COVID-19

COVID-19

COVID-19

Specifics

Preventing the spread:

Wash your hands, cover your nose and mouth, avoid touching your face, clean surfaces, and practice social distancing.

Symptoms:

Fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

How to get tested:

People with mild symptoms should stay home, if they feel worse they should call their healthcare provider. People with severe symptoms (fever over 100 degrees, shortness of breath, and a cough) should call their healthcare provider or 1-877-PA-HEALTH. If they still need help, call local ED.

Workplace Safety/Health Violations:

  • If you believe your workplace is putting you in harm’s way or isn’t taking necessary precautions to protect you from the Coronavirus: Contact OSHA to file a complaint. You can call the national hotline at 1(800) 321-6742, the Harrisburg office at (717) 782-3746, or file a complaint online here. You may also call the PA Department of Health at 1 (877) 724-3258 and ask for their advice on how to protect yourself and your family.

Unemployment Compensation:

  • Unemployment benefits are to be extended to people affected by coronavirus. PA residents “may be eligible if their employer temporarily closes or goes out of business because of the spread of coronavirus”.
  • The waiting week, work search, & work registration requirements have been temporarily waived.
  • Self-employed people can now apply for UE compensation thanks to the stimulus package.
  • The stimulus package gives each American that qualifies for UE compensation an extra $600 per week.

Resources for Business Owners:

  • The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has created a list of contacts and resources that are available to assist businesses affected by coronavirus: https://dced.pa.gov/resources/
  • Small businesses in PA are eligible for the SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program. You can use the loan to cover accounts payable, debts, payroll and other bills the coronavirus has affected your ability to pay.
  • The state of PA has a new financial aid program meant for businesses having 100 or fewer full-time employees. Businesses who are eligible can apply for up to $100,000 & the state will offer a 0% interest rate for the first 12 months. Apply here.

How to Help:

Food:

National Resources:

  • Find more information about SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) here. You can call SNAP hotline 877-999-5964 to find out if you qualify for benefits.
  • Find more information about WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants & Children) here or call 800-942-9467.

Local Food Banks:

  • If you are facing food insecurity in this crisis, please contact the Central PA Food Bank at 717-547-6336 or visit their website here.
  • The York County Food Bank is distributing food to all who need it. They are located at 254 W. Princess St. They are waiving their eligibility restrictions.
  • The Salvation Army provides emergency food assistance and weekday breakfasts as part of their family programs. To sign up or get more information, call 717-233-6755 or email Melissa.Snyder@use.salvationarmy.org.

Housing Assistance:

  • The United Way of the Capital Region can provide assistance to those struggling to make rent payments. Call 211 for more information.

If you have nowhere to sleep tonight, go to the ER, police department, or one of the following shelters:

  • Bethesda Mission in Harrisburg, PA
  • Men’s Mission
    Phone: (717) 257-4440
    Address: 611 Reily Street, Harrisburg, PA 17102
  • Women’s Mission
    Phone: (717) 238 -2851
  • Lebanon Rescue Mission in Lebanon, PA
    Phone (717) 273-2301
  • Pregnant women, single mothers and their children: Agape Family Shelter
  • Men: Men’s Shelter with Lebanon Rescue Mission
  • Community Cares in Carlisle, PA
    Address: 50 W. Penn St. Carlisle, PA 17013
    Phone: (717)448-8850
    Shelter & Outreach Service

Financial Assistance & Utilities:

  • Columbia Gas has suspended shutoffs for nonpayment, and those with COVID-19 impact or hardship can get flexible payment plans. Also no late fees through May 1.
  • The state is prohibiting electric, natural gas, water, wastewater, telecommunication, and steam utility terminations as long as the governor’s emergency proclamation is in effect. 
  • Met-Ed Is temporarily discontinuing power shut offs for customers who are past due on their electric bills. We encourage customers who are having difficulty paying their electric bill to contact the number below as soon as possible to discuss Met-Ed’s customer assistance programs. Met-Ed Customer Service: 800-545-7741.
  • Comcast is offering an “Internet Essentials” package free to low income customers for 60 days. To sign up, applicants can simply visit www.internetessentials.com. The accessible website also includes the option to video chat with customer service agents in American Sign Language. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
  • Comcast will not disconnect or issue out late fees for services during this time.
  • LIHEAP Crisis, which assists households who are without or are in danger of being without heat, will still be available to clients via phone. Clients should call the Crisis Hotline at 1-866-452-6152, which will be operating to serve individuals in crisis situations during the office closure.
  • The Salvation Army helps to coordinate with UGI’s Customer Assistance Program to give qualified low income customers help with their monthly energy bills. The criteria requires applicants to be at or below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. For more info, click here.
  • Energy provider PECO has announced that they will be suspending service disconnections and waiting to apply new late payment charges through at least May 1, as well as remind customers of bill assistance resources and energy assistance programs. PECO customers can contact the company at 800-494-4000 for assistance, or visit peco.com/help.
  • Energy provider PPL has announced they will not cut off service to any customers for unpaid bills until further notice and will reconnect service to any recently disconnected customers. For more information, visit their website.

Online & Phone Recovery Support Services:

Other Recovery Support Services:

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or chat here.
  • YWCA of Greater Harrisburg Hotline- 1-800-654-1211 (Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services)   
  • Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) www.pcadv.org 
  • Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland & Perry Counties: 800-852-2102  www.dvscp.org 
  • Free Lifeline Cell Phone: Phone: 1.800.Safelink OR 1-888-898-4888 ~ Website: safelinkwireless.com OR assurancewireless.com
  • Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR): Sexual assault centers throughout Pennsylvania are open and continuing to support survivors and their loved ones. To find your local program, visit www.pcar.org/help-pa/locations or call 1-888-772-7227.
  • Report suspected child abuse: Call ChildLine at 1-800-932-0313 or visit keepkidssafe.pa.gov 
  • Military Assistance: Service members and families who have been affected financially as a result of travel restrictions, closures and other events from the coronavirus can check with their service relief organization to see if emergency help is available.
  • Here’s a running list of decisions some banks have made to support customers with CDs, checking accounts and other types of savings products who are struggling to make ends meet.

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