I know right now a lot of us are feeling fear and uncertainty about what COVID-19 means for ourselves and our families as we face down the unexpected. As a mother, I’m feeling a lot of that with you.
As a combat veteran, I have my eye on our mission: protecting folks from the spread of this disease and the economic fallout. When the unexpected hits, I’ve always found it critical to stay focused on solutions, so I want to bring you in on what we know, what we’re doing and what we need to complete the mission.
What we know:
- You can keep yourself and your community safer by washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, staying home as much as you can right now, and contacting your health care provider immediately if you have symptoms like fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
- Grocery stores remain open and stocked, and you can help your neighbors by only buying what you need.
- The Senate has passed a relief package, an imperfect but important step to assist working people through the COVID-19 crisis. It includes expanded unemployment insurance, a direct cash payment to many Americans, and loans for small businesses.
- However, the work is far from over. Now, Washington must make sure workers and small businesses are made whole, ensure strict transparency and accountability standards added to the relief bill are met, and rush additional resources and equipment to our hospitals and health care workers on the frontlines of this pandemic.
What we’re doing as a campaign:
- To help flatten the curve on the spread of COVID-19, we have suspended all in-person campaign events.
- We’re adapting to the new landscape: we’ll continue to get our message out to Texans through phone calls, texting, and more because now more than ever, we need to keep fighting for a Senate that prioritizes our health care.
- We rolled out an online Organizing Bootcamp to train volunteers on organizing from home.
What we need:
- In the coming days, you’ll start to hear scapegoating from public officials — in fact, it’s already started. We can’t fall into the trap of division — unity is critical right now. I’m urging all of our elected officials to put people over politics and focus on the mission at hand: getting through this with as little harm to the American people as possible.
- Elected leaders should put public health over politics and work to pass and implement immediate solutions to increase health care capacity to take care of the sick, including setting up mobile hospitals, ramping up production of life-saving ventilators, and ensuring our front-line health care workers have every health and safety protection we can provide – especially adequate testing.
- We must take urgent steps to reduce the economic fallout and its impact on Texans — and prioritize making working families and small businesses whole.
- Texas has the highest uninsured rate in the nation, and it puts folks here at greater risk during this pandemic. We need a public health insurance option to ensure all Americans can receive health care without facing impossible financial choices.
I also want to take a moment to thank the workers on the frontlines of this pandemic. Those keeping health care facilities running, keeping food available in stores and for delivery, keeping our streets and buildings clean and sanitized, responding to emergencies, and beyond are helping keep us safe and healthy right now. If that’s you: thank you.
We’re all in this together, and if we all do our part, we can get through this mission, slow further spread of COVID-19, and help our communities recover physically and financially from the effects. Above all else, we need to put the health of Americans above political interests.
We know what our mission is, now let’s come together and get it done.
Ways you can help
If you have spare personal protective equipment or supplies, please contact your local hospital or health care facility and ask if they could use your donation. Many of them are in urgent need of:
- N-95 Respirator masks, surgical face masks, or masks used by painters, carpenters etc.
- Medical or disposable gloves
- Eye protection glasses/goggles
- Face shields
Tip: Use google maps to search for hospitals near you and their contact information. You can also check this site.
Our health care workers are on the front lines of this crisis and they need our support in any way we can provide it!
Donate to the following organizations:
- Feeding America have launched a COVID-19 response fund. Donate here.
- No Kid Hungry & Save the Children have launched #SaveWithStories for school children. Donate here.
- Donate to Meals on Wheels.
- Healthy donors are urged to give blood, platelets or AB plasma. If you’re able, find out more here.