The Philadelphia area remains the epicenter of the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak in Pennsylvania. So far 133 positive cases have been reported in the commonwealth with 42 coming in Montgomery County and 17 in Philadelphia. Other Philly suburbs also are reporting a number of cases: Bucks, 9; Chester, 9; Delaware, 14. The state’s first virus-related death was reported Wednesday in Northampton County.
Amid mounting concerns as a result of statewide closing recommendations and social distancing, the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Caucus wrote the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to request they suspend eviction and foreclosure proceedings while the coronavirus mitigation efforts are in effect. People need peace of mind during these times and if we are asking them to stay home, they must have a home to remain in, Sen. Hughes said.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court responded to the request of the senator and the Senate Democrats, announcing that all court proceedings will be suspended until at least April 3. The senator is pleased to learn Pennsylvanians will have one less thing to worry about during this unprecedented pandemic.
It is important we remain calm and follow recommendations from public health officials during this difficult time. Here is guide issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, helping provide clear guidance and direction in response to coronavirus COVID-19.
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.
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.