Davisson: Stay informed during coronavirus outbreak

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Friday, March 20, 2020

The novel coronavirus is top-of-mind for Hoosiers and for Americans everywhere. As a lot of misinformation continues to circulate online, I wanted to pass along factual information from reliable sources as we all do our part to mitigate the effects of this health crisis.

We can all help slow the spread of this infectious respiratory illness by practicing good hygiene. That includes washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, avoiding close contact with others and staying home when feeling sick.

The Indiana State Department of Health is continuously working with local and federal partners, including the Centers for Disease Control, to respond to this evolving public health situation. Visit in.gov/coronavirus to sign-up for email updates, learn more about Indiana’s response, view a map of positive cases by county, read helpful FAQs and check out child care resources.

With Gov. Eric Holcomb declaring a public health emergency, he is taking strong and decisive steps to free up resources to assist with the state's response. Large gatherings have been limited to slow and reduce the spread of COVID-19. This helps protect some of our most vulnerable Hoosiers and our health care workers who provide care.

I realize these unprecedented circumstances worry many Hoosiers who may need assistance supporting their families. There are some resources available. Workers who are missing shifts could file an Unemployment Insurance claim by visiting unemployment.in.gov. Parents who are staying home with their children because they cannot find child care and want to find options should visit childcarefinder.in.gov. Small-business owners can also look into applying for Small Business Administration loans by visiting sba.gov/coronavirus. This is similar to disaster loans provided to farmers when Mother Nature destroys crops and livestock.

Those who can, please consider helping your neighbors. It may be a courtesy call to those who cannot leave their homes, providing a meal to neighbors or child care. Area food pantries could use monetary donations to help feed families and the American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage. Visit redcross.org/Indiana to donate or book your appointment.  

General questions about the coronavirus from the public or health care providers can be directed to 877-826-0011, a 24/7, toll-free number. Please know that the call center cannot provide medical advice or test results. The CDC also continues to provide updates at coronavirus.gov. I encourage everyone to continue to monitor this health situation closely by following reliable health sources to help protect yourself, your family and your community.

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State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) represents House District 73, which includes
Washington County, and portions
of Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison counties.
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