The Philadelphia area remains the epicenter of the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak in Pennsylvania. So far 185 positive cases have been reported in the commonwealth with 47 coming from Montgomery County and 33 from Philadelphia. Other Philly suburbs also are reporting a number of cases: Bucks, 12; Chester, 10; Delaware, 14.
The virus outbreak has forced officials to recommend closing all non-essential businesses across the commonwealth and in the city of Philadelphia, which has left many workers and families in a very difficult spot.
Those who are living paycheck-to-paycheck, don’t have paid sick leave, or are vulnerable to price gouging to obtain the items they need deserve better. That is why Senator Hughes and the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus are fully supporting the American Working Families Relief Action Plan.
The plan, created by more than 40 organizations representing 1 million Pennsylvania workers, aims to assist front-line workers who will be hit the hardest by closings and subsequent losses of economic opportunities. It calls for economic relief, health care access, worker protections, and protections for Pennsylvanians’ values, safety and voices.
Pennsylvania must protect its workers. During the coronavirus crisis and as we move forward in expanding economic security to our people.
Here is guide issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, helping provide clear guidance and direction in response to coronavirus COVID-19.
Senator Hughes and his colleagues in the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus are working to ensure state-level resources get to our people, especially the most vulnerable. We will provide more information as it becomes available. Visit senatorhughes.com/coronavirus for the latest updates.
In the meantime, 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:
- 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.