Rep. Adam Ravenstahl: We are making progress, but the fight against COVID-19 continues.
As you read this, we will be more than two months into the coronavirus crisis in our state. I hope this column finds you and your family healthy and well. None of us in February could have predicted how this pandemic has unfolded in our community and across our state. It has upended our lives as we have taken drastic measures to slow its spread and to save the lives of those around us.
The good news is that our efforts have not been in vain. We have flattened the curve. We have saved – according to some estimates – tens of thousands of lives. And in Harrisburg, we are continuing to work to move resources, streamline processes, and prepare for what may lay ahead.
That includes voting to allocate $500 million in emergency funding to address COVID-19 outbreaks in senior centers, passing legislation to get Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program checks out quicker, and fighting for protections for our essential workers. More remains to be done. I am pushing legislation to help our volunteer fire companies, fund zero-interest loans to locally owned businesses, and expand COVID-19 testing and contact tracing across the state so we can safely get back to work.
We have made great progress, but we cannot be complacent. As our community emerges from under the cloud of this virus, we must remain vigilant, and we must continue to work together. So please, continue your social distancing as much as you are able. Wear a mask when around people and avoid crowds.
Your actions save lives.