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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The pandemic caused by coronavirus COVID-19 is having a major impact on the 7th Senatorial District. Montgomery County is the epicenter of the outbreak in Pennsylvania, and officials have recommended Philadelphia and its suburban counties shutdown all non-essential businesses and services.  

Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s website on coronavirus COVID-19 for the latest on the virus.  

What is closed:

  • Businesses statewide
  • Schools
  • PennDOT Centers (Note: Driver licenses, photo ID cards, learner’s permits, vehicle registrations, safety inspections, emissions inspections,  Persons with Disabilities Parking Placards scheduled to expire from March 16 through March 31, 2020, the expiration date is now extended until April 30, 2020.) 

Updates from Senator Hughes

Philadelphia adds food sites for residents in need

Philadelphia adds food sites for residents in need

  In response to continued shutdowns because of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the city of Philadelphia is partnering with Share Food Program and Philabundance to get food to residents in need during this public health crisis. The sites are open Mondays...

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The coronavirus pushes the tax deadline to July 15

The coronavirus pushes the tax deadline to July 15

Our friends at Campaign for Working Families can still help   The coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak forced Senator Hughes and the Campaign for Working Families (CWF) to postpone their free tax preparation and Earned Income Tax filing events for now, but...

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PA’s primary moved to June 2 because of the coronavirus

PA’s primary moved to June 2 because of the coronavirus

The coronavirus COVID-19 continues to impact our lives in many ways, which has prompted officials to move Pennsylvania’s primary election date to June 2. A bill to postpone the primary passed through the General assembly this week and is expected to be...

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Workers’ Compensation (WC) Benefits

Two filing options: 

  • If you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19 in your workplace, you may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation (WC) by either: 
  • Notifying your employer to file a typical “disease-as-injury” WC claim, which requires you to provide medical evidence that you were exposed to COVID-19 in the workplace 
  • Notifying your employer to file an “occupational disease” WC claim, which requires you to show that COVID-19 is occurring more in your occupation/industry than in the general population 


Find Food Locations

The school districts of Montgomery County and Philadelphia are making meals available for students during the week. Local food banks, kitchens and nonprofits are stepping up to help as well, follow the link to Philabundance’s website, enter your zip code and find locations.


City, School District, and Charters Announce Changes in Free Student Meal Distribution Sites

PHILADELPHIA – In light of the City and State emergency closures, the City, School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Housing Authority and several charter schools have created a new list of schools and community sites that are distribution points for student meals. These additions also come with changes to the days in which meals will be available for distribution. 

School meal sites and schedules will change beginning Monday, March 23. In addition, Parks & Recreation sites are no longer distributing student meals beginning March 23.

All meal sites will continue to be open from 9 a.m. until noon, but the locations and frequency of distribution are changed. Revisions to the meals distribution program include:

  • School District sites (49 total) will be open Mondays and Thursdays only. Families can pick up three grab-and-go bags per student/child on these days. 
    • School District sites will continue to make available the K-12 Learning Guides, optional resources to help reduce learning regression while students are out of school due to efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 throughout the Philadelphia region. 
  • Charter school sites (25 total) are also open from 9 a.m. until noon. Families are encouraged to check the charter schools websites for days of meal distribution.
  • Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) community centers (6 total) are also open from 9 a.m. until noon. Families are encouraged to visit for days of meal distribution.

The following 80 schools and Philadelphia Housing Authority locations are distributing meals, beginning March 23, 2020:

District schools open Mondays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. – noon.

Families will receive six meals per student—3 breakfasts and 3 lunches

Address (Zip)
Baldi Middle School 8801 Verree Rd (19115)
Barry, John Elementary School 5900 Race St (19139)
Barton School 4600 Rosehill St (19120)
Bartram, John High School 2401 S 67th St (19142)
Bethune, Mary McLeod School 3301 Old York Rd (19140)
CAPA (Philadelphia H.S. for Creative and Performing Arts) 901 S Broad St (19147)
Clemente, Roberto Middle School 122 W Erie Ave (19140)
Comegys, Benjamin B. School 5100 Greenway Ave (19143)
Conwell, Russell Middle School 1849 E Clearfield St (19134)
Cooke, Jay Elementary School 1300 W Louden St (19141)
Cramp, William School 3449 N Mascher St (19140)
De Burgos, J. Elementary School 401 W Lehigh Ave (19133)
Decatur, Stephen School 3500 Academy Rd (19154)
Duckrey, Tanner School 1501 W Diamond St (19121)
Edison, Thomas A. High School 151 W Luzerne St (19140)
Fels, Samuel High School 5500 Langdon St (19124)
Finletter, Thomas K. School 6100 N Front St (19120)
Fitzpatrick, A. L. School 11061 Knights Rd (19154)
Frankford High School 5000 Oxford Ave (19124)
Franklin Learning Center 616 N 15th St (19130)
Franklin, Benjamin School 5737 Rising Sun Ave (19120)
Furness, Horace High School 1900 S 3rd St (19148)
Hackett, Horatio B. School 2161 E York St (19125)
Harding, Warren G. Middle School 2000 Wakeling St (19124)
Hunter, William H. School 2400 N Front St (19133)
Juniata Park Academy 801 E Hunting Park Ave (19124)
Kelly, John B. School 5116 Pulaski Ave (19144)
Kensington CAPA 1901 N Front St (19122)
King, Martin Luther High School 6100 Stenton Ave (19138)
Lawton, Henry W. School 6101 Jackson St (19135)
Lincoln, Abraham High School 3201 Ryan Ave (19136)
Loesche, William H. School 595 Tomlinson Rd (19116)
Marshall, Thurgood School 5120 N 6th St (19120)
Mayfair School 3001 Princeton Ave (19149)
Muñoz Marín, Hon Luis School 3300 N 3rd St (19140)
Northeast High School 1601 Cottman Ave (19111)
One Bright Ray Mansion 3133 Ridge Ave (19132)
Overbrook Educational Center 6722 Lansdowne Ave (19151)
Philadelphia Learning Academy‐South 4300 Westminster Ave (19104)
Rhodes Elementary School 2900 W Clearfield St (19132)
Roosevelt Elementary School 430 E Washington Ln (19144)
Roxborough High School 6498 Ridge Ave (19128)
Sayre, William L. High School 5800 Walnut St (19139)
South Philadelphia High School 2101 S Broad St (19148)
Wagner, Gen. Louis Middle School 1701 Chelten Ave (19126)
Washington, Grover Jr. Middle School 201 E Olney Ave (19120)
Webster, John H. School 3400 Frankford Ave (19134)
West Philadelphia High School 4901 Chestnut St (19139)
Ziegler, William H. School 5935 Saul St (19149)

Charter school locations open on varying days from 9 a.m. to noon. (contact schools or visit their websites for exact days): 

Charter School
Address (Zip)
Aspira Charter – Stetson 3200 B St (19134)
Aspira Olney Charter High 100 W Duncannon Ave (19120)
Lindley Academy Charter – Birney 900 Lindley Ave (19141)
Mariana Bracetti Academy 1840 Torresdale Ave (19124)
Mastery Charter – Cleveland 3701 N 19th St (19140)
Mastery Charter – Clymer 1201 W Rush St (19133)
Mastery Charter – Gratz High 1798 W Hunting Park Ave (19140)
Mastery Charter – Hardy Williams 5400 Warrington Ave (19143)
Mastery Charter – Harrity 5601 Christian St (19143)
Mastery Charter ‐ Lenfest Campus 35 S 4th St (19106)
Mastery Charter – Mann 5376 W Berks St (19131)
Mastery Charter – Pastorius 5650 Sprague St (19138)
Mastery Charter – Pickett 5700 Wayne Ave (19144)
Mastery Charter ‐ Shoemaker 5301 Media St (19131)
Mastery Charter – Smedley 1790 Bridge St (19124)
Mastery Charter ‐ Thomas Campus 927 Johnston St (19148)
Mastery Charter – Wister 67 E Bringhurst St (19144)
Mastery Prep Elementary Charter 1801 W Pike St (19140)
Philadelphia Montessori Charter 2227 Island Ave (19142)
Richard Allen Prep 2601 S 58th St (19143)
Universal Audenried Charter 3301 Tasker St (19145)
Universal Charter – Bluford 5720 Media St (19131)
Universal Charter – Daroff 5630 Vine St (19139)
Universal Creighton Charter 5401 Tabor Ave (19120)
Universal Vare Charter 2100 S 24th St (19145)

The Philadelphia Housing Authority has six community centers open for “grab-and-go” meals for breakfast and lunch from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon beginning on March 23.

PHA Community Center Address (Zip)
Abbottsford Homes 3226 McMichael Street (19129)
Bartram Village 5404 Gibson Drive (19143)
John F Street Center 1100 Poplar Street (19123)
Raymond Rosen Homes 2301 W. Edgley Street (19121)
Westpark Apartments 300 N. Busti Street (19104)
Wilson Park 2500 Jackson Street (19145)

A list and interactive map of the 80 sites are available on

Testing services for COVID-19 

  • You will need a prescription from your doctor, and some providers are able to offer services virtually/over the phone. 
  • If you’re going to any medical facility in person, call before you go. 
  • If you don’t have a fever, you’re not eligible for a screening… even if you’ve been traveling internationally, had a known exposure, etc. 
  • For testing: 
    • State Hotline for COVID-19 
    • No provider? Call: 1-877-PA-HEALTH 
    • Have clinical questions? Call: 1-877-PA-HEALTH 
    • Or fill out contact form