News from Representative Luria

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Dear Friend,

 

The last several days have been hard for all of us as we deal with the COVID-19 crisis. Over the last week, I have been at work, meeting with community leaders, medical professionals, and many others to learn how I can best serve our community during this national health emergency. Scroll below for a recap of my past week.

 

Listening to Frontline Health Care Workers

 

At Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital, I had the opportunity to hear directly from frontline health care workers about the response to COVID-19. While I am impressed with Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital’s preparations and planning, we must ease the burdens on our health system by exercising caution and abiding by CDC and WHO guidelines. This is a public health emergency like none of us have ever seen in our lifetime, and it will take personal sacrifices on everyone’s part to overcome this pandemic together.

 

Discussing COVID-19 Preparedness with Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Leadership

 

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On Friday at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, I had a productive dialogue about the facility’s needs, the availability of medical supplies, and the coordination of efforts with the VA and civilian health care providers. This was a chance for me to see the protocols and procedures that Naval Medical Center Portsmouth has implemented to combat COVID-19. Visits like these are critical in allowing me to evaluate the needs of our health care providers, so I can advocate for them in Congress.

 

Assessing Health Care Needs on the Peninsula

 

Unfortunately, the Peninsula has been designated as a "cluster" or "hotspot" for COVID-19 due to a high number of cases and community transmission. This made my meeting with Peninsula Health District and Riverside Health System officials so important. During this visit, I was joined by Delegate Mike Mullin (VA-HD-93), Delegate Shelly Simonds (VA-HD-94), Dr. Steve Julian (Director Peninsula Health District), Bill Downey (CEO of Riverside Health System), and Dr. Mike Dacey (President and Chief Clinical Officer of Riverside Health System). 

As COVID-19 spreads throughout the Peninsula, this visit was an important opportunity for me and other officials to learn how our community is responding to this public health crisis. I am grateful for the frontline health care workers at Riverside and across our nation who are risking their health to help others. 

 

Visiting the Hampton VA Medical Center

 

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On Thursday, I met with Hampton VA Medical Center Director David Collins to discuss the facility's preparations to address the coronavirus pandemic. It was a important to meet with Director Collins to learn how we can provide our veterans with the best possible care as we face this unprecedented public health emergency. I left the Hampton VA Medical Center encouraged by their planning and procedures to combat this global pandemic. I will continue to work with Director Collins to ensure that Congress provides the VA with the resources needed to execute its mission.

 

Meeting With Virginia Beach City Public Schools Leadership

 

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I visited Green Run High School with Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Superintendent Spence and Principal Tarkenton. We spoke about the school system's plans to move forward during the COVID-19 epidemic and how they plan on ensuring that students are fed during this crisis. I thank all the VBCPS food service employers for feeding our children during this difficult time.

 

Outreach on the Eastern Shore

 

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Last Wednesday, I met with constituents on the Eastern Shore to discuss preparations and response to the coronavirus with foodbank officials, community leaders, and medical professionals. My first stop was at the Foodbank of Southeast Virginia and the Eastern Shore, where I spoke to foodbank and school system leadership to learn how they are addressing food security issues. Next, I participated in a roundtable at the Mary N. Smith Community Enrichment Center. There, I spoke with community organizers about how I can better serve the Shore during this crisis. My final stop of the day was at the Eastern Shore Rural Health office in Onancock. I met with local health care providers and we talked about how local hospitals are preparing for the consequences of this public health emergency.

 

Connecting on Local Radio

 

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As your member of Congress, one of my roles is to keep the community informed during the COVID-19 crisis. Last week, I spoke on several local radio shows to tell constituents about how to stay safe and healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak. I was grateful for the opportunity join 2WD 101.3’s Devin Tucker in the Morning, Z104’s Z Morning Zoo, 94.9 The Point’s morning show, Hearsay with Cathy Lewis on WHRO, and 95.7 R&B FM’s Steve Harvey Show with local commentary by Dale Murray. 

 

In The News

Please know that during this trying time, my team and I stand ready to serve our community. For helpful guidance to keep you and your family safe, please click here. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our offices via the numbers below.

 

Sincerely,

 

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