Coronavirus Resource Information

Pennsylvania COVID-19 Update

Governor Tom Wolf today ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close their physical locations as of 8 p.m. on March 19, to slow the spread of COVID-19. Enforcement actions against businesses that do not close physical locations will begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21.

Gov. Wolf’s order is here.
A video statement from Gov. Wolf is here.
Sec. of Health’s order is here.
A list of life-sustaining businesses is here.

In extenuating circumstances, special exemptions will be granted to businesses that are supplying or servicing health care providers.

The Governor's Office has clarified that hotels are considered essential businesses and do not need to close. 


Local Coronavirus Resources

Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau

Support Your Local Restaurants, Wineries, Breweries & Distilleries and Businesses:

RESTAURANTS: A Guide to Takeout and Delivery in the Susquehanna River Valley

WINERIES: A Guide to Hours, Take-out, Delivery and Online Orders

BREWERIES - A Guide to Hours, Take-Out, Delivery

RETAIL SALES-Life Sustaining Businesses and Online Sales

 

 

BE ENCOURAGED!

Celebrating the Susquehanna River Valley

During the hard times it helps to look for  the beautiful and the positive. Stories of love, sacrifice and ingenuity shine a light of comfort and hope in the midst of darkness.

This page celebrates those stories. We congratulate the helpers, the healers and the out-of-box thinkers - you are the heart of this great community that we call the Susquehanna River Valley. If you know of a business making a difference during these difficult times, please email their stories to [email protected].

Thank you to everyone who makes this region a great place to live, work and play!




Business Resources

IMPORTANT UPDATES

COVID-19 Safety Procedures for Business Flyer
All businesses in the Commonwealth that elect to maintain in-person operations, if permitted to operate under the Orders of the Governor and Secretary of Health, must strictly adhere to the guidance published by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and must prominently display this Notice and COVID-19 SAFETY PROCEDURES FOR BUSINESSES at each work location (building or worksite).
https://www.pa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/COVID-19-Reopening-Businesses-Flyer-8-5x14-1.pdf

 

Safety guidelines from the American Hotel and Lodging Association that were release on May 4, 2020. 

The American Hotel & Lodging Association just released their Safe Stay guide to Enhanced Industry-Wide Hotel Cleaning Standards in response to COVID-19. You can access the guide here.


Paycheck Protection Program
These loans are designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.
Applications will be accepted beginning Friday, April 3 by participating SBA lenders, federally insured depository institutions, federally insured credit unions and Farm Credit System institutions.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance

SBA Express Bridge Loans

SBA Debt Relief

 
Other Resources:
Assistance:

SBDC Assistance | FREE Webinars | Beware of Scams




The Bucknell SBDC continues to help small businesses navigate the impacts of COVID-19by phone, email, and Zoom meetings.
See the SBDC's COVID-19 Business FAQ & Resource List, at http://bit.ly/SBDCcovid19FAQ, with topics such as financing, workforce issues, insurance, cybersecurity, remote work, and more.
Request SBDC consulting assistance at www.bucknell.edu/SBDC





State and National Resources

State and National Resources

The Department of Health, along with federal and local public health officials, are closely monitoring the situation and the commonwealth is prepared to respond to the community spread of this virus.

It’s important for everyone to take action to help prevent the spread of the virus. The best thing we all can do at this time is be extra vigilant about precautions normally taken during flu season, and pay close attention to recommendations and guidelines.

As this situation evolves, we encourage you to monitor health.pa.gov, their Facebook page and Twitter account. It’s important to remember that the most accurate and timely information regarding this outbreak in Pennsylvania is available through the Department of Health.

While the U.S. government has not suggested limiting domestic travel or imposed restrictions on international inbound travel beyond those already in place, please be mindful that this could change quickly. For the latest travel alerts, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html.

 

Additional resources we have found helpful include:

Pennsylvania Department of Health COVID-19: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx  

Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Center for Disease Control Travel information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html

U.S. Travel Association: Emergency Preparedness and Response: Coronavirus (COVID-19)





Hospitals

Evangelical Hospital:

https://www.evanhospital.com/news/coronavirus-update

Geisinger Medical Center:

https://www.geisinger.org/coronavirus




PennDOT

PennDOT COVID-19 Updates

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is implementing the following operational changes in response to Governor Tom Wolf’s mitigation guidance regarding COVID-19.

All Driver License Centers and Photo License Centers in Pennsylvania are closed. 

Additionally, expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, vehicle registrations, and safety and emission inspections will be extended and the most common customer transactions remain available online.

All PennDOT District and County maintenance offices are closed. Additionally, construction projects have been suspended in all counties until further notice, however PennDOT crews are available to perform critical functions and emergency maintenance as needed.

Rest Areas and Welcome Centers PennDOT initially closed all welcome centers and rest areas in a proactive measure to protect employees and the motoring public. However, we understand that truck drivers delivering lifesaving amenities need access to parking to safely do their job, so PennDOT has now reopened the indoor facilities at many rest areas statewide. Additional cleaning and maintenance will be performed at all reopened locations. We will continue to evaluate the situation and determine whether additional locations can be reopened. For m0re information and to find an updated list click here.

Public transportation and rail services have also been adjusted. Please check local transit agencies and Amtrak’s website for up-do-date information.

As a reminder, customers may complete various transactions and access multiple resources via the Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov.

 




CDC Consumer Guidelines:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands again.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.