U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), the U.S. House Assistant Speaker, announced Monday plans to self-quarantine after a brief interaction with an individual who was at the time asymptomatic but later tested positive for COVID-19.
Luján is exhibiting no symptoms, and health professionals have advised that he is at a low probability for infection. He first learned of the individual’s diagnosis Sunday afternoon. Still, out of an abundance of caution for the health and safety of the public, he has chosen to self-quarantine.
Staff in the New Mexico and Washington, D.C. offices began previously-scheduled telework Monday.
Luján and his team will continue to serve constituents of New Mexico’s Third Congressional District who need assistance with federal agencies or in response to the coronavirus, and New Mexicans can reach staff members by calling the office numbers listed below:
- SANTA FE: (505).984.8950
- RIO RANCHO: (505).994.0499
- FARMINGTON: (505).324.1005
- GALLUP: (505).863.0582
- LAS VEGAS: (505).454.3038
- CLOVIS: (575).461.3029
The Washington, D.C. office will continue working on legislative priorities and the congressional response to the coronavirus. The public may reach staffers in Washington, D.C. by calling 202.225.6190.
As Rep. Luján keeps New Mexicans informed about the federal and state responses to keep our families healthy during the coronavirus epidemic, he urges all individuals to follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- 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;
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; and
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
For the latest updates from the New Mexico Department of Health, click here.
For the latest updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, click here.
Those experiencing symptoms or have health questions can call the New Mexico Coronavirus Hotline Health Hotline at 1.855.600.3453.
Those with other questions about employment, schools, and non-emergency questions can call an information hotline at 1.833.551.0518.
Luján will continue monitoring this situation closely. New Mexicans who would like to receive updates on coronavirus and other issues, current legislation, or ways his office can be helpful, follow Facebook and Twitter, or visit lujan.house.gov.