By Cong. Roger Williams
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – We all share responsibility in helping slow the spread of COVID-19. Even if you're young, your actions can still put others at risk, which is why it's vital that we follow instructions from health officials to stay home unless absolutely necessary. We must do everything we can to help keep Texans healthy, and that begins with prevention in our communities.
The White House and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued new guidance for slowing the spread of infection over the next 30 days.
The American Spirit
When we look back in history, America has always stepped up. This time is no different.
Over the last several weeks, we have seen companies shift their operations to building ventilators and creating masks so our health care providers can continue working around the clock to protect our communities. From private labs in the United States to global giants like Ford and General Motors, the power of the private sector is using its strength to help get us through this crisis. Below are just a few examples:
- Abbott Laboratories in Illinois announced they have developed a testing kit that takes only 5 minutes to give results.
- Ford is working with General Electric's healthcare arm to make ventilators, respirators and face shields for health care workers.
- Anheuser-Busch is now producing more than one million bottles of handsanitizer from its surplus products around the world.
If you have a story about local TX-25 companies or neighbors stepping up to help those in need, please email Communications.TX25@mail.house.gov so my staff and I can highlight how our community is supporting each other. We are all in it together and I know the American spirit will carry us forward.
Thank you to the Medical Community
I am immensely thankful for the doctors fighting on the front lines for our communities, especially right now. On National Doctors Day earlier this week, we had the opportunity to recognize them nationally for their dedication, perseverance and commitment to our families.
To all of the health care professionals in the 25th District, we cannot thank you enough for your selflessness and courage.
Interactive Resources for Parents
Governor Abbott has announced this week that schools are closed until at least May 4th to keep our students and families protected. If you're looking for some resources for education at home, you can take a virtual tour of the United States Capitol here or the Census Bureau here, or even virtually tour the National Museum of Natural History here.
If you have any questions, please call my Cleburne office at 817-774-2575 or my Austin office at 512-473-8910. You can also stay up to date with new information at williams.house.gov/coronavirus or follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.
We're all in this together.