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We're taking measures against Coronavirus in Oregon and in the aviation sector

I wanted to let you know that I am monitoring the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) both at home and in the aviation sector and working with the airlines to mitigate the disease’s spread in the United States.

Last week, Congressman Rick Larsen and I sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Chao, urging her to coordinate the Department of Transportation coordinate its with relevant agencies and stakeholders to develop a national aviation preparedness plan for communicable disease outbreaks.

In fact, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) first made that recommendation in response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak. Years later, Secretary Chao has yet to move it forward at all.

Had the Trump administration taken action on that recommendation, the U.S. Government may be in a better position today to coordinate and collaborate with industry in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. On the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, we will continue to track this pandemic and its effects on public health and our civil aviation industry and will take actions as appropriate and necessary.

As you likely know, at least a dozen cases of Coronavirus have been confirmed in Oregon. Helping fight the spread of an outbreak like this can be very physically and mentally draining for those involved. So, let's keep these important things in mind:

  • Do not panic. The majority of cases exhibit mild symptoms similar to the common cold. If you have symptoms or think you may have been exposed to the virus, call your healthcare provider to identify the best way to receive care.
  • Stay home if you're sick and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes in your elbow or with a tissue.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your face. (I know it’s hard to do, but it’s really important.)
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are often touched – public transportation handles, doorknobs, children's toys, kitchen, and bathroom surfaces, etc.
  • Create a household plan of action. Depending on the severity of an outbreak, local public health officials may make recommendations to slow the spread of illness that may affect daily life. For more information about a household plan of action, visit the CDC’s guidance website.
  • Stay informed. Check the CDC website regularly to make sure you’ve got correct, up-to-date information.

I will be working closely with the Oregon Health Authority as well as the CDC to take every precaution necessary to contain the virus.

More soon,


Posted on March 9, 2020.

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