Coronavirus: What you need to know

Amid Orange County declaring a local emergency and the President’s press conference this week on the coronavirus, it’s important we stay informed from our experts about this public health issue.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing updates, the latest news, and frequently asked questions and answers on the coronavirus. You can find the information by clicking HERE. Take some time to go over this with your loved ones so you are all informed.

Your health and safety is my top priority. My office and I are closely monitoring the situation here in Orange County and Washington, D.C. I’m working with my Democratic and Republican colleagues to ensure our federal, state, and local governments are properly equipped to combat the coronavirus and protect our communities.


There is currently no vaccine to prevent the coronavirus. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Here are steps, recommended by the CDC, that you can take to keep you and your family safe and healthy:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

CDC’s Recommendations for Using a Facemask

  • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).

Travel Warnings

  • If you are planning to travel internationally, make sure to check the State Department website for important information, messages, alerts, updates, and travel advisories.
  • The State Department has issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory warning people to avoid traveling to China. The China Travel Advisory can be found here.

Please read all the information and material thoroughly. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office.

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I am humbled to serve you in Congress.

Take care,

Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr.