Coronavirus (COVID-19) has significantly impacted our world. 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. 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.)
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Small business owners facing financial loss due to the Coronavirus and related mitigation efforts may be able to find loans, grants, and assistance in the resources below.
PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE (PUA)
The new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program expands eligibility for self-employed workers, independent contractors and others who have traditionally been ineligible for unemployment to apply for benefits.
SBA ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN (EIDL)
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.
SBA ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOAN (EIDL) ADVANCE
Loan offered through the Small Business Administration includes an advance of up to $10,000 for economic relief to businesses currently experiencing temporary difficulties.
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.
CITY OF LOCK HAVEN COVID-10 COMMERCIAL LOAN PROGRAM
This program offers loans of up to $50,000 at a 1% interest rate with deferred payments to businesses within the City. Loans will be offered until December of this year. Contact Abigail Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org or 570-893-5903.
PA 30 DAY FUND OFFERS FORGIVABLE LOAN
The Pennsylvania 30 Day Fund nonprofit is accepting applications for a forgivable loan of $3,000. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements to qualify. (Deadline: December 31!)
GOFUNDME SMALL BUSINESS RELIEF FUND
The GoFundMe.org Small Business Relief Fund will provide micro-grants to qualifying small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Small businesses can learn more about fundraising through GoFundMe here.)
FEDERAL CARES ACT
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) provides emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families and businesses affected by the COVID-19. This stimulus package includes business loans that may be forgiven.
PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM FORGIVENESS
Businesses must apply to receive forgiveness for their Paycheck Protection Program loan. See the guide here. (Deadline: October 30!)
EZ PAYCHECK PROTECTION FORGIVENESS APPLICATION
The EZ PPP forgiveness application will be a bit more streamlined; however, the application is not for everyone.
MAIN STREET LENDING PROGRAM
This program will enhance support for small and mid-sized businesses that were in good financial standing before the crisis by offering 4-year loans to companies employing up to 10,000 workers or with revenues of less than $2.5 billion.
EMPLOYEE RETENTION TAX CREDIT
A new employee retention tax credit (ERTC) for businesses that are closed, partially closed, or experiencing a major reduction in revenue losses due to coronavirus. See the FAQs.
ACCELERATED SALES TAX (AST) RELIEF
Businesses that collect Pennsylvania sales tax will not have to make Accelerated Sales Tax (AST) prepayments over the next three months.
PA SHARED WORK PROGRAM
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.
LOCAL SERVICE PROVIDERS
CHAMBER OF BUSINESS & INDUSTRY OF CENTRE COUNTY
Centre County’s Chamber of Business & Industry works to foster entrepreneurship, strengthen the local economy, and improve the quality of life in Centre County.
PENN STATE SBDC
The Penn State SBDC provides one-on-one, confidential, no-cost business consulting and low-cost seminars to pre-venture, start-up, and existing small businesses.
CLINTON COUNTY ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP
The Clinton County Economic Partnership facilitates economic growth and provides programs and networking opportunities for its members.
SEDA-COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENT
SEDA-Council of Government (SEDA-COG) seeks to enhance the quality of life and economic advantage for residents and businesses.
IS YOUR BUSINESS OPEN OR REOPENING?
Is your business considered “essential” or opening for operation and looking for resources and guidelines to find employees or keep employees and customers safe?
The PA Department of Labor & Industry has established a new online resource, the COVID-19 Job Portal, for businesses who are looking for employees. If you are an employer that would like to be added to the site, submit information through the Employer Intake Form.
Businesses interested in graphics promoting protective measures such as social distancing and hand washing can find options provided by the PA Dept. of Health.
FORM FOR WHEN EMPLOYEES REFUSE TO RETURN TO WORK
The PA Department of Labor & Industry’s Office of Unemployment Compensation recommends employers complete Form 1921 and and submit it within seven days of an employee refusing to return to work. Also, employers can review these FAQs.
GEISINGER – GETTING BACK TO BUSINESS RESOURCES GUIDE
Find FAQs and downloadable resources to help guide your business reopening.
U.S. CHAMBER: PLAYBOOK FOR REOPENING YOUR BUSINESS
This playbook walks through the steps businesses will have to take to reopen as restrictions are lifted across the country.
SIGNAGE FROM THE PA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Per PA Department of Health guidelines, businesses conducting in-person operations or serving the public are required to make employees and customers aware of the guidance provided by the Commonwealth to keep people at their establishment safe. (choose one: 8.5″ x 11″ | 8.5″ x 14″ ).
The PA Restaurant & Lodging Association offers links to and information about Operational Resources — such as products, services, or supplies — to help service-sector businesses adapt to the new normal of operating in a way that protects employees and guests amid COVID-19.
PA PPE & SUPPLIES B2B INTERCHANGE DIRECTORY
This B2B Interchange Directory is designed to help companies and others in need of PPE and critical items to make a B2B connection with manufacturers and suppliers for COVID-19 related items.
BRINGING PA BACK INITIATIVE: CONNECTING EMPLOYERS TO PPE
If you make or supply personal protection equipment, including face-shields and non-surgical masks, or if you provide cleaning and disinfection services, fill out this online form so other businesses can easily locate and contact you. See the businesses listings here.
SIX QUESTIONS TO ASK RETURNING EMPLOYEES
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce lists six questions businesses should ask their employees as they return to work.
WORKPLACE HEALTH & SAFETY
The federal Centers for Disease Control has issued new guidance for workplace health and safety.
QUALIFIED SICK / FAMILY LEAVE WAGES UNDER FFCRA
The U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service offers guidance in Notice 2020-54 to employers requiring them to report the amount of qualified sick and family leave wages paid to employees under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) on Form W-2. Details here.
PA SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER TRAINING EVENTS
The Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) are the only statewide, nationally accredited program that provides high quality one-on-one consulting, training and information resources to empower new and existing businesses.
COMCAST BUSINESS CLASS TRAININGS
Comcast Business leaders and industry experts are participating in a series of 30-minute webinars that explore how businesses are rethinking business continuity, branding and cybersecurity strategies, and reconsidering the future of remote learning.
GUIDE TO INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS’ CARES ACT RELIEF
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released this guide to help independent contractors and self-employed individuals secure funding under the CARES Act.
BUSINESS RESILIENCY GUIDES & MATERIALS
The America’s SBDC Business Resiliency materials were curated by the Washington Small Business Development Center, hosted statewide by Washington State University.
Path Forward, a new program from the U.S. Chamber Foundation, is designed to help business and community leaders find the answers they need to develop a responsible reopening strategy. The series takes place on Thursdays at 3:00 p.m.
COVID-19 RURAL RESOURCE GUIDE
This guide from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture highlights available programs and resources for rural businesses, communities and residents, including technical, training and management assistance; financial assistance; and state and local assistance.
NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS TOWN HALL WEBINARS
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Inc. have been hosting weekly virtual National Small Business Town Hall webinars at noon to discuss COVID-19 business updates and answer questions.
WORKPLACE SAFETY Q&A
This Q&A released by the PA Dept. of Health provides some answers on how to provide safe operations.
OSHA’s RESPONSE TO WORKPLACE SAFETY & CORONAVIRUS EXPOSURE
OSHA has issued guidance to cover three of the main questions: how should employers protect their employees; do employers have to record cases of COVID-19 on their injury logs; and how will OSHA conduct enforcement related to Coronavirus?
‘BRINGING PA BACK’
The PA Chamber today announced the launch of the ‘Bringing PA Back’ website, which features critical information for employers, including: guidance from trusted sources on workplace readiness – such as cleaning and safety standards; employment opportunities; industry-specific guidance; and policy recommendations that will help to revive Pennsylvania’s economy.
Find services and programs being made available to families, youth and seniors of the 76th District who are impacted by Coronavirus and the mitigation efforts.
ECONOMIC IMPACT / STIMULUS CHECK INFORMATION
Stimulus payments are automatic for most taxpayers.
RENT / MORTGAGE RELIEF
Renters and homeowners financially impacted by the pandemic are now able to access applications for rent and mortgage relief. As of June 29, applications are available through the PA Housing Finance Agency’s website
Apply for health and human service programs and manage benefit information online.
MENTAL HEALTH & COPING
Fear and anxiety can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions. Coping with stress makes you, your loved ones, and your community stronger.
MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID
The American Red Cross has developed a free ‘Mental Health First Aid for COVID-19’ course that can be taken online in less than an hour. The course is designed to help anyone impacted by COVID-19 to build resilience and lend support to others during and after this time.
BE AWARE OF SCAMMING
The Internal Revenue Service has urged taxpayers to be on the lookout for calls and email phishing attempts related to COVID-19 that can lead to tax-related fraud and identity theft.
EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The PA Department of Human Services launched this program to help low-income families amidst the COVID-19 crisis.
ASSISTANCE FOR UNINSURED PATIENTS
Federal funding is available for COVID-19 testing and treatment for uninsured patients.
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.
Keystone Central School District is providing free meals for children on Mondays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Children receive 7 breakfast meals and 7 lunch meals per week. Locations include: Central Mountain Middle School – front entrance by cafeteria; Liberty Curtin Elementary – front entrance; Renovo Elementary – front entrance; Robb Elementary – front entrance; Sugar Valley Fire Company – main parking lot; and Woodward Elementary – student drop off, side door.
The Bellefonte Area School District will be participating in a free meal program through the United States Department of Agriculture, which will last through December 2020 and allow students in the district to receive free breakfast and lunch. The program begins October 1st.
As a reminder to those who need childcare, the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services created an online tool to connect essential personnel with nearby childcare providers. Or check out these FAQs.
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.
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. Learn More
Walmart set new hours to provide more time for stocking and cleaning. The company is allowing seniors age 60 or older to shop an hour before the store opens on Tuesdays through the end of May. Learn More
Weis upgraded its Weis Preferred Shopper program to provide discount rewards on nine Weis brand, in addition to gas. It has also added a 10 percent discount on Weis brand items every Tuesday for seniors 60 years and older. Learn More
OLDER AMERICANS ACT
As part of the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 emergency, Pennsylvania has received $34 million to support services authorized by the Older Americans Act. These services include home-delivered meals; in-home care services; respite care and other support to families and caregivers; and information and referral services. Learn More
CARES ACT: RETIREMENT PLANS
The Internal Revenue Service released information to help retirement plan participants affected by COVID-19 take advantage of the CARES Act provisions, which provide enhanced access to plan distributions and plan loans. – The IRS reminds seniors and retirees that they are not required to take money out of their IRAs and workplace retirement plans this year. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, waives required minimum distributions during 2020 for IRAs and retirement plans. Learn more
The Clinton County Veterans Affairs Office and Central Pennsylvania Food Bank MilitaryShare Program continue to hold their monthly MilitaryShare Food Distribution the third Thursday of the month from 9-11 a.m. at the Castanea Fire Company Picnic Grounds for eligible veterans and their families. For more information, contact Veterans Affairs Director Jennifer Hagaman at email@example.com.
Services are available to area college students impacted by the Coronavirus and mitigation efforts.
The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) has relaxed certain guidelines for PA students attending PA schools that may see their grant awards lowered or cancelled due to the programs’ rules being applied amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Students may also be able to find assistance for loans owned by or served by PHEAA. Learn More
AMERICAN EDUCATION SERVICES
A disaster forbearance may be available for up to 90 days to postpone payments for both federal and private education loans if your home/work has been impacted by COVID-19. (Note: During this forbearance, interest may continue to accrue. Any unpaid interest at the end of the forbearance may capitalize and be added to your principal balance.) Learn More
The Haven Cupboard is located at the Beth Yehuda Synagogue, 320 W. Church St., and will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. every Wednesday for students to pick up non-perishable items. (Donations of non-perishable food items can be dropped off between 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the synagogue. Anyone who would like Haven Cupboard staff to come outside to their vehicle should email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time.)
FREE STUDENT LOAN ASSISTANCE
The PA Attorney General’s office announced a partnership with Summer, a social enterprise, to provide free student loan assistance for all residents during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more
Are you laid off or working less hours because of state regulations related to the Coronavirus? Find resources to assist you below.
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.
Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) launched the Pennsylvania’s Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program to provide an additional 13 weeks of benefits to people who exhaust their regular unemployment compensation (UC).
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.
STATE TAX RELIEF
The PA Department of Revenue is offering taxpayers increased flexibility, additional time to meet their tax obligations, and a pause on several of its standard enforcement actions.
FEDERAL CARES ACT
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act expanded unemployment insurance provisions for people who are laid off or impacted by COVID-19 mitigation efforts.
FEDERAL 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.
Pennsylvanians who have lost their employer-provided health insurance coverage due to COVID-19 shutdowns are eligible to obtain health insurance.
LOOKING FOR A JOB?
If you are seeking employment opportunities, check out the following websites for recent postings:
- www.pacareerlink.pa.gov – Select the green “PA COVID-19 Jobs – Hiring Immediately” job portal banner to see job openings. Prospective employees can select the “Apply Now” button for a listed position, which will lead to the employer’s website or email.
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 email@example.com
📑 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
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.
AMERICAN RED CROSS TESTS DONORS FOR ANTIBODIES
For a limited time, the American Red Cross will test all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies as an additional health service to donors. This testing will provide critical insight into whether donors may have possibly been exposed to this coronavirus. Learn more
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