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ZOOM Update

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Dear Valued Customer, As you may know, Zoom 5.0 is live! Please update all your clients to version Zoom 5.0 now or before May 30th. When: Beginning May 30th, 2020, Zoom will be enabling GCM encryption across the entire Zoom platform, providing increased protection for meeting data.  What: Please update all your clients to Zoom 5.0. […]

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Human Services: Learning and Support Network is Helping Long-Term Care Facilities During COVID-19

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Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation today provided an update on the Educational Support and Clinical Coaching Program (ESCCP), a learning network established by DHS and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation in early April and supported by seven health systems around Pennsylvania that provides technical assistance and educational […]

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(FOR Grant Admins) FEMA / PEMA Large Project Formulation Training WebEx

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PEMA and FEMA have added an additional series of WebEx based trainings that will focus on the creation of large project applications in Grants Portal. Large projects are those activities that have incurred costs greater than $131,100 in eligible emergency protective measures associated with the response to COVID-19. The scheduled trainings will be approximately 90 […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 746 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 64,412

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 20, that there are 746 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 64,412. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 4,767 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 143 new deaths. County-specific information and a […]

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Wolf Administration Grants Second Extension to License to Carry Firearm Permits

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The Pennsylvania State Police announced today that Governor Tom Wolf has granted an additional extension to license to carry firearms permits. Permits, which expired on March 19, 2020 or later, have now been extended to July 31, 2020. The previous extension was set to expire on May 30. The extension of license to carry permit […]

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FEMA / PEMA Grant Process Update & Grants Portal Streamlined Project Process Training WebEx

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Non-PNP applicant Grants Portal accounts will be activated by FEMA on Friday 5/22/20 after 4:00 PM. Non-PNP applicants will be receiving an automated email from Grants Portal requesting that you log in and change your password. Once you have changed your password, please refrain from beginning to complete the project application process until you have […]

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State to Distribute $51 million in CARES Funding to Support Child Care Providers

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Governor Tom Wolf today announced an initial distribution of $51 million of funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to support child care providers around Pennsylvania. Distributed in partnership with the General Assembly, this initial funding will reach nearly 7,000 child care centers. “Child care providers are the backbone of […]

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Uninsured Pennsylvanians Can Access Free Coronavirus Testing During COVID-19 Crisis, Addressing Task Force Findings

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Pennsylvanians who don’t have health insurance can be tested for the novel coronavirus free of charge, addressing a concern identified by the Pennsylvania COVID-19 Response Task Force on Health Disparity chaired by Lt. Gov. John Fetterman. Governor Tom Wolf announced Monday that federal stimulus funding will be used to reimburse providers who test uninsured patients, […]

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Guidance Available for People Needing FBI Background Checks During Stay-at-Home, Reopening Phases

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The Department of Human Services (DHS) today released guidance for people needing Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) criminal history background checks as a condition of employment while counties are operating under stay-at-home orders and differing points of the reopening plan. Earlier this month Governor Tom Wolf signed Act 18 of 2020, which extends the time […]

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Gov. Wolf Vetoes SB 327, HB 2388 and HB 2412

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Governor Tom Wolf today vetoed three bills related to the state’s response to COVID-19 that violate the separation of powers and make other changes that go against the administration’s measured plan for reopening the state safely. Senate Bill 327 would authorize counties to develop and implement their own mitigation plans and decide when businesses within […]

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Governor Wolf Announces Real Estate Industry May Conduct Limited Business Transactions Statewide

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Governor Amendment to the Business Closure OrderSecretary of Health Amendment to the Business Closure Order Harrisburg, PA — Governor Tom Wolf today announced that starting today, businesses and employees in the real estate industry may conduct limited business-related activities statewide and provided guidance for this industry to operate in red phase and yellow phase counties. “We […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 610 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 63,666

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 19, that there are 610 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 63,666. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 4,624 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 119 new deaths. County-specific information and a […]

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Department of Health Announces CDC Teams to Assist in Pennsylvania COVID-19 Response

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Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has sent three teams to Pennsylvania to assist with the COVID-19 response.  “We are so pleased to have this level of collaboration and assistance from the CDC to help our teams working in the field in Pennsylvania,” Dr. […]

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DCNR Announces Plans to Reopen More State Park, Forest Facilities

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Today, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced a phased reopening of more state park and forest facilities in keeping with Governor Wolf’s direction to ensure Pennsylvanians have opportunities to safely enjoy outdoor recreation and help maintain positive physical and mental health. “With appropriate protocols in place to ensure […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 822 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 63,056

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 18, that there are 822 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 63,056. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 4,505 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 87 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide […]

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Gov. Wolf: Federal Funding Available for COVID-19 Testing and Treatment for Uninsured Patients

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Governor Tom Wolf announced today that through the federal stimulus bills providers of COVID-19 testing and treatment services will be able to be reimbursed for providing those services to uninsured patients. “All Pennsylvanians should have access to necessary testing for COVID-19 and this federal funding will help eliminate any financial burden on those both providing […]

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Deadline to Register to Vote in Primary Election Approaches

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Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar today reminded all eligible Pennsylvanians to register to vote by the May 18 deadline so they can participate in the June 2 primary election. “I encourage all eligible Pennsylvanians to make sure they are registered to vote by the deadline on Monday,” Secretary Boockvar said. “You can easily register or […]

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Pennsylvania Launches Program for People who Exhaust their Unemployment Compensation Benefits

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Provides an additional 13 weeks of benefits More than $7.9 billion in total unemployment benefits paid since mid-March   Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak today announced the launch of Pennsylvania’s Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program to provide an additional 13 weeks of benefits to people who exhaust […]

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COVID -19 Testing Walmart Milford PA

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My name is Hassaun; I am the Store Manager of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. in Milford PA. It’s my pleasure to correspond with you today, and I would enjoy an opportunity to meet and greet with you in the near future, to share all of the exciting thoughts I have for the store, and how this […]

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12 More Counties to Move to Yellow Phase on May 22

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Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced 12 additional Pennsylvania counties will move to the yellow phase of reopening at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 22. Those counties include Adams, Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Wayne, and York. Twenty-four counties moved into the yellow phase of reopening on May 8 and another 13 […]

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Department of Agriculture Highlights Pennsylvania Food Rescues, Outlines Steps to Reduce Food Waste, Feed Hungry during COVID-19

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Department of Agriculture Outlines Order of Restaurant Enforcement Actions, Urges Compliance

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The Department of Agriculture today outlined the order of enforcement actions that would be taken against restaurants offering dine-in services to patrons in violation of Governor Tom Wolf’s March 19 business closure Executive Order to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the commonwealth. “It’s important that Pennsylvania’s restaurants don’t stray from the course now, we’ve […]

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Sign up to assist with contact tracing for the PA Department of Health

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Below is information about how individuals and groups can sign up to assist with contact tracing for the PA Department of Health (DOH). Please share through your channels. Process for Individuals: •             Sign-up on ServPA. That is www.serv.pa.gov *Please note the spelling of serve when talking with the individual about the site.* •             Tell the […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 938 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 59,636

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 14, that there are 938 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 59,636. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Today, the state is reporting 4,218 total deaths, an increase from the 3,943 total deaths reported yesterday. There […]

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Department of Human Services Reminds Pennsylvanians Online Services are Available

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The Department of Human Services (DHS) is reminding Pennsylvanians that while all county assistance offices (CAOs) statewide remain closed to the public, online services remain available. CAOs in counties moving to the yellow phase will reopen following adjustments to facilities necessary to keep staff and clients safe. Pennsylvanians are encouraged to use DHS’ online applications […]

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Wayne Memorial Hospital to Open COVID Testing Site in Pike County

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(Honesdale, PA, May 12, 2020)… Wayne Memorial Hospital is opening a COVID-19 testing site at the Pike County Training Center off Route 739, starting Monday, May 18th.  Wayne Memorial Laboratory Services will offer both COVID-19 and respiratory panel tests by prescription only.  The new testing site was initiated by Wayne Memorial Health System (WMHS), along […]

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Department of Health Distributes Drug to Help Treat COVID-19 Patients in Hospitals

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The Department of Health today distributed the investigational antiviral medication, remdesivir, to treat patients in the hospital with COVID-19. The federal government distributed the first shipment of 1,200 doses to the department on Tuesday, May 12, and this entire allotment has been shipped to Pennsylvania hospitals. “The department is working to give our hospitals every opportunity […]

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COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program Provides Funding Assistance to Additional Pennsylvania Businesses

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$12 Million in New Funds Awarded to Businesses in 37 Counties  Harrisburg, PA – Today, on behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced that 148 companies in 37 counties have received $12 million in funding in the fourth disbursement of the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA). […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 707 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 58,698

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Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 13, that there are 707 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 58,698. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. As a result of our continued work to reconcile data from various sources, the state […]

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Secretary of Agriculture: We’re all in this Together, Remember the Risk Essential Workers are Taking to Serve

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Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today reminded Pennsylvanians the importance of mutual respect when patronizing Pennsylvania’s essential businesses – whether it be a grocery store, farmers market, restaurant, or hardware store. Business operators and their employees are working hard to protect each other and their consumers in a safe, clean environment. “During these unusual times, there […]

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Wolf Administration Reminds Pennsylvanians Struggling with Mental Health, Substance Use Disorder that Help is Available

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The Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller and Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) Secretary Jennifer Smith today reminded Pennsylvanians who are struggling with mental health or substance use disorder issues that help is available. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which seeks to raise awareness and understanding and to fight stigma […]

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Pennsylvania Receives $523 Million in One-Time Federal Emergency Funds to Support Schools

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Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) has approved Pennsylvania’s application for $523.8 million in one-time federal emergency funds to help schools respond to COVID-19 impacts. “Our schools and educators have been working tirelessly to help students and their families during this crisis,” said Governor Wolf. “These efforts must be […]

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AA20-133A: Top 10 Routinely Exploited Vulnerabilities

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Original release date: May 12, 2020 Summary The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the broader U.S. Government are providing this technical guidance to advise IT security professionals at public and private sector organizations to place an increased priority on patching the most commonly known vulnerabilities exploited by […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 837 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 57,991

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 12, that there are 837 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 57,991. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The state is reporting an increase of 75 new deaths today, bringing the statewide total to 3,806 deaths […]

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PennDOT To Use Existing Photos for Driver License and Identification Card Renewals

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Customers with camera cards must still obtain new photos Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that PennDOT will use existing photos on file for customers who renew their driver’s license and identification card. “Using a customer’s existing photo will help limit the number of people in our driver and photo […]

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Department of Health Continues to Fight COVID-19 in Nursing Homes through Testing, Education and Resources

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Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today emphasized the work being done to assist those in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, and shared information regarding the testing of all nursing home residents and staff as part of the efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in these congregate care facilities. “Our nursing home residents […]

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Pike County Officials Build Alliances to Address the Reopening of Local Businesses

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 12, 2020 CONTACT: Krista Gromalski 570-296-9805 office / 570-832-1434 cell / kgromalski@pikepa.org PIKE COUNTY, PA – The Pike County Commissioners are committed to a balanced, and responsible reopening of businesses in Pike County as they safely navigate the COVID-19 crisis. The Commissioners recognize and commend Pike County residents and business owners […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 543 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 57,154

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 11, that there are 543 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 57,154. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The state is reporting an increase of 24 new deaths today, bringing the statewide total to 3,731 deaths […]

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PennDOT Reopens Additional Roadside Rest Areas

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is reopening indoor facilities at three additional rest areas statewide. PennDOT’s rest areas were temporarily closed statewide on March 17 in response to Governor Tom Wolf’s mitigation guidance regarding COVID-19 to ensure that proper safety and sanitation protocols were in place. Many rest areas across Pennsylvania have since reopened. […]

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Gov. Wolf to Pennsylvania: We Must Stay the Course, We Must Follow the Law

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Governor Tom Wolf today reminded Pennsylvanians that the state’s actions to stop the spread of COVID-19 are working and that we must stay the course and follow the law or there will be negative consequences. “Pennsylvanians are fighting for our lives,” Gov. Wolf said. “We have fought this deadly virus in the best way we […]

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5/10/2020 Covid Charts Update

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 1,295 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 56,611

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 10, that there are 1,295 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 56,611. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The state is reporting an increase of 19 new deaths today, bringing the statewide total to 3,707 deaths […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 1,078 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 55,316

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 9, that there are 1,078 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 55,316. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The state is reporting an increase of 72 new deaths today, bringing the statewide total to 3,688 deaths […]

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Gov. Wolf Announces 13 Counties will Move to Yellow Phase of Reopening on May 15

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Today Governor Tom Wolf announced 13 Pennsylvania counties will move to the yellow phase of reopening at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 15. Those counties include Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland. On May 1, the governor announced the 24 counties moving into the yellow phase of reopening beginning […]

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Wolf Administration Provides Guidance for Buildings Closed During COVID-19

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As businesses in counties enter the Yellow Phase of the state’s reopening plan, the Pennsylvania departments of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Health (DOH) are encouraging owners and operators of dormant buildings to flush building water systems prior to reopening. Buildings that have been closed or used less frequently for an extended period of time may […]

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Department of Health Releases Revised Dental Health Care Guidance for Treating Patients During COVID-19 Pandemic

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today released the revised dental health care guidance as part of Governor Tom Wolf’s strategic, phased COVID-19 reopening plan. Governor Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine have revised their business closure orders issued on March 19  to remove the prohibition on non-urgent and non-emergent, dental procedures. Those orders […]

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PA COURTS

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County Partners, For additional information on the first question on the operation of the Court sytem and Magistrates offices during last evening’s county briefing see the links below. Link to the Supreme Court’s Order addressing operation of court business and information on Magistrates in response to question #1 for the May 7, 2020, county call. […]

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Human Services Launches Emergency Assistance Program to Help Low-Income Families Amidst COVID-19

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Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller today announced an Emergency Assistance Program (EAP) to help low-income families who lost wages experiencing financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Families who qualify will be eligible for a one-time payment to assist them in meeting basic needs and help them secure more stable financial footing […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 1,323 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 54,238

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 8, that there are 1,323 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 54,238. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. As a result of our continued work to reconcile data from various sources the state is reporting an […]

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Self-employed and Others Can Now File for Backdated Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Benefits

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Approved claimants should get lump sum payments within 1 week of filing Weekly certifications MUST be filed every week to continue receiving payments  Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak today announced eligible self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers and others not normally eligible for regular unemployment compensation (UC) can […]

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Pike County Food Banks Receive $10,000 from the Human Resources Center Foundation

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PIKE COUNTY, PA – The Pike County Office of Human Services received $10,000 from the Human Resources Foundation in Honesdale, PA to support Pike’s five local food banks, which are serving significantly more residents during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. “We are extremely appreciative of this much needed assistance,” says Robert Ruiz, Director of Pike County […]

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Gov. Wolf, Attorney General Shapiro Announce Protections from Foreclosures and Evictions Through July 10

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Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Attorney General Josh Shapiro today to announce that he signed an executive order that protects Pennsylvanians from foreclosures or evictions through July 10. The action builds on a Pennsylvania Supreme Court order which closed court eviction proceedings until May 11 and ensures no renter or homeowner will be removed […]

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PUC Continues to Educate Consumers About Available Resources & Utility Assistance Programs During COVID-19 Pandemic & Recovery

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HARRISBURG – Utilizing the latest technology and coordinating with front-line community partners, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) continues to educate utility customers about their rights and responsibilities, assistance programs, and available resources – during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as during the recovery period that will follow. “In these uncertain times, the Commission is […]

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Gov. Wolf: Office of Advocacy and Reform Announces Plan to Build a Trauma-Informed Pennsylvania

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The Office of Advocacy and Reform (OAR), established by Governor Tom Wolf’s 2019 executive order to protect Pennsylvania’s vulnerable populations, today announced the launch of a volunteer think tank comprised of 25 experts representing a diversity of fields and backgrounds who will develop a plan to make Pennsylvania a trauma-informed state. “The people of Pennsylvania […]

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Pike County Government Buildings Continue 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. On-Site Office Hours

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 7, 2020 CONTACT: Krista Gromalski 570-296-9805 office / 570-832-1434 cell / kgromalski@pikepa.org PIKE COUNTY, PA – Pike County facilities will continue to operate under the current schedule of restricted on-site hours and accessibility until such time as Governor Wolf moves Pike County from the Red to Yellow Phase of his process […]

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Wolf Administration Receives Approval to Launch Food Access Program for Students During COVID-19 Crisis

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The Wolf Administration received approval from the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for a plan to provide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to students who are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals at school through the National School Lunch Program. This program, known as Pandemic Electronic Benefit […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 1070 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 52,915

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 7, that there are 1,070 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 52,915. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. As a result of our continued work to reconcile data from various sources the state is reporting an […]

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Department of Aging Receives $3 Million to Support Aging and Disability Resource Centers during Pandemic

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The Pennsylvania Department of Aging’s Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC) Office has been awarded $3 million from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living to support efforts to mitigate and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ADRC, also known as the PA Link to Aging and Disability Resources, is a […]

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Gov. Wolf Outlines Plans to Create Commonwealth Civilian Coronavirus Corps to Support Fall COVID-19 Recovery Efforts

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As Pennsylvania plans to safely reopen the economy and recover from COVID-19, Governor Tom Wolf announced the creation of the Commonwealth Civilian Coronavirus Corps, ​a public service initiative that will support efforts ​this fall to increase testing and contact tracing and provide critical new job opportunities in the public health sector. “​Our highest priority remains protecting public health and safety, […]

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Wolf Administration: No One Should Go Hungry, Pennsylvanians Should Apply for Programs Designed for ‘Times Like These’

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First Lady Frances Wolf, Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller, and Department of Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding today outlined food assistance programs available for Pennsylvanians to enroll in to get them through current COVID-19-induced tough times. They said Pennsylvanians should feel no shame in accepting state and federal food benefits that were, in fact, […]

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Gov. Wolf: Free N95 Decontamination System for Healthcare Facilities, First Responders Now Available

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Governor Tom Wolf today announced the availability of a program to provide free N95 respirator decontamination to healthcare facilities, first responders, and other eligible organizations that may be experiencing a shortage of the respirators due to limited availability through normal procurement channels. “We are in the midst of an unprecedented shortage of personal protective equipment,” […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 888 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 51,845

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 6, that there are 888 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 51,845. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Today, the state is reporting an increase of 94 new deaths, bringing the statewide total to 3,106 deaths […]

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5/5/2020 Covid Trend Graphs

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 865 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 50,957

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 5, that there are 865 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 50,957. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. As a result of our continued work to reconcile data from various sources, the state is reporting an […]

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May 6th Pike County Commissioners Meeting to be Conducted via Zoom and Live Streamed on YouTube

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The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pike CountyCommissioners on Wednesday May 6 at 9:00 a.m. will be conducted via Zoom andlivestreamed on the County’s YouTube channel.Members of the press and public can view it on YouTube by visiting the County websitewww.PikePA.org and clicking on the YouTube icon. The meeting agenda will be availablefor download on […]

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Insurance Commissioner Calls on Congress to Strengthen Health Insurance Consumer Protections

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Stabilize the Industry and Ensure Affordability Moving Forward Harrisburg – Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman announced today that the Insurance Department has sent a letter to Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation recommending federal actions to help provide stability and affordability to the insurance market for consumers and insurers. The commissioner’s letter identified numerous steps Congress could take […]

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COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program Provides Relief to Hundreds of Additional Businesses

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$14 Million in New Funds Awarded to Businesses in 39 Counties  Harrisburg, PA – Today, on behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced that 173 companies in 39 counties have received $14 million in funding during the third round of the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA). […]

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Wolf Administration Applies for $523 Million in Emergency Funds to Support Schools

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The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) today submitted its Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund application to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) to obtain approximately $523.8 million in emergency, one-time funds to help schools respond to COVID-19 impacts. “Pennsylvania’s educators have been working under extraordinary conditions from the onset of the coronavirus, […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 825 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 50,092

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 4, that there are 825 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 50,092. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Today, the department reported 14 new deaths, bringing the statewide total to 2,458 in Pennsylvania. County-specific information and […]

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Department of Human Services Reminds Pennsylvanians that Mental Health Help is Available

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The Department of Human Services (DHS) today marked Mental Health Awareness Month with a reminder that it is okay to not feel okay and that help is available. Mental Health Awareness Month seeks to raise awareness and understanding and to fight stigma of mental illness and substance use disorders. “We know that the COVID-19 emergency […]

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5/3/2020 Covid Trend Graphs

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DCNR Announces Plan for Reopening Some State Park, Forest Facilities

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Today, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced a phased reopening of state park and forest facilities in keeping with Governor Wolf’s direction to ensure that Pennsylvanians have opportunities to safely enjoy outdoor recreation as a way to maintain positive physical and mental health. “As the weather turns warmer, […]

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

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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.  L&I’s new PUA website, which launched its application […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 962 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 49,267

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 3, that there are 962 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 49,267. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Today, the department reported 26 new deaths, bringing the statewide total to 2,444 in Pennsylvania. County-specific information and […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 1,334 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 48,305

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 2, that there are 1,334 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 48,305. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Today, the department reported 64 new deaths, bringing the statewide total to 2,418 in Pennsylvania. County-specific information and […]

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PennDOT Extends Expiration Dates on Driver Licenses, ID Cards, and Learner’s Permits

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, and learner’s permits, will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Effective April 30, 2020, expiration dates for driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner’s permits scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020 through […]

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Gov. Wolf Announces Reopening of 24 Counties Beginning May 8

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Balancing economic benefits and public health risks, Governor Tom Wolf today announced the reopening of 24 counties in the northwest and north-central regions of the state, moving them from red to yellow beginning at 12:01 a.m., Friday, May 8. “Over the past two months, Pennsylvanians in every corner of our commonwealth have acted collectively to […]

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L&I Offers Six Tips to Get Unemployment Compensation Benefits Quicker

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With the historic surge in people seeking unemployment compensation (UC), Labor & Industry (L&I) Secretary Jerry Oleksiak today offered six tips to help Pennsylvanians more quickly receive the benefits they have earned and deserve. “A little over a month ago, life changed drastically for all of us due to the difficult but necessary mitigation efforts […]

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New Funding Awarded to Assist Hospitals Across Pennsylvania

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Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that nearly $324 million in funding has been awarded to 31 hospitals across the commonwealth through the Hospital Emergency Loan Program, or HELP, which provides short-term financial relief as hospitals combat the surge of COVID-19 cases in their area. “As Pennsylvania continues to practice social distancing, we have successfully flattened […]

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PA Council on Aging Releases Findings from Survey of Older Adults During Pandemic

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The Pennsylvania Department of Aging and the Pennsylvania Council on Aging (PCoA) today released the findings of a statewide survey conducted by PCoA to assess the status, needs and interests of older adults during the COVID-19 outbreak. The survey inquired about food access, public risk factors, and social connection. The brief online survey, conducted during the […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 1,208 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 46,971

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 1, that there are 1,208 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 46,971. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Today, the department reported 62 new deaths, bringing the statewide total to 2,354 in Pennsylvania. County-specific information and […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 1,397 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 45,763

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., April 30, that there are 1,397 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 45,763. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Today, the department is reporting a total of 2,292 deaths in Pennsylvania. County-specific information and a statewide map […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 1,102 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 44,366

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., April 29, that there are 1,102 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 44,366. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. As a result of our continued work to reconcile data from various sources, the state is reporting an […]

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Pennsylvania Receives $34 Million to Provide Essential Services to Older Adults

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As part of the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 emergency, Pennsylvania has received $34 million to support services authorized by the Older Americans Act and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. These services include home-delivered meals; in-home care services; respite care and other support to families and caregivers; and information and referral services. The […]

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Wolf Administration Expands Food Recovery Infrastructure Grants to Help the Charitable Food System

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Grants to eliminate food waste will help keep food banks stocked and prevent farm losses Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration is making immediate changes to the Food Recovery Infrastructure Grant Program to help ensure food banks are adequately supplied to meet the needs of Pennsylvania residents.  Increased demand on the charitable food system related to COVID-19 has […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 1,214 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 43,264

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., April 28, that there are 1,214 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 43,264. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Today, the state is reporting 1,716 deaths in Pennsylvania. County-specific information and a statewide map are available here. All […]

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Governor Announces May 1 Statewide Reopening of Limited Outdoor Recreational Activities to Help Pennsylvanians Maintain Positive Physical, Mental Health

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To ensure that Pennsylvanians have opportunities to safely enjoy outdoor recreation as a way to maintain positive physical and mental health, and in keeping with the commonwealth’s stay-at-home orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Wolf Administration is lifting some restrictions on businesses related to certain outdoor activities. […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 885 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 42,050

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., April 27, that there are 885 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 42,050. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Today, the state is reporting 1,597 deaths in Pennsylvania. County-specific information and a statewide map are available here. All […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 1,116 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 41,165

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., April 26, that there are 1,116 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 41,165. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Today, the state is reporting 1,550 deaths in Pennsylvania. County-specific information and a statewide map are available hereOpens […]

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Regionalized Priority COVID-19 Testing Available to Workforce Supporting Pennsylvania’s Food Supply

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Today, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding announced that workers supporting Pennsylvania’s food supply chain in select areas of eastern Pennsylvania – from farmers and seasonal laborers, to food processing facilities and warehouses, and grocery store workers – would be eligible for priority COVID-19 testing at the Montgomery County mass testing site or the federally funded testing […]

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Wolf Administration Elaborates on Data Driven Reopening Standard

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In consultation with public health professionals and in an effort to simplify and to better capture growth, decline, or stability, the Wolf Administration elaborated on the Department of Health metrics and included an example to aid in calculation. A target goal for reopening has been set at having fewer than 50 new confirmed cases per 100,000 population […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 1,397 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 40,049

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., April 25, that there are 1,397 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 40,049. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Today, the state is reporting 1,537 deaths in Pennsylvania. County-specific information and a statewide map are available here. All […]

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COVID – 19 DRIVE-THRU TESTING AVAILABLE IN THE NORTHEAST

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Starting todayThe PA Department of Health has expanded the community-based drive-thru testing site to include those who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 that live and work in Northeast PA.  The location is in Luzerne County at  Mohegan Sun Pocono Arena at Casey Plaza 255 Highland Park Blvd, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702 This site operates daily from 10:00 am -4:00 pm  […]

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Mental Health Support is Vital and Available Amid Strain of COVID-19 Pandemic

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Governor Tom Wolf has made mental health access a priority during his tenure, in January introducing Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters, an initiative to remove barriers to mental health care and reduce stigma. Today at a daily briefing on the commonwealth’s work to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the governor highlighted that the need […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 1,599 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 38,652

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., April 24, that there are 1,599 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 38,652. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Today, the state is reporting 1,492 confirmed deaths in Pennsylvania. County-specific information and a statewide map are available […]

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FDA Cautions Use Of Hydroxychloroquine Outside Of Hospital Settings, Clinical Trials-MMC Update 987 [COVID-19 – Worldwide] NOC 0051-20

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Unclassified Location(s): United States The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday cautioned against prescribing hydroxychloroquine to COVID-19 patients outside of hospital settings or clinical trials. “The FDA is aware of reports of serious heart rhythm problems in patients with COVID-19 treated with hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, often in combination with azithromycin,” the FDA wrote on […]

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Coronavirus Pandemic: Additional $100 million available to Firefighters

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Fire service organizations nationwide with membership on the front lines in the fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic will soon be able to apply for a share of $100 million in funding to purchase personal protective equipment and supplies. The funding is part of the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act through FEMA […]

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CORRECTION: Wolf Administration Announces Housing and Transportation Funding for Pennsylvania Communities

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Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced new funding assistance for community development and affordable housing activities to address the COVID-19 pandemic under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. “COVID-19 has had a major impact on communities across Pennsylvania, and this funding will serve as a […]

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New Funding Available for Technology-Based Companies

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Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced that new funding is available to help technology-based companies impacted by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. “DCED remains committed to identifying new resources that can support Pennsylvania’s businesses during this unprecedented time,” said Sec. Davin. “Our tech companies have been stepping up to provide […]

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Wolf Administration Issues Guidance as Construction Industry Prepares to Resume Work May 1

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As the construction industry prepares to resume work, the Wolf Administration today issued guidance for all construction businesses and employees to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. All businesses in the construction industry in the commonwealth are permitted to resume in-person operations starting Friday, May 1 – one week earlier than previously announced. Previously, Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of […]

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