EAST FALLS LOCAL ARTICLE: COVID-19: Its Historic Impact Is Not Yet Written

As I write this column, there is much uncertainty about the impact of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

The definition of novel is “new and not resembling something formerly known or used”. There is no blueprint for this pandemic. Policy makers are acting and reacting as this unfolds.  Simultaneously, we are cognizant of the fact that we will need a strong and thoughtful plan to recover.

We do not yet have a vaccine, there is no definitive treatment, the ability to test for antibodies is still being developed and the extent of the financial and emotional impact will not be known for weeks, if not months, if not years.

It is very difficult to live with uncertainty. Most folks appreciate order and predictability in their lives.  Structure helps us to plan our day and meet our families’ needs.

Please know that I am doing my best to read and assimilate the hundreds of memos, thousands of emails and applicable social media posts that are discussing the impact of this virus and what we need to do to help citizens get through it and, at some point, beyond it.

Our federal and state governments have put in place a package of bills to help with the economic impact. The ability to collect unemployment has never been this extensive and constituents should call my office with any questions or comments or if you need assistance.

I know that neighbors are concerned about meeting financial obligations like paying rent and mortgages and ensuring that their children continue to be educated.  I also know that social distancing has been a trying situation, particularly for people living alone.

We are all doing our best to be responsive and present, albeit, remotely.

Each day, I am encouraged and impressed with the various ways we have found to continue to support each other and meet needs in the community. The other definition I have focused on is resilience- “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties, toughness”.  The resiliency I see is heartening.

Thank you for sharing your concerns and your stories, identifying glitches in the system and commenting on pending state legislation.

Many constituents who have not routinely or ever written to me have done so over the past weeks.  I hope that this advocacy and engagement extends well beyond the immediacy of the current situation.

To that end, I would be remiss to not remind you that election day is June 2, 2020; moved from April 28th.  If you have not registered to vote, you can do so up until May 18, 2020.

Also, it is now possible to vote by mail.  You can apply for the mail in ballot at votespa.com or call my office and we will mail you the application form.  I strongly urge you to vote by mail.

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