Rep. Harley Rouda Requests Information Re: COVID-19 Testing Supply and Guidelines
Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Harley Rouda (CA-48) sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services expressing his grave concerns about the lack of COVID-19 tests and appropriate testing guidelines.
Said Rouda, "While many communities still have only limited access or capacity to test for COVID-19, it appears that certain individuals, including some Members of Congress and the entire Utah Jazz basketball team, have been able to receive testing after contact with a COVID-19 patient regardless of whether they were displaying any symptoms."
"These delays and limited, disparate use of COVID-19 testing has made it impossible to have a clear understanding of this disease's spread in our communities. This is especially concerning as other nations have been able to increase their testing capacity at an exponentially faster rate. I have heard from constituents, including health care workers and first responders on the front lines of this pandemic, who have expressed their concerns about their safety and ability to limit the spread of COVID-19 without adequate testing. We must ensure that these individuals have the tools they need to do their jobs and protect Americans, especially at-risk populations."