November 16, 2020
Press Release

Congresswoman Lauren Underwood's Leadership in Times of Crisis: A Comprehensive COVID-19 Strategy

A Comprehensive Plan to Stop the Spread of the Coronavirus: As a registered nurse, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood knows that to contain COVID-19, save lives, and get back to normal, we need to follow the science. Since the onset of the pandemic, Underwood has listened to our nation’s medical and public health experts, taking the lead to advance policies that will stop the spread of the coronavirus. To safely reopen our society, we must:

  • Invest in robust COVID-19 diagnostic testing: The evidence is clear: without adequate testing, we cannot control the outbreak of the virus. Underwood backed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which guaranteed free COVID-19 testing for everyone, and introduced the Health Force and Resilience Force Act to build the public health workforce that is needed to respond to the pandemic in each of our communities.
  • Get medical equipment and supplies to our nurses, doctors, and other health care workers: The people on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis need and deserve personal protective equipment (PPE). In March, Underwood led a letter to the President to call for a federally coordinated effort to meet Illinois’ need for PPE. She also introduced bipartisan legislation that was signed into law in the CARES Act, which would help protect America’s supply chain for critical drugs and medical equipment.
  • Provide free COVID-19 treatments: In addition to reducing financial burdens and promoting better health outcomes, free COVID-19 treatments are a critical component of “flattening the curve.” Underwood introduced a bill to ensure that people can access treatments for the coronavirus without any cost barriers.
  • Prepare for the largest vaccination campaign in American history: Underwood introduced the Community Immunity During COVID-19 Act to promote recommended vaccinations, prevent a catastrophic “twindemic” of flu and coronavirus this fall, and provide our communities with the resources they need to get ready for the distribution of a future COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Share science-based public health messaging: Underwood has provided constituents with important public health information to keep themselves and their families safe from the coronavirus through social distancing, wearing masks, and washing hands. She has hosted virtual events with doctors and public health experts, sharing messages about heading back to school, getting vaccinated, and voting safely during COVID-19. Underwood also created a Coronavirus Community Resource Guide to provide all the latest COVID-19 information for constituents in one place.
  • Ensure that reopening decisions are driven by science: Underwood knows that when it comes to the decisions keeping families up at night – whether they can safely send their kids back to school, when we can gather together with loved ones, and what it will take to get our local businesses fully restored – we must listen to science. And when the science is clear that the virus is still spreading rapidly, we must ensure that schools, businesses, and families have the resources they need to make it through this crisis.

Protecting Lives and Livelihoods in Our Community: COVID-19 is a once-in-a-century health crisis that has touched every aspect of our lives. Some of our neighbors have been hit the hardest, and that’s why Underwood is fighting to make sure everyone in the 14th District gets the support they need during this pandemic:

Contact Information 

  • Contact Information for Your County’s Public Health Department 

  • DeKalb County: (815) 758-6673 

  • DuPage County: (630) 221-7030 

  • Kane County: (630) 208-3801 

  • Kendall County(630) 553-9100 

  • Lake County: (847) 377-8000 

  • McHenry County(815) 334-4510 

  • Will County: (815) 740-8977 

 Other Important Phone Numbers 

  • Illinois Department of Public Health(800) 899-3931 

  • Congresswoman Lauren Underwood’s Office(630) 549-2190