As information about the coronavirus in the United States becomes available, the Office of Rep. Tom Graves will continue to send updates.
Earlier this week, Governor Brian Kemp and the Georgia Department of Public Health announced that there are 42 confirmed and presumed positive cases of the coronavirus in 14 counties statewide.
Last week, Congress passed emergency legislation, H.R. 6074, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Act, which provides nationwide funding to combat the virus. This emergency legislation will speed up the development of a possible vaccine and help provide testing kits for Americans across the country. It will also provide more support for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s state and local response efforts.
This week it was announced that Georgia will be receiving a portion of this funding to help stem the spread of the virus. You can keep up with updates from the Georgia Department of Public Health here.
International travel updates
On Wednesday, March 11th, President Trump announced that a 30-day travel ban from 26 European countries will go into effect beginning Friday, March 13th at midnight. It is important to note that U.S. citizens are exempt from this restriction. If you are a U.S. citizen currently abroad, you should be able to fly back to designated airports where additional screenings can take place before being allowed to enter the country.
You can access additional travel information and alerts here.
All Americans abroad should register with the State Department's STEP program, which allows the government to contact them directly with the latest information on travel to the United States. Sign up here.
Additionally, country-specific travel information and advisories may be found here.
If you have scheduled tours in Washington, D.C.
All White House and U.S. Capitol tours have been suspended effective Thursday, March 12th. The Capitol will remain closed to the public until April 1st, and the White House has not yet issued guidance on when public tours will resume.
The U.S. Supreme Court, National Archives, State Department, Pentagon, FBI Headquarters, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and Arlington Cemetery are all closed to visitors until further notice. All Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will close until further notice beginning on Saturday, March 14th. The National Cathedral is also closed until March 25th.
If you are interested in rebooking tours once the buildings reopen to the public, my office is happy to work with you to resubmit your requests.
About the coronavirus
As mentioned in our last update, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person:
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
Here are some preventive measures you can practice to keep yourself and the ones around you healthy:
✅Avoid contact with sick people.
✅Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze.
✅Wash your hands 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.
✅If you are sick, stay home and limit your contact with others as much as possible.
✅Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
✅ If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
People who think they may have contracted the coronavirus should stay home and contact their healthcare provider.
To stay up-to-date on the latest information, click HERE or the image above to visit the CDC's page on the coronavirus.