Congresswoman Elaine Luria Meets with Peninsula Health District Officials to Speak About Efforts Addressing COVID-19

March 17, 2020
Press Release

NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Today, Congresswoman Elaine Luria met with medical officials from Peninsula Health District and Riverside Health System to discuss the Peninsula’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak and challenges that frontline health care workers are facing.

During her visit, Congresswoman Luria 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). At the end of the tour, they spoke at a conference about the hospital’s efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic, testing, and prevention strategies. To watch footage of the conference, please click here.

“As COVID-19 spreads throughout the Peninsula, this visit was an important opportunity for me to learn how our community is responding to this public health crisis,” said Congresswoman Luria. “I am grateful for the frontline health care workers at Riverside and across our nation who are risking their health to help others. We all have a role to play in combatting this pandemic and we all must do our part to slow its spread. I ask all Virginians to follow guidance from the CDC, Virginia Department of Health, and their local health agencies so we can collectively fight the coronavirus.”

The Peninsula is designated as a “cluster” with 14 confirmed cases in James City County, Williamsburg City, and York County and two deaths, as of March 17.

Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.