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CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 RESOURCES & UPDATES

 

Pennsylvania Updates

  • Bucks County Positive Cases of COVID-19: 5,729
  • Montgomery County Positive Cases of COVID-19: 8,413
  • As of June 5, Bucks and Montgomery Counties are in the "Yellow" Phase of reopening
  • As of June 5, all 67 counties are in either "Green" or "Yellow" Phases of reopening, there are no counties in the "Red" Phase
  • Pennsylvania is utilizing a three-phase matrix to determine when counties and/or regions are ready to begin easing some restrictions on work, congregate settings, and social interactions
  • View Governor's Wolf's phased reopening plan for Pennsylvania. View the testing and contact tracing plans
  • Businesses in the Commonwealth that are permitted to conduct in-person operations during the disaster emergency must take precautions to protect their employees, their employees’ families, and their communities as a whole
  • Elementary and secondary schools in the state’s yellow and green phases may resume in-person instruction and activities beginning July 1 under a phased reopening approach
  • Postsecondary institutions and adult basic education programs, effective June 5, to begin in-person instruction immediately following the development of a health and safety plan outlining strategies for safe operations
  • Pennsylvania Specific Links
    • For the daily COVID-19 Report, visit here.
    • For all press releases regarding coronavirus, please visit here.
    • Find the latest information on the coronavirus here.
    • Photos of the state’s lab in Exton are available for download and use here.
    • Coronavirus and preparedness graphics are available here near the bottom of the page: On.pa.gov/coronavirus
    • Community preparedness and procedures materials are available here.

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Federal Actions

It is incredibly important that Congress and the American public stay up to date on all the facts relating to Coronavirus. We must provide the public with all available information to provide a full picture of how this has affected other countries, as well as our own. As a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, I know that a global crisis can quickly reach our borders, and we must have every resource available to properly respond. 

On March 13th, President Trump declared the coronavirus pandemic to be a National Emergency which will allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to use reserved funds to address the virus. Private organizations such as Target, Walmart, Google, Walgreens, and CVS, will also help our country to tackle this pandemic head-on.

I joined with Congresswoman Jackson Lee (D-TX) and Congressman Ruiz (D-CA) to start the Bipartisan Congressional Coronavirus Taskforce. This taskforce will marshal the collective experience and expertise of Members of Congress and Congressional Committees to produce an action plan and provide input into health policy and legislative efforts, be a vehicle for receiving and disseminating information regularly to the entire Congress and the general public, to advocate for needed resources, and to compel the Administration to act promptly on all matters related to the coronavirus.  

Phase 1 Response:

On March 8th, the President signed in to law a bipartisan deal to allocate $8.3 billion to combat the coronavirus. This bill provides the funding to address the virus at home and abroad, including expediting vaccine development, purchasing essential equipment and supplies, and assisting state and local health departments.

Phase 2 Response:

On March 18th, the President signed in to law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to provide Americans and their families with the resources necessary to tackle economic and health challenges ahead. This bill puts American families and workers first by providing free coronavirus testing and paid sick leave. This legislation also includes paid emergency leave throughout this crisis while also giving America's small businesses the flexibility they need to keep millions of Americans employed during this outbreak. 

Phase 3 Response:   

On March 27th, the President signed in to law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Stability (CARES) Act. This bill will provide much-needed relief to our healthcare workers, small businesses, families, and workers. By giving direct payments to Americans, and giving relief to small businesses and workers, this bill will work to stabilize our economy. Additionally, this bill provides support to healthcare workers, the heroes on the front lines of this pandemic.

Phase 3.5 Response:

On April 24th, the President signed in to law the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act. This bill provides much-needed funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, hospitals, and testing.

Specifically, the bill provides:

  • $310 billion for the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) successful Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which will allow SBA to continue providing forgivable PPP loans to our nation’s small businesses to help cover the cost of payroll and operating expenses during this difficult time.
  • $60 billion for the SBA’s economic injury disaster loans and grants, which is another key source of assistance for small businesses.
  • $75 billion to support the heroes on the front lines of this crisis: our hospitals and healthcare providers.
  • $25 billion to expand testing, which will provide information on where cases are occurring and support continued efforts to reopen communities and reignite our record-breaking economy.

As always, do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.

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Resources

Experts have been working hard to understand this new strain of coronavirus. Because new information is coming out every day, please visit the sites below to stay up to date. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and other circulating among animals.

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness is people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

What are the symptoms?

- Fever

- Cough

- Shortness of breath

The symptoms may appear in a 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.

How can the coronavirus spread?

Human coronaviruses spread just like the flu or a cold:

- Through the air by coughing or sneezing;

- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;

- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it;

- Occasionally, fecal contamination.

How can I help protect myself?

Prevention:

- Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands!

- 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.

- Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, remotes, and other frequently touched items.

- Contain: if you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.

Also, it is recommended that Pennsylvanians take time to prepare now. View the PA Emergency Preparedness Guide.

Should I wear a mask or respirator in public?

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators.  Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.

A respirator is a personal protective device that is worn on the face or head and covers at least the nose and mouth. Most often, the spread of respiratory viruses from person-to-person happens among close contacts (within 6 feet). These devices must be readily available to health care workers and others who need them.

Should I cancel my trip to a country with a level 3 travel advisory?

Yes. The CDC recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to countries with a level 3 travel advisory at this time. For more travel information, visit our Travelers Page.  

What about animals or animal products imported from China?

The CDC does not have evidence to suggest that animals or animal products imported from China pose a risk for spreading COVID-19 in the United States. This is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available.

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Travel
 

The White House is proclaiming Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act to restrict travel to the United States from foreign nationals who have recently been in certain European countries. Section 212(f) of the INA only applies to the movement of human beings, not goods or cargo.

 

 

The restriction applies to foreign nationals who have been in the Schengen Area, 26 countries in Europe with open border agreements, the United Kingdom, or the Republic of Ireland, in the last 14 days.

The 26 countries are Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.

Those who are exempt from these restrictions, such as American citizens, will be directed to a limited number of airports where screening can take place.

Americans returning from Europe will be tested for the virus, and would not be allowed in the country if they test positive for the virus. Upon arrival, Americans will be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Legal permanent residents and immediate family members of U.S. citizens are exempt from the travel restrictions but will be subject to quarantine.

The restriction will go in to effect at 11:59 pm ET on Friday, March 13. The restriction will last until terminated by the President.

The Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Department of State have issued the following countries as travel risks due to the Coronavirus COVID-19. If you have plans to travel to these regions, please reconsider.

 
 
 
 
 
For a complete list of State Department travel advisories, please click here.
 
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