Friends and neighbors – as the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, continues to impact communities across the country, we need everyone to do their part to stop and slow the spread. Here are some frequently asked questions that I have received and useful resources to help answer your questions. Please don’t hesitate to contact my offices in Oklahoma City, Tulsa or Washington, D.C. for more information or assistance in getting through to the appropriate agency
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What You Should Know – From the CDC
Question: What are the symptoms I should look for in myself or my loved ones?
Answer: Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 include a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Read more about COVID-19 Symptoms.
Question: When should I go to the doctor?
Answer: If you believe that you may have been exposed to COVID-19 and are having symptoms, before you visit your doctor or the hospital, immediately call your medical provider to seek medical advice. This will allow your healthcare provider’s office to take steps to keep other patients and staff from getting infected or exposed. Veterans who are seeking treatment at the VA should also follow this protocol as well.
Question: How can I protect my family from the coronavirus?
Answer: While there is no reason to panic, the most important thing to remember is that this is an evolving situation and we must all work together to take the right precautions: wash your hands, cover your cough, stay home when sick and avoid close contact with those who are sick. For full COVID-19 protection guidance, please go to the CDC site here.
Question: What should I do if I need to go to the doctor for a reason besides the coronavirus?
Answer: Call your doctor before coming in and consider postponing checkups or other non-urgent appointments. Your doctor may also participate in telemedicine, and you might be able to do a virtual appointment. At this time, the VA is urging all visitors who do not feel well to postpone their visits to VA facilities and use the VA Video Connect through the VA mobile app store or by contacting your VA care team, before any urgent problems arise. To find your local VA facility in Oklahoma, click here.
For Recent Travelers
For general questions regarding travel and latest information from the CDC, click here.
Question: What do I need to know about current travel restrictions?
Answer: To prevent the spread of the virus, President Trump declared a national emergency and has restricted travel impacted areas, including China and the European Union. For more information from the CDC, click here.
Question: I have upcoming international travel. Where can I find country specific information about COVID- 19?
Answer: For a list of affected countries, click here.
Question: What do I do if I have family member(s) who have arrived on a cruise ship and have been quarantined in the United States?
Answer: The Oklahoma Department of Health is working with U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) and directly with people being quarantined to bring them home. Contact the Oklahoma Department of Health at 405-271-4200.
Question: If someone is overseas and they need assistance because they are being quarantined or have another issue, what do they do?
Answer: Contact the Overseas Citizens Services at the State Department at 1-888-407-4747. If you have difficulties, our office can assist in making the connection.
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For Parents with Small Children
For more information about the USDA coronavirus response, click here.
Question: What programs exist to ensure that families struggling financially can feed their families during uncertain times?
Answers: All USDA Food and Nutrition Service programs – including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Special Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); and the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs – have flexibility and contingencies built-in to allow them to respond to on-the-ground realities in the event of a disaster or emergency situation.
Question: Where can I get information about school closures?
Answers: School closures are determined at the state and local level. Check in with your local school board for more information.