Statewide – The Wolf Administration has taken the following actions in response to the Coronavirus Pandemic:
– Updated the public on the commonwealth’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, reminding Pennsylvanians to “stay the course and follow the law” to avoid negative consequences.
– Announced eligible self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers and others not normally eligible for regular unemployment compensation (UC) can begin filing backdated claims in the new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) website.
– Provided guidance for counties moving into the yellow phase on May 8.
– Joined a multi-state agreement to develop a regional supply chain for personal protective equipment and other medical equipment.
– Called for mandated race and ethnicity data collection
– Announced a partnership between the department’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) and Penn State Harrisburg’s Institute of State and Regional Affairs (ISRA) to study the impacts of COVID-19 on child care providers across Pennsylvania.
– Signed order to provide targeted PPE and supplies to health care facilities
– Joined community leaders in call to end COVID-19-related discrimination
– Stressed the need for community volunteerism
Gov. Wolf Announces Efforts to Increase Statewide Hospital, Long-Term Care Capacity Through Regional Support Sites, Strike Teams
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Governor Tom Wolf on Friday announced that the state is organizing, in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), regional support sites for both hospitals and long-term care facilities, as well as strike teams to support hospitals facing staffing shortages. Read more
‘Human Error,’ Lack of Oversight Led To Multimillion-Dollar Unemployment Mistake, Wolf Admin Discloses
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration completed its internal investigation into a multimillion-dollar unemployment mistake in mid-2017, but failed to make the findings public until this week, according to newly released documents. Read more
HARRISBURG, Pa. — A federal judge has ruled that key components of Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus mitigation strategy are unconstitutional, including a statewide limit on how many Pennsylvanians can gather in one place. Read more
The Pa. Legislature Approved a Resolution Ending Wolf’s Coronavirus Emergency Declaration. What Happens Now?
HARRISBURG, Pa. — What was once considered a nuclear option detonated in the Pennsylvania legislature this week, as Republican lawmakers — and a handful of Democrats — gave final approval to a resolution terminating Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus emergency declaration. Read more
Wolf Administration, Federal Delegation: Pennsylvania Farmers Eligible for $16 Billion in Direct Relief Payments
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency Administrator (FSA) Richard Fordyce joined Senator Bob Casey and Congressman Glenn Thompson for a virtual town hall with Pennsylvania agriculture stakeholders. The reason for the town hall is to answer questions about the $16 billion available to Pennsylvania farmers in direct relief payments, through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Read more
CLARION, Pa. (EYT) – Clarion County District Attorney Drew Welsh is urging Governor Tom Wolf to allow all business that are compliant with safety regulations to reopen. Read more
HARRISBURG, Pa. – As Pennsylvania works to mitigate the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus, the Wolf Administration has made it a priority to address food insecurity in the commonwealth by protecting our local supply chain, advocating for necessary waivers and resources, and ensuring equal access to healthy food for all. Read more
HARRISBURG, Pa. – As the construction industry prepares to resume work, the Wolf Administration has issued guidance for all construction businesses and employees to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Read more
Some GOP Lawmakers are Prepping a Nuclear Option to Revoke Wolf’s Emergency Powers. But it Probably Won’t Work.
HARRISBURG, Pa. — A small contingent of Pennsylvania Republicans have prepared a nuclear option to revoke Gov. Tom Wolf’s emergency powers, as lawmakers continue to pressure the Democratic governor to reverse the sweeping actions he’s taken to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Read more
HARRISBURG, Pa. (EYT) – Calling Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s declaration to close non-life-sustaining businesses because of the COVID-19 virus “an economic blow to every worker in the state”, Pennsylvania House Republicans vowed to explore “all avenues” to determine whether the action is allowed within the Pennsylvania Constitution. Read more
HARRISBURG, Pa. (EYT) – Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf Thursday afternoon ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close their physical locations as of 8:00 p.m. Thursday to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Read more
HARRISBURG, Pa. – In the wake of last weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, Governor Wolf is seeking action from state and federal levels to end gun violence. Read more
HERSHEY, Pa. – On Friday Governor Tom Wolf joined Department of Banking and Securities Secretary Robin L. Wiessmann and Department of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne to discuss measures the Wolf Administration has taken to help protect senior citizens from financial scams and fraud. Read more