Coronavirus Updates

Congressman Kelly ArmstrongMy fellow North Dakotans,

I have added this new resource page to my website to keep our community updated on the latest coronavirus developments. Information will be added regularly, and you can also follow me on Twitter at @RepArmstrongND or on Facebook at Congressman Kelly Armstrong for more frequent information.

As your congressman, I’m here to serve you. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to my offices in Bismarck, Fargo, or Washington.

Sincerely,

Kelly Armstrong

 

Federal Action

Federal government health agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), continue to respond to the coronavirus in the United States. Congress and President Donald Trump have taken several actions to ensure the health and safety of all Americans. Our efforts are focused on mitigating the spread of the coronavirus, responding to and treating infected individuals, and assisting individuals and businesses affected by the coronavirus.

National Emergency

President Trump declared a national emergency on March 13, which allows for the release of up to $50 billion for state, local, and tribal governments to implement protective measures. The emergency declaration also authorizes the Department of Health and Human Services to grant increased flexibility to healthcare providers to respond to this pandemic. The federal government is also dramatically increasing the number of diagnostic tests available throughout the country.

Frequently Asked Questions

Because it can be difficult to find all the information about Congress and the Administration’s actions in one place, the House Ways and Means Committee has assembled a comprehensive FAQ which can be found online here: https://gop-waysandmeans.house.gov/faq-coronavirus-legislation/

The FAQ linked above has resources for:

  • Small business owners
  • Seniors
  • Employees
  • Homeowners
  • Unemployed

It covers what you need to know and is divided into sections about what Congress has passed, what Congress is working on, and what the Administration has, and is doing, to help Americans during this pandemic.

Please read through this information and share with family, friends, and coworkers. If you have any further questions about the FAQ, or what Congress is doing to assist, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

North Dakota Update 

Gov. Doug Burgum has declared a state of emergency and ordered all school districts closed indefinitely. Gov. Burgum also requested a presidential disaster declaration from President Trump, which was granted on April 1. A presidential disaster declaration allows the state to receive much-needed federal assistance as it responds to the pandemic. Sen. John Hoeven, Sen. Kevin Cramer, and I fully supported Gov. Burgum's request and urged President Trump to grant it.

Please check the North Dakota Department of Health’s coronavirus homepage for more information about North Dakota’s response. 

Several school districts and local organizations across North Dakota are providing free meals for children or other special offers during the current school closures. Click here to view a non-exhaustive list of resources for free or discounted kids meals.

Resources

General Information:

For Our Communities:

  • Guides for childcare programs and K-12 administrators
  • Information for parents and guardians about talking with children about coronavirus
  • CDC’s guide to creating a household plan

Staying Healthy:

  • Make sure to wash your hands
  • Refrain from touching your face. 
  • If you're feeling sick, stay at home.

More tips are available on the CDC's website here.

Travel Assistance:

  • CDC travel health notices can be found here
  • International travel guidance issued by the Department of State is available here
  • State Department and specific country advisories are listed here.

Contact your healthcare provider immediately if:

  • You have coronavirus symptoms, which include fever, cough, and shortness of breath; and
  • Were in close contact with a person known to have coronavirus, have recently traveled from an area with widespread, or ongoing community spread of coronavirus.

If you think you may have coronavirus:

  • The CDC recommends calling your provider ahead of time for guidance on how the facility is handling cases before visiting the hospital in order to keep others from being exposed. 

Tours and Tickets in Washington

(Updated January 27, 2021) - Federal buildings in Washington, DC, along with most museums have adopted social distancing protocols and suspended public tours. We regret the inconvenience this may cause you and your family as you visit our nation's capital. Please call my Washington, DC, office if you have any questions: (202) 225-2611.