Save Loved Ones, Stay Home, Commissioner Urges

NORRISTOWN PA – By phone, by e-mail, and by text messages, Montgomery County Board of Commissioners Chair Dr. Valerie Arkoosh has been making herself heard thousands of times since Monday (March 30, 2020) with a repeated message to county residents. “Stay at home,” she urges.

Arkoosh, an actively licensed but retired physician and surgeon, is seen on television during almost daily press conferences with her board colleagues, Ken Lawrence and Joe Gale, as they review the state of the coronavirus outbreak countywide. All have been encouraging social distancing and at-home isolation as the surest ways of stopping the spread of COVID-19.

In a new campaign Monday that relied on the county’s “Ready MontCo” emergency alert system, Arkoosh attempted to personally deliver the isolation recommendation to as many people as possible.

“COVID-19 is now spreading rapidly in our community,” she said. “In Montgomery County alone, this extremely contagious virus has now infected more than 500, hospitalized several dozen, and killed six people.”

“There are now six families grieving the untimely loss of their parent, grandparent, husband, or wife. Many more families in our community will experience this tragedy if you don’t take steps right now to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

“You must stay at home except for life-sustaining activity. By leaving your home today for any unnecessary reason, you are taking someone else’s life in your hands. Even if you feel fine, you could unknowingly transmit the virus to someone else. Your carelessness could kill them.”

“Is that trip to the store worth it? Is seeing your friends in person worth it? Make the right choice. Stay at home.”

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