DAILY COVID-19 UPDATES

The Allegheny Conference and our affiliate organizations are continuously monitoring ongoing COVID-19 news, support and activity at the local, state and federal levels. This is where you will find the most updated information and resources that can help guide, prepare and address the COVID-19 situation.



Daily Update: April 7, 2020 1 PM

Pennsylvania

  • 14,559 confirmed cases, 76,719 tested negative, Deaths 240

Cases by county in the 10-county region per Pennsylvania Department of Health
* case count last updated at 12:00 p.m. on 4/7/2020

  Cases Deaths
Allegheny: 689 6
Armstrong: 18 0
Beaver: 116 9
Butler: 107 2
Fayette: 32 1
Greene: 15 0
Indiana: 21 0
Lawrence: 29 2
Washington: 57 0
Westmoreland: 177 0

 

State Updates:

  • Fulton Bank Joins ‘PA CARE Package’ Initiative: Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that Fulton Bank has agreed to join the ‘PA CARE Package’, Pennsylvania’s consumer relief initiative. By joining these efforts, Fulton Bank, along with the Office of Attorney General, will ensure Pennsylvania consumers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible for additional economic relief. Under the ‘PA CARE Package’ initiative, banks and financial institutions are working with the Office’s Bureau of Consumer Protection to both comply with the recently-passed CARES Act and offer additional important protections for consumers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, visit: https://dingo.telicon.com/PA/library/2020/2020040790.HTM .

Regional Coronavirus Update

City of Pittsburgh

  • As Pittsburgh City Council continues meeting remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic, the council today will not broadcast or livestream meetings but instead will replay them later. Council Chambers remain closed as a public health measure.  Both the regular and standing committees meetings will be pre-recorded and replayed on City Channel Pittsburgh. All public comment should be sent via U.S mail or email at cityclerksoffice@pittsburghpa.gov.
  • A Pittsburgh police officer at the bureau’s training academy has tested positive for COVID-19 and a recruit who interacted with him has shown symptoms of the virus, leading to suspend the current 28-member academy class.  It is unclear how many full-time officers besides the infected firearms instructor might have been exposed, and the police bureau refused Monday to disclose how many officers on the force had been asked to self-isolate.  A mixture of recruits and full-time rank-and-file officers were told to quarantine themselves over concerns of potential exposure.

Southwestern Pennsylvania

  • There are now over 1,200+ confirmed coronavirus cases in the southwestern Pennsylvania area.  According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s latest numbers, here is the breakdown:  Allegheny County: 689 cases, 6 deaths; Fayette County: 32 cases, 1 death; Washington County: 57 cases; Beaver County: 116 cases, 9 deaths; Butler County: 107 cases, 2 deaths; Lawrence County: 29 cases, 2 deaths; Westmoreland County: 177 cases; Greene County: 15 cases; Armstrong County: 18; cases and Indiana County: 21 cases.

Beaver County

  • The Beaver County nursing home where the number of positive cases and deaths from COVID-19 continues to increase almost daily is now going to presume that all 450 residents and more than 300 staff “may be positive” for the disease. Upon consultation with the Department of Health, and consistent with practices of facilities on the cutting edge of prevention and treatment, it is beginning to shift away from counting test results, and presuming all staff and residents may be positive, according to a press release from Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center.

Federal Coronavirus Update

  • The Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce submitted a letter to Senators Toomey and Casey and the Pittsburgh region congressional delegation calling for replenishment of the PPP and EIDL programs without delay given the overwhelming demand. See Attached

United States House of Representatives / United State Senate

  • Members of Congress and the White House are looking ahead toward another coronavirus rescue package in addition to the $2.2 trillion stimulus package signed by the president last month.
  • Pennsylvania Sens. Pat Toomey and Bob Casey on Monday jointly sent a letter to the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services asking the agency to report back to them within a month about how the federal government is getting the nation’s worst nursing homes to slow the spread of COVID-19 and also stating that it is essential to ensure nursing facilities are prepared to prevent the virus’s spread and treat emerging cases. 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General

  • The president on Monday claimed that an inspector general report finding severe shortages of supplies at hospitals to fight the novel coronavirus is just wrong and provided no evidence for why the conclusions of the 34-page report are wrong.  The inspector general report, released earlier Monday, was based on a survey of 323 randomly selected hospitals across the country, found severe shortages of tests and wait times as long as seven days for hospitals. It also found widespread shortfalls of protective equipment such as masks for health workers, something that doctors and nurses have also noted for weeks.  The full report can be found at: https://oig.hhs.gov/oei/reports/oei-06-20-00300.pdf.

Department of Transportation (DOT)

  • The DOT has given airlines final approval to pare down services back to minimum flights due to the plunging demand.  The decision comes one day after TSA screened 108,300+ passengers at nationwide airports compared to 2.38 million on the same day last year.

National Coronavirus Update

  • The U.S. death toll surpassed 11,000 people. 
  • Wisconsin’s Supreme Court blocked Gov. Tony Evers’ order to postpone the state’s primary election today despite his arguments that in-person voting could endanger poll workers and voters because of the coronavirus pandemic.  The United States Supreme Court allowed the vote with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissenting.
  • Data has begun to show that African Americans comprise a large number of COVID-19 deaths as this population likely works in essential jobs that can’t be done at home, such as grocery jobs and are disproportionately likely to have underlying health conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, heart and lung diseases that would make someone more likely to have severe Covid-19 illnesses. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law on Monday called for the federal government to release racial and ethnic data relating to the pandemic. The group says it wants to ensure that communities of color receive equitable health care and treatment during this crisis.

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ALLEGHENY CONFERENCE UPDATES

Twice weekly, we are communicating key information to our members and partners.



Resources from Today’s “COVID-19 Financial Assistance” Webinar (April 3, 2020)

Coming Mon. 4/6 – Part 2 of COVID-19 Financial Relief Webinar (April 3, 2020)

CALL TO ACTION: Help Get Our Kids Back to School (April 2, 2020)

Friday, 4/3/20 Webinar: Small Business-Focused COVID-19 Financial Assistance (April 1, 2020)

Together as Pittsburgh in the Face of a Global Pandemic (March 27, 2020)

Statement from Matt Smith, President, Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference, on the House passage of the CARES Act, the Coronavirus Relief Bill (March 27, 2020)

Key Provisions of the Federal Stimulus Package (March 26, 2020)

Join Us for Our Coronavirus Labor and Employment Updates Webinar (March 24, 2020)

Governor Wolf Orders a “Stay at Home Order” for Allegheny County and 5 other PA Counties (March 23, 2020)

State modifies list of “non-life-sustaining” businesses
Matt Smith, president, Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference quoted with partner organizations PA Chamber of Business Industry President and CEO Gene Barr and The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia President and CEO Rob Wonderling (Pittsburgh Business Times, March 21, 2020)

URGENT NEED FOR SUPPLIES (March 22, 2020)

This afternoon, the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, an affiliate of the Allegheny Conference, issued a statement jointly with the PA Chamber of Business and Industry and the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia (March 20, 2020)

Waiver & Clarification: Gov. Wolf’s Non-Life-Sustaining Business Closure Order (March 20, 2020)

COVID-19 Resources for the Pittsburgh Region (March 19, 2020)

URGENT: Manufacturers Needed – Production for COVID-19 Response (March 18, 2020) DEADLINE 12:00 p.m. today, Wednesday, March 18.

Survey – Economic Impact of COVID-19 (March 17, 2020)

Being Safe and Working Smart: a COVID-19 CEO Update (March 13, 2020)




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RESOURCES FOR BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY

Throughout the region, organizations can access business resources to address the COVID-19 emergency. The Allegheny Conference will continue to monitor these resources and update this page as more organizations offer support.




“Small Business-Focused COVID-19 Financial Assistance – Options For You”
Part II of a Two-Part Webinar – Monday, April 6, 2020




View a PDF of the slides here


“Small Business-Focused COVID-19 Financial Assistance” Webinar (Part I of 2-Part Set)
Part I – Friday, April 3, 2020




View a PDF of the slides here


Coronavirus Labor and Employment Updates March 26 2020







UPDATE as of 4/1/20: Applications for a business seeking a waiver to continue operating in the state of PA during the COVID-19 crisis are due by Friday, April 3, 2020 at 5:00 pm. Businesses can access the application here. Businesses can refer to the Industry Operation Guidance which was last updated 4/1/20 at 4:00 pm.


Sen. Casey announced $170 million for PA in federal funding to address the Coronavirus Pandemic. These funds will be distributed via the Community Development Block Grant Program. Funding has been awarded to several communities in SWPA including: City of Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Beaver County, Westmoreland County, Washington County. Specific funding levels can be viewed on Senator Casey’s website.


U.S. Department of Labor announced a temporary rule implementing the paid sick leave and family and medical leave provisions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). More guidance will be provided with a recorded webinar that DOL will post on Friday, April 3.


Internal Revenue Service guidance on Refundable Tax Credits through FFCRA (IRS). IRS issued guidance on the refundable tax credits available to small and midsize businesses that are required to provide paid leave under FFCRA.


U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Guide To The Employee Retention Tax Credit For COVID-19 For COVID-19 Impacted Employers” The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act created a new employee retention tax credit for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of COVID-19. Learn more at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Employee Retention Tax Credit webpage


PA Act 10 of 2020 – Extension of Filing Deadline Applies to Trusts/Estates, Partnerships and S Corporations Act 10 of 2020 specifically provides for the extension of the following tax filing deadlines:

  • Extends the deadline to July 15, 2020 for declarations of estimated personal income tax.
  • Extends the deadline to July 15, 2020 for payments of estimated personal income tax.
  • Extends the deadline to July 15, 2020 for the filing of informational returns related to Pennsylvania S corporations and partnerships (Form PA-20S/PA-65), and estates and trusts (Form PA-41).
  • Extends the filing date by three months for certain information returns (1099-R, 1099-MISC, and W2-G).

The Department of Revenue is also extending the due date for corporations with tax returns due in May to August 14, 2020.


U.S. Senate Committee on Finance Guidance for CARES Act: Employee Retention Credit FAQs. Developed by the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, the document answers a wide range of potential questions – including what types of businesses qualify for the credit, how it is calculated and the availability of the credit.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has created a “How to Get a Coronavirus Emergency Paycheck Protection Loan” webpage. Below is an overview provided by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in regards to guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Treasury for the Paycheck Protection Program.

U.S. Department of Treasury Releases Information on Paycheck Protection Program 

The U.S. Department of Treasury shared new information regarding the Paycheck Protection Program. The Paycheck Protection Program prioritizes millions of Americans employed by small businesses by authorizing up to $349 billion toward job retention and certain other expenses. Please review the resources provided by the U.S. Department of Treasury below and visit their webpage for additional information.

  • A top-line overview of the program can be found here.
  • If you’re a lender, more information can be found here.
  • If you’re a borrower, more information can be found here.
  • The application for borrowers can be found here.


US Treasury Guide to the Paycheck Protection Program

 

Regional loan opportunities – local and county loan information

 

 

 






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COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

This section will provide specific corporate and community leaders offering support and resources to those in need.



  • COVID-19 hotline – ACHD has partnered with United Way 2-1-1 to offer a 24/7 hotline to address questions and concerns about COVID-19. Please call 888-856-2774 to speak with a representative. Language services are available.

  • Free Food Distribution Map A map that’s continuously updated with the most current information of where free food distributions are occurring in Allegheny County.

  • Harbor Freight decided to donate their entire supply of the personal protective equipment items, including N95 Masks, Face Shields and 5 and 7 mil Nitrile Gloves to front line hospitals with 24 hour emergency rooms in the communities served by our stores. Please see link to access these resources

  • United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania – The Heinz Endowments, the Pittsburgh Foundation, the Richard King Mellon Foundation and The Hillman Family Foundation announced $10 million in immediate resources to the community through grants to the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania.

  • Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank – The Food Bank is committed to making sure all of our neighbors have access to enough food during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.




Pittsburgh Public Schools Remote Learning Fund
Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) is set to launch PPS Remote Learning for students April 16. Moving instruction for 23,000 students from brick and mortar classrooms to remote “at home” learning via online. While the district will provide instructional packets for those students who do not have access to technological devices, there is a need to bridge the digital divide and level the playing field.

To date, the District has invested $1.5 million in its Laptop Lending Initiative for students and staff, but the needs are much greater. Results from the District’s Home Technology Survey indicate that an additional 7,500 devices are needed to meet the needs of the District’s families, including another 800 families who do not have access to the internet.



**Immediate Alerts and Requests**
  • The Pittsburgh Foundation Emergency Action Fund Immediate contributions are needed to meet childcare, aging, homeless, homeless/out-of-housing quarantine, and more.

  • The Allegheny County Department of Human Services issued an immediate call for items to address supply chain issues, specifically there is a need for donations of the following items: masks (particularly N95s), gloves, thermometers, and cleaning supplies and equipment. Please contact Marc Cherna, Director, Allegheny County Department of Human Services, marc.cherna@AlleghenyCounty.US.




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