Late yesterday, we learned that an employee at the USCIS Seattle District Office started exhibiting flu-like symptoms four days after visiting the nursing home in Kirkland, Washington that has experienced COVID-19 infections.
Major news events create opportunities for our adversaries or cybercriminals to wreak havoc by playing with our emotions or targeting our natural curiosity. As the death toll from the coronavirus outbreak continues to rise, online scammers are using email phishing schemes in an attempt to profit on people's confusion and fear surrounding the virus.
Since my last email, the international impacts of COVID-19 have increased significantly. In order for you and your families to stay healthy, I want to provide an update on travel issues and how they might affect you and your work.
As DHS continues to participate in our Nation's efforts to contain the novel Coronavirus, called COVID-19, your health and safety as members of the DHS workforce remain our top priority.
To protect the American people from exposure to Coronavirus (COVID-19), Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf issued instructions supplementing a decision issued on January 31, 2020 directing all flights from specified countries to be routed through designated U.S. airports where the government is focusing public health resources.
In response to the evolving threat of the novel coronavirus, and to minimize the risk of spreading within the United States, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today will begin enforcing restrictions for all passenger flights to the United States carrying individuals who have recently traveled from the People’s Republic of China. In accordance with the President’s Proclamation and at the direction of Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf, the restrictions will begin for flights commencing after 5:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, February 2nd, and will direct the arrival of U.S. citizens who have traveled in China within 14 days of their arrival to one of seven designated airports, where the United States Government has enhanced public health resources in order to implement enhanced screening procedures. The administration is taking these actions to protect the American people.