Coronavirus Assistance

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has already significantly impacted the United States and Pennsylvania. Our communities will face various challenges over the coming weeks and months — both mitigating further spread of the virus and providing services to people without exceeding capacity.

Governor Tom Wolf issued an advisory that impacts the entire Commonwealth for two weeks beginning.

  • Essential state, county and municipal services will be open.
  • Supermarkets, pharmacies, and gas stations will remain open.
  • The administration issued a mandate for all non-life-sustaining businesses to close on March 19th. Enforcement will begin at 12:01 a.m. March 21.
  • Businesses that offer carry-out, delivery, and drive-through food and beverage service may continue to do so, but eating and drinking inside restaurants and bars is temporarily prohibited.
  • A no-visitor policy for correctional facilities and nursing homes has been implemented and will be evaluated for other facilities.

This page is meant to provide resources about Coronavirus and the services and programs being made available to residents of the 76th District who are impacted. (Please note: This is not a comprehensive list of available resources — although we are happy to include additional information as well! See link at bottom of page.)


YOUTH

While schools are closed to mitigate risks, meals are being provided to area youth.


KEYSTONE CENTRAL

Free breakfast & lunch for children ages 1-18. Pick up from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Locations: Robb, Liberty Curtin, Woodward and Renovo Elementary Schools; Central Mountain Middle School; and Sugar Valley Fire Company.


MILL HALL LIONS CLUB

The Mill Hall Lions are also providing meals for area youth. Meals will be available to youth on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (March 23, 25 & 27) from 11 a.m. – 12 noon at the Yost Community Center on Linden Street in Lock Haven.


BELLEFONTE AREA

The Bellefonte Area School District is working with the YMCA of Centre County to provide bagged lunches for children at the YMCA in Bellefonte from noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.


EMPLOYEES

Are you laid off or working less hours because of state regulations related to the Coronavirus?

UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION

Typically if you are sick or unable to work, you cannot collect unemployment benefits. However, if your work situation has been negatively impacted by the virus, you may now be eligible for benefits.


FOOD ASSISTANCE

If you are out of work without pay, you likely are eligible to receive food sourced from the state and federal government from a food bank or food pantry in Pennsylvania.


TAX RELIEF & PAYMENT DEFERRAL

The tax-filing deadline has been pushed out to July 15, 2020. The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service have published information regarding Tax Relief and Payment Deferral being made available.

SENIORS

Retailers and agencies are providing special services for senior citizens.


DOLLAR GENERAL

Dollar General has announced that in addition to changing hours during the pandemic to ensure sanitary operations, the first hour after the store opens will be reserved for senior citizens to shop.


WALMART

Walmart set new hours to provide more time for stocking and cleaning. The company intends to begin allowing seniors to shop an hour before the store opens on Tuesdays, between March 24 and April 28.


ENTREPRENEURS

Is your business facing hardship or financial loss because of the mitigation efforts?

REQUEST A CLOSURE WAIVER

If your business has been designated “non-life sustaining” as a result of Governor Wolf’s announcement on COVID-19 mitigation orders, you can request a closure waiver by emailing RA-dcexemption@pa.gov. Contact the administration with questions about whether you need to close at ra-dcedcs@pa.gov.


SBA ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN

Small business owners may apply for disaster assistance loans. Gov. Tom Wolf requested that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) implement an SBA disaster declaration to provide SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans for businesses and eligible non-profits.


PIDA COVID-19 Working Capital Access Loans

The COVID-19 Working Capital Access (CWCA) Program is administered by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) and provides critical working capital financing to small businesses located within the Commonwealth that are adversely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Maximum loan: $100,000.


PIDA LOW-INTEREST LOANS

The PA Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) provides low-interest loans and lines of credit for eligible businesses that commit to creating and retaining full-time jobs and for the development of industrial parks and multi-tenant facilities.


SHARED WORK PLAN

This program allows employers to temporarily reduce hours for a group of employees and divide equally, rather than laying off employees.


FACEBOOK SMALL BUSINESS GRANTS PROGRAM

Facebook intends to offer $100 million in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries. Grants will be able to be used for workforce, rent, marketing and operation costs.


FAMILIES (EVERYONE!)

PUBLIC ASSISTANCE

Apply for health and human service programs and manage benefit information online.


FOOD ASSISTANCE

Good Will Hose Fire Station #7 in Flemington will be serving lunch and supper everyday from noon to 6 p.m. until this time of need is over. Available to anyone in need for free!! Delivery may be an option for those who cannot pick up the meal. Call 570-786-1343 from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m to cover lunch and dinner times.

The New Love Center at Great Island Presbyterian Church will be hosting a food distribution in its parking lot every Thursday from 4-7 p.m. or until food runs out, beginning March 26 for ALL people in need, until further notice. You do not need to qualify for any government programs, we only ask that you bring along your I.D. Enter parking area at the Mill Street entrance.

The Central PA Food Bank and The New Love Center will be handing out 100 boxes of FREE food to Renovo families every other Friday beginning on March 27 from 2-5 p.m. or until food runs out at the Renovo Fire Hall.

TALKING WITH CHILDREN

In an ever-connected world, social distancing is difficult and children pick up on anxiety. Helping children cope with anxiety requires the ability to provide accurate prevention information and facts without causing undue alarm.


MENTAL HEALTH

Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. Coping with stress makes you, your loved ones, and your community stronger.


HOUSEHOLD UTILITIES

The state has ordered all public utilities not to shut off customers’ service during the coronavirus outbreak. Public utility companies are prohibited from terminating consumers for unpaid bills or other reasons while Gov. Tom Wolf’s disaster proclamation related to the coronavirus remains in effect.


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES & INFORMATION

Where to reach Pennsylvania government services while practicing social distancing:

🧑‍💻 File for unemployment compensation: bit.ly/3a2qARW
👤 Talk mental health: Text PA to 741-741
👨‍⚕️ Apply for Medicaid: on.pa.gov/compass
🍎 Apply for SNAP: on.pa.gov/compass
👶 Apply for WIC: Call 1-800-942-9467
🏡 Get help with home heating: on.pa.gov/LIHEAP
📬 Sign up to vote by mail ballot: VotesPA.com/ApplyMailBallot
💲 Report price gouging: Email pricegouging@attorneygeneral.gov
📑 Get answers to tax questions: revenue-pa.custhelp.com
💳 Credit/mortgage/rent advice: on.pa.gov/2Jb8UYp
🏫 Learn about school closures: education.pa.gov/COVID19
🚙 Access driver services: dmv.pa.gov/online-services
🧑‍💼 Connect with professional license services: www.pals.pa.gov
⚠️ Receive health/safety text alerts: on.pa.gov/AlertPA

Do you know of additional resources that can be added to this page?

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CONCERNED ABOUT EXPOSURE?

The PA Health Department recommends that individuals who believe they have been exposed to the Coronavirus:

Stay home if:

  • You are feeling mostly fine
  • You are worried

Stay home and call your doctor if:

  • You are feeling sick, but would not have sought care under normal circumstances

Call your doctor or seek medical care if:

  • You feel sick and believe you have an emergency
  • If you do not have a provider, call your local health department or 1-877-PA-HEALTH.