A Note From Daylin
Governor Tom Wolf announced yesterday that the statewide stay-at-home order will be extended until Friday, May 8. Individuals are permitted to leave their residences for tasks essential to maintaining health and safety. Stay-at-home guidance is available as a PDF here.
The Administration has also recommended that Pennsylvanians continue to wear masks when leaving the house for life-sustaining reasons. At this time, law enforcement’s priority is on ensuring that residents are aware of the order and informing the public of social distancing practices rather than enforcement.
Pennsylvania's application for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is now available. PUA provides payment to workers not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (workers with limited work history, independent contractors, gig workers, self-employed and others) who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency.
Governor Wolf also recently announced that all Pennsylvania schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. This decision applies to all public K-12 schools, brick and mortar and cyber charter schools, private and parochial schools, career and technical centers and intermediate units. Colleges and universities may not resume in-person instruction or reopen their physical locations until the governor permits them to open or lifts the closure of non-life-sustaining businesses.
Every Pennsylvanian has a role in stopping the spread of COVID-19, or the coronavirus. What we all do the next few weeks will be crucial. It’s more important now than ever that everyone continue adhering to Pennsylvania’s stay-at-home guidelines and practice safe social distancing.
We understand that many of these steps have been difficult and are inconvenient to us and others, but we simply must continue to do all we can to flatten the curve. By taking these difficult but manageable steps now, we can hopefully avoid the worst outcome later.
My senate office remains closed but we are still available to help in any way we can.
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The Latest News
Pa. extends coronavirus stay-at-home order until May 8; then, Gov. Wolf hopes to reopen some businesses
Starting May 8, Wolf said that some construction projects will be allowed to continue. He also said that a bill will be signed soon to allow for online auto sales. It was not clear, however, whether those will begin soon or if they will have to wait until May 8. Notaries will be able to work online soon, too.
Pennsylvania begins 'curbside' liquor sales at state stores
Stores will take orders over the phone Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until they reach a maximum number of orders it can fulfill each day. Each store will initially accept the first 50 to 100 orders placed each day on a first-come, first-served basis, according to the release, though fulfillment capacity is expected to grow as time goes on. A list of the participating stores can be found HERE.
Norristown To Open Community Coronavirus Testing Site
A new coronavirus testing site is opening up this week in Norristown, officials have announced, becoming the first local town to offer testing on the municipal level.
Lower Merion extends firefighter real estate tax credit to Narberth Fire Company
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Lower Merion residents volunteering with the Narberth Fire Company could be eligible for a local real estate tax credit program through Lower Merion Township. Under the program that was enacted a few years ago, Lower Merion residents volunteering with one of the six fire companies in the township could be eligible for a property tax credit program through the township. Members of Narberth Ambulance were also able to tax advantage of the program.
Delco to temporarily furlough 400 workers
About one-eighth of Delaware County's workforce, or 400 workers, will face temporary unpaid leave effective Monday because of economic pressures related to coronavirus, county officials stated. Effective Monday, about 400 people in the Delaware County Courthouse and Government Center, out of 3,200 employees, will face the temporary leave.
VIDEO: Delaware County Council has a message for residents
Members of the Delaware County Council have put together this video message for all residents.
Pandemic unemployment assistance website launched
Pennsylvania’s new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance website for self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers, and others not eligible for regular unemployment compensation will begin accepting applications this week. PUA is included in the new federal unemployment compensation benefits provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
Study finds link between air pollution and COVID-19 fatalities
Long-term exposure to higher concentrations of airborne particle pollution significantly increases the death rate for those infected with the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19, according to a new Harvard University study.
Save Small Business Fund
The US Chamber of Commerce has launched a Save Small Business Fund. This grant making initiative is offering short-term relief for small employers with 3 - 20 employees and is located in an economically vulnerable community and has been harmed financially by COVID-19. The application is live at 3:00 p.m. today.
Learn More and Apply
All registered voters should consider applying for their mail-in voting ballots today! As opposed to the absentee ballot, which can only be applied for if you have a reason such as an illness or plans to be out of the municipality, a mail-in ballot can be applied for without reason. After you’ve applied, you’ll receive a ballot in the mail, which you should fill out and return. The deadline to return your voted mail-in ballot is 8:00 p.m. on election day. Learn more and apply today at votespa.com!
Here’s what you need to know about the new testing site in Norristown!
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