Congresswoman Luria Fights for the Health of our Frontline Workers and Emergency Responders

May 18, 2020
Press Release

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Congresswoman Elaine Luria has taken several steps in order to protect health and safety of frontline healthcare workers and emergency responders. To fully combat this pandemic, Congresswoman Luria has advocated for widespread testing and proper protective gear to be provided to frontline healthcare workers and emergency responders.

In a letter to Vice President Pence and Center for Disease Control Director Redfield, the Congresswoman, urged them to include first responders, including firefighters and police, in the top priority for testing for COVID-19 along with frontline healthcare workers.

“These emergency responders are on the ground protecting our communities, and we must ensure they have access to the testing resources needed to continue their critical work,” said Congresswoman Luria. “Due to their high exposure to at-risk populations, we should make testing accessible to these frontline public servants.”

Additionally, Congresswoman Luria co-sponsored H.R. 6390, the Medical Supply Chain Emergency Act, which directs the President to utilize the Defense Production Act to increase the manufacture of ventilators, N-95 respirator masks, face shields, gloves, and surgical gowns in order to increase availability of PPE for healthcare professionals.

“We must do more to provide healthcare workers with personal protective equipment, so that they can provide care while also protecting themselves,” said Congresswoman Luria. “To combat this pandemic, our healthcare professionals need access to PPE and we need to ramp up production of ventilators for those suffering from COVID-19.”

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.