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Rep. Kind Announces Office Operation Changes to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

March 13, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Rep. Ron Kind announced changes to office operations intended to protect constituents and staff from the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), while ensuring Rep. Kind and his offices can continue serving the people of Wisconsin’s Third Congressional District. These changes include:

  • The Washington, DC office will remain open, however in person access to the office will be severely restricted.
  • The Eau Claire and La Crosse offices will continue to operate business as usual, but staff will be limiting size of meetings and practicing social distancing.
  • The Congressman will not be hosting or participating in large public events. His in person listening sessions will be moved to telephone town halls until further notice.

Earlier this week, Rep. Kind held a telephone town hall with Wisconsin Department of Health Services Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk. Rep. Kind will be scheduling additional telephone town halls in the near future.

“Amid the growing concern of the spread of COVID-19, it is important that my offices take the necessary steps to protect both staff and constituents from being exposed to COVID-19. However, I will not stop working for the people of Wisconsin’s Third District and neither will my offices,” said Rep. Ron Kind. “This serves as an outline to reassure Wisconsinites that I am here to help and still working on their behalf but we all must do our part to fight the spread of COVID-19.”

Rep. Kind reminds constituents that the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is by taking these preventative measures:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Get your flu shot
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask (facemasks are only needed for those who show symptoms of COVID-19).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

Kind’s offices can be reached at 888-442-8040. Additional information is available at Kind.House.gov/COVID19, Coronavirus.gov, or NIH.gov.

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