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COVID-19 GUIDE: Scenarios & Benefits

Check out our #COVID19 Guide: Scenarios & Benefits Available Chart that highlights what resources are available for you!

📑 Download here: https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/Documents/COVID19%20Scenarios_%20Benefits%20.pdf

 UC Benefits & COVID-19 FAQs: https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/Pages/UC-COVID19-FAQs.aspx

 Employer UC & COVID-19 FAQs:
https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/Pages/Employer-COVID19-FAQs.aspx

Visit our info for #Pennsylvania Employees Impacted by #COVID19 page for the latest updates: https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/Pages/default.aspx#

Employer COVID-19 FAQs

Do you have questions about Pennsylvania unemployment compensation? The PA Department of Labor & Industry has COVID-19 frequently asked questions on its website to help.

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Federal REAL ID Enforcement Deadline Postponed to October 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 26, 2020

Federal REAL ID Enforcement Deadline Postponed to October 2021

Harrisburg, PA –Today the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced that the Department of Homeland Security has postponed the enforcement date for REAL ID from October 1, 2020, to October 1, 2021, in response to COVID-19 and the national emergency declaration.

PennDOT closed all driver and photo license centers on March 16 and paused REAL ID issuance in the state out of an abundance of caution and in the interest of public health. Centers will reopen no sooner than April 3. PennDOT also sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, requesting that the agency consider extending the October 1, 2020 REAL ID enforcement deadline.

“We are very pleased that the Department of Homeland Security has listened to our concerns, as well as the concerns from our fellow states regarding the need for a postponement on REAL ID enforcement in the midst of this national emergency,” said PennDOT Acting Secretary Yassmin Gramian.

REAL ID is a federal law that affects how states issue driver’s licenses and ID cards if they are going to be acceptable for federal purposes. A federally-acceptable form of identification (whether it’s a Pennsylvania REAL ID driver’s license or ID card, a valid U.S. Passport/Passport Card, a military ID, etc.) must now be used on and after October 1, 2021, as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building that requires a federally acceptable form of identification ID for access.

REAL ID is optional in Pennsylvania. There is no requirement that any resident obtain a REAL ID; PennDOT will continue to offer standard-issue driver’s licenses and photo IDs once issuance has resumed.

More information about document requirements, including a printable document checklist, can be found on the Document Check page of the PennDOT Driver and Vehicle Services website.

Customers may complete various transactions and access multiple resources via www.dmv.pa.gov.

Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver’s license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling. There are no additional fees for using online services.

COVID-19 and the Corrections System

COVID-19 and the Corrections System
Monday, March 30, 2020
We realize this is a difficult time for everyone, especially dedicated DOC staff, and the family and friends of those incarcerated within the PA Department of Corrections (DOC). On Sunday, the DOC learned of our first positive COVID-19 case for an inmate at SCI-Phoenix.
Unfortunately, the first positive case brings us to the necessary step of quarantining the entire system. Our primary concern is the safety of staff and those in our charge. This move is to further protect everyone as this pandemic becomes a reality within the corrections system. Every SCI has a quarantine plan and will include opportunities for inmates to communicate with loved ones through phone calls, letters and video visitation.
We understand that this news is particularly concerning, but we are confident in our staff and the plans we have developed in conjunction with CDC guidelines, to mitigate the spread as much as possible.
The COVID-19 positive inmate has since been isolated from the unit and the block in which he resided has been placed under quarantine. The facility is in the process of identifying all contacts and movement of that inmate and is providing all staff working that unit with additional personal protective equipment, to include safety goggles and gloves.
All inmates have access to robust medical staff and operations in all of our facilities. Also the DOC is working very closely with the PA Department of Health, (DOH). We have a centralized contracted doctor who is the former chief of clinical services here at the DOC to assist us as he is a specialist in public health.
Over the past three weeks, the DOC has actively been planning and preparing us for this situation. We will continue to monitor this event and notify you when conditions change. The DOC has developed the following site to provide you and the public with the most up-to-date information on current quarantine status and population across the system:
https://www.cor.pa.gov/Pages/COVID-19-Dashboard.aspx
Below is a summary of the actions the DOC has taken to date to address issues associated with COVID-19:
Inmates
• All visitation was suspended effective March 13. Visits are suspended through April 10 at which time it will be reevaluated.
o Attorneys and select members of the PA Prison Society are permitted access if they pass the enhanced screening.
• Authorized visitors and inmates can participate in a new video visitation program that allows visitors to participate from home.
o For complete details, including how to schedule a video visit, read the Video Visitation Visitor Guide. (En Español)
• All inmates will receive 5 free 15-minute phone calls and 5 free emails per week.
• Each inmate will be permitted (without cost) to mail 12, one-ounce first class letters per month.
• Treatment programs continue to be provided within the institutions; however, they are conducted in groups of ten or less and with all inmates and staff maintaining social distancing of six feet or more.
• Activities departments have increased activity opportunities.
• Commissary caps have increased from $70 per week to $100 per week.
• Town Hall meetings are being held via TV to educate inmates on COVID-19.
• Secretary Wetzel recorded an informational video that is posted on the inmate channel for all inmates.
• All new inmates are being screened before being admitted into prison. We are not releasing any inmates without screening for symptoms.
• Inmates who have flu-like symptoms from counties will not be accepted. All inmates leaving our facilities (parolees, max outs, movements, etc.) will be screened.
• Medical co-pays have been waived for any inmate with influenza like illness (ILI).
• Inmates have been provided with masks and are required to utilize them.
• Inmates are being provided materials to clean their cell daily. Materials will be provided to them on a daily basis.
Staff
• Each facility is conducting enhanced screening for all individuals entering a facility. No one will be permitted to enter a facility who has a fever over 100.4 or exhibits signs of cold or flu.
• Masks are required for all staff and institutions have provided each staff member with cloth masks for use. Employees are permitted to provide their own mask similar to the ones the facility is handing out.
• Daily updates are emailed to ALL staff to mitigate rumors and provide up-to-date information.
• Personal Protection Equipment is provided to all staff. Masks are being manufactured by the DOC’s Correctional Industries. All CDC and DOH protocols are being followed in reference to masking.
• N95 masks are provided for those who meet CDC protocols for the masks
Sanitation
• Institutions are holding town hall meetings with their inmate population to review sanitation guidelines and COVID-19 information for awareness. These meetings are conducted with institutions safety manager and infectious control nurse via TV. Inmates are being educated on prevention/ mitigation efforts and cleaning.
• Sanitation has increased all throughout the SCI, including housing units and cells.
• Provided all staff with a vehicle sanitation plan explaining how to clean all vehicles.
• Correctional Industries increased production of anti-bacterial soap to ensure all inmates and staff have sufficient supply throughout the institution. Soap is provided free of charge to inmates.
• Directed all equipment (radios, OC, etc.) to be cleaned after each shift and throughout the day.
SCIs
• Every SCI has plans in place for quarantine if an inmate tests positive
• SCI Laurel Highlands and SCI Waymart will not be accepting new inmates. This has been expanded to include SCI-Fayette, which houses oncology.
• To ensure any Parole violators and new commitments are not infected with COVID-19, all males will go to SCI Retreat to begin the initial quarantine period. Once successfully completed they will be transferred to SCI-Camp Hill for classification and evaluation. Females will continue to go to SCIs Muncy and Cambridge Springs.
• Transports of inmates are limited to only those that are mission critical to operations
• Monitoring sick-call and staff health and advising employees to stay home if they are sick.
• Postponing audits, inspections and reentry job fairs that were scheduled for March and April.
• Emergency meal planning has been completed in the event a unit needs to be quarantined.
• Pennsylvania Correctional Industries is increasing manufacturing capabilities.
• PCI is manufacturing anti-bacterial soap, gowns and masks.
• All gyms and barber shops/cosmetology are closed until further notice.
• The general libraries will be closed for inmates, but they can request books and have books delivered to them. The legal libraries will remain open as normal. Legal libraries will be prioritized based on most critical need.
Parole/Field/Reentry
• All parole hearings will continue as scheduled and follow the existing process.
• Bureau of Community Corrections is furloughing eligible reentrants.
• Community Corrections has implemented additional sanitation efforts.
• Community Corrections staff and reentrants are undergoing enhanced screening.
• Field agents have increased contacts via technology.
• Agents are equipped with PPE to use if necessary.
New measures will be enacted when the need arises and as the situation develops. For the most accurate and up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, follow the PA Department of Health.
If you or any members of you team have questions regarding COVID-19 and the corrections system, please feel free to contact the DOC Office of Policy, Grants and Legislative Affairs.
Diana Woodside, Director, dwoodside@pa.gov 717-728-4119
Dwayne Heckert, Legislative Liaison, dwheckert@pa.gov 717-728-4027

Mayor Dwan B. Walker

Residents and Business Owners

 

Dear, Residents and Business Owners:

 

This is Aliquippa Mayor Dwan B Walker.  The COVID-19 stay at home order of Governor Wolf is a few weeks old.  It is not clear whether it will end on April 30, 2020 or be extended further.  Whatever happens, the Aliquippa City Council and Mayor want to thank you for your cooperation during these challenging times and to remind you to continue to stay at home.

 

While you are doing so, please be sensitive to the needs of your neighbors who are elderly or homebound.  If you can, please socialize with them by telephone or from a distance to see what they need and whether you can help them.

 

Also, our local businesses are in need your support now and in the future.  Many Aliquippa restaurants have take-out and would welcome the purchase or gift cards.  Other life-sustaining businesses such as food stores and pharmacies remain open for business.

Please know that tax office, city building, and also public safety personnel, police, fire, ambulance and road department are all available to meet your emergency needs.  Please be advised these offices are not taking walk ins. Remember tough times don’t last tough people do stay safe and healthy!  Together, we will all persevere.

Employment Opportunities for Census Takers

From a recruiter:

 

Currently we only have 5 people that have applied for census taker positions in your city. We are hiring for 12 positions which leaves 7 vacant positions. The positions are for a census taker or supervisor with a pay rate of $18.50 – $20.50 per hour and $.58 per mile. These positions are tentatively scheduled to start mid-late May. Anyone interested must apply online at www.2020census.gov/jobs

 

With the current situation going on, we are unable to physically go out and actively recruit for these positions which is why I am reaching out to you to help get the word out to your community via your website.

 

Additional information :

 

April 1 is Census Day! Be sure to fill out the 2020 Census today by going to 2020Census.gov. The 2020 Census takes just 10 minutes to complete. You can also respond by phone or by paper mail with details available at 2020Census.gov.

 

We celebrate Census Day on April 1 because that is the reference date when answering Census questions. Be sure to count everyone who usually lives and sleeps in your home as of today. Everyone in your home counts, whether they are relatives, non-relatives, friends, or roommates. Also don’t forget to count all children, particularly those under the age of 5 and those babies who have joined our world on or before April 1.

 

As public servants at the Department of Commerce, we have a unique opportunity to set an example for the country by ensuring our own households get counted in the 2020 Census. We also need to remind our family, friends, and neighbors of the importance of filling out the 2020 Census.

 

The data collected helps determine how more than $675 billion in Federal funds each year will get distributed to states and communities. These funds support critical services including transportation, education, health care, and food assistance. The resulting population totals also determine the allocation of the 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

 

 

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