Coronavirus (COVID-19) UpdateS



The respiratory disease caused by coronavirus, first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China, has now been detected in more than 80 countries, including the United States. While the family of coronaviruses has been around for some time, the Coronavirus Disease 2019, or COVID-19, is a new kind of coronavirus. At this time, there have been three confirmed cases of COVID-19 reported in Maryland in Montgomery County, a husband and wife in their 70s and a woman in her 50s who have recently travelled internationally.

In responding to the spread of the COVID-19, Congress will work together to address this public health crisis in a smart, strategic, and serious manner. We want to be fully prepared, not panicking as we move forward to ensure adequate funding, respect for science, and evidence‑based decision-making.

On Wednesday, the House passed a $8.3 billion emergency funding package, which will fully fund a strong and strategic response to coronavirus, including vaccine development, funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), support for state and local governments, and assistance for small businesses affected by the virus.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends 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.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask (facemasks are only needed for those who show symptoms of coronavirus).
  • 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.
  • For more information on the coronavirus, please visit here.

To learn more about what our state and counties are doing to keep us safe, visit the links below:

If you are planning on traveling, please visit the CDC's Information for Travel guide.