Rep. Patrick J. Harkins March 23, 2020 | 11:35 AM
In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting Pennsylvania, we wanted to provide you with the following resources and information to help you and your family in the days ahead.
Please note that this webpage will be updated as needed with additional information and resources.
State Services and Resources
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has created a COVID-19 guide to assist everyone. It includes information on social distancing, mental health resources, unemployment, food assistance, changes from PennDOT and resources for small business: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/
For individuals: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForIndividuals
For families: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForFamilies
For businesses: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForBusinessesUtilities
The Life-Sustaining Business list, as of March 24: https://www.scribd.com/document/452553026/UPDATED-2-30pm-March-24-2020-Industry-Operation-Guidance
Life-Sustaining Business FAQ: https://www.scribd.com/document/452553495/UPDATED-4-00pm-March-31-2020-Life-Sustaining-Business-FAQs
To apply for a waiver: https://expressforms.pa.gov/apps/pa/DCED/Waiver-process-keeping-physical-locations-open
The PA Department of Community & Economic Development is offering working capital loans that could be of assistance to small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Resources and information are here: https://dced.pa.gov/programs/covid-19-working-capital-access-program-cwca/
Governor Wolf has announced the availability of low-interest loans for small businesses and eligible non-profits in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA): https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance.
Find PA services while practicing social distancing:
The federal Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from April 1 through Dec. 31, 2020. Please read the below fact sheets to determine if you are eligible.
§ Fact Sheet for Employees
§ Fact Sheet for Employers
§ Questions and Answers
FEMA preparedness: https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus
Federal Trade Commission on scams: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/coronavirus-scams-what-ftc-doing
Dept. of Labor workplace rules: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/whd/pandemic
EPA virus-killing chemicals: https://www.epa.gov/pesticide-registration/list-n-disinfectants-use-against-sars-cov-2
CDC guidance for businesses still open: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/businesses-employers.html
Residents can access these links for resources and assistance and can also sign up for alerts that can be sent to their phone or email.
SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND UNIVERSITIES (COUNTYWIDE INFO)
Free Meals http://www.fairviewschools.org/news/what_s_new/free_lunches_during_closure
Free Meals - https://www.wattsburg.org/Foodservicecovid19.aspx
Free Meals- https://girardsd.org/apps/news/show_news.jsp?REC_ID=621212&id=0
At home resources-https://girardsd.org/apps/news/show_news.jsp?REC_ID=623091&id=0
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