Mar. 19, 2020 / Weekly Roundup

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Is your office open?


Yes, we are open as usual. However, our lobby is not open to walk-in visits. Please contact us by phone at 717-749-7384 or email at pschemel@pahousegop.com.

Are we overreacting?

COVID-19 is highly infectious and easily mutates. Although the overall number of deaths globally has not been as high as the annual flu, scientists believe COVID-19 could easily mutate and become significantly more deadly. Experts believe that by reducing the rate of infection now, we can prevent the very worst. Unlike the common flu, COVID-19 shares similar characteristics with the 1918 Spanish Flu, which killed over 50 million people.

Was Gov. Wolf’s mandate to close certain businesses overreach?

No, Pennsylvania’s response has been substantially the same as nearly every other state as well as the guidance coming from the Trump administration. Everyone is on the same page regarding our response to the pandemic. Like other states, Pennsylvania law clearly gives the governor this authority under the emergency declaration.

When will we know more about school closures?

Local school districts are awaiting guidance from the governor and Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). The PDE maintains a website with updated Frequently Asked Questions at: www.education.pa.gov. Families should also monitor the websites for their respective school districts for up-to-date information.

What rules apply to restaurants?

All restaurants and bars may remain open for carry-out service only. Restaurants may not serve food at tables inside.

What should I know about testing?

Both Chambersburg and Waynesboro hospitals have dedicated testing sites for COVID-19. These are located in tents outside of the hospitals. Before going to a testing site, check the instructions at the hospital website at: www.wellspan.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-frequently-asked-questions/.

Watch out for scams. For example, there is currently no at-home test for COVID-19, although at least one is in development. Please report any scam to the attorney general’s office at 1-800-441-2555.

Which businesses can be open and which must be closed?

Aside from restaurants and bar, the governor’s mandate did not require any other businesses to close. However, the governor did recommend that “non-essential” businesses close. Examples of non-essential businesses include movie theaters, gyms, hair and nail salons, barber shops, golf courses, and stores selling items not needed for immediate needs. This is not an order; it is merely a recommendation.

Essential businesses include food processing, agriculture, factories, feed mills, construction, trash collection, grocery and household goods (including convenience stores), home repair/hardware, auto repair, pharmacies and other medical facilities, post offices, insurance and attorney offices, banks, gas stations, laundromats, veterinary clinics and pet stores, warehousing, storage, distribution, public transportation, and hotels.

Will the government be doing anything to help people out of work?

Yes, both the state and federal governments are working on programs to provide some assistance to those who have lost work. The legislature and governor are working together on the Pennsylvania-specific programs, but we will not be able to finalize that response until the federal government has finalized its programs. The federal government is actively working on that now. The Franklin County Area Development Corp. has compiled an excellent list of resources on its website at: https://fcadc.com/coronavirus-covid-19/.

Will the government be doing anything to help businesses?


Yes, just as with workers, we are aware of the impact that the virus and the government mandate are having on businesses. The Franklin County Area Development Corp. has compiled an excellent list of resources for businesses at: https://fcadc.com/coronavirus-covid-19/.

Additional Information

For additional information, please visit my website at: http://www.repschemel.com/coronavirus or reach out to my office. Please know that you are all in my daily prayers.
 
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