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February 12, 2021

Bourdeaux Hosts Virtual Covid Briefing with CDC, Local Public Health Officials

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. — Last night, United States Congresswoman Carolyn Bourdeaux (GA-07) hosted a virtual COVID briefing updating more than 130 Georgians on the vaccine rollout and ongoing safety measures. The briefing featured Dr. Audrey Arona, Chief Executive Officer/District Health Director, Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale Counties; and Dr. Jay Butler, Deputy Director for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

During the event, Congresswoman Bourdeaux, Dr. Arona, and Dr. Butler took questions and discussed ongoing progress on distributing the vaccine and efforts to tackle racial and ethnic distribution disparities. Additionally, the three addressed long-term issues, including vaccinating children and reopening public facilities in Georgia.                     

“Last night’s virtual briefing was an opportunity for my constituents to hear directly from CDC and local leaders about how our community is tackling the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Congresswoman Bourdeaux. “Georgians continue to be concerned about the health and economic threats posed by COVID-19 and are eager to hear about progress in the fight to defeat the virus. I thank Dr. Arona and Dr. Butler for joining me.”

The virtual briefing was only the latest effort in Congresswoman Bourdeaux’s ongoing focus on COVID and COVID-relief. Earlier this week, she marked up legislation in the House Small Business Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee that includes $50 billion in new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funding to bolster vaccination efforts; $25 billion to revitalize the United States’ struggling restaurant industry, which will help the more than 1,500 restaurants in Georgia’s 7th District; and more than $360 million for Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, as well as $145,000 for the Gwinnett County Airport at Briscoe Field.   

*Watch the full virtual briefing here*

*See the slides from the presentation here*

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Rep. Carolyn Bourdeaux lives with her family in Suwanee, Georgia and represents Georgia’s 7th Congressional District in the 117th Congress. Carolyn is a strong advocate for affordable health care, an economic recovery that puts workers and small businesses first, and investing in her district’s world-class public education system and transportation infrastructure. 

Georgia’s fast-changing 7th Congressional District includes portions of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan area, including portions of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties and cities Peachtree Corners, Berkeley Lake, Sugar Hill, Norcross, Cumming, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Snellville, Lilburn, Suwanee, Grayson, and Buford.