Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Take Precautions to Avoid Coronavirus

My office has created a comprehensive guide to COVID-19 and federal programs designed to help American workers and families through these challenging times. You can view the guide and download it at this link.

As your voice in Congress, your safety and the safety of all Texans is my top priority. The Centers for Disease Control provides continued updates on the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States, including those in Texas. It is important to note that the Texas coronavirus cases were contracted on the Diamond Princess cruise and not due to an outbreak in Texas. Our agencies are working together to protect the American people from this outbreak. These efforts have been successful in delaying the arrival of coronavirus and limiting infections in the United States. While we have begun to see confirmed cases of community spread of coronavirus in the United States, the threat to the general American public remains low. It is important to remember to wash your hands frequently and stay home when you feel sick. These common sense actions can prevent illness from spreading. Americans must remain vigilant by knowing the symptoms, by taking action if they suspect they might have those symptoms, and by seeking treatment to help prevent the spread of this coronavirus. Our public health system is working at the federal, state and local level to develop a coordinated, rapid response.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) is your direct source for the latest coronavirus-related news and updates. The CDC is operating a coronavirus hotline available toll free at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636), Option #8. Information is also available on the CDC website here.

The CDC has provided a list of simple things you can do to keep yourself and others healthy:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water
     
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
     
  • Stay at home when you are sick
     
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

If you feel you are experiencing coronavirus symptoms (fever, cough and shortness of breath) please contact your local health department:

Harris County
(832) 927-7575
http://publichealth.harriscountytx.gov/Resources/2019-Novel-Coronavirus

Fort Bend County
(281) 633-7795
https://www.fbchealth.org/ncov/

Brazoria County
(800) 511-1632
https://www.brazoriacountytx.gov/departments/health-department

Texas Department of State Health Services
(877) 570-9779
https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/

If you have any questions or need assistance with coronavirus-related issues, I’m here to help. Call (281) 494-2690 or send a request through my website by clicking here.

The CDC has also created a dynamic website featuring regular updates that I have embedded here for your convenience:

 

Additionally, you can visit these links to stay up-to-date on COVID-19:

  • What You Should Know (here)
  • Travel Information (here)
  • Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities (here)
  • Higher Risk & Special Populations (here)
  • Healthcare Professionals (here)
  • Resources for Healthcare Facilities (here)
  • Resources for Health Departments (here)
  • Laboratories (here)
  • Communication Resources (here)

You can also visit these links to see agency-by-agency resources, guidance and contact information:

  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (here)
  • U.S. Department of Education (here)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (here)
  • U.S. Department of Labor (here)
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security (here)
  • U.S. Department of State (here)
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (here)
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (here)
  • U.S. Small Business Administration (here)
  • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (here)

Employers and employees can view the Department of Labor Wage and Hours Division's (WHD) guidance regarding the requirements in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act by following these links:

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