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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 832 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 88,074

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., July 2, that there are 832 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 88,074. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 6,712 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 25 new deaths. County-specific information and a […]

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Department of Revenue Offering Assistance to Tax Filers Ahead of July 15 Filing Deadline

With the deadline to file 2019 Pennsylvania personal income tax returns set for July 15, 2020, the Department of Revenue is encouraging taxpayers who need help with their returns to call the department’s main call center. The department’s Customer Experience Center is available by calling 717-787-8201. The call center will be open 8 a.m. to […]

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Wolf Administration Urges Pennsylvanians to Avoid Large Gatherings, Wear Masks Over Holiday Weekend

As the holiday weekend approaches, the Wolf Administration is reminding Pennsylvanians to avoid large gatherings and to wear masks around other people to help prevent further spread of COVID-19. On July 1, Governor Tom Wolf announced an order, signed by Secretary of Health Dr. Levine, requiring masks to be worn whenever anyone leaves home.  “The green […]

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Gov. Wolf: ‘Wear a mask, Pennsylvania’

– Reiterating the mandate of the mask-wearing order Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine signed yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf again today advised all Pennsylvanians that wearing masks when outside the home is mandatory. “As we approach the Fourth of July holiday weekend and we see another spike in cases today in Pennsylvania, it’s critical that […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 636 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 87,242

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., July 1, that there are 636 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 87,242. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 6,687 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 38 new deaths. County-specific information and a […]

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Department of Health Launches COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard

The Department of Health today launched an online early warning monitoring dashboard that provides information statewide and county COVID-19 prevalence to track increases in disease in the community on a weekly basis.  “This dashboard provides the entire community with early warning to changes in COVID-19 infection so that we can take action to prevent spread,” Health Secretary […]

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State Police, Liquor Control Board Remind Licensed Liquor Establishments to Require Masks, Follow Social Distancing

The Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement (BLCE) and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today called on licensed liquor establishments and their patrons to abide by social distancing and masking requirements to help slow the spread of COVID-19. On June 17, the Wolf Administration issued updated guidance for businesses in the restaurant […]

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Gov. Wolf: Sec. of Health Signs Expanded Mask-Wearing Order Masks Are Mandatory in All Public Spaces

Masks Are Mandatory in All Public Spaces Expanding on the business safety order signed by Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine in April that requires the wearing of masks in businesses, Governor Tom Wolf today announced a new order signed by Dr. Levine that takes the mask-wearing directive one step further. With this order, signed […]

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Pennsylvania Restaurants and Bars Required to Protect Workers and Patrons During COVID-19 Guidance Requires Mask Wearing, 50 percent Occupancy

Today, the Wolf Administration reminded Pennsylvanians of the requirements put in place for restaurants and bars to protect the health and safety of workers and patrons from COVID-19. “As we continue to make public health and safety a top priority, it’s also important that we take measured and necessary steps so that Pennsylvanians can patronize businesses safely,” Gov. Tom Wolf said. “Restaurants and bars offer families and friends a place to gather and socialize while enjoying food and drink, and we want to make sure that business owners and staff have the proper precautions in place to protect workers and patrons. We have […]

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Gov. Wolf: Masks are Mandatory in Pennsylvania Businesses

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 […]

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Wolf Administration Announces Strategy to Ease Long-Term Care Facility Restrictions through Gradual Three-Step Process to Protect Vulnerable Populations

– The Pennsylvania departments of Health and Human Services today issued updated guidance to ensure a safe return to activities, visitation, and other events for residents in nursing homes, personal care homes, assisted living residences and private intermediate care facilities.   “We continue to practice a careful, measured approach in long-term care facilities so all […]

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Lt. Gov. John Fetterman Urges Pennsylvanians to Apply for Rent and Mortgage Relief through CARES Act

Lt. Gov. John Fetterman is reminding Pennsylvanians who qualify to apply for housing-related financial assistance through the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency after applications are made available on June 29. Pennsylvania renters and homeowners who were affected by the coronavirus-related economic slowdown can file the applications for rent and mortgage relief, made available through $175 million […]

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CARES Act Funding for Small Businesses Available Tomorrow

Governor Tom Wolf announced that beginning tomorrow small businesses across Pennsylvania can apply for grants to offset lost revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting shutdown order. “In unprecedented times, like those we are currently facing, collaboration is imperative to getting help to those who need it most, as quickly and effectively as possible,” said Gov. […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 492 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 85,988

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 29, that there are 492 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 85,988. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 6,614 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 8 new deaths. County-specific information and a […]

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Vegetation Management Aerial LiDAR Patrols in Pennsylvania

This is an informational email only, being sent to County Officials, County Emergency Management Officials, Municipal offices and Distrcit Legislative offices. Vegetation Management will be conducting Vegetation Management Aerial LiDAR Data Acquisition Patrols on Transmission Lines across the entire FirstEnergy Transmission system.  Vegetation Management Aerial LiDAR Patrols gather information pertaining to corridor condition and identify […]

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Wolf Administration: Business Loan Deferrals Extended for Three Months

Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced that the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA), Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority (PMBDA), and Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) are extending business loan deferrals by three additional calendar months. “As we work on safely reopening Pennsylvania and as businesses continue to slowly return to […]

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

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 June 23, 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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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 600 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 84,370

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 26, that there are 600 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 84,370. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 6,579 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 22 new deaths. County-specific information and a […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 579 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 83,770

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 25, that there are 579 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 83,770. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 6,557 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 39 new deaths. County-specific information and a […]

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FDA issues warning about 9 hand sanitizers made by this company

See below for the FDA’s list of specific products to avoid: .All-Clean Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-002-01) .Esk Biochem Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-007-01) .CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 75% Alcohol (NDC: 74589-008-04) .Lavar 70 Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-006-01) .The Good Gel Antibacterial Gel Hand Sanitizer (NDC: 74589-010-10) .CleanCare NoGerm Advanced Hand Sanitizer 80% Alcohol (NDC: […]

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Pennsylvania Businesses Endorse Mask-Wearing to Protect Employees, Customers, Communities

Multiple research studies indicate the efficacy of mask-wearing to protect against the spread of COVID-19. Mask-wearing also has been called altruistic, a way to increase our freedoms, and a simple kindness. Today, Governor Tom Wolf’s call to wear masks has been endorsed by Pennsylvania businesses that see mask-wearing as vital to protecting customers, employees, communities […]

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FEMA releases a new publication on mitigation measures for existing multi-family structures.

FEMA recently released the National Flood Insurance Program Flood Mitigation Measures for Multi-Family Buildings, P-2037. This publication provides guidance for building owners, designers, investors, builders/contractors, institutional partners, housing agencies and residents, and property and facility managers on flood risk evaluation and mitigation of large multi-family buildings located within floodplains, particularly in urban areas. The publication is […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 456 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 82,186

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 22, that there are 456 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 82,186. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 6,426 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 3 new deaths. County-specific information and a […]

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12 More Counties to Go Green on June 26

Governor Tom Wolf today announced that 12 more counties will move to the green phase of reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 26. These counties include Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Susquehanna. Philadelphia County met the criteria and will move to the state’s […]

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Department of Health: More than 4,000 Close Contacts of COVID-19 Cases Identified, Monitored through Contact Tracing Efforts across Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today announced more than 4,000 close contacts of COVID-19 cases have been identified and monitored to date through the contact tracing efforts of 500 trained contact tracers throughout the state, including 130 state health nurses. These efforts include the support from the six county health departments and four municipal health […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 418 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 80,236

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 18, that there are 418 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 80,236. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 6,361 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 42 new deaths. County-specific information and a […]

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Pennsylvania Capitol Building to Reopen to Public on June 22

The Department of General Services announced today the Pennsylvania Capitol building will reopen to the public with modified prevention protocols on June 22. The reopening follows Dauphin County moving to the green phase of the COVID-19 pandemic on June 19. The Main Capitol, East Wing and North Office Building entrances will be accessible by the […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 335 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 79,818

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 17, that there are 335 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 79,818. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 6,319 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 43 new deaths. County-specific information and a […]

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Pennsylvania Agricultural Surplus System, USDA Farm to Food Bank Funds Support Local Dairies, Workforce, Food Banks

Secretary of Agriculture highlights $20 million CARES Act support and relief for Pennsylvania’s dairy farmers Mercer, PA – Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding visited the Ralph Moore Dairy Farm in Mercer today, one of more than 30 Pennsylvania dairy farms supported by the state’s acquisition of more than 200,000 pounds of Swiss cheese – stranded from […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 362 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 79,483

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 16, that there are 362 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 79,483. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 6,276 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 33 new deaths. County-specific information and a […]

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Gov. Wolf Announces $40 Million in CARES Act Funding Available to Address Dairy Industry Relief, Food Security

Governor Wolf announced today the availability of $40 million in funding through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support Pennsylvania’s dairy industry and food security programs, following months of uncertainty and loss from the COVID-19 pandemic. “Pennsylvania’s agricultural industry represents the very best of who we are – something that’s […]

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Department of Health Reminds Pennsylvanians about Ticks, Warns Some Symptoms of Lyme Disease Similar to COVID-19

Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today reminded Pennsylvanians to take proper steps to prevent against tick bites and recognize the symptoms of Lyme disease, as some symptoms of Lyme disease are similar to those of COVID-19. Ticks can carry Lyme disease, among other dangerous diseases, that can be severe if not treated properly. “Over […]

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$157.5 Million Now Available for School Health and Safety Grants to Address COVID-19

Governor Tom Wolf announced today that The School Safety and Security Committee (SSSC) within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) has approved the opening of two funding announcements totaling $157.5 million that school entities are immediately eligible to apply for to address COVID-19-related health and safety needs for the 2020-2021 school year. Information […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 323 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 79,121

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 15, that there are 323 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 79,121. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 6,243 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 28 new deaths. County-specific information and a […]

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Pike County Moving to Green Phase on 6/19/2020

Today, the Governor announced Monroe and Pike Counties will transition to the green phase of reopening beginning June 19th. Please visit the Governor’s website here to learn more about the Green Phase of reopening. Pennsylvanians have demonstrated their responsibility and strong concern for each other through the results of their actions. This is why the […]

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

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 […]

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Updated Business Guidance on Outdoor Recreation Available for Yellow and Green Phases of Reopening

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 […]

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Human Services Extends Emergency Assistance Program, Help with Home Energy Crisis Funding and School Meals Available

Department of Human Services (DHS) today announced a one-month extension of the temporary Emergency Assistance Program (EAP) and reminded Pennsylvanians of other assistance programs that remain available as the commonwealth reopens and Pennsylvanians recover from economic challenges caused by COVID-19. “We know these times are extremely challenging, but you do not have to go through […]

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Human Services: Pennsylvanians Must Remain Vigilant about Preventing Child Abuse and Keeping All Kids Safe

Today, Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller urged Pennsylvanians to remain vigilant in our shared responsibility to keep all children safe and prevent child abuse. DHS administers ChildLine, which is a 24/7 hotline available to anyone concerned for the safety or well-being of a child. To report a concern, call 1-800-932-0313. “While Pennsylvania […]

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Department of Human Services Issues Request for Application for Regional Response Health Collaboration Program

The Department of Human Services (DHS) today announced a Request for Applications (RFA) for its new Regional Response Health Collaboration Program (RRHCP). The RRHCP is designed to directly support COVID-19 readiness and response in long-term residential care facilities, improve infection prevention, and facilitate continuity of care and other services provided by long-term care facilities in […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 467 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 77,313

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 11, that there are 467 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 77,313. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 6,113 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 51 new deaths. County-specific information and a […]

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Wolf Administration: Guidance Now Available for COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance Grants

Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced that program guidelines and additional details for the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Grants are now available on DCED’s website. “COVID-19 has put a significant strain on all of Pennsylvania’s businesses and communities, and the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance Program will expeditiously […]

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Wolf Administration Issues Universal Testing Order for Nursing Homes, Updates Testing Guidance for Long-Term Care Facilities

The Wolf Administration today issued a universal testing order requiring all nursing homes to complete initial baseline testing no later than July 24. Additionally, the department issued updated testing guidance to all long-term care facilities (LTCFs) through the Health Alert Network (HAN). “Our goal with implementing this universal testing in nursing homes is to rapidly […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 351 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 75,943

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 8, that there are 351 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 75,943. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 5,953 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 10 new deaths. County-specific information and a […]

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Department of Health Launches COVID-19 Phased Reopening County Dashboard

The Department of Health today launched an online dashboard to show county progress as Pennsylvania moves through the COVID-19 phased reopening plan. The dashboard breaks down four main categories that are used to determine if a county can move into the next phase of reopening. “As the dashboard shows, there are several metrics used to […]

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Wolf Administration Shares Update on Efforts to Support Businesses During COVID-19

Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin shared the critical actions the Wolf Administration has taken to support businesses throughout the COVID-19 public health crisis, from ongoing outreach to stakeholders to financial support.  Davin said he has received critical feedback during outreach meetings the department held with several industries throughout the […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 443 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 74,385

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 5, that there are 443 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 74,385. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 5,886 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 69 new deaths. County-specific information and a […]

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Wolf Administration Approves $10.8 Million in New COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program Funding

Restaurants, Fitness Facilities, Salons Supported with New Capital Funding Harrisburg, PA – Today, on behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced that 133 companies have been approved for funding in the final disbursement of the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA). The latest cohort of businesses to […]

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12 More Counties Going Green on June 12

Effective today, all 67 Pennsylvania counties are either in the yellow or green phase of reopening and Governor Tom Wolf announced that 12 additional counties will move to green at 12:01 a.m., June 12. Those counties include Adams, Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, Northumberland, Union, Wayne, Wyoming and York. “As of one minute after […]

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Wolf Administration: Long-Term and Congregate Care Restrictions Will Remain in Place to Protect Vulnerable Populations as Pennsylvania Reopens

The Pennsylvania departments of Health and Human Services issued guidance for nursing homes, personal care homes, and other long-term and congregate care facilities as counties enter the green phase of the Governor’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania. To further prevent outbreaks within these vulnerable populations, ongoing restrictions in long-term and congregate care facilities will remain in […]

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Interim Guidance for Communities of Faith

CDC offers the following general considerations to help communities of faith discern how best to practice their beliefs while keeping their staff and congregations safe.  Millions of Americans embrace worship as an essential part of life.  For many faith traditions, gathering together for worship is at the heart of what it means to be a […]

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DCNR Moves to Open Remaining State Park, Forest Facilities

Today, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced the phased reopening of state parks and forest facilities continues Friday, June 5, in southeast and northeast Pennsylvania in line with Governor Tom Wolf’s direction to ensure Pennsylvanians have opportunities to safely enjoy outdoor recreation and help maintain positive physical and […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 537 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 73,942

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 4, that there are 537 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 73,942. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 5,817 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 75 new deaths. County-specific information and a […]

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Gov. Wolf Renews COVID-19 Disaster Declaration for State Response and Recovery, Stay-at-Home Order Ends June 4

Governor Tom Wolf today renewed the 90-day disaster declaration he originally signed on March 6 following the announcement of the first two presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the commonwealth. The declaration was set to expire on June 4. The emergency disaster declaration provides for increased support to state agencies involved in the continued response […]

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Reopening Phase Orders Updated to Include 10 Additional Counties Moving to Yellow and 16 to Green on June 5

Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today signed amended yellow phase orders to include 10 counties moving to the yellow phase at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, June 5. The counties include Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton, Montgomery and Philadelphia. In addition, the governor and the secretary signed amended green […]

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Pike Commissioners request governor move Pike Co to Green Phase

You can click the link above to read the letter from the Commissioners to Gov Wolf, requesting the move to Green Phase opening.

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L&I Holding Unemployment Compensation Virtual Town Hall on Thursday

The Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) is hosting a live virtual town hall from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM this Thursday, June 4, 2020, to share information about Pennsylvania’s regular unemployment compensation (UC) and other new COVID-19-related benefits programs. How to participate A livestream for people with smart devices or computer access will be […]

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Wolf Administration Outlines Preliminary Guidance for Phased Reopening of Schools

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) today said elementary and secondary schools in the state’s yellow and green phases may resume in-person instruction and activities beginning July 1 under a phased reopening approach that first requires schools to develop health and safety plans based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 511 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 73,405

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 3, that there are 511 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 73,405. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 5,742 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 75 new deaths. County-specific information and a […]

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Department of Health Updates Dental Guidance for Treating Patients During COVID-19 Pandemic

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today released an update to the dental health care guidance as part of the commonwealth’s phased COVID-19 reopening plan. This guidance allows dental health care providers the ability to safely provide oral healthcare, including routine cleanings.  “This latest update provides dentists the opportunity to resume non-emergency dental care, including routine […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 612 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 72,894

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 2, that there are 612 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 72,894. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 5,667 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 100 new deaths. County-specific information and a […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 693 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 70,735

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 29, that there are 693 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 70,735. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 5,464 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 91 new deaths. County-specific information and a […]

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Yellow Phase Orders Updated to Include Eight Additional Counties Moving on May 29

Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine signed amended yellow phase orders to include eight counties moving to the yellow phase at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, May 29. The counties include Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lebanon, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike and Schuylkill. The eight counties are joining 49 counties that previously moved into the yellow […]

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Limited Services Available at Additional PennDOT Driver License and Photo License Centers in Yellow Phase Counties; Limited Motor Vehicle Services Available

Also Offering Designated Hours for Customers 60 and Older Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that beginning Friday, May 29, 2020, additional Driver License and Photo License Centers in yellow phase counties will reopen, adhering to restrictions on work and social interaction set by Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 625 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 70,042

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 28, that there are 625 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 70,042. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 5,373 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 108 new deaths. County-specific information and a […]

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DCNR Moves to Open State Park Swimming Beaches, Pools

Today, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced a phased opening of all state park swimming beaches and some pools 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. Effective June 6, all 58 […]

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Department of Human Services Reminds Pennsylvanians of Assistance Programs, Support Outlets Available to Help Ease COVID-19 Recovery Period

Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller today reminded Pennsylvanians that public assistance programs remain available to families throughout the COVID-19 public-health emergency. Programs include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and other services established specifically in response to COVID-19 like the Emergency Assistance Program (EAP), the […]

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Pennsylvania Offers Accessible Write-In Ballots for Voters with Disabilities for June 2 Primary

Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar announced today that the Department of State will provide accessible write-in ballots to voters with disabilities who request one. “These ballots will allow blind and low-vision voters to vote privately and independently in Tuesday’s primary,” Secretary Boockvar said. “We are committed to increasing accessibility for voters with disabilities and implementing […]

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FEMA Releases COVID-19 Operational Guidance for Hurricane Season

FEMA released “COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season” to help emergency managers and public health officials best prepare for disasters, while continuing to respond to and recover from COVID-19.  The guide provides actions emergency managers and public officials can take to prepare for response and recovery operations during ongoing COVID-19 response efforts. […]

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Wolf Administration, Federal Delegation: Pennsylvania Farmers Eligible for $16 Billion in Direct Relief Payments

Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency Administrator (FSA) Richard Fordyce will join Senator Bob Casey and Congressman Glenn Thompson for a virtual town hall tonight with Pennsylvania agriculture stakeholders to answer questions about the $16 billion available to Pennsylvania farmers in direct relief payments, through the […]

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Gov. Wolf Issues Green Phase Order, Guidance on Dining and Professional Sports

As more counties move to yellow and green, Governor Tom Wolf today issued an order to elaborate on the reopening process for green phase counties and guidance on outdoor dining in yellow counties, dining in green counties, and professional sports in yellow counties.  Green Phase Updated Order The governor elaborated on green phase guidelines announced […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 780 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 69,417

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 27, that there are 780 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 69,417. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 5,265 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 113 new deaths. County-specific information and a […]

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

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 May 27, 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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Department of Human Services Advises Providers and Partners of Operational Recommendations for Yellow Phase Counties

The Department of Human Services (DHS) today released guidance for its providers as counties enter the yellow phase stressing continued vigilance for mitigation efforts to prevent a resurgence of COVID-19. The guidance comes in addition to the guidance outlined in Governor Wolf’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania. Governor Wolf announced that a total of 57 counties […]

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Wolf Administration, USDA Announce Sites for Children Summer Food Programs

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) today announced the sites where children can get free nutritious meals through the 2020 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funds the program, which PDE administers. Last year, Pennsylvania children received more than 4.5 million meals from approximately 2,400 food program sites, with $13.5 […]

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 451 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 68,637

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 26, that there are 451 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 68,637. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 5,152 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 13 new deaths. County-specific information and a […]

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

The Department of Health distributed the third shipment of the investigational antiviral medication, remdesivir, to treat patients in the hospital with COVID-19. Yesterday, 8,928 doses of medication were sent to 81 hospitals. The medication was sent to the department by the federal government on Thursday, May 21 and shipped to these hospitals on Friday, May 22. […]

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Wolf Administration Releases Summer Camp and Recreation Guidance

With an understanding of the need for Pennsylvania families to secure child care options this summer, the Wolf Administration today issued frequently asked questions to provide guidance to parents, summer camp operators, public bathing places, part-day school-age programs, and other entities that provide necessary child care and enrichment and recreational activities for children and youth […]

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$280,000 Available to Animal Ag Producers for Reimbursement of PPE through PA Farm Bill Center for Poultry & Livestock Excellence

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and PennAg Industries today announced that $280,000 is available to Pennsylvania’s poultry, swine, lamb, goat, and sheep processors to reimburse costs associated with the purchase of personal protective equipment for their workforce through the Center for Poultry and Livestock Excellence, a result of Governor Tom Wolf’s 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Bill. […]

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L&I’s Anti-Fraud Division Uncovers Attempted COVID-19 Unemployment Scams, None of L&I’s Systems or Data Were Breached

Pennsylvanians Urged to Report Known or Suspected Identify Thefts Immediately   Harrisburg, PA – Secretary Jerry Oleksiak today announced the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry’s (L&I) anti-fraud division has discovered attempts by scammers to try and bilk COVID-19 unemployment benefits using personal information obtained from sources outside of L&I. The scammers are using this personal […]

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Department of Health Highlights Ongoing Nursing Home Inspection, Sanction Information Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Since the beginning of February, the Pennsylvania Department of Health nursing home surveyors conducted 1,473 inspections of nursing homes, including 907 complaint investigations during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, 10 sanctions were finalized against nursing care facilities, which included the issuance of two provisional one licenses, and civil penalties totaling $93,500. “We know that congregate […]

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Covid-19 Graphs as of 5/24/2020

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Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 730 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 67,713

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 24, that there are 730 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 67,713. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 5,124 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 28 new deaths. County-specific information and a […]

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Northeast Pennsylvania COVID-19 Testing Site Completes More than 2,000 Tests, State Directs Resources to Higher Need Areas

The Wolf Administration today announced it will close the COVID-19 public testing site at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, on Friday, May 29. Since the site opened on April 20, 2020, 2,048 residents have been tested for COVID-19. Thirty-one symptomatic residents were tested at the site on Thursday. “We are […]

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Gov. Wolf Modifies Executive Order on Foreclosure and Eviction Suspensions

Today, Gov. Tom Wolf amended his executive order protecting Pennsylvanians from foreclosure and eviction to specify that the order only applies to evictions and foreclosures enacted due to lack of payment or because a tenant has overstayed a lease. “I am protecting housing for Pennsylvanians who may be facing economic challenges due to the COVID-19 […]

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Pike County Primary Election COVID-19 Safeguards at Polls

All Pike County Polling Locations will be open from 7:00 am until 8:00 pm on June 2, 2020 for in-person voting during Pennsylvania’s Primary Election. Voters heading to the polls are asked to bring their own pens, blue or black ink only, for signing the poll book and marking their ballot. Disposable pens will be […]

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ZOOM Update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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