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Author: Michael Segina

Gov. Wolf Calls for Universal Masking

uring a COVID-19 press briefing today Governor Tom Wolf recommended that all Pennsylvanians wear a mask any time they leave their homes for life-sustaining reasons. As COVID-19 cases steadily rise in the state, Gov. Wolf stressed the need to intensify all measures to help stop the spread of the virus.

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Gov. Wolf, Sec. of Health Extend Stay-at-Home Orders to Seven Additional Counties

As COVID-19 cases continue to grow and the state continues to seek relief to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, today Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine revised their “Stay at Home” orders to include Cameron, Crawford, Forest, Franklin, Lawrence, Lebanon and Somerset counties, bringing the state total to 33 counties under a stay-at-home order. This order takes effect at 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2020, and will continue until April 30.

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Police Department suspends street sweeping parking enforcement.

UPDATED 8/27/2020:
New Article Posted
http://www.steeltonpa.com/street-sweeping-ticketing/


Due to COVID-19 health concerns, street sweeping in the Borough of Steelton will NOT be enforced beginning April 1st. The warnings issued today were in error and the Steelton Borough Police Department WILL NOT be enforcing street sweeping violations until further notice. We apologize for any confusion this may cause. Please disregard any warning you may have received and remember that all other parking/safety violations will be enforced. 

Borough closes parks equipment and structures.

On March 25, 2020, following our daily briefing on COVID-19, the Borough of Steelton in conjunction with the Steelton Police Department made the decision that ALL Borough parks and playgrounds, including equipment, play areas, basketball courts, picnic areas, and the skate park are CLOSED until further notice. In regards to the boat launch, the pavilion is closed, however the boat launch remains open for boaters.

Signs will be posted on each of the parks with this notification. This decision was made to protect residents, specifically children in the borough, from exposure to COVID-19. We are doing our best to ensure the safety and health of all borough residents.

This notice includes the following locations:

  • Bailey Street Park/East Side Park – Bailey Street between Ridge St & Frank S. Brown Blvd (Adams St)
  • East End Park – South 4th Street & P Street Mohn Street Park – South 3rd Street & Mohn Street
  • Municipal Park & Skate Park – North 3rd Alley & Franklin Street
  • Poplar Street Park – Between Walnut Street & Poplar Street
  • Reich Field – Reynders Street & Spruce Street
  • Ryan Mohn Memorial Park – Primrose Ave & Cottage Hill Lane
  • Veterans Park – North Front Street & Franklin
  • Street Boat Launch – Mumma Street & Charles Street, Highspire (PAVILION CLOSED, LAUNCH OPEN)

Dauphin County announces first positive case of COVID-19

HARRISBURG, PA (March 22, 2020) -Commissioners Jeff Haste, Mike Pries and George P. Hartwick, III today are alerting the community that one positive case of COVID-19 has been reported in Dauphin County, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Currently, the state is reporting a total of 479 COVID-19 cases across 33 counties.
“The health and safety of our residents is our top priority,” said Haste. “We’re taking every precaution necessary to protect the public and our employees.”
To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the commissioners declared a disaster emergency in Dauphin County and canceled all public events and activities at the county’s various facilities and buildings until further notice. They also closed county buildings to the public, while continuing to provide services by modifying operations, and implemented video visitation at Dauphin County Prison.
“This is a rapidly changing situation,” said Pries. “We’re working closely with our state and federal partners to ensure local first responders and providers have what they need to respond to COVID-19.”
The commissioners urge residents to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 by doing the following:
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
  • Clean surfaces frequently.
  • Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.
“We’re taking all the proper precautions and encouraging residents to stay informed, stay safe and stay home,” said Hartwick.
The county has developed an online resource at www.DauphinCounty.org/coronavirus to keep residents updated on COVID-19, health and safety tips and the county’s response to the pandemic.
All Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertPA, a text notification system for health, weather, and other important alerts like COVID-19 updates from commonwealth agencies. Residents can sign up online at www.ready.pa.gov/BeInformed/Signup-For-Alerts.

Waiver Extension, Revised Timing Of Enforcement: Monday, March 23 At 8:00 Am

Harrisburg, PA – Due to the high volume of waiver requests, the Wolf Administration is delaying enforcement of Governor Tom Wolf’s order and the Secretary of Health’s order that all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania must close their physical locations to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Per Governor Wolf’s and Dr. Levine’s orders, businesses that were non-life sustaining were ordered to close their physical locations on March 19, at 8:00 PM. This order stands, only the enforcement timing will change and become effective on Monday, March 23, at 8:00 AM.

Those businesses requesting clarification on whether they are defined as life-sustaining should check this list, email the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) customer service resource account at ra-dcedcs@pa.gov, or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH and select option 1 to reach DCED staff. For businesses that determine from the list that they are non-life sustaining, but would like to seek a waiver, there is an online waiver application.

When a business completes a waiver form, a team of professionals at DCED will review each request and respond based on the guiding principle of balancing public safety while ensuring the continued delivery of critical infrastructure services and functions. Those requesting a waiver will be notified via email if their operations may re-open. Businesses applying for a waiver must remain closed until a decision is made about their application.

DCED offers working capital loans that could be of assistance to businesses impacted by COVID-19. Resources and information will be posted to http://dced.pa.gov/resources as they become available. Yesterday, Governor Wolf announced the availability of low-interest loans for small businesses and eligible non-profits in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should follow www.governor.pa.gov and www.doh.pa.gov.