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Note From Daylin

Howdy,

I hope everyone had a great weekend. As more businesses and organizations begin to re-open, it’s important to remember to remain alert and to continue doing all we can to minimize the risk of spreading the coronavirus. You might have seen recently that Governor Wolf and PA Secretary of Health Rachel Levine have issued new orders making face masks mandatory when outside or in Pennsylvania businesses. A recent study from Cambridge and Greenwich universities indicates that mask-wearing prevents people from unknowingly giving the virus to others and can be critical as we prepare for a potential resurgence of the coronavirus in the fall.

My office will continue to send out weekly updates like this one with the latest news and info to make sure you’re informed on the latest happenings. As a reminder, as it stands now, the extra $600 federal weekly payments those on unemployment are receiving will, unfortunately, end the week of July 25. Our office is always here as a resource if you or anyone you know has questions about PA’s public assistance programs or their own unemployment compensation benefits.

If there is anything my office or I can do to be helpful, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 610.768.4200 or senatorleach@pasenate.com.

Stay safe,

Daylin

The Latest News

With pressure and threats, Trump pushes to fully reopen schools. Schools say not so fast.
The Washington Post
President Trump on Wednesday intensified his demand that schools fully reopen this fall, slamming the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pressuring it to loosen guidance and threatening to cut funding for schools that do not open.

PA Students Will 'Benefit Tremendously' From In-Person Class: Deputy Education Secretary
The Patch
The guidelines don't technically require schools to offer in-person instruction when they kick off the 2020-2020 school year.

Black, Hispanic women infected with coronavirus 5 times as often as whites in Philly, Penn study suggests
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Black and Hispanic pregnant women in Philadelphia tested positive for antibodies to the coronavirus five times as often as their white counterparts in April and May, a University of Pennsylvania study has found.

Montgomery County officials preparing for November election with eyes on pandemic
Main Line Media News
With the so-called “pandemic primary” behind them, Montgomery County officials are preparing for November’s presidential election by addressing the expected large turnout, a likely surge in mail-in ballots and equipment upgrades to help the counting process.
 
Delaware County school districts scrambling to come up with reopening plans
Daily Times
Local school district administrators have found that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to safely open schools that were shut down in March do to the pandemic, especially when you’re dealing with an area as densely populated as Delaware County, which has 15 public school districts plus a number of private and parochial schools. Each plan has to be approved by each school entity’s governing body (school board, Board of Directors or Trustees) and then submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).

Delco to residents: Report non-compliant bars and restaurants
Daily Times
The hotline is 1-800-932-0602. Residents may also visit delcopa.gov, click on the Coronavirus badge, then click "Report a bar or restaurant not in compliance." They can also visit psp.pa.gov/LCE/Pages/report-a-violation.aspx.

Montgomery County officials to 'strictly enforce' coronavirus guidance for bars, restaurants
The Times Herald
Pointing out there have been COVID-19 outbreaks associated with bars and restaurants in several states, Montgomery County officials warned they will “strictly enforce” guidance for restaurants that are reopening and will shut down establishments that do not comply with the guidance.

Meet the Heroes Fighting on the Front Lines Against Covid-19
The New York Times
As the first Covid-19 patients started showing up in New York City emergency rooms, the doctors and nurses on the front lines were resolute. After months fighting the coronavirus’s early onslaught — often without adequate protection and support — they were confused, frightened, and exhausted.

What kind of face mask gives the best protection against Covid-19?
The Guardian
Your questions answered on what type of mask to wear to cut the risk of getting Covid-19.

Is Your State Doing Enough Coronavirus Testing?
New York Times
The number of daily coronavirus tests being conducted in the United States is only 39 percent of the level considered necessary to mitigate the spread of the virus, as many states struggle to ramp up testing and catch up to the recent surge in cases.

Black therapist on mental health for POC in this historic moment
WHYY PBS
McNeil sat down with The Why’s Shai Ben-Yaacov to discuss why she believes it’s particularly important for people of color to have access to mental health services now, and what it’s like to experience the same things her patients are going through.

Traveling Guidance

Considering traveling out of state?  Please read the new traveling recommendations that the Department of Health recently released for more guidance.

Link found here.

Mail-in Ballots

nemployment Compensation Benefits for 13 More Weeks

PA voters can now apply online to vote by mail-in ballot for the November election. Apply online: votesPA.com/ApplyMailBallot

If you already asked to be on the annual mail-in voter in Pennsylvania and live in the same county as when you applied, you do not need to re-apply for a mail-in ballot. You will automatically receive a ballot in the mail in September or October, and you will be able to securely vote from the comfort and safety of your home.

Not sure? The Department of State is contacting all permanent ballot applicants so that voters do not mistakenly submit duplicate requests. To  track your ballot, visit votesPA.com/MailBallotStatus and enter your information. Right now, your status will be listed as “pending.” If you check your status closer to the election, you will see when your ballot is mailed and when your voted ballot has been received by your county election office.

If you recently moved or will move before the November election, contact your county election office to ensure your mail-in or absentee ballot will be sent to your new address. If you moved out of your county  you will need to change your registration and request to maintain your permanent mail-in ballot status during the process.  If you no longer wish to vote by mail, you may also contact your county election office to change your permanent mail-in ballot status.

Contact Tracing

Governor Wolf Extends Eviction and Foreclosure Moratoriums through August 31, 2020

Governor Wolf Extends Eviction and Foreclosure Moratoriums through August 31, 2020

Governor Wolf recently issued an executive order extending the rental eviction and foreclosure moratorium.  Due to expire on July 10, the extension protects renters and homeowners from eviction proceedings until August 31, 2020. This moratorium covers families that are not protected under other federal eviction and foreclosure programs or families that don’t receive assistance through a new program administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA.)
 
Extending the eviction moratoriums protects thousands of Pennsylvanians who are working to recover losses sustained during the pandemic shutdown. Pushing the date back addresses the incongruous timing between when evictions could resume and the availability of assistance through the CARES funding. This action protects those who are one paycheck away from homelessness and further supports Pennsylvania’s recovery efforts by stabilizing the housing sector.
 
See the official press release from Gov. Wolf here.

Wolf Administration Releases Updated FAQs for Summer Recreation, Camps and Pools

On July 9, the Wolf Administration released updated frequently asked questions (FAQs) about summer recreation, camps, and pools. The original FAQs were announced on May 22 to cover summer camps and recreation. The new FAQs modify those and also add information about pools.

The guidance was updated to reflect the order of the Secretary of the Department of Health Requiring Universal Face Coverings. New sections appear in red text throughout the FAQs. There are also Universal Face Coverings Order FAQs that provide more information on the order.

Highlights of the revised Summer Recreation, Camps and Pools FAQs include:

  • Regarding youth sports: Coaches, athletes, and spectators must wear face coverings unless they are outdoors and can consistently maintain social distancing of at least six feet. Athletes are not required to wear face coverings while actively engaged in workouts and competition that prevent the wearing of face coverings, but must wear face coverings when on the sidelines, in the dugout, etc. and anytime six feet of social distancing is not possible.

  • Regarding summer program operations: If a summer program does not have a publicly available website, alternatives must be used to communicate the health and safety plan to parents and caregivers, such as mailing the plan to all registrants or having written information available at drop off and pick up locations.

  • Regarding face coverings for staff and participants in summer youth programs: All staff must wear face coverings during child care and summer program operations unless they fit one of the exceptions included in Section 3 of the Secretary of Health’s Universal Face Covering Order. Summer programs and staff should consult the Department of Health guidance on homemade masks.
    • The FAQs cover questions about prioritizing the times of wearing face coverings, particularly for younger children; proper face-covering size and fit, and providing children with frequent reminders and education on the importance and proper wearing of cloth face coverings may help address these issues.

  • Regarding face coverings at pools: People should not wear cloth face coverings while engaged in activities that may cause the cloth face covering to become wet, like when swimming at the beach or pool. A wet cloth face covering may make it difficult to breathe. For activities like swimming, it is particularly important to maintain physical distance from others when in the water.  People must wear face coverings while out of the water and maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from others who are not a part of their household.

COVID-19 Testing

Delaware County Announces COVID-19 Public Testing Site in Darby

Delaware County will be offering drive-thru and walk-up COVID-19 testing for residents on July 14, 15, and 16 in Darby.

Residents over the age of 18 will be eligible to be tested, especially those at higher risk including residents over the age of 65 and those with pre-existing health conditions. Critical and essential workforce are considered a priority for getting testing. These individuals include first responders, healthcare system employees, grocery stores, pharmacies, and other essential workers.

Testing will be conducted by trained medical staff utilizing a nasal swab (PCR) test kit. Testing is free of charge for residents. Those with private or public health insurance will be asked to provide their insurance card. Upon arrival, patients will need to complete a registration form and a consent form. Test results will take up to 5-7 business days. Residents will receive their results by mail. Residents who test positive will also receive a call from the Chester County Health Department.

Residents are asked to wear a mask/face covering.
 
Testing Location:
1020 Ridge Avenue Darby, PA
(Rear parking lot of the Darby Borough Hall)
 
July 14: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
July 15: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
July 16: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

If possible, please call 610-891-6129 to pre-register; walk-up testing will also be available.
 
Additional COVID-19 public testing sites in Delaware County are being added and announced. More information on COVID-19 testing, symptoms, and resources can be found here.

COVID-19 Testing Site opened in Ardmore at 114 W Lancaster Ave.

Anyone who wants or needs a test is welcomed to get tested. You must register for a test but a doctor's order is not required. They will take your insurance but there is no copay taken. If you do not have insurance, you will be tested at no cost. Location, hours, and registration info are here and you can register online here. Click here for more information on COVID symptoms and testing.

Ludington Library Re-Opened for Limited Services!

Ludington Library Re-Opened for Limited Services!

When entering the building, temperature checks will be administered and are required for entry.

Masks must be worn while in the library in compliance with the Township Health Advisory Council Guidelines. If you are unable to wear a mask, contact staff for alternate delivery methods of library material.

You MUST maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet from staff and other library patrons.
We will be limiting the number of people inside the library. Please limit your browsing time in the library to 30 minutes.

NO lounge seating is available.

Computer use is limited and is by appointment only for 30 minutes Monday through Friday; please call the library to schedule.

Computer assistance is not currently available.

Ludington will look very different from what you are used to, but we look forward to seeing everyone again, and thank you for continued support and cooperation through these tough times.

COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Offices of State Senator Daylin Leach

www.senatorleach.com
  DISTRICT OFFICE
601 S. Henderson Road, Suite 208
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 768-4200 | Fax: (610) 768-4204
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
HARRISBURG OFFICE
543 Main Capitol | Box 203017
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3017
(717) 787-5544 | Fax: (717) 705-7741
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.