I know that after months of dealing with the new reality created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas families are feeling a lot of fear, uncertainty, and anger. As a mother and Texan, I’m fiercely protective of the safety of our families and communities.
And as a combat veteran, I have my eye on our mission: protecting folks from the continuing spread of this disease and the devastating economic fallout. When the unexpected hits, my service in the military taught me it’s critical to stay focused on solutions — so I want to keep you informed on what we know, what we’re doing, and what we need to complete the mission.
What we know:
- Wear a mask or face covering while in public. If you can, be sure to maintain six feet of distance from anyone outside your home.
- You can help protect your community by washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, staying home as much as possible, and contacting your health care provider immediately if you have symptoms like fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
- Congress has passed several relief packages, which were imperfect but important steps to assist working people through the COVID-19 crisis.
What we’re doing as a campaign:
- We’re creatively adapting to the new landscape: We’re getting 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.
- To help flatten the curve on the spread of COVID-19, we have suspended in-person campaign events.
- We’ve transitioned our organizing online, from phone and text banks, to our Virtual Road Trip, to our Organizing Bootcamp. Our grassroots army spans the entire state and is what fuels my Texas-sized winning campaign.
What we need:
- We need servant leaders who put our public health over politics and are committed to increasing our capacity to care for sick Texans — that includes setting up mobile hospitals, ramping up production of life-saving ventilators, and ensuring our frontline health care workers have every tool at their disposal to stay safe, including adequate personal protective equipment. Testing must be covered and accessible to all Texans, and action must be taken to reduce delays in reporting test results. Elected leaders must listen to our nurses and doctors and equip our hospitals with the resources and equipment needed to stay safe on the frontlines of this pandemic.
- We must take urgent steps to reduce the economic fallout and its impact on Texans, and prioritize making our working families and small businesses whole. Texans deserve expanded unemployment insurance, which has served as a lifeline to help pay bills and put food on the table amid the pandemic. I’m also fighting for another round of stimulus relief for Texans and financial assistance for struggling businesses, especially for Black- and Latino-owned businesses who’ve been denied access to small business loans. Congress must ensure strict transparency and accountability standards in every relief bill so the money gets to where it’s needed the most.
- Texas has the highest uninsured rate in the nation, and that 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, and responding to emergencies are helping us stay 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 the spread of COVID-19, and help our communities recover physically, mentally, and financially from the effects of this crisis. Above all else, we need to put the health of Texans 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
- 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.