Own Our Solutions: Vote by Mail
The deadline to apply to vote by mail is Tuesday, 26 May. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, safety and social distancing is key. A mail-in ballot is safe and secure. When you apply online in Philadelphia or Montgomery Counties, you will be sent a prepaid envelope to send in your ballot. Apply today and tell at least five people you know to do the same. We can show up to the polls from the safety of our homes. Your vote is your voice.
The Philadelphia Department of Health recommended COVID-19 testing for those who have multiple symptoms or a new cough. Public health and commercial labs now have expanded testing availability. The City implemented these measures to ensure a safe reopening for both the City and the entire Commonwealth.
A list of Philadelphia testing sites is available here.
The Rite Aid testing site at 7401 Ogontz Ave has expanded testing to include adults without COVID-19 symptoms. Pre-registration is required at https://www.riteaid.com/. Neighbors must be 18 or older and have a government-issued ID. Testing is available from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., seven days a week. For more information, please read this article or call (215) 224-9997 if you have questions.
Montgomery County residents can register for testing here or call (610) 631-3000. Registration is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tests are administered on the same day as registration, so the County encourages neighbors to schedule their test the same day they are available.
Testing in Nursing Homes
The Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) will now test nursing home residents and staff for COVID-19 to prevent the spread of the virus. Residents who are newly discharged from a hospital will also receive a test for further precautions. The PA DOH has released a three-pillar approach for nursing home care:
- Ensuring resident safety through testing, education and resources;
- Preventing and mitigating outbreaks;
- Working in partnership with state agencies, local health departments, and long-term care facility operators.
Older Pennsylvanians are one of our most vulnerable populations. It is our duty to keep them safe and protected. For more information, please see the state’s testing strategy.
Telephone Town Hall
This Thursday, 14 May at 6:10 p.m., I will host another installment of the Coronavirus Telephone Town Hall series. Our special guest is Dr. Eugenia South, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. To sign up or submit questions, visit my website at http://www.senatorhaywood.com/telephone-townhall or listen online via https://vekeo.com/senatorhaywood. Thank you.
Summer Jobs for Philly Youth
Although COVID-19 has kept us indoors, summer job opportunities are still available in the area. The City of Philadelphia has virtual summer jobs for youth, including through the Office of Children and Families, the Philadelphia Youth Network, Philadelphia Works, and WorkReady. You must be a resident of Philadelphia between the ages of 12-24 to apply. Montgomery County job openings can be viewed here.
Musical Mood Boost
No matter what you have gone through today, make it a lovely day. Lovely Day by Bill Withers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7s6VbOEnsgk&list=RD7s6VbOEnsgk&start_radio=1&t=9
Be the Light,
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