COVID-19 Statement: March 12th
We know we may need to do more. Democrats have asked the Governor to address, either via special session, emergency legislation or executive action, issues that we expect to arise, including but not limited to:
· Funding to pay for mandatory testing.
· Establishment of drive-through testing sites.
· Establishment of free evaluation and testing for folks without health insurance.
· Funding to pay for sick leave for all workers including public employees under quarantine or when sick.
· Public assistance funding for those out of work due to quarantine and who can’t pay their mortgage or other bills.
· Additional funding for food banks.
· Extended medication and medical supplies for individuals recommended to self-isolate.
· People who are sick should stay home or go home.
o COVID-19 symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
o In adults, emergency warning signs include difficulty breathing or shortness of breath, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, and blush lips or face.
o If you’re sick, you should see a doctor or other medical professional.
· People who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should stay home for 14 days after contact.
As a reminder, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have identified the following steps to prevent illness, among others:
· Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
· If soap and water aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
· Avoid close contact with people who are sick and put distance between yourself and others.
· Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
· If you’re sick or caring for someone who is, wear a facemask.