COVID-19 Updates, 03/22/2020

COVID-19 Updates, 03/22/2020


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Stimulus Plan in Doubt 

  • Senate Democrats blocked action on the stabilization plan because it did not have strong protections for workers and favored big business. Democrats have concerns that the bill does not prevent industries from laying off their workforce even when they receive federal funds. 

President Trump’s Press Conference today gave the following updates:

  • President Trump announced the cost of their National Guard when it is deployed in California, Washington, and New York State. 
  • President Trump has continued to not implement the Defense Production Act despite the critical shortage of masks and ventilators. 
  • Many Governors have said that the federal government is causing states to compete against one another as more protective gear becomes available.  

Senator Rand Paul tests positive for Covid-19

  • Republican Senator Rand Paul is the first senator to have tested positive for Covid-19.



Gov. Wolf Extends Enforcement of order to close all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to Monday, March 23rd at 8:00 am 

  • Due to the high volume of waiver requests, Gov. Wolf has extended the enforcement of his executive order that all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania must close their physical locations to slow the spread of COVID-19. The extension is until Monday at 8:00 am. 
  • If any business needs clarification whether or not they are an essential business they can check this list or email the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) customer service resource account at, or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH and select option 1 to reach DCED staff. 
  •  For businesses that determine from the list that they are non-life sustaining, but would like to seek a waiver, there is an online waiver application.
  • Enforcement will be done by local police in all 67 counties. 

Gov. Wolf Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Small Businesses and Nonprofits Facing Losses Related to COVID-19

  • Gov. Wolf announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will offer up to $2 million in loans to small businesses and nonprofits. The interest rate is 3.72% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere, businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.
  • Loan applications can also be downloaded at
  • Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at
  • The deadline to return economic injury disaster loan applications is Dec. 21, 2020.
  • Temple University is hosting a webinar for small business owners on how to apply to these loans on Wednesday at 12:00-12:30. You can sign up here. 

The Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act and the Families First Coronavirus Response Act will provide $16.9 million to aid Pennsylvania’s public health response. 



Today, Mayor Kenney ordered residents to stay at home starting at 8 a.m. Monday.

  • His order states that “all public or private gatherings of any number of people outside of a single household or living unit are prohibited.” This also includes picnics and outside social gatherings.  
  • People are able to leave their homes to seek medical care, buy food, care for their family and go to work at a life-sustaining business or government agency and those in healthcare, utilities, and transportation. 
  • Individuals are able to go outside for walking and running. The order prohibits physical contact such as basketball and soccer games. 
  • To order takeout, you must order online or over the phone, you can not walk into a restaurant. 
  • The city will disrupt any gatherings, but the city does not plan to have policy officers arrest anyone for violating this. 

Free meals for students while schools are closed– New Locations and Hours 

  • The city has announced that 80 locations will be providing free meals to students. 
  • Families will receive six meals per student. 

Foster kids are left in limbo in Philadelphia 

  • Dependency court is where the majority of foster youth cases are determined is only holding “shelter care” hearings, which occur within three days of a child’s removal from their family home and require the city to show cause for removal.
  • Status hearing, which is when a judge is given updates of a foster youth’s progress and needs, are currently not occurring in the city of Philadelphia. 
  • There are also projected delays in reuniting kids with families.  

Good News of the Day

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Rainbow scavenger hunt for Children takes off across the county

  • Residents across the state are taking part in a fun activity where neighbors hang rainbows in their windows for children to use in scavenger hunts. 
  • The following neighbors in Philadelphia are participating with more to come soon. Each neighborhood has a google form/Facebook group where neighbors put their address for the scavenger hunt. 

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