Gardner Statement on National Emergency Declaration

Under New Declaration, Gardner Immediately Requesting Additional Waivers from HHS and CMS for the State of Colorado

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) today released the following statement regarding President Trump’s national emergency declaration in response to the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Under the emergency declaration, Senator Gardner sent a letter to the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma requesting immediate consideration for 1135 Waiver requests to help the state of Colorado respond to the outbreak. 

“Last week Congress approved $8.3 billion for the United States to combat the spread of COVID-19 and today’s national emergency declaration under the Stafford Act will free up additional aid and critical flexibility to respond to this outbreak. With the new declaration, I immediately requested new waivers from HHS and CMS to help Colorado respond,” said Senator Gardner. “Accurate and widely available testing will be critical to help slow this outbreak, and working to increase access to COVID-19 test kits is a top priority. I want to thank the public health officials in Colorado and across the country for the work they have been doing to protect the American people from the COVID-19 outbreak.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that individuals take everyday precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including cleaning hands often, washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, using hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol, and avoiding touching high-touch surfaces in public places such as elevator buttons, door handles, handrails, handshaking with people, etc. More guidance from the CDC on preventing the spread of COVID-19 is available here.

Senator Gardner is taking action to protect Coloradans from the coronavirus outbreak:


Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.