Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

**NOTE: This webpage is monitored and updated frequently, but the best source of information during this time is always the CDC's COVID-19 page, HERE.**

The purpose of this webpage is to provide background on the novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) to share some basic information with you and your family on how you can stay healthy and prepared.

As reports indicate, there has been a rapid increase in confirmed cases of coronavirus across the globe. 

The Arizona Department of Economic Security and the Arizona Department of Health Services, Crisis Response Network and 2-1-1 Arizona has launched a new, statewide COVID-19 Hotline. If you have questions about testing, symptoms, or other concerns please call 2-1-1 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week to talk to a health care professional.

Below are resources and information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Prevention:

There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is, of course, to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the 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.
  • Wash your hands often and vigorously 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.

Arizona:

The Arizona Department of Economic Security and the Arizona Department of Health Services, Crisis Response Network and 2-1-1 Arizona has launched a new, statewide COVID-19 Hotline. If you have questions about testing, symptoms, or other concerns please call 2-1-1 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week to talk to a health care professional.

As of now, all Arizona schools will be closed through the remainder of the school year. Stay up to date with the Arizona Department of Education, HEREIf you are wondering how to talk to your kids about coronavirus during these uncertain times, visit the CDC's website, HERE, for resources. 

List of Arizona schools continuing to provide school meals, HERE. Also check the Department of Education's Health and Nutrition Services page, HERE. Visit your school's website for specific guidance. 

Arizonans needing to apply for unemployment insurance click, HERE.​​​​​​​

As of March 20, Governor Ducey has ordered nonessential businesses, such as restaurants and bars, to close. For additional closures, as well as event cancellations, I encourage you to stay connected with trusted local Arizona news sources.

Small business owners in Arizona are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to the ongoing public health crisis. More information, HERE.

In need of a health care provider? Visit the Arizona Association of Community Health Centers website and search by location.

Information about testing sites, HERE.

Additional Arizona specific resources and information, HERE.

Staying up to date: 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization (WHO) provide updates on the virus and safety information for the public and health care professionals. A factsheet from the CDC is available, here

You can sign up for the CDC's email updates here.

You can sign up for the WHO's email updates here.

The Arizona Department of Health Services has a state-specific coronavirus information page, here. This page is updated daily at 9 AM MST. 

VA specific information related to COVID-19, here.

En español:

Recursos en español disponibles aquí y aquí.

Rely on verified sources such as these and be wary of false information that is often spread through social media. If you have questions or concerns, I encourage you to reach out to any of my offices. 

Social distancing:

Health care experts across the board agree that social distancing—the practice of avoiding close contact with others—is effective in slowing the spread of the virus and lessening the burden on our health care system. This is why we are seeing widespread closures of schools, cancellations of events, and new restrictions on gathering sizes. These preventative measures will save lives, especially by distancing ourselves from those most at risk, living in nursing homes and long term care facilities.

We must all make small sacrifices now to preserve our health care system in the long run. A helpful article on this practice is available, here.

 

Updated office practices:

I have announced updated office procedures for my DC and district offices. These are subject to change as we learn more about the spread of COVID-19. My staff continues to work hard to ensure that Arizona families have the resources and assistance they need as we address this public health crisis.

Legislative and outreach action:

I am working with my colleagues to ensure that necessary funding is secured, and the speedy development of a low-cost vaccine is begun as soon as possible. Below are links detailing my legislative and outreach actions thus far:

O’Halleran Renews Urgent Call on Federal Government to Prioritize COVID-19 Response on Navajo Nation March 29

O’Halleran Calls on DOI to Close Grand Canyon National Park March 28

O’Halleran Secures Billions in Funding for Arizona Families, Health Care Workers, Veterans, Small Businesses, and Tribes March 27

O’Halleran, Smith Lead Bipartisan Group to Call on Congressional Leadership to Prioritize Seniors’ Health During Coronavirus Crisis March 23

O’Halleran Urges Prioritization of Rural, Tribal Broadband Needs During Coronavirus Changes to Work, School March 23

Tribal Communities Are Being Overlooked in COVID-19 Response, Says O’Halleran March 20

O’Halleran Calls on Administration to Uphold All Government, All American Approach to Address COVID-19 Crisis March 20

Get the Facts: Families First Coronavirus Response Act March 19

Congressman O’Halleran, Senator Sinema and Arizona’s Congressional Delegation Urge Health Officials to Protect Arizonans’ Health Care March 19

O’Halleran Urges Prioritization of Working Families in New Legislative Package to Address Negative Effects of Coronavirus March 19

Combating the Coronavirus: An Update from Congressman Tom O'Halleran March 19

O’Halleran Urges Indian Health Services to Provide Tribes with Guidance, Resources March 17

O'Halleran Votes for Aggressive Measures to Address Coronavirus Impact  March 14

O'Halleran Announces Updated Office Procedures in Response to Coronavirus Concerns March 14

O'Halleran Sends Letter to VP Pence on Coronavirus Response March 10

O'Halleran Cancels Town Halls Due to Coronavirus Concerns March 10

O'Halleran Votes for House Funding Package to Address Coronavirus Spread March 4

An Update on the Coronavirus March 4

Casework:

Like most workplaces, several federal agencies have moved some employees to telework and adjusted regular operations. In this trying time, casework processing may be slightly slower. I assure you caseworkers on my staff are working around the clock to ensure you receive the benefits and resources you are owed by federal agencies and programs.

County public health departments:​

Stay informed:

Now is time to prepare, not to panic. Stay informed and trust only official sources, like your health care provider, government scientists and experts, the CDC, WHO, and AZDHS. Be wary of information from non-verified sources, especially on social media. I encourage you to sign up for my newsletter HERE to continue to receive information and resources. 

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