Mitigating COVID-19 in Pennsylvania Update

Harrisburg – Today, Governor Tom Wolf, along with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, announced the expansion of social distancing and mitigation measures to Bucks, Chester and Delaware Counties, according to Senator Bob Mensch (R-24).

Federal, state and local officials representing Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties are asking residents to refrain from non-essential travel and non-essential retail facilities to close – asking that business owners for non-essential services use their best judgement when making the decision to close or remain open.

Supermarkets, pharmacies and gas stations will remain open. Essential services will also continue to be available, such as police, fire and emergency medical services, and essential services for vulnerable populations.

The shutdown of all schools in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was also recently announced. These schools will be closed for two weeks.  Schools that are unable to reach the 180 days of instruction that are required under state law will not be penalized.

“It is important that the above Counties consider the recommendations of the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Mensch said. “We are working hard to ensure that our communities remain safe and healthy by practicing social distancing and taking the necessary steps to reduce the spread of this illness.”

Constituents can access the most up-to date information on COVID-19 in Pennsylvania at https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx.

COVID-19 is spread through the air by coughing or sneezing, closer personal contact, touching an object or surface with the virus, and occasionally fecal contamination. Symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.  The symptoms may appear in as few to two days or as long as 14 days after exposure.

To help protect oneself from COVID-19, the Pennsylvania Department of Health recommends that constituents:

  • Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands!
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, remotes, and other frequently touched items.
  • Contain: if you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.

For more information on Senator Mensch’s legislation, visit www.senatormensch.com.  State updates can also be found on Senator Mensch’s Facebook at facebook.com/PASenatorBobMensch/ or Twitter @SenatorMensch.

CONTACT: Madison Scarfaro mscarfaro@pasen.gov  (215) 541-2388