Rep. Zeldin on Suffolk County’s First Positive Case of Coronavirus | Congressman Lee Zeldin

Rep. Zeldin on Suffolk County’s First Positive Case of Coronavirus

March 8, 2020
Press Release

PATCHOGUE, NY - Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1) issued the following statement after Suffolk County’s first case of coronavirus was confirmed: 

“Suffolk County’s first confirmed case of coronavirus serves as a reminder for all levels of government to work closely together to try to contain coronavirus as much as possible. This outbreak over the past several weeks has been a quickly evolving situation, and now is not the time to play politics, and, in light of this, I implore our partners in government to improve communication. At a time like this fear can oftentimes outweigh facts, and we are even more susceptible to fear when the facts are hard to come by, especially with regards to many students being sent to our district from affected countries. Clear, open and constant communication is key to effectively combat this outbreak.”

Last week, Congress passed $7.8 billion in emergency funding for a robust response to the coronavirus outbreak, including support for state and local health agencies and vaccine and treatment development, and $490 million to temporarily expand Medicare telemedicine services to help ensure seniors' access to coronavirus treatment. 

The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act includes: 

  • Over $4 billion to make diagnostic tests more broadly available, support treatments to ease the symptoms of those infected with the virus, and invest in vaccine development and procurements of vaccines when they become available; 

  • $2.2 billion for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a robust response, including:

    • Nearly $1 billion exclusively for state and local response efforts; and

    • $300 million for CDC’s Infectious Diseases Rapid Response Reserve Fund to prevent, prepare for, and respond to diseases.

  • $20 million to administer disaster assistance loans for small businesses impacted by the virus;

  • $1.25 billion for the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to protect Americans abroad and prevent the spread of the virus worldwide, including:

  • $264 million to evacuate Americans and maintain consular operations overseas; and

  • $200 million for USAID’s Emergency Response Fund to prepare for and respond to emerging health threats.