Coronavirus (COVID-19)

PSATS Daily COVID-19 News

Wednesday, August 12, 2020


FEMA Will Accept Applications for Supplemental Firefighter Grant

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is providing an additional opportunity for both volunteer and combination fire departments to apply for funding under the Fiscal Year 2020 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. FEMA will directly award funding for personal protective equipment and other supplies to support COVID-19 response, including reimbursement for expenditures made since January 1, 2020. Fire departments that already applied or received funding in this round are eligible to apply again.  

FEMA will provide information on the application period soon. Click here for more information. In addition, webinars about the application process will be held starting August 18. For the webinar schedule, click here



State, Federal Governments Provide Funding to Private Sector to Develop COVID Testing, Vaccines

Gov. Tom Wolf has announced that the commonwealth is providing grants and tax credits worth more than $1 million to a Pennsylvania company that is working to develop a rapid antigen self-test that would detect active COVID-19 with no need to transport samples to a lab for testing. The company, Orasure Technologies, is expanding its operations in the Lehigh Valley. The company is also developing a highly accurate, lab-based antibody test that would detect prior COVID-19 infection. Click here for more.  

At the federal level, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Defense have announced an agreement with Moderna, Inc. to manufacture and deliver 100 million doses of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate. The federal government will pay $1.5 billion to manufacture and deliver the vaccine doses to government-designated locations across the country. The federal government will own the doses, which will be available to Americans at no cost if the vaccine is successful. This effort is part of Operation Warp Speed, the Trump Administration effort to increase the likelihood of having at least one safe and effective vaccine in the United States by 2021. Click here to learn more.  



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 COVID-19 Fact Sheets

PSATS has developed new fact sheets to help townships answer questionslearn best practices, and navigate Pennsylvania’s phased reopening. The fact sheets are a new PSATS member service that also link townships directly to the supporting state and federal guidance.


Public Works and the COVID -19 Challenge by LTAP



 Yellow and Green Phase Guidance

Life in the Yellow Phase

Life in the Green Phase 

*The green phase is the new normal for the foreseeable future until vaccines or effective therapies or treatments are available. *


What restrictions are lifted in the yellow phase? 

The stay-at-home order will be lifted, childcareday camps, and community pools may reopen, but must follow state and federal guidance (note: click on each for the appropriate guidance). Click here for the state guidance for summer recreation

The number of people allowed at large gatherings increases to 25 and in-person retail will be allowed (with curbside and delivery preferred). All businesses except those specifically excluded from the orders may resume in-person operations as long as they strictly adhere to the commonwealth’s guidance. Professional sports may resume with a state-approved plan but without spectators.

What restrictions are lifted in the green phase? 

All businesses may resume in-person operations as long as they strictly adhere to the commonwealth’s guidance (note that the business guidance document is the same for both yellow and green zones). Businesses that were authorized to operate in the yellow phase at 50 percent occupancy may operate at up to 75 percent of the maximum occupancy in the green phase. Businesses may reopen in green that were restricted to telework in yellow but are strongly encouraged to continue to telework and stagger the return of employees to in-person operations. 

Personal care facilities, such as hair salons and barbershops, may reopen in the green phase but must operate by appointment only and are limited to 50 percent of their maximum capacity. Indoor recreation and health and wellness facilities, such as gyms or spas, may reopen in the green phase and are strongly encouraged to operate by appointment or reservations only and must also operate at 50 percent occupancy. 

All restaurants may reopen but must follow the commonwealth guidance noted above, as well as dining guidance that provides specific details on operations. Strict physical distancing, barrier requirements and maximum occupancy rules will be in effect. Click here for the specific restaurant guidance. 

Recreational and Amatuer team sports may resume and waterparks and playgrounds may reopen, however, CDC guidance should be followed. Visits to prisons and hospitals may resume at the option of the individual facilities. 

What restrictions remain in the yellow phase? 

Restaurants and bars are limited to outdoor dining, carry-out, and delivery only, while indoor malls, indoor recreation, health and wellness facilities (such as gyms and spas), and entertainment facilities (movie theaters and casinos) remain closed. A detailed listing of these categories appear in the FAQ document.  

Waterparks, playgrounds, and recreational and amateur team sports are included in the list of facilities that are to remain closed. Visitors will continue to be prohibited from nursing homes and prisons. In addition, businesses are encouraged to continue telework where feasible, and all are urged to continue to practice social distancing and universal masking and to remain home whenever possible. 

What restrictions remain in the green phase? 

Everyone in the green phase is strongly encouraged to continue to practice social distancing by staying six feet apart, wearing cloth facemasks, and frequently washing hands. All businesses must follow the commonwealth’s guidance, including universal masking. Nursing home visitation restrictions will remain in place for 28 days after a county goes green. 







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