Package includes $8 billion to provide robust response to public health emergency

On Saturday at 10:00AM CT, Congresswoman Kendra Horn will host a Health Care Town Hall at the Oklahoma City-County Health Department. The event will feature experts including the Executive Director of the Oklahoma City-County Health Department Dr. Patrick McGough. More information about the Health Care Town Hall is available here. This will be the first of multiple events in Oklahoma to share information on the developing public health situation.

WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, Congresswoman Kendra Horn (OK-5) voted to pass a supplemental appropriations package with $8.3 billion in emergency funding to address the coronavirus. The package includes $2.2 billion in public health funding for prevention preparedness, and response, $3 billion for research and development of vaccines, $1 billion for medical supplies and medical surge capacity, and $300 million to ensure access to affordable vaccines. The emergency funding bill passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in a 415 to 2 vote.

“Today’s bipartisan emergency funding package will deliver critical support and resources that experts and medical teams need to respond to the coronavirus,” said Congresswoman Kendra Horn. “This bill was the product of cooperation between lawmakers of both parties and health experts. As this situation develops, I will continue to fight to make sure Oklahomans have the information and access to care they need to protect themselves and their loved ones. I urge the Senate to move quickly to pass the vital coronavirus emergency response package. We need a fully funded, coordinated, and bipartisan response to this public health crisis, and working together, we will deliver.”

More information on funding available in the emergency package is available here. Because new information on the coronavirus continues to develop, please visit the sites below to stay up to date on virus and safety information:

The Centers for Disease Control provides updates on the virus and safety information for the public and healthcare professionals.

The OKC County Health Department provides regular updates on the disease’s spread within State of Oklahoma and answers frequently asked questions.

The State Department provides a list of travel advisories for those who are planning to fly outside of the United States.