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Dear neighbor,

I know there’s a lot of concern about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) right now. I want to assure you that we are working hard to make sure all citizens of our Commonwealth stay safe during this pandemic.

On a local level I’m keeping in touch with Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and United States authorities on what’s being done and what resources are available to people. I’m updating our Facebook page regularly with information directly from the sources. The Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Philadelphia’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and other official agencies. I also will share news and updates from publications like The Philadelphia Inquirer, who often consolidate information from several of the above sources into a story that can be read quickly.

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I’m doing that to make sure that the information you get is up-to-date and true. Please don’t rely on other sources that are too far away from the people making the decisions to be accurate. Please don’t spread rumors on social media as it can be confusing to some who get information that way.

In accordance with advice from health officials I’ve made some changes to my local office operations. Both Philadelphia locations will remain open during our normal office hours for now. However my staff WILL NOT be meeting people in person at this time. Please call or email and we will determine the best way to assist you. This applies to many services like Property Tax Rebates, LIHEAP, SEPTA Senior Cards etc. In some cases we can handle much of the work over the phone. You can email us at Sabatina@PASenate.com and begin the process that way. 

Legislatively I am actively working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle. The Pennsylvania Senate’s Democratic Caucus has several proposals to provide relief to those impacted by the pandemic. Many people are losing streams of income, are possibly having to pay extra for childcare, or may be dealing directly with being ill with COVID-19. 

As of now, be assured that your utilities will not be turned off if you can’t pay the bill, the late fees are waived too. 

The best advice for protecting your health is to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (sing “Happy Birthday” twice); avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose or mouth; disinfect frequently-touched objects and practice social distancing.

If you have specific questions regarding the COVID-19 coronavirus that a doctor should answer you can call the Philadelphia Department of Public Health Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline.

The Helpline can be reached by calling 1-800-722-7112. It’s free and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is a resource that anyone in the Greater Philadelphia area, including the public and healthcare providers, are encouraged to use to help answer all of their questions about the COVID-19 coronavirus. Staffed by medical experts, the helpline will help answer questions, including:

  • Symptoms and risk factors for the coronavirus
  • What to do if you think you may have been exposed
  • Testing resources
  • Recommendations for social distancing

Sincerely,
Senator John P. Sabatina, Jr.

Offices to Serve You

District Office
8016 Bustleton Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19152
Phone: (215) 695-1020
Fax: (215) 695-1027
District Office
12361 Academy Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154
Phone: (215) 281-2539
Fax: (215) 281-2798
Harrisburg Office
457 Main Capitol
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3005
Phone: (717) 787-9608
Fax: (717) 772-2162
 
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