COVID-19: PENNSYLVANIA STATE NEWS & UPDATES
Get the latest updates on COVID-19 as it relates to resources and information from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and PA-17 communities.
PA Small Business Assistance: COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA)
Governor Tom Wolf announced that new funding is available to help small businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, through a new program under the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority’s (PIDA) Small Business First Fund, the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA).
The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) recently authorized the transfer of $40 million to the Small Business First Fund for CWCA. PIDA authorized making $60 million available to provide loans of $100,000 or less to for-profit businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees. Funds are expected to become available this week. Click here to learn more.
PEMA Guidance for First Responders / EMS: How to request more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from PA DOH
The following are guidelines from PEMA for professional first responders / EMS. Resource requests are to be reserved for critical medical needs for facilities testing, treating or transporting those with possible or confirmed COVID-19 cases, and all other requests are discouraged at this time.
- All organizations must first have taken every step possible to acquire PPE through their traditional sourcing methods and their regional Healthcare Coalition (HCC).
- There must be a critical need, meaning that the PPE is required for continued operations, not for future planning initiatives.
- Providers should request specific PPE models that align with current facility practice but may receive different PPE requiring just in time training or fit testing.
- Only if all these criteria are met - then requests may be forwarded through your county Emergency Management Agency as a Resource Request.
Click here to access PEMA's resource request form.
Pennsylvania Extends Personal Income Tax Return Filing Deadline to July 15, 2020
The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue announced the deadline for taxpayers to file their 2019 Pennsylvania personal income tax returns is extended to July 15, 2020. This means taxpayers will have an additional 90 days to file from the original deadline of April 15. The Internal Revenue Service also extended the federal filing deadline to July 15, 2020. For more information from the Pennsylvania Department of Reveune, visit www.revenue.pa.gov, where you can find free tax forms and instructions.
PA Department of Health COVID-19 Response Updates
Workers who have been impacted by COVID-19 should click here to determine eligibility for unemployment benefits from Pennsylvania. If you have questions about this process or need further assistance, click here to find the contact information for your local state representative.
Allegheny County Updates
The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) provides a resource page for all health department links on COVID-19. Allegheny County also recommends residents sign up for Allegheny Alerts at www.alleghenycounty.us/alerts and to subscribe for COVID-19 alerts under the categories of Health Department/Health & Environment. ACHD provides a daily update at 11 a.m. via Allegheny Alerts and additional notifications as information becomes available.
ACHD has partnered with United Way 2-1-1 to offer a 24/7 hotline to address questions and concerns about COVID-19. Please call 888-856-2774 to speak with a representative. Language services are available.