Sen. Browne Announces 16th Senatorial District Offices Temporarily Closed to Meetings

(Allentown) – In order to help contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and protect the health and safety of local residents and office staff, Senator Pat Browne (R-16) announced today that his Allentown, North Whitehall Township and Upper Macungie Township Offices will be temporarily closed for meetings, effective Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice.

The 2019 novel COVID-19 coronavirus is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. Symptoms can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.

Browne explained that although in-person meetings will not take place in his Senate offices, staff will still be available to respond to emails and phone messages during this time. Community residents who need help with any problem related to state government are encouraged to visit www.senatorbrowne.com for assistance.

“The coronavirus is a serious situation that changes daily,” Browne said.  “It remains our top priority to do what is in the best interest of protecting public health. It is extremely important that during this health emergency we listen to the advice of the Pennsylvania Department of Health and avoid large group events and limit contact when possible.”

Browne noted that the Governor has closed the State Capitol Building to visitors. 

Browne urged anyone with questions regarding COVID-19 to call the PA Department of Health at 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258).

CONTACT:     Matt Moyer       (610-349-2879), mmoyer@pasen.gov