A Note From Daylin
In case you haven’t seen it, the Governor recently extended Pennsylvania’s “Stay at Home” orders as we continue to fight to stop the spread of COVID-19, or the coronavirus. All Pennsylvania schools will remain closed indefinitely.
Even though our physical office is closed, you can still call us, and your call will be re-routed to me or my staff, and we are available to help you in any way we can. We will be answering calls, and addressing constituent needs as effectively and expeditiously as possible.
Yesterday I sent an open letter to Governor Wolf urging him to take additional action to protect prisons and jails from coronavirus. Pennsylvania has been proactive in ordering schools and businesses closed and urging citizens to practice social distancing while avoiding others. This is because we recognize how serious this pandemic is and the likely consequences of inaction. That same attitude must govern how we deal with our prisons and jails. Other states are already taking the sort of aggressive action we need to institute immediately. This is neccesary in order to prevent many needless deaths among prisoners, corrections officers and members of the public at large.
We’ve seen this virus impact all 50 states in the United States. As of this email, we’ve been notified of 4,087 positive cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus in Pennsylvania. We anticipate that there will continue to be more Pennsylvanians with COVID-19 in the coming weeks.
As new details come in, my office and I will do our best to communicate as much information as possible. Please consider reviewing the rest of this email for prevention tips and more information on this ongoing situation. You can always feel free to contact me at email@example.com or 610.768.4200 with questions and/or concerns.
Coronavirus Resource Guide
We recently published a Coronavirus Resource Guide on our website. There you can find helpful information for employees, resources for small businesses, updates on mitigation efforts, program updates on PA’s medical marijuana program, food access info, online educational resources and FAQs. We also have links to certain DOH resources available and we were able to incorporate a self-help portal that constituents can use to find relevant state forms and applications. We hope you’ll check it out!
Facebook Live Town Hall
Please consider joining me for a live Q&A town hall at 1pm on Thursday, April 2. I'll be providing an update on the coronavirus, and mitigating responses the state and our community are taking to combat it.
Our live feed will appear directly to my State and Personal Facebook pages at 1PM on Thursday. To ask a question, email us ahead of time at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be going through as many as we can get to.
The Latest News
Pennsylvania Extends Coronavirus School, Business Closures Indefinitely
Schools and businesses in Pennsylvania will remain closed until further notice because of the coronavirus pandemic, the state's governor said on Monday.
Trump declares federal disaster in Pennsylvania because of coronavirus
The Morning Call
President Donald Trump on Monday declared Pennsylvania a federal disaster area, opening up federal funding for the state’s fight against the coronavirus.
SCI Phoenix Inmate Has Coronavirus; 1st Case In PA State Prisons
The first case of coronavirus in the Pennsylvania state prison system was found over the weekend at SCI Phoenix in Montgomery County, leading officials to quarantine the entire state prison system.
Trump extends federal stay-at-home, social distancing guidelines for 30 more days
Bracing the nation for a death toll that could exceed 100,000 people, President Donald Trump on Sunday extended restrictive social distancing guidelines through April, bowing to public-health experts who presented him with even more dire projections for the expanding coronavirus pandemic.
Self-employed workers eligible for unemployment for the first time
Under the recently signed federal CARES Act, Brunner is now eligible for unemployment for the first time. Something self-employed workers and independent contractors were not able to apply for previously.
How the coronavirus stimulus package can help retirees and savers
The Philadelphia Inquirer
The House gave final passage Friday to a massive $2.2 trillion stimulus package intended to help businesses and workers cope with the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. But goodies for Americans saving for retirement, and those already retired, are also tucked inside.
Federal REAL ID Enforcement Deadline Postponed to October 2021
On Thursday the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that the Department of Homeland Security has postponed the enforcement date for REAL ID from October 1, 2020, to October 1, 2021, in response to COVID-19 and the national emergency declaration.
Regional Rail Lines To Run On Essential Service Schedule
SEPTA is again making changes to its schedules due to the outbreak of the new coronavirus, known as COVID-19. Starting Sunday, March 29, the Regional Rail lines will be on an Essential Service Schedule.
PennDOT extends Expiration Dates for Drivers
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, learner’s permits, persons with disability placards, vehicle registrations and safety and emission inspections will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts.
Radnor Township Tax Payment Deadlines Extended
Resolution 2020-45 and Resolution 2020-46 were approved by the Board of Commissioners on March 25, 2020.
Montgomery County manufacturer switches gears to produce PPE for hospitals
6 ABC Action News
The factory floor at Timberlane, Inc., a window shutter manufacturer in Montgomeryville is usually filled with more than 60 employees. Most were furloughed when all non-essential businesses shut down. On Monday, however, a lot of them will come back to work, but not to produce window shutters
Wayne Senior Center Offering 5 Days' Worth Of Frozen Meals
Seniors 60 years of age and up living in the Wayne area can get prepackaged frozen meals and snacks Monday at the Wayne Senior Center.
New Map Shows Delco Food Assistance Locations
Officials in Delaware County have created a digital map showing all the locations at which food assistance is available during the new coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic.
Restrictions Are Slowing Coronavirus Infections, New Data Suggest
The New York Times
A database of daily fever readings shows that the numbers declined as people disappeared indoors.
How Will the Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Affect You?
How Much Money Will I Receive?
This depends on your reported income on your last tax return. Most Americans will receive a one-time payment of $1,200, and families will receive an extra $500 per child under 16. If you make above $75k a year, you will not receive the full amount of $1,200. If you make above $99k a year, you do not qualify for any payment in this bill, but these income thresholds are doubled for couples. How much money you could receive is based on your gross income from your latest tax returns. If you have not filed yet for 2019, then information from 2018 will be used. Those who made too much to qualify in those years, but see their income fall in 2020 would receive a tax credit when they file their return next year. For those that haven't filed a 2019 or 2018 tax return, the IRS would rely on information on file at the Social Security Administration, which keeps records on all Americans who have paid payroll taxes.
When Will I Receive the Money?
This is unclear. The best estimates are a couple weeks from now, with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin saying that the IRS would begin issuing the funds “within three weeks” of the bill’s passage. Keep in mind that it may take longer than the desired time frame of three weeks for any checks to be dispersed. In 2001, it took six weeks for the IRS to start sending out rebate checks under a new tax cut, and in 2008, it took three months after a stimulus package was signed into law.
How Will I Receive the Money?
If you have authorized the IRS to deposit your tax refund directly into your bank account in the past two years, then the funds would be dispersed that way. However, the IRS would also send out checks via mail
What If I Am Currently Unemployed?
This relief package has allowed more people to qualify for unemployment benefits. Those who have lost their jobs will receive the usual amount that Pennsylvania provides for unemployment, as well as $600 a week for up to four months. The bill also provides unemployment benefits to self-employed and contract workers, who typically aren't eligible, for up to 39 weeks. You can find more information about expanded unemployment benefits under this bill here.
I Am Retired. How Will This Bill Affect Me?
People who are receiving Social Security retirement and disability payments each month will also get a stimulus payment. This stimulus package also allows for more flexibility with your retirement money. The required minimum distribution (RMD) is waived for this year. For those that have already taken money out this year, there is a provision in the bill that you can take money out of an IRA, and, within 60 days, you can put it back in. You can also wait to contribute money to your retirement plan. The IRS extended the due date for IRA contributions and plan contributions to July 15 instead of April 15. You can read more about how this bill affects retirees here.
How Does the Relief Bill Help Small Businesses?
Small businesses may apply directly to the federal Small Business Administration to receive funding. More information on small business benefits included in this bill can be found here.
Learn more and apply for the Disaster Loan Assistance Program. If you have questions about applying for the Disaster Loan Assistance Program, find local assistance here.
If you have a question or concern that was not addressed above, here are some additional resources:
- FAQ on Stimulus Checks, Unemployment, and Coronavirus Plan
- When Will You See Money and Benefits from the Stimulus Bill?
- This Calculator Tells You Exactly How Big Your Coronavirus Stimulus Check Could Be
- Social Security, SSDI, Veterans Benefits, and the Stimulus Package
- College Students and the Coronavirus Relief Bill
- As always, please do not hesitate to contact our office at (610) 768-4200 or email@example.com with any questions or concerns.
COVID-19 Updates and Resources
Details on Stay at Home Order
Individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following allowable individual activities and allowable essential travel:
- Tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as obtaining medicine or medical supplies, visiting a healthcare professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from home
- Getting necessary services or supplies for themselves, for their family or household members, or as part of volunteer efforts, or to deliver those services or supplies to others to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences
- Engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running if they maintain social distancing
- To perform work providing essential products and services at a life-sustaining business
- To care for a family member or pet in another household
- Any travel related to the provision of or access to the above-mentioned individual activities or life-sustaining business activities
- Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons
- Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services
- Travel to return to a place of residence from an outside jurisdiction
- Travel required by law enforcement or court order.
- Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the commonwealth
The following operations are exempt:
- Life-sustaining business activities
- Health care or medical services providers
- Access to life-sustaining services for low-income residents, including food banks
- Access to child care services for employees of life-sustaining businesses that remain open as follows: child care facilities operating under the Department of Human Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning waiver process; group and family child care operating in a residence; and part-day school age programs operating under an exemption from the March 19, 2020 business closure Orders.
- News media
- Law enforcement
- The federal government
- Religious institutions