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Maloney Holds Telephone Town Hall on Coronavirus for Hudson Valley Families

Mar 11, 2020
Press Release

Maloney Holds Telephone Town Hall on Coronavirus for Hudson Valley Families

Washington, D.C. – Last evening, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) held a Telephone Town Hall for Westchester, Orange, Putnam and Dutchess Counties on COVID-19, the novel coronavirus. The telephone town hall gave constituents the opportunity to ask Rep. Maloney and a local medical professional about the federal response to preventing, containing and treating the coronavirus. Maloney was joined by Dr. Avi Silber, Chief Medical Officer of Cornerstone Family Healthcare.

“As the coronavirus spreads in New York, I want folks across the Hudson Valley to know that I’m working with every level of government and across party lines to get families the science-backed tools and resources they need to stay healthy,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “This is a serious situation, but we will get through this if we work together.”

Participants from across the Hudson Valley asked a wide variety of questions pertaining to the coronavirus, including: the symptoms of the virus; how to best prevent spreading the disease; best practices for disinfecting surfaces; steps Congress has taken to fund prevention and treatment measures at the federal, state and local levels; travel restrictions; and the impact of the coronavirus on the local economy.

Rep. Maloney will hold another telephone town hall on the coronavirus next week. Additional information can be found on his website: seanmaloney.house.gov/coronavirus-emergency-response. Constituents can also sign up for email updates on the coronavirus and upcoming town halls by visiting seanmaloney.house.gov/contact.

This past Friday, Rep. Maloney hosted a roundtable discussion with local and county leadership and medical experts on the spread of the coronavirus in the Hudson Valley.

Rep. Maloney was joined by Steve Neuhaus, County Executive of Orange County, and Marcus Molinaro, County Executive of Dutchess County. Representatives from Cornerstone Family Healthcare, Touro Medical College, Orange Regional Medical Center, Middletown Medical, St. Luke’s Hospital, and the Orange and Dutchess County departments of health also attended the roundtable.

The roundtable was live-streamed on Rep. Maloney’s Facebook, and can be found here:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

For more information, visit www.coronavirus.gov or seanmaloney.house.gov/coronavirus-emergency-response.