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Jaime Herrera Beutler Helps Secure Novel Coronavirus Funding for Washington State

Today, the U.S. House approved the emergency supplemental package that Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler helped secure from her position on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee to fight the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Washington state and across the country.

Today, the U.S. House approved the emergency supplemental package that Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler helped secure from her position on the U.S. House Appropriations Committee to fight the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Washington state and across the country.

The appropriations package provides a total of $7.8 billion for the U.S. response for the novel coronavirus. The funding package secures nearly $1 billion for state and local reimbursements through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and allocates $4 billion to ensure novel coronavirus test kits are more broadly available, supports treatments to ease symptoms of those infected with the virus, and invests in vaccine development.

“With the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, which has resulted in ten deaths so far in Washington state, it’s imperative we act quickly to stop the spread of this virus and assist those who are on the front lines fighting this battle,” Herrera Beutler said. “As a member of the subcommittee that sets funding levels for federal health agencies, I helped secure emergency funds that will go toward reimbursing the costs state and local governments have incurred from working to prevent the spread of the virus. I’m hopeful that the bipartisan work we‘re undertaking in Congress will stem this outbreak, save lives and curb the disruption of this illness.”

With the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Washington state, local officials and the Washington State Department of Health are bearing the brunt of the costs of conducting tests on individuals exhibiting symptoms, setting up quarantine units, and transporting individuals to quarantine locations. The appropriations funding package will ensure local, state, and federal governments have the resources they need to continue to combat the spread of the virus.

So far there are over 95,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and over 3,000 deaths worldwide. There have been over 100 confirmed cases of infection throughout the U.S., resulting in 10 deaths in Washington state and 1 in California. 

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