Companies across PA will now be able to produce sanitizer

Senator Hughes was instrumental in helping Pennsylvania distillers convert their operations to producing much-needed hand sanitizer as a response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.

Rob Cassell, president of the Pennsylvania Distillers Guild, reached out to the senator, who in turn began working with investors and fellow lawmakers to address the need for capital and to loosen regulations that prevented distillers from producing hand sanitizer. Through collaboration and generosity of donors, distillers across Pennsylvania will be able to produce about 500,000 bottles of hand sanitizer each day. Senator Hughes is grateful to the work of state senator Tim Kearney, U.S. Representatives Mary Gay Scanlon and Brandon Boyle, and investors David Adelman, CEO of Campus Apartments and Darco Capital, LP; Osagie Imasogie, Senior Managing Partner, PIPV Capital; and Todd Strine, CFO and Owner of Keystone Quality Transport on this project.

Senator Hughes: “This exemplifies the best of us as Pennsylvanians. We have leaders, businesses and investors working together to keep businesses open and employees working, all to produce products to help keep our people safe. This partnership is a great testament to the power of working collectively to solve a major problem for the benefit of all of our communities. There will be more opportunities to replicate this level of commitment. We hope others follow this important example.”

The hand sanitizer will go to first responders and hospitals free of charge and be distributed through the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Senator Hughes is proud of the team effort to help those working keeping us healthy and safe.

Don’t forget, it is important we follow public health officials’ recommendations during this outbreak.

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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