College Township Building
Milk Giveaway with the Farm Bureau
Port Matilda EMS Food Drive
Centre County Relief Funds
Support Local Food Growing Program
Bellefonte and Vicinity Little League
Centre County Hair Salons
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American Foundation For Suicide Prevention
Centre County Restaurants Open
(05/01/20) The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, and learner’s permits, will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts.
Effective April 30, 2020, expiration dates for driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner’s permits scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020 through May 31, 2020, are now extended through June 30, 2020.
These extensions are in addition to those announced on March 27.
Additionally, all Driver License Centers and Photo License Centers and the Harrisburg Riverfront Office Center in Pennsylvania are closed until further notice effective close of business on Monday, March 16.
As a reminder, customers may complete various transactions and access multiple resources via the Driver and Vehicle Services website, 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.
More COVID-19 information is available at www.health.pa.gov. For more information, visit www.dmv.pa.gov or www.PennDOT.gov.
(04/22/20) Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced that the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA), Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority (PMBDA), and Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) are deferring loans and that the maturity dates and amortization schedules of all applicable loans are extended by three additional calendar months.
“As we look to the future for a phased reopening of Pennsylvania’s economy, it is imperative that we provide relief to businesses affected by the administration’s stay-at-home order,” said Sec. Davin. “Businesses statewide have been cooperative and made sacrifices for the health and safety of their communities, and we are committed to supporting them through the next steps ahead.”
PIDA borrowers with payments due in April, May, and June of 2020 are deferred. All other terms and conditions of all applicable loans remain unchanged.
PMBDA borrowers with payments due in April, May, and June of 2020, including principal, interest, and any associated feeds are deferred. Accrual of interest that would be included with deferred payments is suspended. All other terms and conditions of all applicable loans remain unchanged.
CFA borrowers except for PENNWORKS loans, with payments due in April, May, and June of 2020, including principal, interest, and any associated fees are deferred. Accrual of interest that would be included with deferred payments is suspended. All other terms of all applicable loans remain unchanged.
DCED continues to update its website with financial and other resources.
Businesses seeking further guidance and clarification from DCED can also contact its customer service resource account at email@example.com. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should follow www.governor.pa.gov and www.doh.pa.gov.
(4/20/20) Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin warned Pennsylvania businesses to be cognizant of potential scams related to the administration of Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. DCED has received reports of small businesses contacted by individuals posing as loan agents asking for payment to apply for a loan.
“While this pandemic has showcased some of the very best amongst us in our state stepping up, there are individuals who unfortunately will take advantage of vulnerable citizens,” said Sec. Davin. “The Wolf Administration is committed to the safety, rights, and wellbeing of Pennsylvanians business owners, and reminds everyone that no one needs to pay for services to apply for SBA loans.”
On Friday, March 27, 2020, the president signed into law the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which contained $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses. In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak, such as the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Emergency Loan Advance, SBA Express Bridge Loan, and SBA Debt Relief. The application process is simple and the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) offer application assistance free of charge.
In addition to the free services offered by the PA SBDC, the SBA is also broadcasting at least two free weekly webinars to individuals who may need further assistance.
All 16 SBDCs across the commonwealth have been conducting one-on-one consulting with a multitude of applicants since the SBA loan application opened. Each business is served by a center in the SBDC network, determined by the county in which their business is located.
Resources and information for businesses is regularly updated on the DCED resource website. Businesses seeking guidance or clarification from DCED can receive assistance from the department by reaching out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should follow the PA Governor’s Office website and PA Department of Health website.
For more information about DCED, visit the DCED website, and be sure to stay up-to-date with all of our agency news on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
(04/16/20) Pennsylvania Launches COVID-19 Job Hiring Portal
Pennsylvanians looking for work can now find life-sustaining businesses that are hiring through a new online COVID-19 job portal the Department of Labor & Industry has launched. People seeking employment can visitwww.PAcareerlink.pa.gov
and select the green “PA COVID-19 Jobs – Hiring Immediately” job portal banner to see active job openings. Selecting the “Apply Now” button for a listed position will redirect individuals to the employer’s website or email where they can apply directly with the employer and speed up the hiring process. Life-sustaining businesses can feature their job openings on the portal through an easy to use online form. Businesses must meet the criteria of a life-sustaining business and must have more than 10 job openings
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today encouraged consumers across the state, especially those most vulnerable to social isolation, to understand the resources available through the Lifeline program to help them stay connected to their voice and internet services during these challenging times.
“Lifeline is intended to help make communications more affordable and more accessible for low-income households, helping them stay connected to information about jobs, family, health care, schools, and emergency services,” said PUC Chairman Gladys Brown Dutrieuille. “Because of the recent COVID-19 emergency, more consumers whose incomes have been reduced may now be eligible to qualify for this program.”
The PUC is partnering with the Department of Aging and other state agencies and community organizations to increase awareness of Lifeline.
“Older Pennsylvanians risk becoming socially isolated during the COVID-19 outbreak. Staying connected and engaged with family and friends is a great opportunity for them to reduce their likelihood of feeling isolated and dealing with related issues like anxiety and depression,” said Pennsylvania Department of Aging Secretary Robert Torres. “With many older adults living on fixed incomes, programs like Lifeline can help them access technology, whether it’s a phone or the internet, that would allow them to keep in touch with loved ones.”
Lifeline is a federal government benefit that provides eligible low-income consumers a monthly discount on their phone or internet bill. The benefit can be used for voice (telephone), Broadband Internet Access Service (or BIAS, usually called internet service), or a combined telephone/internet service product from a landline or wireless provider.
The program provides a $7.25 per household, per month discount on landline or wireless voice service and a $9.25 per household, per month discount on your wireless or landline internet service. The discount appears in the form of a reduction on the service provider’s bill. A service provider may also offer you the minimum Lifeline Program with no additional charges. The rules and amounts of support can change over time.
A consumer qualifies for Lifeline if they are at or below 135% of the federal poverty guidelines or participate in specific federal programs, including: Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Veterans’ Pension and Survivor Benefit, Federal Public Housing Assistance (FPHA), and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Consumers or households that apply for Lifeline will be checked to see if they are eligible. After that, they must certify every year that they are eligible for such support. Currently, in response to the public health emergency associated with the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, the Lifeline program’s recertification and reverification requirements are waived for 60 days. More information on program eligibility, how to apply and recertify is available on the Commission’s website. More information on the federal government’s suspension of their Lifeline requirements is available at the USAC website.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission balances the needs of consumers and utilities; ensures safe and reliable utility service at reasonable rates; protects the public interest; educates consumers to make independent and informed utility choices; furthers economic development; and fosters new technologies and competitive markets in an environmentally sound manner.
Visit the PUC’s website at www.puc.pa.gov for recent news releases and video of select proceedings. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube. Search for the “Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission” or “PA PUC” on your favorite social media channel for updates on utility issues and other helpful consumer information.
April 9, 2020
Governor Wolf Extends School Closure for Remainder of Academic Year
Secretary of Education Implements State-Level Waivers to Ensure Continuity and Flexibility
Governor shares video message to students, parents and educators
Harrisburg, PA – Continuing his efforts to protect the health and safety of students and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Tom Wolf today announced that all schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. The governor made the decision in consultation with Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine and Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. Students and families can continue to pick up meals at designated sites.
Although schools are closed, teaching and learning may continue: schools are strongly encouraged to provide continuity of education for all students in the most appropriate and accessible ways possible. PDE has secured resources intended to help all schools that want to use them – including those not currently offering online platforms, those requiring additional technology support, and those that may rely on traditional methods, such as paper lessons, to continue educating students. There is no cost to schools or students for these resources.
“We must continue our efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus during this national crisis,” Governor Wolf said. “This was not an easy decision but closing schools until the end of the academic year is in the best interest of our students, school employees and families.”
Secretary Rivera said the administration’s primary consideration has always been to make the best decision in the context of student and community health and safety.
“While the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic and its mitigation efforts have created uncertainty in our schools and communities, today’s action to close schools for the remainder of the academic year provides school communities with predictability and understanding of the conditions under which they’ll be operating and serving students,” Rivera said. “As schools and communities adapt to the prolonged school closure, PDE will continue to work with our state, educational, and business and nonprofit partners to meet the needs of students.”
Today’s decision applies to all public K-12 schools, brick and mortar and cyber charter schools, private and parochial schools, career and technical centers and intermediate units. All Department of Education early learning program classrooms, including those for Pre-K Counts, Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program (HSSAP) and Preschool Early Intervention, will also remain closed.
Colleges and universities may not resume in-person instruction or reopen their physical locations until the governor permits them to open or lifts the closure of non-life-sustaining businesses.
Schools will remain closed though the end of the 2019-2020 academic year as it is defined by the local school calendar.
Under the state’s directive, schools could begin summer programming on the day after their academic year ends.
Secretary Rivera added that all re-openings will be contingent on public health guidance provided by the Secretary of Health and stay-at-home orders issued by the governor.
In addition to the school closure announcement, through his order Secretary Rivera also took action that will ensure crucial stability of education programs. Under Act 13 of 2020, the secretary has exercised his executive authority to adjust requirements for the evaluation of professional employees and waive student teaching requirements that may not be possible in the context of school closures.
“By taking these actions, the department is providing flexibility in the near term, while signaling that core functions of public education can and will continue,” he said.
The department has been providing ongoing guidance to school communities in the form of FAQs. The guidance information is available at education.pa.gov/COVID19.
For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs please visit the Department of Education’s website or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.
The 1st Baptist Church, 539 Jacksonville Road, Bellefonte, Central PA Food Bank Distribution Center will be giving out free food to needy families on Thursday, April 9th from 5pm-7pm. Drive in pick-up.
Progress Grange, the YMCA and Penns Valley Hope Fund will supply weekend food bags at no cost to families in need. They will also be offering soup, sandwich and a treat to the elderly and veterans. Friday, April 10 from 12:00 to 2:00 PM at 217 South Pennsylvania Avenue, Centre Hall. Go to the rear of the building, you will be guided where to go and do not exit your vehicle. For more information visit ymcaofcentrecounty.org.
(4/1/20) Governor Tom Wolfe has ordered all counties in the commonwealth to stay at home. Pennsylvania’s counties must now stay home as much as possible to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
State College Area School District
SCAD has changed the way they distribute meals to our families. Instead of daily pick-ups at three locations, They will be handing out meal kits on Wednesdays only at the High School parking lot. Weekly meal kits will be available for any child age 18 and younger and will have enough food for breakfast and lunch for 5 days. To be clear, meals will continue to be distributed daily through Friday, April 3. Then next week, there will be no meals handed out on Monday or Tuesday; the first weekly pick-up will be Wednesday, April 8. Extra food will be handed out on Friday to help cover when no meals are served on Monday and Tuesday.
Place Your Orders
To facilitate this change, we will need families to place their weekly orders by 8 a.m. each Monday. You are able to customize your orders and pick what suits your family’s preferences. By filling out an order form you will also be guaranteed the meals. Place your orders via this form: https://forms.gle/4BtEWjWAY78Lisjp6. (Find the live link each week at www.scasd.org/schoolmeals)
A limited number of meals will be available for those who did not order ahead of time. However, these meals will be available on a first come, first served basis.
Each lunch kit will include five servings for each child of the chosen entree along with bulk portions of vegetables, fruits and milk. Breakfasts will also be provided in the form of five complete meals, one for each child in the household.
Pickups will be on Wednesdays only from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the State College Area High School North Parking Lot. This lot is located across the street from the main high school building at 653 Westerly Parkway in State College. Upon arrival, families are asked to enter the parking lot via Plaza Drive. Food service staff will then guide you through the process. Children must be present in order for meals to be provided.
If you have no way to pick up your own meals, complete this form. SCASD Student Services will work with you to help meet your needs.
The YMCA of Centre County will be handing out bagged food to children 18 and under from 12:00 to 1:00 PM Monday through Friday at the Millheim Fire Company, 103 North Street, Millheim.
(3/20/20) Bellefonte Intervalley Area Chamber of Commerce COVID 19 Member Impact Statements Received as of 3/20/2020
The Blonde Bistro: Call ahead take out/curbside pickup, weeknight specials & family style dinners to go
Bonfatto’s: Call ahead take out/curbside pick up
Cool Beans Coffee & Tea: Stayed open at first, then decided to close until further notice
The Cakery: Limited selection of baked goods available for curbside pickup; Closed until March 28, 2020
Pizza Mia: Call ahead take out & delivery, price specials, free slice & drink to kids out of school
Big Spring Spirits: Curbside pickup for call ahead bottle sales, same day local deliveries, free direct shipping
to anywhere in PA
Pizza Hut: Open regular business hours for takeout & delivery only
LODGING, B&B’S, CAMPING
Reynolds Mansion: Mike and Tricia Andriaccio reported that Reynolds Mansion is experiencing a near
TOTAL shutdown. They have refunded all reservations for March and April with no new reservations coming in.
Also had to lay off part-time employees
HFL Corporation: All reservations have virtually disappeared due to the ban on traveling & Penn State being
shut down. Reduced staff to a bare minimum but still strive to keep all service levels at full standards with
those still facing lodging, Care & Concern Rate in effect. Less than 5% Occupancy rate at this time. Reached
out to FIMA & the National Guard offering availability in the event of any personal being dispatched & in the
need of lodging in our area.
Best Western Plus, University Park: Vicky Barton with Best Western Plus said that they are continuing to
stay open. There has been a drastic drop in occupancy as travel comes to an almost immediate halt in our
area. Holding intensive meetings and training with the staff to increase cleaning efforts, to ensure surfaces are
safe and sanitized in the hotel at all times and that the staff is informed. They have also implemented a
companywide requirement of prepackaged Grab and Go breakfasts instead of the traditional breakfast buffet.
She stated that she feels these changes are in the guest’s best interest during these unsure times.
Camp BREAC: Statement from Jim at Camp BREAC, “I am very pleased with the services rendered by the
Chamber as I am a new member with a different mission that includes an inn, a veteran and military support
mission and the best practices in conservation. I agree with your suggestion that we support the workers and
businesses involved in hospitality and other business and industry functions. We remain open to do our
support functions and missions under the Governors and CDC guidelines but this emergency really changes
the way we implement the programs. Because we have many at risk folks who help us and that we serve we
are strictly adhering to the social distancing and crowd guidelines. It’s currently working for us. Of course
there is zero revenue to fund this stuff but folks are emailing us and asking what we need. THESE ARE ALL
THE COMMUNITY FOLKS in our area. Call me if you need something from us. You know I am at Camp
Breac #Campbreac every day.”
Bellefonte Intervalley Area Chamber of Commerce COVID 19 Member Impact Statements Received as of 3/20/2020
Helen Foxx & Company: Joyce is doing video updates on Facebook for viewers to do their shopping virtually
Confer’s Jewelers: Monica teamed up with Joyce from Helen Foxx & Company to do a Spring fashion show
on Facebook, allowing public viewers to purchase items featured in the show.
A Flower Basket: Was offering curb-side-pick-up & no contact delivery; also a special of free box of chocolate
candies delivered with every order up until 3/19/20. Announced Friday, March 20, 2020 closed until further
Grove Printing: Debbie from Grove Printing said that they are open with only 3 people working & had to lay off
3 people. They have lost printing for special events, which have been cancelled. They want people to know
they are open. There will probably be more lost jobs and lost income. She expressed they really don’t get a lot
of foot traffic, but do get a lot of printing jobs for special events, career fairs, church bulletins, which in-person
church services have been cancelled. As expected, Coronavirus is causing a big income loss for them as well.
The Centre County Board of Commissioners & the President Judge of the Centre County Court of Common
Pleas announced Wednesday, March 18, 2020, there will be limited access to of County buildings & offices in
a pre-emptive effort to mitigate the spread of virus. All persons are asked to refrain from visiting County offices.
County offices are operational & functioning; however, contact with County offices should be conducted via
phone, email and any other virtual platforms to transact businesses. County personnel are available to answer
questions & to assist the public with specific directions.
MEDICAL & WELNESS
Bellefonte Family Dentistry: Dr.Richard Miller from Bellefonte Family Dentistry stated due to the
recommendation of the ADA, his dental office (as well as others in the area) have converted to emergency
treatment only for 3 weeks. This means that he will have limited hours, but will be open in case a tooth needs
extracted, patient needs antibiotics, etc. Basically trying to prevent patients from having to go the hospital for
tooth related infections. The shutdown may be extended to more weeks as the situation progresses. It will
have a significant impact on his ability to pay employees, benefits, bills, etc. He said he is hopeful that the
government approves business loans soon so that he can have funds available to help him when the
shutdown ends. He expressed that The Chamber can help by continuing to send out emails keeping them
updated on any availability of support from local to federal entities.
Bellefonte Intervalley Area Chamber of Commerce COVID 19 Member Impact Statements Received as of 3/20/2020
Care For People Plus: JoAnn Knupp said they are updating their line of credit. They already lost $10,000.
Matt Hill from Logan Branch Insurance also stated that his Caterers had to lay off employees since 90% of
their events have been cancelled. Restaurants have lost 70% of their business. He also said that his
Contractors are having trouble getting materials due to kitchen & bath supply stores having to close. Current
work schedules are being postponed until further notice, laying people off as well.
Due to guidelines from Federal Health Officials, Governor Wolfe ordered any gathering of 50 or more people to
be cancelled, which not only effects all of the businesses mentioned above but also any Churches or Religious
Organizations & also state licensed nursing homes, prisons, residential communities, etc.. As per there being a
No-Visitor policy for all such facilities.
Centre County now has one confirmed case of Covid-19 Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Pennsylvanians have a very important job right now: stay calm, stay home and stay safe. We have seen case counts continue to increase and the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home.”
To protect the health of the public and COG employees during the COVID-19 crisis, while maintaining essential functions, the Centre Region Council of Governments (COG) announced that the following measures will take place effective immediately and will continue through at least April 3, 2020:
• Public access to the COG building is restricted. Only visitors dropping off plans or picking up permits at the Code Administration Office. Plan review and inspections for buildings under construction are considered an essential function. For general questions or to schedule an inspection, please call the Code Agency at 814.231.3056 or email Tammy Strouse, CRCA Office Manager; at TES@crcog.net. Rental inspections have been suspended through April 3.
• Public access to Centre Region Parks and Recreation is restricted, but a dropbox for
paperwork and is located at 2040 Sandy Drive, State College, Suite A. Additionally, staff is
available by telephone at 814.231.3071 or email at email@example.com.
• Refuse customers are asked to place all trash in bags (but not recyclables) and possibly
contaminated materials out of recycling bins.
• Room and facility reservations at the above locations have been canceled through April 30.
Regional Fire Protection and Centre Region Emergency Management operations are continuing to serve the community during the crisis.
The COG is striving to continue to meet the needs of our customers and we will continue to serve customers via telephone and email as much as possible. For further details, please contact us:
• Schlow Library: https://www.schlowlibrary.org/ (814.237.6236)
• Refuse and Recycling Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (814.234.7198)
• Centre Regional Planning Agency Email: email@example.com (814.231.3050)
• COG Administration Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (814.231.3077)
• Millbrook Marsh Nature Center Email: email@example.com (814.235.7819
• Active Adult Center Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (814.231.3076)
As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 crisis and follow recommendations from the CDC and the State of Pennsylvania, these measures may be extended or modified.
(3/19/20) YMCA of Centre County’s Anti-Hunger Program is prepared to help children in need of food while schools are closed due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We realize that many children in our community were dependent on the meals they received at school through the Free/Reduced Lunch Program.
We’ll be setting up drop & go/drive through sites to minimize social contact. Bagged lunches and evening snacks will be provided at each of the sites. Sites will be located in areas that meet USDA eligibility requirements, but we will potentially be adding more as needed.
Feeding sites Monday – Friday
- Bellefonte YMCA from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
- Moshannon Valley YMCA from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
- State College YMCA from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
MORE SITES WILL BE ADDED UPON APPROVAL.
Donations (both food and monetary) are needed to help support the program and can be made in the following ways.
- Online: https://www.ymcaofcentrecounty.org/support/donate/
- Mail: YMCA of Centre County Development Office, 677 W Whitehall Road, State College, PA 16801.
- In-Person: Our four facilities will able to accept donations in-person from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM Monday through Friday. Doors will likely be locked, but someone will be at the front desk to let you in. (If no one immediately opens the door, try knocking.)
Food items needed are listed below. Items can be dropped off at any of our 4 branches between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
- Chicken or beef flavored Ramen Noodles *
- Canned soups – tomato or chicken noodle
- Canned beef stew
- Canned chili
- Mac & Cheese cups *
- Applesauce cups
- Fruit cups
- Pudding cups
- Boxed cereal
- Oatmeal packets
- Nutrigrain/nut-free granola bars *
- Canned pasta (ex. Chef Boyardee) *
- Canned tuna
- Peanut butter
- Shelf stable milk
- Bottled water
- Small loaves of bread
Items with a * are foods we are very low on as of 3/18/2020.
It’s important to us to ensure that no one in our community goes hungry during these uncertain times. If you or another family in your community are struggling to put food on the table or if you are willing to provide support of any kind, please contact Mel Curtis at (814) 342-0889 or email@example.com as soon as possible.
We’ll continue to provide updates regarding our Anti-Hunger initiatives as they become available. Thank you in advance for your support.
(3/19/20) Effective immediately, the Courthouse and all County Offices will remain open during regular business hours by appointment only.
To set up an appointment, please call the department you would like to see directly. Phone numbers are available on the County website, or you may call the Commissioner’s Office at (814) 643-3091 to be directed to the appropriate office. Office numbers will also be posted on the doors of County Buildings.
Magisterial District Judge Offices and court offices in the Courthouse have closed to the public until at least April 3, 2020 by Order of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
The offices will remain staffed to handle essential court functions. All court filings will be accepted by email, and the court will be conducting essential hearings through video and telephone conferences.
For court related questions and procedures please refer to the Huntingdon County Court website at www.huntingdoncountycourts.net. You may contact the court offices via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 814-643-5078.
(3/18/20) To help us get through this difficult time, the Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce has created new website pages at www.huntingdonchamber.com with information on restaurants offering delivery and takeout, business closing updates, remote working tools, and business resources to help us all get through this pandemic. Huntingdon County Strong will be updated as additional information is received.
(3/18/20) The Centre Co. Board of Commissioners and the President Judge of the Centre County Court of Common Please have announced limited public access of county buildings and offices in a preemptive effort to mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 virus. All persons are asked to refrain from visiting county offices. While county offices are operational and functioning, public contact must be conducted by phone, email and any other virtual platforms to transact essential business. County personnel are available to answer questions and to assist the public with specific directions.
(03/18/20) The Huntingdon County Commissioners and the Huntingdon County Emergency Management Agency have conducted numerous meetings to address the impact of access to public records and the need to provide safety and security for Huntingdon County employees and members of the general public in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020.
Effective immediately, County Offices will remain open by appointment only.
To set up an appointment, please call the department you would like to see directly. Phone numbers are available on the County website, or you may call the Commissioner’s Office at (814)643-3091 to be directed to the appropriate office. Office numbers will also be posted on the doors of County Buildings.The Commissioners request that everyone entering the County Buildings thoroughly wash and sterilize their hands before conducting any business in County Offices.
Starting tomorrow, Giant food store in State College will be open from 6a – 10 p for employees to clean, and re-stock stock shelves. For those who are 60 and older, you are welcome to shop from 6-7 a.m. daily at all Giant locations
(3/18/20) Penn State University has suspended in-person classes for the remainder of the semester and also postponed spring commencement. Penn State will announce a schedule for student s to pick up their belongings soon.
(3/18/20) In response to the COVID-19 situation and the Governor’s directive to close all non-essential facilities and services, all of Centre Region Parks and Recreation’s March and April programs and events have been cancelled, including the annual Easter Egg Hunt, Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt, and Earth Day Birthday.
A great resource for our friends in the Huntingdon County Area for information regarding closings, limited hours and other communtiy resources, follow this link: https://www.huntingdonchamber.com/huntingdon-county-strong
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced that all facilities at state park and forests in Pennsylvania will be closed for 14 days effective March 17 to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The public will still be able to access trails, lakes, forests, roads, and parking areas for passive and dispersed recreation, such as hiking.
“People will have access to state-owned open spaces to continue to enjoy the healthful benefits of recreation and being outdoors,” Dunn said. “However, as part of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, all of the buildings at state parks and forests including the park and forest offices, and all restrooms will be closed, and all events and public educational programs are canceled.
“We encourage practicing social distancing while enjoying open spaces including avoiding groups and crowds, and visitors should use the bathroom before they leave home,” Dunn said.
Closed facilities include:
- Park and forest offices and visitor centers
- Campgrounds, cabins and all forms of overnight accommodations
- Public programs, events, and trainings are canceled
While travel isn’t restricted, the best advice to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home.
To help avoid exposure to COVID-19 and still enjoy the outdoors:
- Adhere to the social spacing guide (minimum 6 feet) between people and don’t recreate in groups
- Take hand sanitizer with you and use it regularly
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, and nose
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow
- If you are sick, stay home
Pennsylvania has 121 state parks, and 20 forest districts.
Information about state parks and forests is available on the DCNR website. Updates also are being provided on DCNR’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
“We strongly urge non-essential businesses across the commonwealth to do their part by temporarily closing as we work to flatten the curve and protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians,” said DCED Secretary Dennis Davin. “We understand that businesses are an economic driver throughout Pennsylvania, and a temporary closure will be a financial and community disruptor. DCED is committed to working with the business community to provide helpful resources for financial assistance.”
Non-essential businesses include public-facing industries such as entertainment, hospitality, and recreation facilities, including but not limited to community and recreation centers; gyms, including yoga, barre and spin facilities; hair salons and barber shops, nail salons and spas; casinos; concert venues; theaters; sporting event venues and golf courses; retail facilities, including shopping malls except for pharmacy or other health care facilities within retail operations.
Essential services and sectors include but are not limited to food processing, agriculture, industrial manufacturing, feed mills, construction, trash collection, grocery and household goods (including convenience stores), home repair/hardware and auto repair, pharmacy and other medical facilities, biomedical and healthcare, post offices and shipping outlets, insurance, banks, gas stations, laundromats, veterinary clinics and pet stores, warehousing, storage, and distribution, public transportation, and hotel and commercial lodging.
Although these businesses may remain open, the Wolf Administration continues to encourage them to employ social distancing practices, and encourages Pennsylvanians to be thoughtful in their visits.
Other businesses, including but not limited to legal services, business and management consulting, professional services and insurance services are encouraged to have employees work remotely or telecommute. If that is not possible, they should employ social distancing best practices and be aware of the Trump Administration’s guidance to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.
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. The U.S. Small Business Administration, in addition to local funding partners, may also be a source of assistance for affected businesses.
The Wolf Administration is relying on businesses to act now before the governor or the Secretary of Health finds it necessary to compel closures under the law for the interest of public health, including section 7301 of the Emergency Management Services Code.