Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine issued “Stay at Home” orders to seven Pennsylvania counties yesterday. The orders are for Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. All schools statewide will also remain closed through at least April 6th. Mifflin County schools are tentatively scheduled to return April 13th.
The Pennsylvania State Police is enforcing the closures of non-life-sustaining businesses in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. All businesses had to close amid the pandemic, except for “life-sustaining” businesses including grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations. Violations of the order could lead to fines, jail time or “additional administrative penalties.”
A Port Royal man has died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash Friday night in Juniata County. State Police say 25-year-old Jeffrey Marks was pronounced dead at Hershey Medical Center Sunday. Marks was the operator of a Chiefton Dark Horse motorcycle on Mountain Road in Turbett Township. The cycle failed to negotiate a curve and left the roadway before overturning.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has implemented its disaster declaration for Pennsylvania so small businesses and private non-profits statewide can access SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that cannot be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for each affected small business. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. The loans now have relaxed criteria as part of the Trump Administration’s efforts to combat the Coronavirus outbreak, and minimize economic disruption to the nation’s 30 million small businesses.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has closed all shooting ranges on state game lands until further notice. The closure includes rifle, shotgun, pistol, and archery ranges.
Kish Insurance, a subsidiary of Kish Bank, has reached an agreement to purchase Sausman Insurance Agency in Mifflintown. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Sausman Insurance Agency was founded in 1946, and offers insurance coverage for the residents of Central Pennsylvania.