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As a Member of Congress, it is my honor and privilege to share information with my constituents in California's 14th District.

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March 13, 2020

Dear Constituents,

In order to assist in preventing the potential exposure and spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, my Washington, DC and San Mateo offices are protectively introducing new measures to limit social contact. Starting on Monday, March 16th, we will close our doors and switch to telework. The health and safety of our community remains our top priority and we will continue serving constituents in a virtual capacity. Both of my office phone numbers will be staffed and will remain open during normal business hours. Meetings will either be held virtually or rescheduled. The closure of the physical offices will be reevaluated week-by-week. 

Please note that for those constituents who are visiting Washington, DC, the Sergeant-at-Arms has closed the Capitol building to tours and the public beginning Friday, March 13th until April 1st. You will find more information here. The Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will close to the public on Saturday, March 14th. They have not yet determined the date that they will reopen, but you can find updates on their website here. 

I encourage everyone to take this public health threat seriously and continue following the guidelines of both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and our local public health officials.   

That includes:

  • Wash your hands often and vigorously 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.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • 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.
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You can find daily updates on the CDC's website here. For updates in San Mateo County click here and for updates in San Francisco click here. If you have any questions about whether you or a loved one should seek medical attention, contact your primary health care provider or call 311.

My website will also continue to be updated and I am in regular communication with our public health officers and local health care officials. If you have any questions please email me and I will get them answered.

Although this virus continues to pose grave challenges to our communities and country, I am confident that by working together and taking all the necessary precautions and steps we can mitigate the fallout from this pandemic and emerge a stronger, healthier nation. I am here to assist you in any way that I can, so feel free to contact me.

All my best,


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