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Coronavirus (COVID-19)


Our offices are closed to public visits, but we continue to support you (some remotely) and are working hard to ensure that your PSATS team members can continue to provide you with uninterrupted, dependable service from your association. Your phone calls and emails will be directed/forwarded to the appropriate staff, who can respond quickly to your questions or concerns. You can find our staff directory or by calling 717-763-0930.


March 26, 2020 Town Hall

April 2, 2020 Town Hall


PSATS Daily COVID-19 News

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

 


Don’t Miss the 3rd PSATS Town Hall This Thursday, April 9, at Noon

How can we have public meetings? Who are considered essential employees? What are some creative ways to keep staff working and provide value to the township? Should we work from home or lay off? These are just SOME of the questions townships are asking.

To assist in sharing COVID-19 information and answering your questions, PSATS is hosting its third web-based Town Hall for township officials on Thursday, April 9, at noon. Staff will provide guidance and answer your questions on a whole host of COVID-19-related questions.

Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions before and during the Town Hall, which is limited to the first 500 registrants and is free.

To register, please click on the link below: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3985872993268131598


Pennsylvania Primary Moved to June 2, Votes May Be Cast By Mail

The Pennsylvania primary election was rescheduled from April 28 to June 2. Historic legislation authorizes all Pennsylvania voters to vote by mail without providing a reason. This is an option for voters who prefer to cast their ballot from the comfort and safety of home.

The Department of State has updated their voter education outreach toolkit and is encouraging townships to share the information about the new primary date, registration deadline, and option to vote by mail-in ballot. Click here for the toolkit.


PSP Releases Enforcement Totals for Business Closure, Stay-at-Home Order

The Pennsylvania State Police released data on actions taken to date against non-life sustaining businesses that failed to comply with Gov. Tom Wolf’s order closing their physical locations. To date, 205 warnings have been issued by the PSP. No citations have been issued. Click here for breakdowns by PSP Troop.

In addition, the PSP released data on enforcement actions taken to enforce Governor Wolf’s Stay-at-Home order, which went into effect statewide on April 1, 2020. To date, 6 warnings and 2 citations have been issued statewide to enforce the Stay-at-Home order. Click here for breakdowns by PSP Troop.

“Law enforcement is focused on ensuring residents are aware of the Stay at Home order and informing the public of social distancing practices and while the order is mandatory, voluntary compliance is preferred,: said Colonel Robert Evanchick, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police. “Troopers maintain discretion to warn or issue citations, and their decision is specific to the facts and circumstances of each particular encounter.”


First Lady Frances Wolf: Volunteerism Remains Essential with Stay-at-Home Order

During Tuesday’s press conference, Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine echoed First Lady Frances Wolf’s call for volunteers to deliver meals and donate blood and emphasized that even with a statewide order, volunteering is considered an essential life sustaining activity. She also discussed the increase in positive cases of COVID-19 statewide to 14,559 and noted that for the first tie, all 67 counties in Pennsylvania now have cases of COVID-19. Deaths in Pennsylvania have now increased to 240.

The First Lady stated that several options exist for individuals seeking volunteer opportunities in their areas, as well as organizations and agencies in need of volunteers.

How to Volunteer

· Contact a volunteer agency or center directly to inquire about their needs; · Visit PA211 for volunteer opportunities posted by agencies seeking volunteer help; or · Register at ServPa to create a volunteer profile. When prompted, choose “COVID Volunteers” as your “organization”, then follow the links.

Prior to volunteering, it’s imperative that individuals perform a self-screen to ensure they are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, like a cough, fever, and shortness of breath.

How to Find Volunteers

· Connect with partner organizations and other local assistance;

· Use PA211 to post volunteer needs and other COVID-19 related needs;

· If volunteer or other needs continue to go unmet, contact your local Emergency Management Office.


Facebook Announces Local Alerts Tool

The Facebook Local Alerts Tool is now available for Facebook Pages for communities across the country responding to COVID-19. It is for primary government pages for local governments, including law enforcement and emergency responder pages.

Local Alerts is a free tool that allows local government, public health agency, and first responder Pages to broadcast essential updates to people in their community via Facebook by marking a page post as Local Alert, which sends out a notification to page followers who live in a community.


PFBC Opens Trout Season

Effective April 7, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission opened the 2020 trout season statewide. This was done without any big events to encourage social distancing. Anglers and boaters must abide by social distancing guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Gov. Tom Wolf’s Stay-at-Home Order.


Previous News

PSATS COVID-19 News - April 7, 2020

PSATS COVID-19 News - April 6.2020

PSATS COVID-19 News - April 3, 2020

PSATS COVID-19 News - April 2, 2020

PSATS COVID-19 News - April 1, 2020:

PSATS Daily COVID-19 News - March 31, 2020: 

PSATS Daily COVID-19 News - March 30, 2020: 

PSATS COVID-19 News, Weekend Edition - March 29, 2020: 

PSATS Daily COVID-19 News - March 27,2020:

PSATS Daily COVID-19 News - March 26,2020:

Township Tips – COVID-19 - March 25, 2020:

Tuesday Township Tips - March 24, 2020:

More Guidance for Township Safety - March 23, 2020:

Enforcement Guidance for Township Officials - March 22, 2020: 

New COVID-19 Information for Townships - March 21, 2020

Governor's Order Closing all Non-Life Sustaining Businesses - March 20, 2020

PSATS Webinar "Coronavirus - What Public Employers Need to Know" Now Available - March 19, 2020

PSATS Advice for Townships on Governor’s Proclamation - March 16, 2020

What steps can our township take to protect our community from COVID-19? - March 13, 2020

PSATS Monitoring Coronavirus Developments - March 10, 2020


Resources

Centers for Disease Control

The Pennsylvania Department of Health

National Institutes of Health

Township-Specific Suggestions for Dealing with the Coronavirus from Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC

CDC Guidance for Police and Emergency Responders

Office of Open Records Guidance on Public Meetings

Emergency Management Handbook for Elected Officials (contains sample emergency declaration and procedures)

Letter to LEO Community Regarding Enforcement of Closure Orders (3-21-2020)

FAQ for Township as EMployers (by Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC)

Order of The Governor of The Ccommonwealth of Pennsylvania Regarding The Closure of All Businesses That Are Not Life Sustaining (3-20-2020)

Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Regarding The Closure of all Businesses That Are Not Life Sustaining (3-20-2020)

Life Sustaining Businesses

Life Sustaining Businesses Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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