Posted on March 21, 2020 by admin
|Dear friends and neighbors,
Our government is taking some unprecedented steps to fight this crisis. Here is the latest:
1. Governor’s Executive Order: “Stay Safe, Stay Home”
The governor has issued an executive order (EO 7H): “Stay Home, Stay Safe”. This EO imposes restrictions on non-essential businesses beginning 8:00 PM Monday, March 23rd through April 22nd, 2020. The governor can modify, terminate, or extend as necessary. This has been done to stop the number of infections in our state and to “flatten the curve” so that we do not overwhelm our hospitals or find ourselves in a situation similar to what Italy is experiencing
For clarification, this is NOT a lockdown. All essential businesses – groceries, pharmacies, banks, restaurants (curbside delivery), mail and shipping services, trash and recycling, legal and accounting services (please refer to the complete list in the EO) – will remain open. Public parks will also stay open. While these restrictions are extremely onerous on hard working Americans, we do need to comply with these orders. The more we comply, the lesser the time period these will be needed. If we do not comply, the tireless work of so many to slow the spread will have been for nothing.
To read the governor’s update from 8:00 p.m. this evening, click here.
2. Federal Gov. Passes Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Last night, the federal government enacted the “Families First Coronavirus Response Act”. This act provides funding for testing, medical care for the uninsured, home delivered nutrition for seniors, emergency unemployment insurance stabilization for states, emergency family leave, emergency paid sick leave for two weeks, and tax credits for businesses for paid sick and paid family and medical leave. This is a strong first step and the US Senate is working on further measures to provide support to Americans who are unable to work due to the COVID-19 crisis.
As you may know, there are two treatments, which are in advanced trails and offer hope. Advanced fast testing (antibody testing), which can be done on site is also in the works and would be a big step in fighting this emergency. Let us have faith in the innovation, the scientific prowess and the capacity of our country. In the meantime, let us get through these tough days with resilience and true American spirit.
State Representative Harry Arora
151st General Assembly District