In this email edition:
Mahanoy City District Office open for service….but our other district offices are closed temporarily
Our Mahanoy City District Office remains open, but all of my other district offices are closed temporarily. Because of the unique design of the office, we decided that this would be the safest for you the public, as well as our staff members during this health emergency.
The best way to seek help with any problem related to state government– visit my website at https://www.senatorargall.com/ or call us toll free at 1-877-DARGALL (1-877-327-4255).
Due to the offices closed under the Governor’s jurisdiction in Dauphin County, we are not processing mail for PennDOT or Vital Records (birth and death certificates). If constituents have a credit card and need assistance in getting documents printed through the PDOT website for driver license/photo id and registration renewals, we are here to help you.
COVID-19 (Coronavirus): What You Need to Know
The 2019 COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a highly contagious disease that can cause life-threatening health problems in some patients. To date, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has reported that dozens of Pennsylvanians in at least 14 counties have presumptively tested positive for the disease, and hundreds of others have undergone testing and are awaiting results.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the Pennsylvania Department of Health have created webpages to keep the public informed about how to contain the spread of the disease. I encourage you to visit these sites for additional information:
PA Department of Health: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
Governor Wolf and officials from the Department of Health are also providing daily updates to the public. The updates are available at https://governor.pa.gov/live.
Check back on my website at https://www.senatorargall.com/ and follow me on social media at the links below for additional information as the situation continues to develop.
Signs and Symptoms, Preventative Measures, and Testing
According to the Department of Health, symptoms of COVID-19 include:
The CDC recommends the following steps to help minimize the risk of infection:
The Department of Health advises people who have mild symptoms to stay home to avoid contact with others. State residents who have severe symptoms, including a fever over 100 degrees or shortness of breath, are encouraged to call their healthcare provider. Individuals without a healthcare provider can contact their local health department or call 1‐877‐724‐3258.
More guidance for state residents and healthcare providers is available in the graphic below.
Governor Urges Closure of Bars, Restaurants, Other Venues for Two Weeks
In an attempt to limit in-person contact that could spread the coronavirus, Governor Wolf has urged the closure of all non-essential businesses, including bars, dine-in restaurants, gyms and other entertainment venues for two weeks. Essential businesses like healthcare providers, grocery stores and gas stations will remain open.
Businesses that offer carry-out, delivery, and drive-through food and beverage service may continue to do so. More details about these measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 is available in the video below:
Information for employees who may be affected by the shutdown is available from the Department of Labor and Industry here.
Pennsylvania Schools Remain Closed Through March 27
Governor Wolf has ordered all K-12 schools to remain closed through at least Friday, March 27. The Administration will reevaluate when it is safe for schools to reopen. No school will be penalized for failing to meet the mandated 180 days of instructional time for the 2019-2020 school year.
A number of school districts are developing alternative education plans and continuing to offer lunches for students. Parents and guardians of students are encouraged to learn more about how their school district is responding to the school shutdown by visiting their school district’s website.
Unemployment and Workers’ Compensation for Coronavirus
If you are unable to work due to the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, you may be eligible for Unemployment or Workers’ Compensation benefits.
You may be eligible if:
Helping Small Businesses Deal with Coronavirus
The impact coronavirus can have on sales for coronavirus can be overwhelming for small businesses. The Federal Government has announced a Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster loans program to support SBA’s administration of loan subsidies that will be made available to entities financially impacted as a result of the coronavirus. The Small Business Association does have a page devoted to helping businesses deal with coronavirus.
If you need assistance with food, do not hesitate to contact your local food bank. Also, food banks and pantries in both Schuylkill and Berks can use your help in this difficult time. Visit the website for the Schuylkill Food Network or the Greater Berks Food Bank for more information.
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