Coronavirus (COVID-19)

PSATS Daily COVID-19 News

Monday, August 3, 2020


Daily PA COVID-19 Cases Start to Decrease

The statewide COVID case total now stands at 113,590. New per-day positive COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania saw a decrease this week. The seven-day average new case count is now 879, down 3.6 percent from 912 one week ago. In addition, the statewide percent-positivity also decreased from 4.7 percent one week ago to 4.6 percent, which is below the recommended rate of 5 percent. This number is the total positive COVID-19 tests out of all COVID-19 tests conducted.   

Resident and staff cases in nursing homes and personal care facilities continue to represent 21 percent of total cases, while deaths of residents of these facilities remain more than two-thirds of the state’s total of 7,209 deaths. For further breakdowns on these numbers, click here.   

In addition, the number of current COVID-19 hospitalizations in Pennsylvania saw a 20 percent decrease since July 26, from 707 to 564, while the number of patients on ventilators statewide remained stable at 90 for the last week.    

On Friday, the commonwealth identified a number of counties as having percent-positivity rates of 5 percent or more for the past week and as such, will carefully monitor these counties, which include Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Berks (new), Chester, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Indiana, Lancaster (new), Lawrence, and Philadelphia. Townships should note that Bedford, Dauphin, Greene, Mercer, and York counties saw their percent-positivity rates drop under 5 percent last week and were removed from the state’s “watch” list. Indiana saw its rate increase above 5 percent and was placed back on the list. Click herefor more.    


Commonwealth Removes Wyoming from Quarantine Advisory  

The commonwealth has removed Wyoming from the list of states that Pennsylvania residents are urged to quarantine for 14 days upon their return. To view the advisory and the current list of states on the advisory, click here.   


DGS Cancels August 11 Vehicle Auction

The state Department of General Services has announced that its August 11 vehicle auction will not be held due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It had been scheduled to take place at Manheim Keystone Pennsylvania. The next vehicle auction is scheduled to take place on October 13, 2020. 


COVID-19 Grant Deadline for Fire and EMS is Friday 

Be sure your volunteer fire company and EMS providers apply for COVID-19 grants from the Office of State Fire Commissioner by this Friday, August 7. Each fire company and EMS company that received 2019-2020 grants through the Fire Company and Emergency Medical Services Grant program will receive, at a minimum, the same amount as their 2019-2020 award. However, all fire, rescue, and EMS companies must register for the new program in order to receive a grant

These one-time grants are to be used by eligible fire, rescue, and EMS companies to provide services during the COVID-19 pandemic, and funds are to be used to supplement operational expenses due to a lack of opportunities for fundraising and the inability to create revenue due to compliance measures. These include expenses for cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting equipment and property and other expenses incurred to prevent the spread of communicable disease. Click here for more information! 



Previous PSATS Daily COVID-19 News

  • July 31, 2020
  • July 30, 2020
  • July 29, 2020
  • July 28,2020
  • July 27, 2020



 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. 







June 4, 2020 Town Hall