January 29, 2020

Information on the Coronavirus for Hoosiers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released information on the Coronavirus, click here.

In December 2019, a newly discovered respiratory virus – the 2019 Novel Coronavirus – caused an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Similar to the common flu, the virus transmits from person-to-person via droplets when a person sneezes or coughs. According the Center for Disease Control, symptoms include: fever, cough, sore throat, difficulty breathing, and a general feeling of being unwell.  

U.S. public health agencies are closely monitoring the situation and are aggressively working on a response strategy, but it is important to take daily precautions to prevent the spread of germs. My office is encouraging Hoosiers to learn more transmission, prevention, and treatment by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, click here

On January 29, Senators Young and Merkley urged the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare the international coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC). To read the full letter, click here.


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Travel information available here:

The Department of State will be staging additional evacuation flights with capacity for private U.S. citizens on a reimbursable basis, leaving Wuhan Tianhe International Airport on or about February 3, 2020.  Interested U.S. citizens in possession of valid passports should contact CoronaVirusEmergencyUSC@State.gov with the information listed below. There is no need to call to confirm receipt of the email; constituents who e-mail will be contacted.

o    Full name:

o    U.S. passport number:

o    DOB:

o    Gender:

o    Email Address:

o    Phone Number:

o    Chinese Visa Type, Number, and Expiration Date: