Update: border to stay open for health care workers

Updated: Mar. 18, 2020 at 10:39 AM EDT
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WASHINGTON (WWNY) - North country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik now says health care workers from Canada will be able to cross the border to work at north country hospitals.

Earlier Wednesday, she announced she would work with federal government officials to make sure those workers were considered essential and be allowed to go to their jobs.

President Donald Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agreed Wednesday to partially close the border to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Since then, Stefanik says she spoke directly with Chad Wolf, who’s acting secretary for the Department of Homeland Security.

“Hospital and healthcare workers on NAFTA visas will be exempt from the border closure and can continue their important work serving north country hospitals and communities," she said after speaking to Wolf. "We are grateful for their public service providing medical care.”

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