Watch the video above for an inspiring message on our duty to vote from former First Lady Michelle Obama.

There is a lot at stake in every election, which is why Pennsylvania’s upcoming primary is no different – despite the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

Senator Hughes continues to encourage everyone to vote by mail to help protect public health and to reduce the number of people physically going to the polls on June 2. The senator and city election officials are grateful to the 80,000 Philadelphians who have already signed up to vote by mail, but we need to see many more voters signed up to vote by mail before the May 26 deadline — especially in the black and brown communities.

We must dramatically increase that number to make sure Philadelphia is represented at the polls, while also protecting public health. The process is simple and you can sign up to vote by mail today at It is important you exercise your right to vote, but we want you to be able to do it from the safety of your home.

Stay up to date with the latest information on the pandemic at Please do your part to help stop the spread of the virus. Stay safe, stay at home, and don’t forget to wash your hands!

Keeping your distance can break the chain of COVID-19 infection.

Here is guide issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, helping provide clear guidance and direction in response to coronavirus COVID-19. The residents of Philadelphia and its suburbs have been ordered to remain at home as to help prevent spread of coronavirus, find out what that means for you. 

Keep in mind, Philadelphia is regularly updating its website to provide more information and resources on coronavirus COVID-19.  

Montgomery County is doing the same

Here are some reminders about preventing spread of the disease: 

Best practices to plan, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control. 

What are the symptoms of coronavirus? 
Symptoms of the COVID-19 can include: 

  • Fever 
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath  

The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.  
What to do if you think you have coronavirus COVID-19, according to the CDC

  • Stay home except to get medical care 
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home 
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor 
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick 
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes 
  • Clean your hands often 
  • Avoid sharing personal household items 
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday 

For more details on what to do prevent coronavirus COVID-19 spread, visit the CDCs full list of recommendations.

Read more: CDC recommendations on getting tested for coronavirus 

Coronavirus Information Sheet - click to download.

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