Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
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A Message from Greg:
“We continue to learn more about coronavirus (COVID-19), including how we can do our part to slow the spread and protect our families and communities. We must all come together to slow the spread, particularly since there is no treatment or vaccine available. I encourage you to take necessary steps such as washing your hands, practicing social distancing, and following the guidance of the CDC. While the situation continues to evolve, I’ll remain vigilant, continue to receive updates, and share information with you.” – Congressman Greg Gianforte
For up-to-date information:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
For how to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
- CDC: How to Protect Yourself
- CDC: How to Protect Your Family
- CDC: How to Protect Your Home
- CDC: Information for Higher Risk and Special Populations
- CDC: Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
For how to protect yourself from scams related to COVID-19:
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Federal Communications Commission
- Federal Trade Commission
- U.S. Department of Justice
For information from specific federal agencies and departments:
- Bureau of Indian Affairs
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
- Social Security Administration
- U.S. Department of Agriculture
- U.S. Department of Education
- U.S. Department of Labor
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- U.S. Department of State
- U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- U.S. Small Business Administration
To protect you and your family, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend the following:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often 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 soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
- Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
On April 23, I voted for the Payment Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, which builds upon the success of the CARES Act. President Trump signed the bill into law on April 24. The bill provides:
- An additional $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program,
- $60 billion for the Small Business Administration’s economic injury disaster loans and grants,
- $75 billion to support health care providers and hospitals, and
- $25 billion to expand COVID-19 testing.
At the end of March, I voted for the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which passed both the House and Senate with bipartisan support. President Trump signed the legislation soon after. This legislation is the third phase of Congress’s efforts to address the COVID-19 outbreak:
- Provides direct cash payments to families and workers, expands unemployment, and provides relief for student loan payments.
- Assists small businesses with federally guaranteed loans for eight weeks of cash-flow assistance.
- Provides $340 billion to the front lines of coronavirus fight, with more than 80% of funding going to state and local government.
- Takes care of providers and patients with increased access to care, testing, and supplies.
On March 14, 2020, the U.S. House of Representatives passed and I voted for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This legislation, which is the second phase of Congress’s efforts to address the outbreak and its consequences:
- Waives the testing fee for COVID-19,
- Provides emergency paid sick and family leave for workers impacted by COVID-19, for which small business will be reimbursed,
- Provides $1.25 billion to provide emergency nutritional assistance for senior citizens, women, children, and low-income families, and
Expands unemployment insurance benefits.
The first phase was the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. Signed into law on March 6, 2020, the measure provides nearly $8 billion for our nation’s response, including:
- More than $4 billion to make diagnostic tests more broadly available,
- $2 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) response efforts, and
- $20 million for disaster assistance loans.
Additionally, the law opens the door for telehealth to help avoid potentially overcrowding health care facilities, especially in rural areas.
May 6 - COVID-19 Update and survey
April 9 - Answers to your COVID-19 questions
April 8 - INFO FOR YOU -- unemployment benefits
April 7 - FAQs: small business loans and grants
April 3 - How the CARES Act helps you
March 23 - COVID-19 Resources
March 19 - COVID-19 (Coronavirus) UPDATE
March 1 - UPDATE: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
March 27 - Gianforte Floor Statement on CARES Act