Continuing updates and latest 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 I hope you 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.
Updates from the PA Department of Health
As more testing becomes available, the number of confirmed cases across Pennsylvania continues to rise. The Department of Health website updates regularly and also includes valuable resources on symptoms and testing, slowing the spread, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Income tax deadline extended.
The PA Department of Revenue announced the deadline for taxpayers to file their 2019 PA personal income tax returns is extended to July 15, 2020 (from April 15). The IRS also extended the federal filing deadline.
Businesses can seek help
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.
With Governor Wolf's order that all non-life-sustaining businesses close to mitigate the COVID-19 spread in our state, a list of such businesses is available here. If you are a business seeking a waiver, you should email RAfirstname.lastname@example.org. If you're a business with questions about whether you need to close, email email@example.com.
Food supply is reliable, accessible and life-sustaining
A reminder from Gov. Wolf and our First Lady: Grocery stores, food processors and food banks are remaining open during the pandemic, and the administration is working to expand resources for those who are food insecure. Feel confident in the food supply, and shop for food at your normal rate.
Using telemedicine technology and focusing on safety
The Department of Human Services issued guidance to Medicaid-enrolled providers and managed care organizations that encourages the use of telemedicine as a way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 through reduced person-to-person contact.
Additionally, the DHS has restricted visitation to state-run facilities to protect the health of residents and workers, and it also released COVID-19 operational recommendations for child care providers.
Recommendations for those financially impacted by COVID-19
The Department of Banking and Securities today collaborated with state agencies to develop a resource guide for Pennsylvanians financially impacted by COVID-19.
Understand that you have financial options. Take action now to understand your financial situation.
Cancelation of statewide assessment testing
This week, the Department of Education canceled all PSSA testing and Keystone exams for the 2019-20 school year because of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The DED website includes useful links and resources for schools, students and parents.
PA Supreme Court halts all evictions until at least April 3
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered that, in light of the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, people may suffer a loss of income and be unable to make rent payments, mortgage-loan payments or the like, and that evictions, ejectments or other displacement from homes will not be enforced by the courts.
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, deadline has been extended until April 30.
Regional rail service updates from SEPTA
In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, SEPTA has adjusted its regional rail schedule. You can find updates through its website.
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 park trails. Just remember to use social distancing and appropriate precautionary measures.
Update from the Abington Police Department
Abington Township Police Department has posted a new item, “How to Report a Non-Life-Sustaining Business is Failing to Comply with Governor Wolf's Order.”
Update: Montgomery County Testing Site Announced
Temple Ambler in Upper Dublin Township is set to open on Saturday as the Montgomery County Testing Site.
Please note: You cannot just show up. You will need an appointment and a doctor's approval prior to being tested. Click here for more information.
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.
Pennsylvania State Representative
Serving Abington and Upper Dublin