Scanlon Helps Secure Priority COVID-19 Testing for First Responders

Earlier this month Congresswoman Scanlon joined members of Congress in a push to add first responders to the “high-priority” list

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Washington, April 29, 2020 | comments

Following a request from Representatives Mary Gay Scanlon and Joe Neguse, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added the nation’s first responders to the list of those eligible for high priority COVID-19 testing.

Earlier this month, Representative Scanlon joined a bipartisan letter, along with 33 other members of Congress, to Vice President Mike Pence and CDC Director Robert Redfield requesting first responder testing priority. First responders who show symptoms of COVID-19 are now eligible for testing, joining hospitalized patients, healthcare workers, and workers and residents in congregated facilities or long-term care facilities.

“Every day in every community across our country, emergency personnel are sacrificing their own health and safety to protect our communities,” Rep. Scanlon said. “We must ensure we are providing them the utmost protection for their individual health and well-being throughout this public health emergency and ensuring our communities continue to be protected during this vulnerable time.”

“Firefighters, police officers and first responders across our nation are on the frontlines of assisting citizens during this pandemic and it is absolutely essential that they have access to coronavirus testing so they can continue to execute their duties in the field without fear of infecting the communities they serve,” Rep. Neguse said. “Since the beginning of this pandemic we have fought to ensure adequate protections for our first responders and firefighters and we’re grateful for the CDC’s change to accommodate our request and ensure first responders are given high priority for testing.”

Read the letter here.

New guidance can be viewed here.

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