Mar. 13, 2020 / Newspaper Columns

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#Listrak\DateStampLong# The latest news from the State Capitol
My Office is Closed to Visitors and Concealed Carry Seminar Canceled Due to Coronavirus Concerns

To protect residents of the 51st District from the threat of coronavirus, I have joined the other offices at 65 West Main St. in remaining operational but closing to all foot traffic.

While employing social distancing to limit the potential spread of coronavirus, the office will continue to serve residents via phone at 724-438-6100 and online at Employees will continue to report to work, but visitors will not be permitted.

Satellite offices will also be closed all of next week. Reopening the offices will be considered on Friday, March 20, for the week of March 23 as more information becomes available.

I appreciate the understanding of all residents as we try to balance everyone’s safety with our desire to provide state-related services. We know that receiving assistance in person is preferred by some people, so we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

In the interest of preserving safety, the concealed carry seminar planned for Saturday, March 14, has been canceled. Another concealed carry seminar will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Addison Volunteer Fire Company Social Hall, 7214 National Pike, Addison.

Cancellations of other planned events will be evaluated as the situation develops.
Busy Serving the 51st District

Thank you to those who attended my Morning Meetings last week. I enjoy being able to talk informally with constituents about all sorts of issues and further exploring what we can do in the Legislature to make living in Pennsylvania better.

Congratulations to Get A Hobby! for its grand “re-opening” this weekend at the new location in the Uniontown Shopping Center.

The shop houses a wide selection of model trains, planes, cars and boats, along with R/C cars, drones and any accessory or part a collector could possibly need. The expansion comes with tons of room for multiple train displays, an awesome demo track for those R/C cars, a party room for events and much more space for merchandise. With so many hobbies packed into one place, you could easily spend a lot of time taking everything in at this new location! I’m happy to see another local business grow.
Pennsylvania Takes Steps to Combat Coronavirus

With the first cases of coronavirus appearing in Pennsylvania late last week, officials are continuing their work to protect public health and limit spread of the virus.

To ensure potential cases are identified promptly, the Wolf administration announced this week the state’s major health insurers have all agreed to cover medically appropriate COVID-19 diagnostic testing and associated treatment for consumers and have committed to waive any cost-sharing for the testing. The insurers include Highmark, UPMC Health Plan, Geisinger, Independence BlueCross, Capital Blue Cross, Aetna, Cigna, UnitedHealthcare, Pennsylvania Health and Wellness, and Oscar.

Much like the flu, symptoms of coronavirus include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Some will suffer mild symptoms while others may experience severe illness or death. It is important to seek testing and treatment if you think you may have been exposed to the virus.

Human coronaviruses spread just like the flu or a cold, including through the air by coughing or sneezing; close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands; touching an object or surface with the virus on it; or occasionally, fecal contamination.

Help protect yourself and others by covering coughs or sneezes with your elbow instead of your hands; wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available; clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, remotes and other frequently touched items; and be sure to stay at home if you are sick.

The state Department of Health offers a wealth of resources about coronavirus to help you better understand the potential risk and how to mitigate it for yourself and your loved ones. Click here to review the information. Resources are also available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at

Also, the COVID-19 disaster declaration for the Commonwealth triggers protections under state law against price gouging for consumers and businesses. Under rules governing a disaster emergency, companies and vendors are prohibited from charging a price for consumer goods or services that exceeds 20% of the average price for which those goods or services were sold for in the seven days preceding the date of declaration. If you believe you experienced price gouging, send the details in an email to
Legislative Report: Senior Center at Community Action

In the latest episode of my Legislative Report, I spoke with Fayette County Community Action Agency’s Project Manager of Aging Services, Crystal Barnhart. She shared information about the senior center’s offerings, including bingo, nutritional classes, games and fellowship.

Community Action also runs the Meals on Wheels program, which provides meals to more than 300 people a day, five days a week. For eligibility information, please watch the video below.

Click here to view video.
Report Potholes to PennDOT

With the thaw out of spring comes the growth of potholes on Pennsylvania’s roads. To help combat potholes and prevent them from becoming a danger to vehicles and drivers on the road, PennDOT is encouraging motorists to report the potholes they encounter.

Report potholes by calling 1-800-FIX-ROAD or by clicking here to file a report online.
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