Due to the high volume of waiver requests, the Wolf Administration delayed enforcement of the governor’s order that all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania close their physical locations to slow the spread of COVID-19. Businesses that were non-life sustaining were ordered to close their physical locations last Thursday (March 19th), at 8:00 pm. The order stands, only the enforcement timing will change and become effective today (Monday, March 23rd), beginning at 8:00 am. Businesses requesting clarification on whether they are defined as life-sustaining should check the list, or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH. For businesses that would like to seek a waiver, there is an online waiver application. The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) offers working capital loans that could be of assistance to businesses impacted by COVID-19. For up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should follow www.governor.pa.gov and www.doh.pa.gov.
The Borough of Lewistown has made temporary changes due to the National Emergency and health concerns. Borough offices will be closed to the public for the time being. Council and committee meetings will be conducted online. The borough is suspending mailing fees for sewer and refuse payments until the end of May, and discontinuing late fees until ten business days after the state of emergency is lifted. If you have questions, call 717-994-4368.
Geisinger has been monitoring and responding daily to the evolving Coronavirus situation and has made the following changes to ensure the safety of all patients, visitors and employees to limit the spread of COVID-19. Routine, in-person visits to hospitalized patients have been temporarily suspended. You are encouraged to use alternative ways of interacting, including phone calls, Facetime, Skype and other means. Some restricted visitations are allowed, including patients who are medically unstable (one visitor), and patients who are at the end of life (two visitors). Before visiting a doctor’s office, convenient care clinic, or emergency department, call your primary care doctor’s office, or Geisinger’s 24/7 Coronavirus hotline at 570-284-3657. For general questions and information about COVID-19, visit https://www.geisinger.org/coronavirus. Using these resources can help lessen the possible spread of the virus.