Coronavirus Update and Upcoming Town Hall

March 2, 2020
DeSaulnier Digest


As concerns about coronavirus rise and our office receives questions, we wanted to provide you with an update on the status of Congressional work and opportunities to protect yourself and your family.

Congress is working quickly to provide funding to increase the tests available for health care providers, expand access to supplies, and promote a safe and effective vaccine. At the same time, California public health officials are coordinating with the federal government on treatment and prevention.

Below is the latest on the outbreak in the United States:

  • 6 people have died from the disease;
  • 100 people are confirmed infected;
  • Of these, 9 people became infected through person-to person spread in the U.S.;
  • The CDC has tested 472 individuals in the U.S.;
  • 40 labs in 32 states now have the ability to test for the virus.

To help protect yourself and your community, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people take the following steps:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • Avoid contact with anyone who is sick;
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and immediately throw away the tissue;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, face, nose, and mouth;
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces;
  • Stay home when you are sick except to get medical care.

For more information on prevention, you can visit the CDC’s website.


Our nation’s gun violence epidemic continues to devastate communities across the country and here in Contra Costa County. On Wednesday March 18th, I will be hosting a “Preventing Gun Violence” town hall with Contra Costa District Attorney Diana Becton where we will discuss the concerning trends and efforts on the federal and local levels to combat this issue. We hope you will join us for this important conversation. To RSVP, click here, click the graphic below, or call our office at (925) 933-2660.


First Legislative Step Taken on Private Bill for Isabel Bueso

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship voted to request a report from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a first step toward considering H.R. 4225, a bill to allow Isabel Bueso and her family to remain in the United States so Isabel can continue to receive treatment for her rare, life-threatening disease. Isabel and her family have been living in limbo for over a decade. When the Trump Administration ended medical deferred action, their worst nightmare became a reality. They deserve this private bill so they can have peace of mind and put their focus on maintaining Isabel’s health – not on whether they will be targeted again.

House Passes Action to Ban Flavored Tobacco

For years, vaping companies have been deceptively and illegally marketing their poisonous produts to children, just like Big Tobacco did years ago. Last week, the House passed legislation to end the sale of flavored tobacco to help protect our children and save lives. The Reversing Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act passed the House with my support by a vote of 213-to-195.