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Coping with COVID-19

Gov. Tom WolfGov. Wolf and Mayor Kenney made very difficult decisions yesterday to limit commercial activity in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania to contain the spread of COVID-19.

These are drastic actions that must be taken to slow the rate of infection to a level that our health-care system can safely treat.

My Senate district will see a dramatic economic impact from these decisions and those whose jobs and income will be at risk are on our minds as we plan the recovery from this historic crisis.

We are currently drafting legislation that will take whatever relief the federal government passes and fill the holes and expand it.

And, please remember, that we are in this together. Those who may be willing to take a risk with their health by defying social distancing recommendations are likely to survive infection but risk the lives of our most vulnerable citizens.  Please stay home when at all possible. Working together and thinking of our neighbors, we will get through this.

For more on Mayor Kenney’s action and resources, click here.

The Philadelphia COVID-19 helpline is: 800-722-7112

For more on state government action and resources, click here.

District Office Closed, Work Continues

contactMy district office will be closed to in-person visits for at least the next two weeks, but my staff and I are very busy assessing the economic impact of this crisis and talking to experts about what must be done to help families and small businesses recover.

For constituents calling regarding the Senior Fair, please be advised it has been postponed indefinitely. We will reschedule the fair for as soon as it is appropriate to do so. 

For all other concerns, my staff is available by email and phone to provide service from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Please email for service or leave a voicemail at 215-952-3121 (Philadelphia) or 717-787-5662 (Harrisburg) with detailed information on your concern and your contact information.

Unemployment Compensation

If your income is affected by business closure related to COVID-19, you may be eligible for unemployment and online application.  For information, click here.

How to Get Tested for COVID-19

If you are a patient and think you may need to be tested for COVID-19 or are a provider who has a patient that you think should be tested for COVID-19, the PA Department of Health has put together guidelines to follow. To view the guidelines and for more information, click here.

How to get tested

Teaching Children About COVID-19

Children may feel frightened, overwhelmed, and traumatized from what they are hearing and seeing about COVID-19. The American Academy of Pediatrics and NASP have put together ways we can help reduce their fears and help them feel safe. For more information and details, click here.

Talking to Children About COVID-19

School Closures and Meals

All schools in the School District of Philadelphia are closed through Friday, March 27.

The district is coordinating with the city’s Office of Children and Families, Parks & Recreation, and many other departments and nonprofit partners to provide meal service and activities in safe spaces throughout the city.

Meals will be offered to all students Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. For a list of meal locations, click here.


Until further notice, SEPTA Key Senior & Reduced Fare Card processing programs at SEPTA Headquarters and the Accessible Travel Center at Suburban Station will be closed, and all replacement cards will be handled by mail.  For more information on COVID-19 and public transit visit: COVID-19 Tips to Fight Flu and Colds.

PUCPublic Utilities

Public utilities are also making COVID related closures and adjustments. For information on PGW visit PGWORKS.COM/RESIDENTIAL/COVID-19. For information on other utilities, click here.

Scams and Price Gouging

COVID-19 isn’t the only virus spreading. Scammers are already at work trying to use this crisis as a way to steal your personal information.  Don’t click on email links unless you’re sure of the sender and visit for more information.

If you think someone is price gouging over the pandemic, you can email

The PA Department of Health

The PA Department of Health is the best one-stop resource for COVID-19 information. Click here to learn more.

Drivers Licences and Registration

PennDOT has closed all in-person service centers, but March expirations have been extended.  For more information, click here.

Information on Schools

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Offices of State Senator Larry Farnese | Contact Me
1802 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19145
Phone: 215-952-3121
Fax: 215-952-3155
543 Main Capitol | Box 203001
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3001
Phone: 717-787-5662
Fax: 717-787-4531