Latest updates and resources on COVID-19
Dear friends and neighbors,
As we work together to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, I wanted to round up some of the news and information from today you hopefully find useful.
And, while our office is closed to foot traffic, we are still here to help you as best we can. Contact my office by phone at (215) 517-6800 or by email at RepSanchez@pahouse.net.
Latest update from the PA Department of Health
As of 4 p.m., there have been 96 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, including 32 in Montgomery County. The Department of Health has been updating this site several times throughout the day.
Wolf Admin updates businesses on guidance for COVID-19 mitigation efforts
Earlier this week, Governor Tom Wolf strongly urged non-essential businesses across the state to close for at least 14 days to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This is to protect employees, customers and suppliers.
Non-essential businesses include public-facing industries such as entertainment, hospitality, and recreation facilities, including but not limited to community and recreation centers; gyms, including yoga, barre and spin facilities; hair salons and barber shops, nail salons and spas; casinos; concert venues; theaters; sporting event venues and golf courses; retail facilities, including shopping malls except for pharmacy or other health care facilities within retail operations.
PUC, utility and internet companies acting to assist consumers during pandemic
In response to the COVID-19 developments, some companies and providers are enacting extraordinary measures to ensure continuity of service delivery for customers. A partial list of those companies and what they are doing is available here.
SBA's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program can help businesses
The U.S. Small Business Association's Economic Injury Disaster Loan program will make funds available to businesses impacted by COVID-19. As part of the process to access those funds, Governor Wolf, DCED and PEMA are working with local partners and the SBA to identify businesses economically affected.
State parks and forests facility closures
While state park and forest offices and visitor centers, including restrooms, campgrounds, cabins, public programs and events, have closed or are canceled because of COVID-19, the public can STILL ACCESS trails, lakes, roads and parking for passive and dispersed recreation like hiking.
Please, continue to enjoy the outdoors and our state parks. Just remember to use social distancing and appropriate precautionary measures.
PLCB temporarily closes all Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores
Yesterday, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board announced closure of all Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores and licensee service centers as of 9 p.m. tonight to help slow the spread of COVID-19. E-commerce sales have also temporarily ceased operation.
However, as grocery stores remain open, those that sell beer and wine can continue to do so.
Schools closed, but guidance continues
Schools across Pennsylvania are closed, creating a variety of unique situations for students, staff, educators, caregivers and parents. The Pennsylvania Department of Education will continue to provide school communities with ongoing guidance, resources and information.
You can also follow along locally through specific links for Abington School District and Upper Dublin School District.
PennDOT extends expiration deadlines
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has closed all driver and photo license centers for at least two weeks.
However, for any driver licenses, ID cards, learner's permits, vehicle registrations, safety and emission inspections, or Persons with Disability Placards set to expire this month, the deadline has been extended until April 30.
Regional rail service plan update from SEPTA
Beginning today, Regional Rail will operate on an "enhanced Saturday Schedule Service Plan" as SEPTA operates its "Severe Weather Plan" because of the situation with COVID-19. Schedule updates are available here.
If you would like to watch a replay of today's Pennsylvania Department of Health news conference with Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, it is available here.
Stay safe. Stay calm. Stay home. And, if you're able, consider donating blood, donating to food banks or calling on seniors in your community to make sure they have what they need.
For more information about COVID-19 in our community and in our state:
Pennsylvania State Representative
Serving Abington and Upper Dublin