Walorski_officialU.S. Representative Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) visited the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) coronavirus command center and received an update on the federal response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Any threat to the health and safety of the American people requires a robust response at the federal, state, and local levels,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “I have full confidence in our nation’s public health officials and health care providers as they work to address the coronavirus and protect our communities. An effective response will require bipartisan cooperation, and I hope Congress will come together quickly to provide critical resources for these efforts. I will continue to monitor the situation and work to ensure officials in Indiana have all the tools and information they need. While the threat to our communities remains low, I encourage all Hoosiers to take simple but important precautions: wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and stay home if you are sick.”

The HHS Secretary’s Operations Center (SOC) is staffed by officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Office of the Surgeon General, and other agencies. During her visit to the command center, Walorski received an update on response efforts from Dr. Robert Kadlec, HHS assistant secretary for preparedness and response.