Rep. Babauta: ‘Let’s Talk About It’

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REPRESENTATIVE Sheila J. Babauta posted the first episode of her “Let’s Talk About It” live videos, in the hopes of addressing concerns that community members have regarding Covid-19.

Sheila Therese Jack Babauta

In the first episode of the series, Babauta talked about a phone call she had with a constituent earlier that day regarding the pandemic and the recently confirmed cases in the Commonwealth.

“I could feel the panic in his voice over the phone,” the lawmaker said.

She added that she has had similar discussions with other constituents over the past couple of weeks.

“People are taking this [pandemic] more seriously now. There is a lot more fear and anxiety in the air. In the past few weeks, so much has changed. Information is being updated constantly. Routines have been disrupted. Stress levels are high,” Babauta said.

She said some constituents live near the former Mariana Resort, which is being considered to be a Covid-19 quarantine site.

She said a quarantine site in Precinct 4 does not necessarily mean that residents there will be more prone to contracting the virus.

Babauta cites Covid-19 information that has been provided by reliable health experts, including when to wear a face mask, what extra precautions people must take to decrease potential exposure to the virus, how long the virus can stay on surfaces, and the limited Covid-19 testing kits available globally.

She encourages community members to heed the guidelines from health experts and the government, such as respecting the 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew.

Babauta will continue to post “Let’s Talk About It” live videos on her Facebook page to further address community concerns and provide Covid-19 updates.

She encourages community members to feel free to reach out to her with any questions, comments, and/or concerns they might have.

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