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PA.GOV’S GUIDANCE ON RESPONDING TO CORONAVIRUS
Information on symptoms and prevention, travel, mitigation, scams, emergency food assistance, mitigation guidance, social distancing and much more is available at www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/.
RESOURCES FOR BUSINESSES & EMPLOYEES
June 10, 2020 – $225 Million in COVID-19 Grants Available to PA Small Businesses:
MAIN STREET REVITALIZATION PROGRAM: $100 million is available for small businesses that experienced loss as a result of the governor’s order relating to the closure of all non-life-sustaining businesses and have — or will — incur costs to adapt to new business operations related to COVID-19.
HISTORICALLY DISADVANTAGED BUSINESS REVITALIZATION PROGRAM: $100 million is set aside for small businesses that experienced loss as a result of the business-closure order, have or will incur costs to adapt to new business operations related to COVID-19, and in which socially and economically disadvantaged individuals own at least a 51 percent interest and also control management and daily business operations.
LOAN PAYMENT DEFERMENT AND LOSS RESERVE PROGRAM — $25 million has been designated to allow Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs) the opportunity to offer forbearance and payment relief for existing portfolio businesses that are struggling due to the impact of COVID, as well as shore up the financial position of the CDFIs that are experiencing significant increased defaults in their existing loan portfolios.
The Department of Community and Economic Development will distribute the funds, and the program is being overseen by 17 CDFIs. With its main office in Greensburg, The Progress Fund is the only CDFI located in Westmoreland County.
Application details will be forthcoming. Because these programs are expected to be very competitive, we encourage local businesses to gather the paperwork that likely will be required — such as last year’s tax returns, mortgage or lease information, recent bank statements, fixed costs such as utilities, etc.
The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is expected to offer loans that could assist businesses affected by COVID-19. Information will be posted to www.dced.pa.gov/resources/ as it becomes available.
The Strategic Early Warning Network, administered by the Department of Labor and Industry, offers resources to help small and medium-sized business, including business planning resources and contingency planning, at www.steelvalley.org/coronavirus.
The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry also has a webpage dedicated to helping businesses deal with Coronavirus concerns at www.pachamber.org/coronavirus.
The US Chamber of Commerce has provided a Small Business Guide & Checklist for Coronavirus Emergency Loans.
The Westmoreland County COVID-19 Leadership Team maintains a webpage decided to helping businesses deal with Coronavirus concerns at https://www.co.westmoreland.pa.us/2883/COVID-19-Business-Resources
Employees who are unable to work because of COVID-19 may be eligible for Unemployment Compensation or workers’ Compensation. The Department of Labor and Industry offers guidance to employees on this issue at www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx.
For Self-Employed Unemployment Compensation, file initial claims at the PA Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Portal.
April 30, 2020 – Update on Emergency Departments
While the COVID-19 pandemic has focused attention on the fight against the disease, patients in our region still require emergency medical care for conditions and injuries not related to the virus. Heart attacks, strokes and other serious medical issues haven’t stopped during the outbreak. And we haven’t stopped treating them.
Excela Health reminds everyone that our Emergency Departments at Westmoreland, Frick and Latrobe Hospitals stand ready to provide the highest quality emergency care for all patients needing it. And in a manner that places the highest priority on protecting all of our patients during these difficult times.
April 28, 2020 – From Dr. Carol J. Fox, Chief Medical Officer at Excela Health
We’re all in this together. How many times have you heard that said in the past months? Typically, it’s used right after being advised to keep a proper distance . . . alone . . . but together. While those two ideas may seem at odds with each other we’re making it work and you’re making a difference.
We thank you for being a part of our extended healthcare team. The support of our community has been significant, touching and truly appreciated. Individuals, groups, businesses large and small and community organizations have stepped in voluntarily to provide support to our caregivers. Innovative ways have been found to ensure we have masks, gowns, face shields and more. Meals have been sent and monetary donations made to our Pandemic Response Fund from throughout Westmorland County. Creative signs of support have popped up in front of our hospitals. So much good is coming as result of something that’s so bad. More importantly you have maintained the safe practices we’re all been asked to adhere to.
And you might be asking yourself, “Is any of this making a difference?”.
The answer is YES!
Together we have kept the spread of the virus low in Westmoreland County relative to other areas of the state. Yes, it is difficult to be away from friends and family but this is NOT the time for us to take our collective feet off of the brake pedal. Now is the time for us to double down and be even more vigilant with our social distancing efforts.
We must maintain a longer period of social distancing. It is hard, but we can do it together. We are stronger together. So, in that togetherness, please:
• STAY HOME.
• When you do have to go out, make your trips intentional and short.
• Do not congregate.
• Maintain a minimum of 6 feet between yourself and others, even farther away if you are ill.
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue that you discard immediately or with your elbow.
• Vigorously wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds OR use an
• Wear a cloth mask when you are out of the house and around others.
We understand that some of you are frightened. It is important that you remember that while more people will become infected, the vast majority of them will be able to recover to full health. And when we do recover, it will be important to continue abiding by public health recommendations. The world will look, feel and work differently over the next few months but we will adapt.
We must continue to work together as a community. We must look out for one another. We must not let fear overcome taking rational measures to protect our safety.
March 18, 2020 – From Dr. Carol J. Fox, Chief Medical Officer at Excela Health
To our community:
Recent days have become a challenge for all Americans due to the emergence of COVID-19 infection in the United States. Western Pennsylvania is not immune to this infection and as you are aware, as of this writing, there are more than 10 confirmed cases in our region with many more test results that are pending.
We have been asked to make significant sacrifices as a community in order to mitigate the spread of this disease. Schools and businesses are closed. Individuals are asked to practice social distancing – keeping a minimum of six feet in between individuals and avoiding crowd situations. These actions are important and will help to minimize community transmission. Of utmost importance is maintenance of common sense measures: covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue that you discard immediately or with your elbow; avoid touching your face (nose/eyes/ mouth); staying even further away from others if you are ill; and above all, vigorous hand washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds OR use of an alcohol based sanitizer.
At Excela Health, we are taking significant measures to keep our community, our patients, and our staff safe.
• We are limiting visitors to our hospitals. We ask that there be only one visitor per patient in our hospitals at any given time. Exceptions can be made for patients in hospice or end-of-life care. We know that this may be difficult for some families, but avoiding close groupings in waiting areas is for your safety as well as ours. And importantly, for your loved ones who are
trying to heal.
• Visitors who are ill are not permitted.
• We are asking vendors to stay outside of the hospital buildings.
• Our physician leaders in each of our specialties are working with their patients to determine services that can be deferred at this time. If you are seeking routine care or truly elective surgical, or gastroenterology procedures, these services will be deferred at this time. We have made this decision in order to be compliant with best practice recommendations and to keep you and our staff safe.
• We are providing appropriate Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) to our staff to use when in contact with patients who are being tested for COVID-19.
• We have over 50 ICU beds in our hospitals and nearly 80 ventilators should they be required.
• We have multiple negative pressure rooms and the capacity to create more with negative pressure machines.
• We are available to help you if you become sick. If you have a life threatening illness, please call 911 to transport you to the Emergency Department. If you have non-life threatening illness, please contact your Primary Care Physicians (PCP) for their advice. Please do not just walk in to your PCP. If you are ill, we want to take special precautions to protect you and other patients who may be in the offices when you arrive. Bear with us. We DO want to take the best care of you.
• If, after obtaining your historical and symptom data (this step may occur via phone or via a web based application) and we believe your require testing for COVID-19, we will work with you to facilitate that testing. There is not an unlimited access to testing. However, we are committed to ensuring that you get the care and testing that makes the most sense for you.
• We are collaborating closely with our county leadership team to ensure that our activities are in lock step with one another.
• We are posting COVID-19 information on our public website: www.excelahealth.org. This information is updated as new material evolves. We also offer quick links to the CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health websites.
We understand that there is a lot of information out there. It is our desire to attempt to make that information easily available and understandable to you. We understand that some of you are frightened. It is important that you remember that while more people will become infected, the vast majority of them will be able to recover to full health. Those most at risk, older adults and those with chronic illnesses will need our collective help. If you are shopping for essential items, pick up extra for these at risk individuals so that they can remain safely at home. Check on these individuals by phone in order to avoid social isolation while we are practicing social distancing. We have to work together as a community. We must look out for one another. We must not let fear overcome taking rational measures to protect our safety.
Westmoreland County will persevere.
PENNDOT PHOTO & LICENSE CENTERS
All PennDOT Driver License Centers and Photo License Centers will be closed for at least two weeks, effective March 16. Customers are encouraged to complete all photo ID and vehicle registration renewals, address changes and other PennDOT services online at www.dmv.pa.gov. Mailed products will be delayed until normal operations resume.
As a result of the closures, expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, vehicle registrations, and safety and emission inspections scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020 through March 31, 2020 will be extended until April 30, 2020.
The Transportation Safety Administration recently announced that they would continue to accept driver licenses and ID cards that expired after March 1 as a valid form of identification at airport security checkpoints. More details are available at www.tsa.gov/coronavirus.
VOTE-BY-MAIL OPTION FOR UPCOMING ELECTION
In order to limit in-person contact during the upcoming Primary Election currently scheduled on April 28, more voters may be interested in voting by mail. Voters will have this option as part of a new law that was approved last year that included some of the most significant changes to the state’s election laws in decades.
Voters can learn more about how to vote by mail at VotesPA.com/ApplyMailBallot.
WESTMORELAND COUNTY RESOURCES
PA CareerLink Westmoreland County
151 Pavilion Lane Youngwood, PA 15697
FAYETTE COUNTY RESOURCES
PA CareerLink Fayette County
112 Commonwealth Dr. Suite 201 Lemont Furnace, PA 15456
SOMERSET COUNTY RESOURCES
PA CareerLink Somerset County
6022 Glades Pike, Somerset, PA 15501
LOCAL BUSINESSES STILL OPEN & UPDATED HOURS
RESTAURANTS / FOOD / BEVERAGE
Hours: Seniors Only: 8 am-9 am, Standard Hours: 9 am-8 pm
Notice: Please refrain from leaning on counters and bringing children into the store.
Address: 1300 Indian Creek Valley Road Melcroft, PA 15462
Hours: Friday – Saturday: 7:30 am – 8 pm, Sunday – Thursday: 7:30 am – 6 pm
Services: Open for takeout and grocery services, call ahead to place takeout order
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Address: 231 County Line Rd, Champion, PA 15622
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 3pm-8pm
Services: Carry Out / Curbside Pick-up
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Address: 546 Three Mile Hill Road Mount Pleasant, PA 15666
Out of the Fire Cafe
Services: Carry Out / Curbside Pick-up / Beer & Wine
View Menu: https://www.outofthefirecafe.com/carry-out-curbside/
Address: 3784 State Route 31 Donegal, PA 15628
See-Mor’s All Star Grill
Services: Carry Out / Curbside Pick-up
Address: 546 Three Mile Hill Road Mount Pleasant, PA 15666
The Country Pie Shoppe
Services: Carry Out / Curbside Pick-up
Address: 3822 State Route 31 Donegal, PA 15628
PNC Bank Donegal
Hours: Mon-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 9am-1pm
Services: Essential appointments are available on designated days of the week for safe deposit box access, loan closings or other banking services that cannot be delivered through the drive‑up, by telephone, through our ATM network or via mobile or online banking.
Address: 3643 PA-31, Donegal, PA 15628
Shari Bukovac Bookkeeping
Hours: OFFICE CLOSED
Services: Income tax clients, please rest assured that your taxes will either be completed on time or we will file the necessary extension form by the deadline. We will contact about getting your completed to you.
Somerset Trust Company
Hours: Mon-Friday 10am-2pm
Services: Primarily drive-thru only services. Appointments may be made for other services.
Address: 151 W Main St Somerset, Pennsylvania 15501
Boss Bear Creative
Services: Emergency marketing strategies for small businesses to stay afloat during COVID-19, FREE COVID-19 related update on your website, crisis discounts and zero-interest payment plans offered.
Offices Closed: All payments must be mailed
Letter from President, Jim Kail
Petite Feet Pet Care
Services: In-home pet care, pet sitting, dog walking, farm care and more. New services: pet taxi to and from vet appointments, medication delivery, pickup and delivery of pet foods and supplies. Up to 50% discounts for healthcare workers and first responders during COVID-19 crisis.
LOCAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
A statewide job search can be performed through PA Career Link at www.PAcareerlink.pa.gov.
PA State and Local Government Jobs (Civil/Non-Civil Service) at www.employment.pa.gov.
U.S. Census Bureau
Despite the virus, the US Census still needs workers!
Rate: $18-$20 per hour
Benefits: Extra income, flexible hours, weekly pay, paid training
How to Apply: Online at 2020census.gov/jobs or call 1-855-JOB-2020
Mountain Pines Campground
1662 Indian Creek Valley Rd Champion, PA
Positions: Lifeguards, Pool Attendants, Campground Store, Activities Staff, Housekeeping, Snack Bar, Grounds Keeper and Maintenance.
How to Apply: Applications available at the main gate or call 724-455-7411