COVID - 19 VIRUS
Butler County Emergency Operations Center activated ESF #15 External Affairs/Public Inquiry Phone Number 724-431-0982 for information regarding COVID -19.
For Human Service needs,
ordered the closure of all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania. A list of business types that would be affected by this order is (Click Here). As a result of these concerns, the Wolf Administration announced a waiver process for any company that believes they should be considered a life-sustaining-business. Business owners can apply for a waiver at this email address: RAfirstname.lastname@example.org. Business owners can address questions about whether they need to close by emailing email@example.com. Businesses and non-profits who have suffered economic losses during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak can consider applying for low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Additional information is available by contacting SBA’s disaster assistance customer service center by calling 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339) or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help for Businesses & Employees Affected by Governor’s Mandated Closures
Assistance Available for Employees Affected by COVID-19
Pennsylvanians who are unable to work because of the COVID-19 coronavirus may be eligible for Unemployment or Workers’ Compensation benefits.
Unemployment Compensation is available for employees whose employer temporarily closes, goes out of business due to COVID-19 or reduces hours due to COVID-19. Eligibility is also extended to employees who are told not to work, have been told to self-isolate or quarantine to prevent the spread of the virus.
UC call centers are experiencing extremely high call volumes, so claimants are encouraged to get help by email at email@example.com, or via UC LiveChat.
Employees who have been exposed to COVID-19 in their workplace could also be eligible for Workers’ Compensation.
More details about benefits for affected employees are available here.
Emergency Food Assistance Available During Coronavirus Mitigation
Individuals who are out of work due to the coronavirus can seek emergency food assistance at local food banks. Many food banks, pantries, shelters and soup kitchens are offering special drive-through services to limit close personal contact.
A list of food banks and additional guidance from the Department of Agriculture is available here. Many schools are continuing to offer meals for students. More information on how schools are adjusting to mitigation efforts is available here.
Guidance Offered to Help Older Pennsylvanians; PACE Requirements Relaxed; PTRR Deadline Extended
The Pennsylvania Department of Aging recently issued guidance to help older adult day centers, adult protective services, and senior centers continue to meet the needs of older adults while coronavirus mitigation measures remain in effect. These guidelines are available here.
The department is also relaxing restrictions in the PACE program that require a person to use 75 percent of their medication before seeking a refill. Enrollees who wish to receive that exception must have their pharmacy provider contact PACE at 1-800-835-8040.
All enrollees should be able to receive free home delivery of medications from their pharmacy. Enrollees who have difficulty obtaining their refills can call Cardholder Services at 1-800-225-7223.
In addition, the deadline for older Pennsylvanians and disabled state residents to apply for the Property Tax Rent Rebate Program has been extended from June 30 until December 31. The Online Customer Service Center remains open for applicants who have questions about the program.