HARRISBURG – Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46) issued the following statement today in response to preventative measures to slow the spread of the coronavirus:
“Although we have not received reports of any confirmed cases of the coronavirus in our area, the spread of this disease is a serious concern that deserves our attention. Some people have compared this to a flu outbreak, but this strain of the coronavirus spreads very quickly, and we do not have the same options to mitigate its effect, such as vaccines or remedies. The consequences for individuals who are affected can be severe, particularly those who have a compromised immune system or respiratory problems. The best way to deal with this pandemic is to take steps to contain the virus and limit its spread.
“We have been assured that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) will all continue to monitor the situation and provide further updates as more information becomes available.
“I support the efforts of these agencies to protect the health of Pennsylvania communities, including the closure of the Capitol Building in Harrisburg to visitors and events. I encourage community residents who had plans to travel to the state Capitol in the near future to continue to monitor the situation and make alternative plans as necessary. A number of organizations throughout our area have already taken steps to mitigate the spread of coronavirus by canceling large gatherings and allowing students and employees to work at home, and these efforts are appreciated and encouraged.
“Recommendations to avoid spreading the coronavirus include frequently washing hands with soap and water, avoiding close contact with people who are sick, covering all coughs and sneezes, and staying home and contacting your doctor if you exhibit the symptoms of this virus. Community members at the greatest risk of complications from the virus should also try to avoid crowds and large social gatherings to prevent exposure.
“As the situation develops, I strongly urge community residents to follow all guidance and recommendations from the CDC, PEMA and DOH. These organizations are the best sources for information on how to contain the spread of this disease.”
CONTACT: Katrina Hanna (717) 787-1463