Senator Arnold Announces 48th Senatorial District Office Temporarily Closed to Meetings

(HARRISBURG) – 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 Arnold (R-48), announced today that his Lebanon County and Harrisburg 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.

Arnold 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 for assistance.

“The coronavirus is a serious situation that changes daily,” Arnold 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. Accordingly, by limiting the offices to employees only we will be able to continue to provide assistance to constituents, while limiting staff exposure. Please call, email, or submit comment through my website during this temporary closure.”

Arnold also noted that the Governor has closed the State Capitol Building to visitors and Senate Leadership has cancelled Session on Monday, March 16th, with a determination of further dates being made closer to those dates.

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

CONTACT: Greg Moreland 717-787-5708 or 717-274-6735