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A Doctor's note on Coronavirus

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Washington, April 28, 2020 | comments

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April 28, 2020

Dear Friends,

Texas stay-at-home orders will expire on April 30, beginning phase one of reopening the state. I appreciate Governor Abbott’s wisdom in setting up different phases to re-open the state. We are turning a dimmer switch, not flipping a switch.

In preparation to re-open, Texas has made efforts to expand testing and contract tracing capabilities.

National Update:
The Trump Administration released a testing overview, blueprint, and fact sheet to aid state development of testing and rapid response plans.

Moderna submitted an Investigational New Drug application to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to begin a Phase 2 study of its COVID-19 vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised the priorities for testing patients suspected to have COVID-19.

  • The CDC, in conjunction with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, released guidance for meat and poultry processing facilities.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published guidance to respond to questions about minimizing transmission of COVID-19 for Medicare & Medicaid Home Health Agencies and Religious Nonmedical Healthcare Institutions.

The National Institute of Mental Health is conducting an online research study on the mental health of health care workers who have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Federal Reserve expanded its program to buy municipal bonds from counties and cities by lowering the population threshold. This expansion will allow 120 counties and 80 cities to obtain immediate cash for expenses

Until tomorrow, this is your doctor's note.
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Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D.

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