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A Note From Daylin

Governor Wolf recently announced that the state will soon lift some restrictions on businesses related to certain outdoor activities. Starting Friday, May 1, golf courses, marinas, guided fishing trips and privately-owned campgrounds may reopen statewide. They will still be required to follow updated life-sustaining business guidance.

Pennsylvanians are encouraged to enjoy permitted outdoor recreational activities within their community and should avoid crowding popular destinations and to continue practicing safe social distancing.

Pennsylvania’s statewide stay-at-home order has been 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. It’s because of all of your effort and commitment to staying at home that we’ve been able to make so much progress. It’s important we successfully continue to flatten this curve. It is YOUR resilience throughout this crisis that will be what helps us do that.

Every Pennsylvanian has a role in stopping the spread of COVID-19, or the coronavirus. 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. Always feel free to contact me at senatorleach@pasenate.com or 610.768.4200 with questions and/or concerns.

Stay safe!

Daylin

Facebook Live Interview with Maya Van Rossum

Facebook Live Interview with Maya Van Rossum

I’m looking forward to joining Delaware Riverkeeper & founder of the Green Amendment movement Maya van Rossum for a Facebook Live at 6pm on Tuesday, May 12. I hope you will join us for a discussion about the environmental threats facing the Commonwealth despite having a it's very own Green Amendment which is supposed to assure all Pennsylvanians have the right to clean air, water and a healthy environment.

Daylin’s Telephone Town Hall | Coronavirus Update

Telephone Town Hall

Join me at 5:55 pm on Thursday, May 7 for a live Telephone Town Hall. I’ll be providing an update on the coronavirus, addressing state and community mitigation responses, as well as make myself available for any questions you might have. You can register by clicking this link.

The Latest News

Despite Trump’s Nudging, Schools Are Likely to Stay Shut for Months
New York Times
Most districts have no plans to end online lessons soon, and reopening will bring significant changes, educators say.

Here's who's still waiting for stimulus money
CNN
More than half of eligible Americans have received their stimulus payments since they started going out earlier this month, but tens of millions of people are still waiting for their cash.

Here Are The Metrics That Will Guide PA's Reopening
The Patch
State officials have provided additional details on the metrics that will be used to determine when a region is ready to reopen.

Where Coronavirus Cases Are Increasing The Most In Delco
Patch.com
Coronavirus cases continue to swell in Delaware County, with a total of 3,514 reported as of Tuesday afternoon. The county has confirmed 164 deaths from COVID-19, as well.

Where Coronavirus Cases Are Increasing The Most In Montgomery Co.
The Patch
Here's a look at the increase in coronavirus cases in Montgomery County by ZIP code over the past week.

Montgomery County’s Jail Tested Every Inmate For COVID-19 — And Found 30 Times More Cases Than Previously Known
The Philadelphia Inquirer
With coronavirus cases rising in nearly all the region’s jails, prisons, and detention centers, Montgomery County officials set out last week to determine just how entrenched the disease had become behind bars and tested every inmate in their custody. What they found was sobering, and could indicate infection rates at corrections facilities across Southeastern Pennsylvania are several times higher than what is currently being detected.

Visualizing Covid-19 Status in Lower Merion Township
Medium.com
In early March, Lower Merion Township in Montgomery County of Pennsylvania was the home of two of the first six confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the state. Out of concern and personal curiosity as a resident of the township, I began tracking the official data on the number of positive cases of the pandemic in my neighborhood.

Officials Urge Montco Nursing Homes To Expand Coronavirus Testing
Patch.com
Leaders in Montgomery County are urging the county's long term care facilities to do complete coronavirus testing on all residents and staff members, noting the pivotal nature of such exhaustive measures in limiting the spread of the virus.

An emergency COVID-19 fund in Delco fights to feed the newly needy in the ’burbs
Philadelphia Inquirer
There’s a perception problem about the suburbs. As though it is a Land of Plenty. Where bum luck happens only on Netflix in the living room of a detached house with a fenced-in yard.

Coronavirus and Travel: What You Should Know
AARP
Health experts are asking Americans to avoid all nonessential travel, and transportation systems are being disrupted nationwide during the coronavirus outbreak

Gilead Unfurls Positive Data on Virus Drug Ahead of Researchers
Yahoo! Finance
Gilead Sciences Inc. said early results from a U.S.-government run study showed its experimental drug to treat coronavirus helped patients recover more quickly than standard care, suggesting it could become the first effective treatment for an illness that has turned modern life inside-out.

Weis Markets to Take Employees’ Temps
The Citizens Voice
Weis Markets announced Tuesday it will use non-contact infrared thermometers to take employees’ temperatures before starting work.

Coronavirus Anxiety - Helpful Expert Tips and Resources
ADAA
This resource page - updated daily - is here to provide helpful tips and strategies from mental health professionals - as well as personal stories of triumph - to help you or a loved one struggling with anxiety around the coronavirus or with general health anxiety concerns.

Does My Boss Have To Tell Me If A Coworker Has Coronavirus?  What To Know About Your Rights.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Essential employees reporting to work during the coronavirus pandemic say they’re haunted by a question: Will my boss tell me if there’s a positive case at my workplace?

COVID-19 Complaint FormCOVID-19 Complaint Form - NEW

The Pennsylvania Department of Health recently launched an online COVID-19 Complaint Form for individuals who wish to report business non-compliance, health and safety concerns, and more.  The form asks for information about the business, your relationship to business/facility, and the public health complaint.  Individuals may submit their concerns to the Department of Health by using this form.

Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education Votes For a Second Consecutive Year to Freeze Tuition

The Board of Governors for Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education for the first time in its 38-year history froze basic in-state tuition for a second consecutive year, even while confronting financial challenges brought on in part by the coronavirus pandemic.

Basic in-state tuition for undergraduate students at the system's 14 universities will remain at $7,716 for the 2020-21 academic year. Also remaining the same will be the system's technology fee for students, which stands at $478 for the academic year. The Board voted to freeze tuition and the technology fee unanimously.

PHEAA’s PA State Grants

PHEAAThe Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA), the state agency that oversees financial aid programs for Pennsylvania postsecondary students, has relaxed some requirements to provide relief for students affected by COVID-19.

PHEAA’s most popular program is the PA State Grant, which provides up to $4,123 per year to eligible postsecondary students. In normal times, State Grants are reduced for distance education students to 75% of the maximum award. Due to COVID-19, PHEAA will not reduce awards for recipients who now learn remotely. PHEAA has also extended the application deadline for the State Grant by 2 weeks from May 1 to May 15.

New Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Information

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance About ten days ago, The Department of Labor and Industry launched their Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) online application. As a reminder, 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.  For more information or to apply online you can go here to https://pua.benefits.uc.pa.gov

My office recently learned that weekly filings for the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) site are expected to be available starting the first week of May. 

Until then, here are some helpful tips that hopefully addresses some of the questions that you may have had about the PUA program:

  1. The W2 “screener” issue is fixed. If you have W2 wages, apply now.  Labor and Industry is aware applications are still having trouble if they aren’t confirmed
  2. You will not need a PIN number for PUA.  Instead, you will use the username and password you created during the application.
  3. You will be able to file weekly or bi-weekly claims once the system is set up.
  4. You will be able to upload documentation later if you were not able to upload while applying or if you have additional evidence to support your claim.
  5. Don’t be alarmed by the $195 base amount.  Labor and Industry will evaluate weekly benefit rates.
  6. If you are not able to sign into the system now that is because of glitches with the website not because you did something wrong.
  7. Unlike when filing for regular UC, applicants for PUA are not receiving confirmation emails of their claim/application.

Wayne Food Pantry Collection

Wayne Food Pantry Collection

Goodwill Updates

Goodwill centers are now open for no contact drop off donations. Please see details below or visit yourgoodwill.org/donate/where-how.

Goodwill Updates

Maternity Care Coalition | Mother’s Day

Maternity Care CoalitionFor 20 years,Maternity Care Coalition (MCC) donors have used Mother’s Day – and the springtime more broadly – to celebrate thousands of inspirational women by making a donation in their honor or in their memory.
This year, as communities everywhere practice social distancing, they're using this campaign to not only support their programs but to spread love and joy to anyone and everyone who could use a little extra. And, they’ve asked “Little Artists” to help make the art for this year’s campaign which you can read more about at the link below.
https://maternitycarecoalition.org/events/pieceofmyart/

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.