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July 9, 2020
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Gov. Wolf Announces Protections from Foreclosures and Evictions Through Aug. 31

Harrisburg, PA - Governor Tom Wolf today signed a new executive order that protects homeowners and renters from eviction or foreclosure until Aug. 31, if they have not received assistance from a new program administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) or are not already receiving relief through one of several federal foreclosure moratorium programs or judicial orders. Lenders and property owners that receive funds through the PHFA program agree not pursue foreclosure or eviction actions as a condition of participation in the program.

“I am taking this action to help families know they will have a roof over their heads and a place to live while all of us fight the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Gov. Wolf. “It takes one more burden off of people who are struggling and ensures that families can remain in their homes so they can protect their health and wellbeing.”

The governor signed legislation in May providing $150 million for rental assistance and $25 million for mortgage assistance through PHFA with CARES Act funds. PHFA began accepting applications July 6.

Eligibility information and applications for renters and homeowners is available on the PHFA website.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Federal Housing Finance Agency, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have each extended eviction and foreclosure protections for housing under their authority to Aug. 31.

In almost all circumstances, renters and homeowners are required to continue making monthly payments if they can. Pennsylvanians struggling to make monthly payments should contact their landlord or mortgage servicer immediately. The governor’s executive order does not apply to proceedings regarding property damage or illegal activity.

The governor previously signed an executive order suspending evictions and foreclosures, which expires Friday. That action followed a Pennsylvania Supreme Court order which closed court eviction proceedings until May 11.

MEDIA CONTACT:   Lyndsay Kensinger, ra-gvgovpress@pa.gov

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Masks are Mandatory in PA Businesses

 

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Gov. Wolf: Masks are Mandatory in Pennsylvania Businesses
Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today reminded all Pennsylvania residents and businesses that masks are mandatory when visiting a business.
“The importance of mask-wearing to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect people and businesses cannot be overstated,” Gov. Wolf said. “Masks are required in businesses, for the entire time someone is visiting a business. It’s that simple and that important to continue to safely reopen the state and keep our case counts on the decline.”
Multiple state government agencies sent a communication to Pennsylvania businesses this week outlining mask requirements:
  • Everyone must wear a mask, unless they have a medical reason not to or are under the age of 2. That includes workers and customers. Remember, my mask protects you and your mask protects me.
  • No mask, no shirt, no shoes, no service. If a worker or customer attempts to enter your business without a mask on, ask them to leave and return when they have a mask. A fabric mask is fine.
  • Find PPE to protect your workers. Masks and other PPE can be hard to find given the high demand. But we’ve got you covered. Check out our online directory of PPE manufacturers and suppliers in Pennsylvania.
  • Have good mask hygiene. Don’t touch the front of your mask. Make sure it covers both your nose and mouth. Don’t lift it up when talking to someone. Remember, the virus travels in the droplets we breath out when talking or laughing, not just when we cough or sneeze. If wearing a fabric mask, make sure you wash it and let it fully dry between uses.
“Wearing masks in a business or when in a public space where social distancing can’t be maintained is a required, vital practice to stopping the spread of COVID-19,” Gov. Wolf said. “It’s also a sign of respect for others because your mask is protecting them. Let’s continue to get through this together.”
The state’s business guidance outlines mask-wearing requirements.
The state’s restaurant industry guidance outlines mask-wearing requirements specific to restaurants. 
MEDIA CONTACT:    Lyndsay Kensinger, ra-gvgovpress@pa.gov
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Green Phase

As of June 19, these 54 counties are in the green phase: Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Elk, Fayette, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Juniata, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, Luzerne, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, Wyoming, and York.

After a county transitions to the yellow phase, it is closely monitored for increased risk, such as significant outbreaks. If overall risk remains mitigated for 14 days, the county will transition to the green phase.

The green phase eases most restrictions by lifting the stay-at-home and business closure orders to allow the economy to strategically reopen while continuing to prioritize public health. Some restrictions, such as mask-wearing, do remain in place.

It is important to continue to monitor public health indicators and adjust orders and restrictions as necessary to ensure the spread of disease remains at a minimum.

Work and Congregate Settings Restrictions

  • Continued Telework Strongly Encouraged
  • Businesses with In-Person Operations Must Follow Updated Business and Building Safety Requirements
  • All Businesses Operating at 50% Occupancy in the Yellow Phase May Increase to 75% Occupancy
  • Child Care May Open Complying with Guidance
  • Congregate Care Restrictions in Place
  • Prison and Hospital Restrictions Determined by Individual Facilities
  • Schools Subject to CDC and Commonwealth Guidance

Social Restrictions

  • Large Gatherings of More Than 250 Prohibited
  • Masks are Required When Entering a Business
  • Restaurants and Bars Open at 50% Occupancy
  • Personal Care Services (including hair salons and barbershops) Open at 50% Occupancy and by Appointment Only
  • Indoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities, and Personal Care Services (such as gyms and spas) Open at 50% Occupancy with Appointments Strongly Encouraged
  • All Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters, and shopping malls) Open at 50% Occupancy
  • Construction Activity May Return to Full Capacity with Continued Implementation of Protocols

The state continues to use risk-based metrics from Carnegie Mellon University and the Department of Health and Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency data dashboard available here.

The state continues to increase testing and ramp up contact-tracing efforts. As of June 18, there are a total of 518 contact tracers, and a total of 4,161 contacts being monitored.

The Department of Health received a total of 89,350 test results in the past seven days, an average of 12,764 a day. The 30-day average of test results received is more than 13,934.

There were 2,763 total cases added to investigations for the week of June 12 through 18.

The latest business guidance, including outdoor recreation guidance, can be found here.

 

Preliminary sports guidance can be found here.

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County Recycling Center Update - 07/01/2020
 
The Susquehanna County Recycling Center’s public drop-off  for cans, bottles, paper and cardboard is currently available to Susquehanna County residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Please, make sure your cans and bottles are rinsed clean.  And your paper and cardboard should remain clean and dry with no paper plates, cups, tissues, paper towels, napkins, toilet paper, diapers, Q-tips, photographs, milk/juice cartons, wrappers, or Styrofoam.  For more information, please contact the Recycling Center at 570-278-3589.

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 SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY REMAINS IN STATE OF EMERGENCY

The Susquehanna County Commissioners have signed a Declaration of Disaster Emergency effective March 19, 2020 in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. 

The declaration directs the Susquehanna County Emergency Management Agency to coordinate the activities of the emergency response, to take all appropriate action needed to alleviate the effects of this disaster, to aid in the restoration of essential public services, and to take any other emergency response actions deemed necessary.  As of Monday, March 23, 2020 all County buildings are open for emergency and essential functions by appointment only. Appointments can be requested by calling the Department directly or by calling 570-278-4600.

 

In an effort to further restrict potential COVID-19 exposure within the courts, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced that all Pennsylvania courts – including trial and intermediate appellate courts – are closed to the public for non-essential functions through at least April 3, 2020. The Court of Common Pleas of Susquehanna County will remain open for essential judicial functions.  If you have any questions, please contact Court Administration at 570-278-6673.

The County Commissioners strongly encourage all residents to follow the information released by the Pennsylvania Department of Health ( https://www.health.pa.gov ) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( https://www.cdc.gov ).  The most recent information, recommendations, and resources can be found on their websites.  A page dedicated to Covid-19 has been placed on the Susquehanna County Website ( http://www.susqco.com ) .  Information regarding items such as the blood shortage, food pantries and food distribution plans are being updated here as well.​

 

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LINK FOR RESOURCES FOR RE-OPENING CHILD CARE CENTERS

CLICK HERE:   CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 INFORMATION​   (SELECT THE OPTION IN THE PROGRAM AREA.)

 

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FOR UPDATED CONSUMER-FOCUSED INFORMATION ON MANY FINANCIAL AREAS, PLEASE SEE THIS NEWSLETTER:     Click Here for PA Dept of Banking and Securities Newsletter​


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HOSPITAL PREPAREDNESS DASHBOARD

 

The dashboard can be found in the COVID-19 section of health.pa.gov.​


We encourage those in need to connect to 211 for assistance. It is free, confidential and available 24/7. PA 2-1-1 Northeast is part of the national 2-1-1 Call Centers initiative designed to provide and easy-to-remember telephone number, chat, text, and a web resource for finding health and human services information for everyday needs and crisis situations. People can get help simply by calling 211, texting 211 or logging onto nepa211.org.
 
 


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Local service center info for farmers...(click below)
https://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?type=ref&agency=nrcs,fsa,rd&state=42&county=131

 

June 26, 2020
 
COVID-19 Updates from PFB
 
Dear Pennsylvania Farm Bureau member,
 
Throughout these uncertain times, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is working to keep you informed to make sure that you are able to continue your important work ensuring a safe and accessible food supply. We wanted to share the following updates:
 
  • As of today, all Pennsylvania counties but one have entered the least-restrictive green phase of Gov. Tom Wolf's reopening plan. Lebanon County remains in the yellow phase but is scheduled to move into the green phase July 3. In the green phase, entertainment, recreation and personal care businesses that were not permitted to open in the yellow phase may reopen and restaurants may offer limited indoor service. Safety precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control must continue to be followed. Learn more here.
 
  • Dairy producers are eligible for indemnity payments through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture if they suffered losses due to having to discard milk themselves and/or if they were assessed a fee by their cooperative to share in the cost of milk dumped by other cooperative members. Each eligible farm will receive a minimum payment of $1,500. Once each eligible farm receives the minimum payment, farms that suffered losses or were assessed fees greater than $1,500 will receive an additional pro-rata share of the remaining funds, not to exceed the actual amount of the loss. Producers can fill out and print an application form online that must be mailed in to PDA and postmarked no later than Sept. 30. Instructions, including the mailing address, are provided on the form. Click here to apply.
 
  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture will now accept applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program through an online portal. The program provides direct payments to producers of certain, eligible commodities to help offset losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to learn more about how to apply for the program online.
 
  • The Small Business Administration recently released a new EZ Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application form in response to legislation requiring the agency to create a more “borrower-friendly” application form. The form is available here. There is also a revised version of the full form available here.
 
Please be sure to check our COVID-19 information page regularly for updates as the situation is constantly changing. If you encounter challenges related to the COVID-19 response, please don't hesitate to contact us. We may be able to help bring about or expedite a resolution. We are in regular contact with the General Assembly, Congress and both the state and federal administrations and we have been working with them to address our members' concerns.
 
Thank you for your hard work ensuring a safe and accessible food supply during these difficult times!



 
 
 
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COVID-19 RESOURCE GUIDE FOR OLDER AMERICANS.

COVID-19 RESOURCE FOR OLDER ADULTS​


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IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS THE SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY VETERANS AFFAIRS OFFICE IS OPEN.  CALL 570-278-5955 

 
Veterans Corner
 
The Montrose Weekender has stopped its weekly publication which was a primary means of communication to our veterans and their families using the monthly “Veterans Corner” articles. The weekender was sent to over 12,700 homes. In order to help fill this void these monthly articles will now be posted and changed each month on the Susquehanna County Veterans Affairs web site at susqco.com. You may also be able to get this information by listening to the broadcasts of the WPEL radio station at 96.5 FW. As always you may call the VA office at (570) 278-5955 for any assistance needed.

 

  

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 School Grants​  ANNOUNCED JUNE 16, 2020



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Wolf Administration Provides Guidance to Resume High School and Other Summer Sports

 

 

Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration today issued preliminary guidance for high school and recreational sports teams to resume voluntary workouts and other in-person activities in the state’s yellow and green phases. The guidance includes college and professional sports.

 

 

“Pennsylvania has some of the best athletes and teams in the country and they can now begin to safely return to organized sports,” said Gov. Wolf. This guidance balances keeping student athletes safe from COVID-19 while allowing them to participate in an important part of their lives.

 

 

“This is another step toward reopening our state and getting things back on track. As students and teammates get ready to train and compete, it’s important that they follow precautions to protect each other and their community from the risk of COVID-19.”

 

 

The preliminary guidance is a starting point for summer sports teams and the Wolf Administration will continue to work with stakeholders. The guidance for fall, winter and spring sports seasons may be updated.

 

 

Public and private K-12 schools under the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) and the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Athletic Association (PISAA) in the yellow and green phase can resume voluntary sports-related workouts. Schools must first develop an athletic health and safety plan in alignment with the Department of Education's Preliminary Guidance for Phased Reopening of Schools guidance, that is approved by the local board of directors and posted on the school’s website.

 

 

Recreational and amateur sports teams in the green phase that are not affiliated with a K-12 school can hold in-person activities, including games and practices. Examples include basketball, hockey, field hockey, football, soccer, swimming, baseball, softball, lacrosse, gymnastics and kickball. Youth sports organizations should follow CDC guidelines.

 

 

Gatherings of all participants, including players, athletic staff, officials and spectators are limited to 25 in the yellow phase and 250, or 50 percent capacity, in the green phase, as outlined in the Process to Reopen Pennsylvania.

 

 

League and team staff must review CDC guidance for youth sports. Coaches and other adult personnel should wear face coverings and screen athletes for symptoms before practices and games. All participants must follow safe hygiene and social distancing practices, avoid unnecessary physical contact, and clean and disinfect equipment and facilities. Teams are encouraged to stagger drop-off and pick-up times at outdoor locations and designate entrances and exits to facilities.

 

 

Parents and other spectators should practice social distancing, wear face coverings and not enter the field or bench areas. Parents should monitor children for COVID-19 symptoms and evaluate children at higher risk for severe illnesses.

 

 

College sports sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), including intramural and club sports, can resume in-person activity after developing an athletic health and safety plan in alignment with PDE’s Postsecondary Education Institutions and Adult Education Programs guidance.

 

 

Professional sports can resume immediately. Teams or leagues in the yellow phase, or if more than 250 people are on site in the green phase, must have a COVID-19 safety plan approved by the Department of Health.

 

 

The guidance released today provides additional information. 

 

 

The Wolf Administration also updated guidance on outdoor recreation today and previously released summer guidance for camps, pools, and child care. 

 


 
FOOD DISTRIBUTION PLANS ARE ON SCHOOL DISTRICT WEBSITES
 
BLUE RIDGE SCHOOL DISTRICT
https://www.brsd.org/
 
ELK LAKE SCHOOL DISTRICT
https://www.elklakeschool.org/
 
FOREST CITY REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
https://www.fcrsd.org/
 
MONTROSE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT
http://www.masd.info/
 
MOUNTAIN VIEW SCHOOL DISTRICT
https://www.mvsd.net/
 
SUSQUEHANNA COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
http://www.scschools.org/
 
 
 
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Gov. Wolf: Updated Business Guidance on Outdoor Recreation Available for Yellow and Green Phases of Reopening

 

 

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today released updated guidance regarding the types of outdoor recreation that businesses may offer during the yellow and green phases of reopening, and how they may do so safely, as the commonwealth continues to open its own public recreation facilities across the state.

 

 

“As summer quickly approaches and all 67 counties are in either yellow or green phases of reopening, it was important to provide businesses with the guidance necessary to safely reopen or plan for reopening as they reach the green phase,” Gov. Wolf said. “I want all Pennsylvanians to remain active and to enjoy all the recreation the commonwealth has to offer, but we must do so safely and with social distancing top of mind.”

 

 

The new guidance allows outdoor activities like mountain biking, outdoor miniature golf, motorsports venues, go carts, rock climbing, disc golf, paintball, horse riding, tennis, archery or shooting, and other similar facilities that conduct operations outdoors to resume operation in yellow phase counties.

 

 

Businesses that operate these outdoor recreational activities may resume operations but may not operate indoor spaces for public or visitor use other than restrooms and ticketing and entry locations.

 

 

Online ticketing and timed or staged entry are strongly encouraged to manage occupancy rates and physical distancing.

 

 

These businesses must ensure that visitors practice social distancing and do not congregate at entry gates, kiosks, concession stands, or similar locations.

 

 

The announcement comes as Pennsylvania's own recreational facilities are reopening to the public, with facilities in state parks and forests such as cabins, cottages, lodges, and yurts opening statewide on Friday, June 12, and most state park swimming pools in yellow phase and green phase counties reopening as of Saturday, June 13. As of Saturday, June 6, all 58 state park beaches are open to swimming.

 

 

Capacity at beaches and pools will be limited to 50 percent of the normal facility capacity and mitigation measures, including restricting visitor parking, controlling facility access, ensuring social distancing and the wearing of face masks when not in the water, must remain in place. All Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance remains in effect. 

 

 

The updated guidance can be found here.

 

 

More information on Governor Wolf’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania can be found here.

 

 

Keep up with state park and forest facility reopenings using the DCNR Reopening Map.

 

 

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Gov. Wolf Announces $225 Million Grant Program for Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

 

 

Harrisburg, PA — Governor Tom Wolf today announced a $225 million statewide grant program to support small businesses that were impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis and subsequent business closure order.

 

 

“As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and shift our focus toward reopening our commonwealth, we need to help all Pennsylvanians recover. We need to provide assistance for those who were hurt by the pandemic and the resulting economic downturn,” Gov. Wolf said. “This new program will provide direct support to impacted businesses to cover operating expenses during the shutdown and the transition to reopening.”

 

 

The funding was developed in partnership with state lawmakers and allocated through the recently enacted state budget, which included $2.6 billion in federal stimulus funds through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, of which $225 million was earmarked for relief for small businesses.

 

 

The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) will distribute the funds to the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs), which will then administer the funding in the form of grants.

 

 

Eligible businesses will be able to use the grants to cover operating expenses during the shutdown and transition to re-opening, and for technical assistance including training and guidance for business owners as they stabilize and relaunch their businesses.

 

 

The funds will be available through three programs:

 

 

  • $100 million for the Main Street Business Revitalization Program for small businesses that experienced loss as a result of the governor’s March 19, 2020 order relating to the closure of all non-life-sustaining businesses and have or will incur costs to adapt to new business operations related to COVID-19;

     

  • $100 million for the Historically Disadvantaged Business Revitalization Program for small businesses that experienced loss as a result of the business closure order, have or will incur costs to adapt to new business operations related to COVID-19, and in which socially and economically disadvantaged individuals own at least a 51 percent interest and also control management and daily business operations.

     

  • $25 million for the Loan Payment Deferment and Loss Reserve Program, which will allow the CDFIs the opportunity to offer forbearance and payment relief for existing portfolio businesses that are struggling due to the impact of COVID, as well as shore up the financial position of the CDFIs that are experiencing significant increased defaults in their existing loan portfolios. 

     

“I want to thank Governor Wolf for engaging leadership in the General Assembly to inform the process of moving federal aid out to those who have been most harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic. I also want to thank the leadership of the Senate Democratic caucus who worked with our members to formulate a strategic plan for the deployment of nearly $4 billion in federal assistance,” said state Senator John Blake (D-Lackawanna). “The Main Street Business Revitalization program is a reflection of that cooperation and leadership and it will meet Pennsylvania’s small business owners where they are, on Main Street, after nearly three months of lost or no sales. It will enable small business owners throughout the commonwealth to meet their insurance payments, rents, health insurance premiums, local taxes and other expenses that they otherwise could not meet due to lost sales. Finally, I want to thank the 17 CDFIs throughout the state as well as DCED for their professionalism, agility, urgency and dedication to getting this federal funding to the small businesses that need it most as quickly as possible.”

 

 

“The Main Street Business and Historically Disadvantaged Revitalization Programs will provide welcomed relief for mom and pop businesses in neighborhoods across the commonwealth. Since this pandemic began, we have heard the needs of the auto body shops, the barbershops, the beauticians, the pizza shop owners, the soul food establishments and other businesses in our communities. The needs of these businesses that were unable to get much needed help from other state and federal programs were a priority in our Senate Democratic Caucus’ April 29 PA CARES Program announcement,” said state Senator Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery). “For months, my office has worked with a network of trusted community organizations that have a proven track record of working with our small businesses, the CDFIs, to find a solution to assist our neighborhood businesses. I believe these programs are that solution. There is still more work to be done, but these programs are a win for Pennsylvania and its small businesses.”

 

 

“Small businesses bore the brunt of the economic impacts of the pandemic. This investment is a good first step toward their recovery and the recovery of communities across the commonwealth,” said House Democratic Leader Frank Dermody. “This program will benefit multiple diverse industries, brought forward from many partners in the legislature, including Reps. Jared Solomon, Morgan Cephas, Jake Wheatley, Ryan Bizzarro, Chris Sappey and Melissa Shusterman.”

 

 

The PA CDFI Network is a group of 17 PA-based community development financial institutions that primarily provide financing options for small businesses.

 

 

"We are pleased to work with the governor on the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance program to provide economic opportunities for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic," said James Burnett, vice chairman of the PA CDFI Network. "We know how important it is to support the smallest, most vulnerable businesses throughout the commonwealth, including historically disadvantaged and main street businesses.”

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Frequently Asked Questions for Business on Mitigation​ 

 
 




COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR BUSINESS

    CLICK HERE:  BUSINESS RESOURCES​


Benefits Available Soon for Contractors, Self-Employed Workers

 

The CARES Act temporarily makes benefits available to other individuals who are not normally eligible, such as people who are self-employed, independent contractors and gig workers. However, these individuals cannot apply through the current unemployment system; the federal government requires the state to create a new platform to provide these benefits.

The Department of Labor and Industry expects to have the new system up and running within the next two weeks. Claimants will be able to receive backdated payments to January 27 or the first week that they were unable to work due to the coronavirus, whichever is later. More information about the new program is available on the department’s frequently asked questions page.​


Governor Wolf Urges Manufacturing Sector to Report Critical COVID-19-Related Supply Capabilities, Needs ​

 
COVID-19 Unemployment Compensation Guidance from Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry
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June 29, 2020 
 
Pennsylvania Extends Unemployment Compensation Benefits for 13 More Weeks
 
Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak today announced that people who exhaust their regular unemployment compensation (UC) and federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) may now qualify for 13 additional weeks of payments through the state’s Unemployment Compensation Extended Benefits program.
Extended Benefits (EB) are additional UC benefits payable to qualified workers whenever the state’s unemployment rate reaches a certain level determined by law. The last time the EB program was triggered in Pennsylvania was 2009.
The current EB period began May 3, 2020, but benefits are not payable until an individual has exhausted PEUC benefits. EB payments will begin with the week ending July 4, 2020 and are payable only for weeks of unemployment during an EB period.
Important information about the EB program follows and will be sent by mail to all individuals who potentially qualify for the additional benefits.
Eligibility
You may be eligible for EB if:
  • You are totally or partially unemployed;
  • You have exhausted your regular state benefits on your most recent UC claim, or your most recent UC benefit year has ended; and
  • You have received the maximum amount of PEUC that you were eligible to receive.
Additional eligibility information is available here
​If you collect the maximum amount of PEUC that you are eligible to receive, an EB Notice of Financial Determination will be mailed to you.
  • You must complete your weekly EB online certification in order to claim EB for weeks that you are totally or partially unemployed.
  • Each EB online certification corresponds to one specific week, as indicated on the web form. Individuals who opt to use paper claim forms should only use the form that is specifically dated for the week of unemployment you are claiming.
  • If you do not receive your Financial Determination within two weeks after you receive your final PEUC payment, call the UC Service Center at 1-888-313-7284.
EB Weekly Benefit Amount
  • EB weekly benefit payments are the same as regular UC.
  • The total amount of EB that you may receive is 50 percent of the amount of regular UC you were financially eligible to receive on your most recent claim. Example:
    • If you were financially eligible for 26 weeks of regular UC, you may receive up to 13 weeks of EB.
  • There is an additional wage test for EB eligibility, so not all individuals will financially qualify.
  • EB may only be paid for weeks ending during an EB period.
  • If you are entitled to Trade Readjustment Allowances, you may receive fewer weeks of EB.
Pennsylvania Unemployment Benefits Payment Information
Since March 15, more than $21.5 billion in benefits has been paid:
  • $9.6 billion from regular UC
  • $9.6 billion from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program (extra $600 per week)
  • $2.2 billion issued so far to Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claimants (self-employed, gig workers, independent contractors)
  • $129 million through Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program (extended benefits)
Important Resources and Links
Additional unemployment benefits information is available on L&I’s website, Facebook or Twitter.
 
 
 
 


L&I Reminds Eligible Pennsylvanians to Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Benefits 

 

 Harrisburg, PA – If you’re self-employed, an independent contractor, gig worker, or someone not normally eligible for regular unemployment compensation (UC) and haven’t yet applied for benefits under Pennsylvania’s Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, the Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) is reminding you to submit your application at www.uc.pa.gov/PUA. ​

 

 


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Pennsylvania Launches COVID-19 Job Hiring Portal

 

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvanians looking for work can now find life-sustaining businesses that are hiring through a new online COVID-19 job portal the Department of Labor & Industry is launching today.

 INFORMATION FOR CLAIMANTS STRUGGLING WITH UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION SYSTEM



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 COVID-19 Unemployment Compensation Guidance from Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry 
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Gov. Wolf: $50 Million in Grants Available to Support Fire and EMS Companies Negatively Affected by COVID-19

 

 

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the Office of State Fire Commissioner will be working to enact recent legislation to provide $50 million in direct financial relief to fire and emergency medical service (EMS) companies negatively impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

 

 

“Since we began taking action to curtail the spread of COVID-19, our state’s fire and EMS companies have seen record-breaking call volume and fewer opportunities to raise funds,” Gov. Wolf said. “These grants will go a long way to support their heroic efforts amid a very difficult public health crisis that has created a financial burden for many of these companies.”

 

 

“It has become a struggle just to keep the lights on for far too many of the companies that protect our communities,” State Fire Commissioner Bruce Trego said. “I am pleased that our office can help get these funds out to the companies most in need.”

 

 

Of the $50 million in funding set aside for this new program, $44 million will be made available to fire and rescue companies and the remaining $6 million will go to EMS companies. Though the legislation took immediate effect, the Office of State Fire Commissioner must now establish the protocols for application, review and disbursement of grant funds.

 

 

In the coming weeks, detailed information about the program and instructions on how to apply will be available online at the Office of the State Fire Commissioner’s website. Companies are advised to check back regularly for updated information.

MEDIA CONTACT:    Lyndsay Kensinger, ra-gvgovpress@pa.gov
                                    L. Paul Vezzetti, 717-651-2169; lvezzetti@pa.gov

 

 

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Interim NIOSH Training for Emergency Responders: Reducing Risks Associated with Long Work Hours​

 https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/emres/longhourstraining/default.html


PEMA (PA EMERGENCY MGMT AND GOVT)


This guidance was just published yesterday by CDC and gives us some options for consideration if faced with reusing PPE because of supply shortages.

  

  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/ppe-strategy/decontamination-reuse-respirators.html

       

 Per our Tech Hazards Chief, it is very thorough and not only has detailed instructions, it also provides details on the types of peroxides and other solutions (ultraviolet light and microwave)  which will provide adequate decontamination of COVID-19.

     

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Severe Blood Shortage 
Please schedule an appointment to donate blood this week at:
   
AMERICAN RED CROSS BLOOD DONATION​​
NEPA COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE

CDC WEBSITE

PA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH​                           

 
   
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The Department of Human Services (DHS) launched a statewide Support & Referral Helpline staffed by skilled and compassionate staff who will be available 24/7 to assist Pennsylvanians struggling with anxiety and other challenging emotions due to the COVID-19 emergency and refer them to community-based resources that can further help to meet individual needs.

 

      

The toll-free, round-the-clock support line is officially operational. 

 

 The number to call is 1-855-284-2494. 

 

 

 ​For TTY, dial 724-631-5600.

 

 

     

 To create and staff the support line, DHS has partnered with the Center for Community Resources (CCR), an experienced regional crisis and call center provider based in Butler County and licensed to provide crisis services. 

 

 

  CCR staff are trained to be accessible, culturally competent, and skilled at assisting individuals with mental illness, intellectual disabilities, co-occurring disorders and other special needs. Staff use the principles of trauma-informed care to listen, assess needs, triage calls, and provide appropriate referral to community resources to children, teens, adults and special populations.

 

       

CCR will collaborate with individuals, families, police, emergency medical teams, hospitals, schools, and human service providers on the local level to provide quality care to their community members.

  

 Many other resources also remain available to Pennsylvanians in need of support, including:

 

    

   National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
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  • Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454

     

  • Crisis Text Line: Text “PA” to 741-741

     

  • Veteran Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

     

  • Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990

     

  • Get Help Now Hotline (for substance use disorders): 1-800-662-4357

     

  • Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Helpline: 1-888-772-7227

     

  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 1-800-799-7233

      

 

   

​                                                                                              Text "PA" to 741741

  

Free, 24/7, Confidential

 

 

  

 

 

 

Pennsylvania Care Partnership

 

 

  

 

 

 

303 Walnut Street

 

 

11th Floor

 

 

Harrisburg, PA. 17101

 

 

 

 



“Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19” 
US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

“Taking Care of your Emotional Health” 
US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

“Helping Children Cope with Emergencies”
US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (C
D
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Q&A on coronaviruses 
World Health Organization (WHO)

Coronavirus & Mental Health: Taking Care of Ourselves During Infectious Disease Outbreaks 
American Psychiatric Association (APA)
 
 
 
​Coronavirus & Emerging Infectious Disease Outbreaks Response 
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS)

Taking Care of your Family during Coronavirus Fact Sheet 
Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS)

Research Information:

Speaking of Psychology: Coronavirus Anxiety 
American Psychological Association

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with COVID-19 
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus 
National Public Radio

Talking to Teens & Tweens about Coronavirus 
The New York Times
 
 

 

 

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