A Doctor's note for July 4th

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Washington, July 2, 2020 | comments

July 2, 2020

Dear Friends,

This Independence Day weekend, as you relax and reflect, please take the proper precautions to protect your family and yourself from COVID-19. Social distancing, wearing a mask, and staying home if you are sick are little things that can make a big difference in slowing the spread.

If you need access to a COVID-19 test, there are several locations across Texas.

National Updates
The Trump Administration reestablished the Ready Reserve Corps as part of the U.S. Public Health Service to help improve our public health preparedness and response. This action is thanks to the inclusion of my bill, the United States Public Health Service Modernization Act, in the CARES Act.

Pfizer and BioNTech announced positive preliminary data emerging from one of the four mRNA vaccine candidates currently under their review.

The Department of Health and Human Services will extend its partnership with national pharmacy and grocery retail chains CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreens, Quest and eTrueNorth to continue providing access to COVID-19 testing.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published FAQ documents for state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program agencies on topics such as eligibility and enrollment, testing, and premiums and cost sharing.

The Federal Communications Commission’s Wireline Competition Bureau approved an additional 70 funding applications for the COVID-19 Telehealth Program, including one more in Texas.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released interim guidance on COVID-19 testing for K-12 schools and institutions of higher education.

Congress passed a bill to continue the $670 billion Paycheck Protection Program through Aug. 8.

Until next time, this is your doctor's note.

Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D.

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