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DeLauro Statement on First Coronavirus Deaths in Third District

March 25, 2020
Press Release

NEW HAVEN, CT(March 25, 2020) Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) today released the following statement after two residents of the Third District—one in New Haven and one in West Haven—died from the coronavirus (COVID-19).

“My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the two individuals in our District who died from complications due to the coronavirus. This pandemic is on our doorstep, and we must do everything we can to stop it.”

“Congress needs to act urgently to continue addressing the health and economic crisis facing families. We swiftly passed two important coronavirus response bills thus far, but we must do much more to control the spread of this virus. That is the surest way to prevent more tragic deaths like those in our District today. Every minute matters for our healthcare workers, first responders, and everyone at-risk across the country. In our own daily lives, we must continue following the advice of medical professionals. I urge everyone to follow the CDC’s guidelines and Governor Lamont’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home” policy. Social distancing is not easy, and isolation’s effect on our mental health should not be minimized. But stopping the spread of this deadly disease must be our top priority. Any one of us can contract the coronavirus, and we must do our best to prevent further illnesses and deaths—especially for vulnerable populations like our seniors and those with underlying health issues.”