Urges residents follow pandemic safety measures
State Senator Anthony H. Williams announced November 12, that he had closed his offices in Harrisburg, Southwest Philadelphia, and Delaware County due to the spiking of Covid-19 virus infections in all three areas.
Positive tests from the Covid-19 virus pandemic in Pennsylvania jumped to 5,228 as of Thursday – more than 2 ½ time the rate at the end of October.* Philadelphia and nearby counties were among the highest areas affected.
In ordering the office closings, Sen. Williams cited the vital importance of reducing the risks of infection to his constituents and staff. The decision also reflects the fact that he too had tested positive to the disease.
“As someone who did contract this virus myself, I am grateful for my own recovery, but I know that this virus is very real and can have catastrophic consequences.”
The Senator advised that he and his staff will be working throughout the closure period. “To contact my office for assistance, please call (215) 492-2980 or fill out our online contact form at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you as fast as we can,” his press release stated. “I look forward to the day when my offices can reopen safely, and I will continue advocating at the state level for common sense measures to mitigate the spread of this virus, and provide assistance to those who have suffered most under this pandemic.
Information for this article was taken from an emailed announcement from Sen. Williams office dated November 12.
COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise in PA
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Today, Pennsylvania had it’s highest COVID-19 case count since the beginning of this pandemic with 5,488 cases. There have been over 243,368 total cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, and over 9,000 deaths attributed to COVID-19.
This pandemic is far from over. We must continue to abide by the recommendations of Dr. Rachel Levine, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
The most effective ways to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus is to stay home whenever possible. Large and small group gatherings have been shown to increase the spread of COVID-19.
When you do leave your home and are around other people who do not live in your household, wear a mask at all times.
When you leave your house and come back in, wash your hands thoroughly. When you are not at home and you cannot wash your hands, use hand sanitizer.
If you have any symptoms of COVID-19 you should talk to your healthcare provider or go to an urgent care or other testing facility to get a COVID-19 test.
Symptoms of COVID-19 include:
Fever or chills
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
If you have any trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, bluish lips or face seek immediate emergency medical attention.
To find testing near you, click here.
We will beat COVID-19, but it will take the work and efforts of all of us to protect ourselves and our communities while we continue to battle this potentially deadly virus. Thank you for all of your efforts so far, they have saved lives.