COVID-19 is a new disease that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person to person. This virus was first identified in Wuhan, China.
The threat of the COVID-19 is real and immediate.
For the most up to date information and resources on the coronavirus, visit the following:
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention
- Texas Department of State Health Services
- Texas Division of Emergency Management
Sen. Cruz is working to equip our local communities, healthcare professionals, agencies, airlines, and all those else working to combat the coronavirus with the support they need to ensure the health and safety of Texans and all Americans.
As Sen. Cruz recently said:
“We need to keep doing everything possible to stop the spread of this virus, but we also shouldn’t give in to panic or hysteria. We should be driven by facts and medical science. I will continue working with the administration, my colleagues in the Senate, the medical experts, and with state officials to do just that.”
UPDATES FROM TED CRUZ:
- Sen. Cruz Issues Statement Upon the Completion of His Self-Quarantine
- Sen. Cruz Announces Decision to Extend Self-Quarantine Until March 17 Out of Abundance of Caution
- Sen. Cruz Office Announces Guidance for D.C. Staff
- Sen. Cruz Office Issues Update on COVID-19
- Sen. Cruz Issues Statement on COVID-19
STEPS SEN. CRUZ IS TAKING TO COMBAT COVID-19
- Called on federal officials to take four immediate, concrete steps to help curb COVID-19 and ultimately defeat it.
- Introduced the RESULTs for Coronavirus Patients Act, which would fast-track approval for certain drugs and devices to combat COVID-19 pandemic.
- Voted in favor of the $8.3 billion in emergency supplemental appropriations to assist in the United States’ efforts to contain the spread and prevent further outbreaks.
- Convened a hearing examining the role of the aviation industry in reducing the spread of coronavirus with officials from the Department of Transportation (DOT), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Sent a letter with Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) to get answers about the incident in San Antonio, when an individual was released from isolation at Lackland, despite testing positive for the coronavirus.
- Held a bipartisan briefing for members of the Commerce Committee to hear from officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Transportation (DOT), and the World Health Organization (WHO) about how the U.S. government is working with other countries on a coordinated, global response, to this public health crisis and what more Congress can do to prevent further outbreaks.
- As news of the coronavirus outbreak broke, called for a travel ban to and from China, as well as advanced screenings at U.S. airports.
- Sent a letter to President Trump with Sen. Cornyn (R-Texas) urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to work closely with State of Texas emergency management officials and the Small Business Administration (SBA) to increase awareness of the many financial tools available to assist Texans experiencing the economic impact of the coronavirus.
- Sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) calling for a single government-implemented online webform that would allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to directly collect complete, accurate, and timely data to trace infected or exposed travelers.
- Sent a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with Sens. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and Cornyn requesting information on the agency’s readiness to prevent the transmission of coronavirus across American ports of entry.
- Participated in a roundtable discussion with the Coalition of Airline Pilots Association and commended their efforts to contain the coronavirus.
- Sent a letter to the United Nations’ International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) calling for Taiwan to be fully included in the international response to coronavirus.
- Joined Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and other members in sending a letter to the World Health Organization concerning Taiwan’s exclusion from the World Health Organization.
IN THE NEWS: SEN. CRUZ ON CORONAVIRUS
- Sen. Cruz on ABC News Live, Dallas’ WFAA, KXAS & HOUSTON’S KTRK: Discusses COVID-19 & Decision to Extend Self-Quarantine
- Sen. Cruz on CBS This Morning: Discusses Decision to Extend Self-Quarantine
- Sen. Cruz on the Michael Berry Show: Gives an Update From Self-Quarantine, Discusses Latest on Coronavirus
- Sen. Cruz on Fox News ‘Fox & Friends’: Coronavirus Is Serious, and We Need to Treat It Seriously
- Sen. Cruz on CNBC’s ‘Squawk Box’: The United States Must Marshal Every Resource Necessary to Protect Life and Contain the Coronavirus
TIPS FOR PREVENTION
Everyone has a role to play in preventing the spread of this virus. Practicing basic hygiene is critical to protecting your own health and welfare as well as the health and welfare of everyone around you. According to the CDC:
- When you feel sick, stay home and seek medical care.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects regularly.
- Frequently wash your hands 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.