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Congresswoman Escobar Announces Office Changes to Mitigate COVID-19 Spread

Washington, March 13, 2020

Today, Congresswoman Veronica Escobar (TX-16) announced changes to operations in her Washington, D.C. and El Paso offices that reflect the current public health recommendations.

“As a member of Congress, the health and safety of Americans is my top priority. In that spirit, my office will implement new measures to assist in preventing the spread of coronavirus,” said Congresswoman Escobar. “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and I encourage all El Pasoans to follow the CDC’s preventive measures.”

The changes include:

  • Beginning on Monday, March 16, all staff members and interns who work in the Washington, D.C. office will be required to telework, until further notice.

  • The El Paso office will remain open. Staff members will continue to receive and respond to telephone calls, provide casework assistance, and answer correspondence. Visitors that present symptoms of respiratory illness upon arrival will be asked to re-schedule the meeting.

  • At the direction of the Sergeant-at-Arms and in consultation with the Office of Attending Physician, the Capitol complex is closed to members of the general public, including tours, beginning today, March 13 until at least the end of the month. 

Next week, in an effort to mitigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and craft additional legislation responsive to El Pasoan’s needs, Congresswoman Escobar will meet with community leaders and experts and hold a telephone town hall meeting for constituents on Wednesday, March 18 at 10 a.m. MT.

The COVID-19 pandemic is emerging and rapidly evolving. We encourage El Pasoans to stay aware of updated information and guidance as it becomes available at www.cdc.gov.

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