) very closely and wanted to provide an update on the steps the federal government has taken to ensure our nation remains adequately prepared on every level.

Please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for the most up-to-date information on what you should know regarding the coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 - As a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, I have attended meetings and briefings on Capitol Hill to hear from staff from the CDC, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and others on the agencies’ work to combat the coronavirus.

 - The Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness and Advancing Innovation Act (PAHPAIA), a product of the Energy and Commerce Committee, was signed into law in 2019 by President Trump to reauthorize our nation’s public health preparedness and response programs. This law bolsters our health security strategy, strengthens our emergency response workforce, helps coordinate health entities across the country, and accelerates the research, development, and deployment of medical countermeasures. It authorizes programs concerning medical surge capacity at health facilities to ensure states and localities have the resources they need to respond to public health emergencies. Congress acted in anticipation of ANY pandemic or epidemic with the passage of PAHPAIA to ensure the federal government has the tools in the toolbox to quickly act.

 - President Trump signed the “Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act” into law to provide funding to all federal agencies that are involved in fighting the coronavirus.

 - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and several pharmaceutical companies are working diligently on the development of new medical countermeasures, including a vaccine, for the coronavirus.

 - President Trump issued a level 4 travel advisory for China and Iran, suspended all travel coming into the U.S. from China and Iran, and barred foreign nationals that have visited either of those countries from entering the U.S. for fourteen days.

 - President Trump issued a level 4 travel advisory for portions of Italy and portions of South Korea and implemented a screening process for all direct flights coming into the U.S. from certain parts of Italy and South Korea.

 - The travel advisories for the rest of Italy and South Korea, as well as Mongolia, are at level 3, advising that Americans should reconsider travel.  

 - The travel advisories for Japan, Hong Kong, and Macau are at level 2, urging high-risk travelers to take precautions.

 - President Trump issued a travel advisory for cruise ship travel: the CDC recommends travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, defer all cruise ship travel worldwide.

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is providing FREE telehealth coronavirus screenings to ALL South Carolinians. If you are experiencing symptoms you can visit http://MUSC.care and be screened without having to leave your home. The application is FREE. Just use the code COVID19 at checkout. Call 843-792-7000 for more information.

For questions about the coronavirus, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s (DHEC) Care Line is available to help: 1-855-472-3432. Staff are answering calls from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. Should you need additional information, please read DHEC’s latest report on the coronavirus:

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Please stay up-to-date with CDC, DHEC, and local health official guidelines, and also follow me on social media as I will continue to keep you updated. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need assistance.