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To make sure you have the latest information, please visit the CDC’s website for the most up-to-date information on the coronavirus (COVID-19). 


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KDHE continues to closely monitor an outbreak of a respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID–19). The outbreak first started in Wuhan, China, but cases have been identified around the world including in the United States. The first case in the United States was announced January 21, 2020. 

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The CDC provides the following guidance for Americans who want to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus: 


There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • 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.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask
    • CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain 
  • 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.


Travel information: 

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CDC recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential travel to China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea. Click HERE for the most recent travel information from the CDC. CDC also advises that older adults and those with chronic medical conditions consider postponing nonessential travel to Iran, Italy, and Japan. Travelers should practice usual precautions when traveling to Hong Kong. If you plan to travel internationally, I encourage you to enroll in the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive important messages, alerts, updates, and travel advisories while you are there.

The State Department provides a list of travel advisories for those who are planning to fly outside of the United States.

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Congressman Watkins released the following statements: 

February 27th, 2020: "I am fully confident in President Trump's decisive action creating the Coronavirus Task Force under the direction of Vice President Mike Pence. No country is more prepared with the resources and training than the United States. Congress will ensure the Administration's request is met and state and local governments have the necessary resources to coordinate with the Center for Disease Control for an appropriate response." 

March 4th, 2020: "No country is more prepared with the resources and training necessary to address Coronavirus than the United States. I am proud to join my colleagues in sending the President the necessary funding to quickly address the virus at home and abroad." 





The safety of you and your loved ones is of the utmost importance. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call my office at 202-225-6601 or 785-234-5966.



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