Harder Launches #GetTested Initiative
Estimates Suggest Up to 80 Percent of Cases Could be Asymptomatic
WASHINGTON – Today Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced his #GetTested initiative, encouraging Central Valley residents to get tested for the Coronavirus, as cases and hospitalizations continue to spike in Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties. The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that 80 percent of cases could be mild or asymptomatic, leading to community spread by those who don’t realize they’re carriers of the virus. Rep. Harder’s #GetTested initiative will assist constituents in finding free testing sites near them and emphasize the importance of widespread testing, especially in communities of color.
Constituents can find free testing sites near them at Harder.House.Gov/GetTested. Rep. Harder has also heard from people in the community who have had a hard time finding information on free testing sites in the area. In addition to simply encouraging people to get tests, the initiative aims to help people easily locate testing locations.
“Coronavirus cases are spiking – and a big reason for that is because so many people can spread the virus without ever showing a single symptom,” said Rep. Harder. “I’ve heard from a lot of people who had trouble finding information on how to get a test so we’ve built a map on our website to help people find their local testing sites.”
“I encourage everyone to get tested for COVID-19 even if you don’t feel sick. Widespread testing provides a clearer picture of the spread of the virus in our community and helps us keep our friends and family safe. Free testing is available throughout San Joaquin County,” said San Joaquin County Public Health Officer Dr. Maggie Park.
Representative Harder has been a leader in the effort to guarantee that response to the Coronavirus is widespread and free for those most affected. He introduced the Nursing Home Pandemic Safety Act to require universal testing for all residents and staff of nursing homes and he led a bipartisan effort to increase testing among first responders. In addition, Rep. Harder introduced the Universal Coronavirus Vaccine Act to ensure that when a Coronavirus vaccine is approved for use, it will be administered at no cost to all Americans.