While the situation surrounding coronavirus is evolving, I want to provide an update on my office.

My offices in both Washington, DC and Brookfield, WI are open. Based on recommendations from the U.S. House of Representatives Office of Attending Physician, we have cut our staffing levels and asked staff to work from home. In addition, the Sergeant-at-Arms has closed the Capitol building, and access to the House Office Buildings is limited. However, we will continue to address all constituent concerns and will answer your phone calls and emails. While we have postponed all in-office meetings, my staff is available to assist with urgent matters that might arise. Those who have questions, concerns or require assistance with a federal agency or program, are asked to call my District Office at 262-784-1111.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate these unusual waters.

Constituents looking for more information on the coronavirus should consider these sources for more information:

State Department Travel Information

             - If you are are in the United States or Canada: 1-888-407-4747
             - From Overseas: +1 202-501-4444

Resources for Affected Workers and Small Businesses

Treasury: COVID-19 SCAMS

If you receive calls, emails, or other communications claiming to be from the Treasury Department and offering COVID-19 related grants or stimulus payments in exchange for personal financial information, or an advance fee, tax, or charge of any kind, including the purchase of gift cards, please do not respond. These are scams. Please contact the FBI at so that the scammers can be tracked and stopped.

County Health Departments 

Prevention Methods

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.


Q: What is a novel coronavirus? 
A: A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold.

Q: How does the virus spread?
A: This virus was first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. The first infections were linked to a live animal market, but the virus is now spreading from person-to-person. It’s important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some viruses are highly contagious (like measles), while other viruses are less so.
The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses.

Q: What are the symptoms?
A: Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Read about COVID-19 Symptoms.
Q: Should I cancel or postpone my travel?
A: CDC provides recommendations on postponing or canceling travel. These are called travel notices and are based on assessment of the potential health risks involved with traveling to a certain area. A list of destinations with travel notices is available here. The State Department also provides travel-related recommendations.
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