Last updated 11:30 a.m., September 8, 2020
COVID-19 is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person.
All Pennsylvanians have an important role to play in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and saving lives. Here are resources to help individuals, families, and businesses do their part.
Keep checking back. This guide will be kept up to date as resources and information change. You can find up-to-date information about cases in Pennsylvania at on.pa.gov/coronavirus.
Symptoms of COVID-19 can include: fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.
Human coronaviruses spread:
- Through the air by coughing or sneezing.
- Through close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands.
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it.
- Occasionally, fecal contamination.
Here’s how you can protect yourself and others:
- Wear a cloth face mask when you go out in public.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Limit physical contact with others not in your household.
- Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, remotes, and other frequently touched items.
- Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands!
- If you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.
Check out the Pennsylvania COVID-19 Dashboard to see up-to-date data on case counts and demographics, hospital preparedness, and testing.
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As of July 3, all counties are in the green phase of reopening. What does that mean?
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Throughout the reopening process, we will have guidance in place to support best public health practices. This guidance will reinforce and build on existing worker and building safety orders. It will adapt to the changing nature of the pandemic, as well as lessons learned from communities that return to work strategically.
The green phase eases most restrictions with the continued suspension of the stay at home and business closure orders to allow the economy to strategically reopen while continuing to prioritize public health.While this phase will facilitate a return to a “new normal,” it will be equally important to continue to monitor public health indicators and adjust orders and restrictions as necessary to ensure the spread of disease remains at a minimum. See the full plan for reopening Pennsylvania.
- All businesses must follow CDC and DOH guidance for social distancing and cleaning
- Monitor public health indicators, adjust orders and restrictions as necessary
Starting Sept. 21, Pennsylvania restaurants can increase indoor occupancy to 50 percent.
Restaurants that self-certify will be mailed Open & Certified Pennsylvania branded materials, such as window clings and other signage designating their certification, which they can display for customers and employees.
Restaurants operating at 50 percent capacity will have their self-certification status checked as part of ongoing enforcement by these agencies starting on October 5.
A restaurant’s listing in the Open & Certified Pennsylvania restaurant database shows it cares about its customers, employees, community and the economic future of the state.
Restaurant?owners with additional questions about the self-certification program can firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Pennsylvania,?masks must be worn whenever anyone leaves home.
Members of the public should wear homemade cloth or fabric masks and save surgical masks?and?N95 respirators for?health care workers and first responders.
Want to know more? See the frequently asked questions on the Department of Health website for more information on masking in Pennsylvania.
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Looking for additional masking signage to display in your business? Here is a “No Mask, No Service” poster that is available for download.
Employers are required to provide masks to workers. To help with the sourcing of face masks and other PPE, here is a list of PPE manufacturers and suppliers in Pennsylvania.
Go here for a comprehensive list of?business FAQs on masks. Here are a few of the most common questions:
Yes. As per the governor’s Green Phase order: Require all customers to wear masks while on premises, and deny entry to individuals not wearing masks, unless the business is providing medication, medical supplies, or food, in which case the business must provide alternative methods of pick-up or delivery of such goods; however, individuals who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition (including children under the age of 2 years per CDC guidance) may enter the premises and are not required to provide documentation of such medical condition.
Regarding employees,: Provide masks for employees to wear during their time at the business, and make it a mandatory requirement to wear masks while on the work site, except to the extent an employee is using break time to eat or drink, in accordance with the guidance from the Department of Health and the CDC. Employers may approve masks obtained or made by employees in accordance with Department of Health guidance.
Yes, except that if a business provides medication, medical supplies, or food, that business must offer another means for the customer to purchase goods if the customer is unable to wear a mask. Those means could include home delivery or contactless curbside pick-up.
Individuals who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition (including children under the age of 2 years per CDC guidance) may enter the premises and are not required to provide documentation of such medical condition.
If a customer is belligerent or aggressive, there is no expectation that an employee should force a customer to comply or put themselves in a dangerous situation.
Businesses should consider how they would deal with a customer who may attempt to enter the business without a shirt or shoes, and may wish to react similarly. Businesses should consider giving customers resources on how to make their own mask or provide a mask.
Social distancing means staying away from close contact in public spaces. It includes actions like staying out of places where lots of people gather and maintaining distance — approximately 6 feet — from others.
Social distancing also includes minimizing contact with people by avoiding public transportation when possible, limiting nonessential travel, working from home, and skipping social gatherings.
All Pennsylvanians should practice social distancing — not just those who are seriously ill or at high risk.
Social distancing is a proven way to slow the spread of pandemics.
If you have traveled, or plan to travel, to an area where there are high amounts of COVID-19 cases, it is recommended that you stay at home for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania. If you travel to the these states, it is recommended that you quarantine for 14 days upon return.
Questions about travel and quarantine? Read the?travel recommendations frequently asked questions.
If you are employed in Pennsylvania and are unable to work because of COVID-19, you may be eligible for Unemployment Compensation (UC) or Workers’ Compensation (WC) benefits.
The following changes to unemployment have been made to help Pennsylvanians during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- 湖人开拓者The waiting week is suspended.湖人开拓者 Previously, claimants were not eligible for benefits during their first week of unemployment (the “waiting week”). This has been suspended; eligible claimants may receive benefits for the first week that they are unemployed.
- 湖人开拓者Work search and work registration requirements are temporarily waived.湖人开拓者 Claimants are not required to prove they have applied or searched for a new job to maintain their benefits. Claimants are also not required to register with PACareerLink.gov.
- People who exhaust their regular Unemployment Compensation and federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation can now qualify for 13 additional weeks of payments through the state’s Unemployment Compensation Extended Benefits program.
In addition to regular state?Unemployment Compensation benefits, which provide roughly half of an individual’s full-time weekly income up to $572 per week, the?federal CARES Act expanded UC benefits through several new programs:
- 湖人开拓者Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) expands benefits to gig-economy workers, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals who are otherwise ineligible for unemployment.
- Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) provides an additional 13 weeks of UC benefits to individuals who exhaust their regular 26 weeks of benefits, for a total of 39 weeks of coverage.
- Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) is a temporary federal program that provides an additional $300 per week for eligible UC claimants. Beginning, Thursday, September 14, 2020 individuals who apply and qualify will begin receiving their payments.
If you can’t cover your mortgage payment or rent, contact your lender or landlord immediately. Do not wait until you’re behind on payments.
Some lenders may work out an agreement with you to waive late fees, set up a repayment plan or offer loan forbearance.
- Mortgage information: visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or find a housing counselor near you.
- Rental assistance: visit the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Pennsylvanians out of work and without pay, or with significantly reduced hours as a result of COVID-19, are eligible to receive state and federally sourced foods from Pennsylvania’s food banks and pantries. Find a pantry near you, then give them a call to make arrangements.
There are many other food assistance resources available. Find a comprehensive list on the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture website.
It’s normal to feel stress around COVID-19. Use the Mental Health Resources guide to find help and information available to Pennsylvanians.
The CDC suggests these tips to help you cope:
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- Take deep breaths, stretch, and/or meditate
- Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals
- Exercise regularly
- Get plenty of sleep
- Avoid alcohol and drugs
- 湖人开拓者Make time to unwind湖人开拓者 with activities you enjoy.
- 湖人开拓者Connect with others. 湖人开拓者Talk with people you trust about how you’re feeling.
Businesses play a critical role in protecting your workers, customers, suppliers, and the general public.
All businesses with in-person operations should follow building and business safety guidelines issued by the Pennsylvania Secretary of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Guidelines may change over time, so be sure to check back for updates. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations still apply.
State and local authorities are enforcing business and building safety orders for COVID-19.?This includes:
- Local officials and law enforcement
- PA State Police
- PA Department of Health
- PA Department of Agriculture
- PA Department of Labor and Industry
- PA Liquor Control Board
These?groups?are authorized to?enforce?business closure orders and?safety orders?to the full extent of the law.
The following industry-specific COVID-19 guidance is currently available:
To help navigate through the potential financial impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Pennsylvania businesses,? the state and federal government are offering loans to help offset the revenue lost.
Check the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development website for the most up-to-date information on resources and loans for businesses.