header image

Sen. Loeffler Provides Updates on Efforts to Combat COVID-19

SENATOR LOEFFLER PROVIDES UPDATES ON EFFORTS TO COMBAT COVID-19

ATLANTA—Senator Kelly Loeffler is continuing to focus on solutions to combat COVID-19 in the state of Georgia. Loeffler is working with President Trump, Governor Kemp, and officials at the federal, state, and local level to raise public awareness, mobilize resources, and keep Georgia families safe. For more information on available federal resources, as well as resources for fighting the coronavirus, Georgians can visit www.kellyforsenate.com/kelly-cares.

“As we continue to combat COVID-19, the health and safety of all Georgians remains our top priority,” said Senator Loeffler. “While we face challenges in the weeks ahead, I want Georgians to know that we are working around the clock to provide relief and a path forward. From delivering aid to our families and businesses to ensuring our local heroes have the resources they need to care for our communities, we will do our part to secure the health and economic strength of our state and country.”

Senator Loeffler has taken the following actions to combat COVID-19:

  • Announced $6.3 million in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help purchase and install backup generators for rural counties in Georgia
  • Voted to pass the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, delivering over $2 trillion in financial aid to U.S. workers and small businesses and funding an aggressive response to the coronavirus
  • Hosted a statewide tele-townhall to answer constituent questions and offer guidance about available federal resources and efforts
  • Hosted statewide calls with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce as well as the Metro Atlanta Chamber to update local businesses about efforts to sustain the economy and provide guidance about available federal resources
  • Hosted statewide call with members of the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals to address health care concerns and update health care leaders about available federal resources and ongoing federal assistance efforts
  • Hosted statewide calls with county leaders and city officials in partnership with the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia and the Georgia Municipal Association to update local counterparts on coronavirus efforts
  • Requested additional testing supplies for Augusta University and Emory University to increase coronavirus testing capacity
  • Worked with the State Department to return stranded Georgians home from Honduras, Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Spain, and Zambia
  • Introduced the Preventing Essential Medical Device Shortages Act, the Improving Care in Rural America Reauthorization Act, the Rural Delivery of Online Care Services Reauthorization Act, and co-sponsored the Immediate Relief for Rural Facilities and Providers Act to improve care for rural patients and protect against medical device shortages
  • Urged the Trump Administration, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia to cut red tape to protect Georgia’s agricultural community from labor shortages
  • Advocated to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Small Business Administration Administrator Jovita Carranza for targeted small business financial relief
  • Announced $14.7 million in funding for Georgia public health agencies to support their response and containment efforts
  • Voted for an $8.3 billion supplemental funding bill to provide additional funds to public health agencies to fight the coronavirus
  • Assisted local leaders in efforts to improve conditions for quarantined individuals at Dobbins Air Force Base
  • Participated in Governor Kemp’s Georgia Task Force calls to update delegation on actions taken and share updates from Washington
  • Attended briefing at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with President Trump to hear directly from doctors working at the front line to combat the coronavirus
  • Held conversations with elected officials, including: President Donald Trump, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Governor Brian Kemp, Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, numerous members of the Georgia Congressional Delegation, numerous members of the Georgia General Assembly, and numerous mayors and county commissioners across Georgia
  • Held conversations with health care providers, including: Grady Hospital, Emory Healthcare Hospitals, Piedmont Healthcare , Northside Hospital, Phoebe Putney Health System, Georgia Health Care Association, Miller County Hospital Authority, Georgia Hospital Association, Hometown Health, Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals, Pruitt Health, the Federation of American Hospitals, and MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service
  • Held conversations with business leaders, including: Delta Air Lines, UPS, Southern Company, Home Depot, Aflac, Inspire Brands, Six Flags Atlanta, Waffle House, Kia West Point, Georgia Food Industry Association, Georgia Association of Convenience Stores, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, and the American Transaction Processors Coalition

For more information on available federal resources, as well as resources for fighting the coronavirus, please visit www.kellyforsenate.com/kelly-cares.

###

Caitlin O’Dea
Press Secretary
[email protected]
(770) 876-1696