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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39)

April 30, 2020

Press Release

Earlier this month, Rep Cisneros joined a bipartisan letter urging first responders be added to the “high-priority” list

FULLERTON, CA – Following a request from Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) and 31 bipartisan Members of Congress, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) added the nation’s first responders to the list of those eligible for high priority COVID-19 testing. Earlier this month, the bipartisan Members of Congress sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence and CDC Director Robert Redfield requesting first responder testing priority. First responders who show symptoms of COVID-19 are now eligible for testing, joining hospitalized patients, healthcare workers, and workers and residents in congregated facilities or long-term care facilities.

“Our first responders are on the frontlines of this pandemic, and it’s critical they have access to coronavirus testing to keep themselves and the people they serve safe,” said Rep. Cisneros. “From the beginning of this crisis, I’ve been fighting for more testing and proper protections for our essential workers. After a request from my Republican and Democratic colleagues, we’re grateful the CDC is making this change to include first responders in the top priority for testing. This is a step in the right direction, but we need to make sure that all our essential workers and every person who needs a test, can get a test.”

Read the letter here.

New guidance can be viewed here.