COVID-19

Your health and safety remain my primary focus in Congress, which is why I wanted to make sure you have the most up to date information about how to keep yourself, your family and your loved ones healthy. In addition, I have been working hard to ensure small businesses have access to the capital needed to stay in business, during this difficult time. Links to apply for small business loans are below. 


Where can I receive updated information and learn more about COVID-19?

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
MDH is the state health agency in Minnesota. MDH updates their website daily with new information and tracks cases across Minnesota. 

Additionally, MDH has a hotline to answer questions with representatives available daily from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. You can call: 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC is a national public health federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services. The CDC website has general information on the coronavirus, including coverage of the spread nationwide, a summary of the global pandemic, travel advisements and more.

World Health Organization (WHO)
The WHO is a branch of the United Nations and is responsible for international public health. Their website has more information about the global pandemic and updates on a global level. 

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA):
FEMA is an agency under the United States Department of Homeland Security tasked with handling emergency situations in the country. The FEMA website has fact sheets, general information, and daily updates.

For COVID-19 information in other languages, use the links below:

AARP
Unfortunately, there have been reports of people trying to scam older Americans. For more information, visit AARP’s Fraud Watch Network Helpline.

To report a scam, visit this Fraud Tracker.


I think I may have contracted COVID-19. What do I do?
If you are having a medical emergeny call 9-1-1 immediately, and if possible, cover your mouth with a mask before help arrives.

If it is not a life-threatening emergency, please contact your health care provider and/or take an online COVID-19 screening test, which you can access through the links below.

Governor Walz
Governor Walz has launched a comprehensive website which includes a map of testing locations and other resources.

CDC
The CDC has an instructional guide on what to do if you believe you may have the virus.

Minnesota Department of Health
Call the MDH hotline: 651-201-3920 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., or visit their website.

United States Department of Labor
If you have questions about leave and the Family Medical Leave Act, visit USDL’s website.

Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
For Minnesota specific guidance and laws, visit the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry's website.

If you are having issues getting a coronavirus test
Call the Food and Drug Administrations’ toll-free line at 1-888-463-6332 (1-888-INFO-FDA), then choose option (*). The line is available 24 hours a day to help address difficulties obtaining supplies for collecting patient samples for COVID-19 testing, including swabs, media needed for transport, and conservation of the samples – among other things. Please note, however, that FDA does not control the production volume or distribution of medical devices.


I'm working for you 

As this situation continues to evolve, it’s important that we stay in touch. I am here for you and I’m continuing to work for you. Here are some of the things I’ve done so far:

Legislation:

Community Outreach:

  • Convened a roundtable for county public health officials focused on preparedness in South St. Paul, MN.
  • Toured the Minneapolis VA Hospital.
  • Implemented office changes to keep staff and constituents safe.
  • Held a constituent briefing on the impact of school closures with the Minnesota Dept. of Education, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and local superintendents from Northfield, Burnsville-Savage-Eagan, and Intermediate School District 288. Over 10,000 constituents tuned in.
  • Toured Regions Hospital in Burnsville, MN.
  • Hosted local nonprofit organizations on a call to talk about the challenges they’re facing providing services in the face of coronavirus.
  • Released a community resource guide to help families, workers, rural communities  and small businesses.
  • Held a virtual town hall focused on COVID-19 with Dakota County Board Chair Mike Slavik, Commissioner Joe Atkins, and Dakota County Disease Prevention and Emergency Preparedness Supervisor, Christine Lees to answer constituent questions.
  • Held a virtual briefing for small businesses with the Small Business Administration to provide information about relief included in the CARES Act.
  • Held a virtual roundtable with faith leaders from across the district.
  • Helped folks return home safely from Ecuador, Germany, Guatemala, Peru and the Philippines.
  • Pushed for and secured additional guidelines for SBA lenders from the Treasury Department.
  • Pushed for answers from the SBA on how many loans have been disbursed, and to how many Minnesota small businesses specifically in the Second Congressional District.
  • Held a roundtable with rural small business owners, farmers, and mayors focused on rural relief.

Letters:

  • Wrote a letter to SBA Administrator Carranza and Secretary Mnuchin regarding the implementation of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
  • Wrote a letter urging leadership to support Minnesota counties, cities and towns.
  • Led a bipartisan letter advocating for Special Education funds in the CARES Act.
  • Led letter to the Speaker advocating for measures that will lower health care costs
  • Sent a letter to Vice President Pence with the MN Delegation asking him to ensure access to all supplies needed to process at least 15,000 tests per month in Minnesota.
  • Signed on to Support Students from Schools Closed for Coronavirus Dear Colleague Letter
  • Joined letter urging President to invoke the Defense Production Act to direct the domestic production of equipment currently in short supply.
  • Joined letter asking for a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures on HUD, VA, USDA, and other federally assisted housing. The President has now done this.
  • Joined MN delegation letter to President Trump urging him to approve Minnesota’s request for a major declaration due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The entire delegation ended up cosigning this letter.
  • Joined bipartisan on adding rural mental health resources to the next COVID relief
  • Joined letter to HHS urging that they rapidly deploy antibody tests as soon as they are approved.
  • Joined letter calling for additional federal rental assistance to prevent evictions
  • Joined letter to POTUS calling for a Special Enrollment Period that would allow the millions of Americans who recently lost their jobs to sign up for health insurance on the exchange
  • Joined multiple letters calling for additional resources for firefighters, police, EMT, and other first responders

Interested in what Congress is doing to respond to the coronavirus pandemic? Check out this website for information on what Committees in the House have been working on.

If you have any concerns or questions, please call my office in Burnsville at (651) 846-2120.