PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – Arizona Republican Sen. Martha McSally says the Trump administration “has taken the right steps to protect Americans” from the rapidly spreading coronavirus.
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In addition to testing, she reiterated the precautions what the CDC has been saying about who is most at risk.
- People over 65
- People with preexisting respiratory issues
- People with compromised immune systems
She said this vulnerable population needs to take some extra precautions "just like with seasonal influenza" and touched on the basic things everybody needs to do to stem the spread of COVID-19.
- Wash your hands
- Social distancing
- Stay home if you exhibit symptoms
She said that last one can pose a challenge to many people, particularly in economic terms, which is why assistance is on the way. The first priority will be to help small businesses, families and people who live paycheck-to-paycheck weather the pandemic and mitigate economic distress.
McSally was appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey to fill the seat of the late Sen. John McCain after losing the November 2018 election to Sen. Kyrsten Sinema. She is running to keep that seat and will likely face Democrat Mark Kelly come November.
Friday's "Good Morning Arizona" interview with McSally focused on the coronavirus pandemic with the upcoming election barely mentioned. "There'll be time for campaigning later," she said.