NO In-Office Hours for the Next 2 Weeks
In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 within Montgomery County and to keep Montgomery County residents safe, Gov. Wolf, in consultation with Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine and Montgomery County Commissioner Dr. Val Arkoosh, has decided to close all schools, daycares, community centers, gyms and state offices in Montgomery County starting tomorrow — Friday, March 13th — for the next two weeks. My district office will be closed to foot traffic as well.
No restrictions on car traffic are recommended at this time. All healthcare facilities, pharmacies, grocery stores and gas stations will remain open; mass transit, including SEPTA and AMTRAK, will continue to run. AMTRAK will begin operating a reduced schedule, and the Ardmore stop will close to AMTRAK trains for two weeks. The Wolf Administration is also working directly with SEPTA to evaluate potential impacts and will continue to provide service updates as things evolve.
You can call my office at (215) 572-5210 or email me at RepMcCarter@PAhouse.net anytime between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., as usual. My staff, who will be working from home, will respond immediately. The district office, however, will be closed until further notice.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has reported that the number of confirmed positive and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, as of today, has risen to 22, 13 of whom are Montgomery County residents and one of whom lives in Cheltenham.
While the majority of COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania have been in Montgomery County, there is no confirmed sustained community spread here or in Pennsylvania at large. Gov. Wolf and Commissioner Arkoosh feel that the time to enact significant and decisive social distancing is now, before the situation escalates. We must protect our hospital capacity and ensure that our first responders are not overwhelmed.
This means that all of us have to make every effort to protect ourselves, limit our contact with others as much as possible and slow the spread of this virus as best we can.
As the status of COVID-19 in our area evolves, the response to it will evolve, too, and I will let you know of any further changes to my district office schedule as the situation in Montgomery County changes.
Please check on your neighbors and do everything you can to prevent the spread of the virus in our community. Don’t hesitate to call if you have questions or need help of any kind. And remember, wash your hands 10 to 20 times a day for 20 seconds at a time.
For more information about COVID-19 in our community and in our state:
Pennsylvania State Representative
Serving Cheltenham Township, Springfield Township and Jenkintown Borough