COVID-19 Update 08 May, 2020

COVID-19 Update 08 May, 2020


Page 30 Coalition 

  • The U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Black Chambers, the payroll startup Gusto, and other companies and groups have started the Page 30 Coalition, named after the page in the $2.1 trillion coronavirus relief bill that calls for prioritizing “small business concerns and entities in underserved and rural markets.” 
  • The coalition is pushing for “additional aid for America’s most vulnerable small businesses,” including startups, rural businesses, and those run by minorities, women, and veterans, according to its website.

They are still looking for members to join. Please contact Bellevue Strategies if you are interested.

CDC Guidance For Reopening Schools, Child Care, And Summer Camps Is Leaked

  • The guidance said that childcare should only serve essential workers – even over the summer – while COVID-19 is spreading rapidly. In phase 2,  programs can expand to serve all children with enhanced social distancing measures, and in Phase 3, with a lower risk, social distancing will continue.


COVID-19 Update: 54,238 total COVID-19 cases and 3,416 deaths. A total of 209,873 individuals have tested negative.

Civilian Coronavirus Corps Aims To Get Pennsylvania Back To Work

  • Gov. Wolf announced a plan for the Commonwealth Civilians Coronavirus Corp, which would train workers to test and monitor COVID-19.
  • The Gov. said he will be announcing more details in the coming weeks. He said that federal funding will pay for the program. 
  • The program will be modeled after the New Deals Programs. 

Pa. officials will allow Pittsburgh region to relax coronavirus-related restrictions

  • Next week, 13 more counties around the Pittsburgh area will be able to move to the yellow phase. These include Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland Counties.
  • All of these countries have passed the benchmarks set by the state including ramping up testing and contact tracing. 
  • As far as the counties surrounding Philadelphia, Gov. Wolf said that they will be in the red until at least June 4th.


COVID-19 Update: 17,517 confirmed cases and 875 deaths in Philadelphia.


  • Philadelphia is launching a COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program.  It aims to help people who have lost income because of COVID-19 pay their rent. It makes payments directly to your landlord.
  • The City will begin accepting applications for the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 10 a.m. The deadline to apply is Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 5 p.m.
  • Funding is limited, so if you or someone you know may be interested, be sure to apply early.
  • All selected tenants will receive rent assistance for up to three consecutive months for up to $2,500 total. If funding permits, they will try to provide ongoing assistance for up to a year for renters who still need help after three months.

Most SEPTA transit service returning; fare collection to resume on buses and trolleys

  • Septa has plans to restore all its services later this month. Regular weekday and weekend service levels on most bus and trolley routes, as well as the Market-Frankford, Broad Street, and Norristown High Speed Lines will return the week of May 17th. 
  • Regional rail will still be on a reduced schedule. 

Ballot question: Should Philly create a permanent labor department to protect workers’ rights?

  • This June there will be a ballot question asking if Philadelphia should establish a permanent Department of Labor. Although Philadelphia has passed protections for workers, enforcement has been difficult without a department of labor, many advocates have said.

SDP expands courses and other offerings to include mental health services

  • The School District of Philadelphia is expanding its offering to include courses for parents on mental health. 
  • The hotline is called Philly Hopeline. It will allow students and their families to speak with clinicians by video, text, and/or phone. The courses will be available on Zoom and can be accessed from a computer, tablet, or smartphone.
  • Upcoming courses include: “Google Classroom Fundamentals for Families” (May 8), “Managing Stress for a Healthy Family During COVID-19” (May 13), and “Social and Emotional Learning: Connections Between School and Home” (May 14). Registration is not required.

More Information

Philly Hopeline

Clinicians will be available by phone at 1-833-745-4673 from 12 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and 12 to 4 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

For more information visit, or

Virtual Family Academy

More information is available at

Good News of the Day

Lowe‘s Sends Mother’s Day Love to Isolated Seniors With $1 Million in Flower Baskets Delivered From Local Growers

Via The Good News Network –

“Mother’s Day may feel lonelier than it ever did for some aging moms in senior homes with quarantines that restrict visitors.

That’s why Lowe’s has partnered with local nurseries to bring those moms some flowering love.

In the days leading up to Mother’s Day, the company has been calling Uber to deliver $1 million worth of flower baskets nationwide—while at the same time giving a boost to its local network of growers and nurseries.”

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