Senator Pat Browne E-Newsletter

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In This Update:

  • New Guidance and Training Available for Personal Care Home and Assisted Living Facilities
  • COVID-19 Crisis Line Available for First Responders, Healthcare Workers
  • New Web Portal Features Info on Employment Opportunities During COVID-19 Business Closures
  • COVID-19 Resource Guide for Senior Citizens Now Online
  • Accelerated Sales Tax Prepayments Waived for Three Months

New Guidance and Training Available for Personal Care Home and Assisted Living Facilities

Educational support and new guidelines will help Pennsylvania’s more than 1,200 personal care homes and assisted living residences better protect patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Department of Human Services offers guidance to keep residents and staff safe, including measures to address dining and scheduled activities, visitation, health screenings for staff, infection control procedures and more. Full guidance from the department is available here.

The Jewish Healthcare Foundation also offers weekly webinars on timely topics like infection control best practices and proper use of personal protective equipment. More information on these and other educational materials are available at www.tomorrowshealthcare.org.

COVID-19 Crisis Line Available for First Responders, Healthcare Workers

The increased stress caused by COVID-19 affects all Pennsylvanians, but our first responders and healthcare workers face even greater pressures in helping the state respond to this public health emergency. Megellan Health recently opened a free national crisis line for all first responders and healthcare professionals who are serving on the front lines of the pandemic.

The hotline is open 24 hours a day and connects callers directly to licensed mental health clinicians for support. The toll-free number is 1-800-327-7451 (TTY 711).

New Web Portal Features Info on Employment Opportunities During COVID-19 Business Closures

Although many businesses across the state remain closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, other employers in life-sustaining industries are hiring workers immediately for thousands of critical roles. A new web portal has been created to help connect displaced workers with new employment opportunities in home health care, shipping, distribution, manufacturing and other industries.

People seeking employment immediately can learn more about available job opportunities through PA CareerLink’s new online COVID-19 job portal. Life-sustaining businesses can feature job openings by submitting an online form here.

COVID-19 Resource Guide for Senior Citizens Now Online

An online COVID-19 resource guide to help older adults find useful information related to their health, safety and well-being is now available.

The guide is available on the state Department of Aging’s website under “COVID-19 Resource Guide for Older Adults” and provides older adults, their families and caregivers with information on a variety of subjects, including meals, prescriptions, protective services, scams, and how to stay active and connected.

Accelerated Sales Tax Prepayments Waived for Three Months

Businesses will not need to make accelerated Sales Tax prepayments over the next three months. Instead, businesses will only need to remit the sales tax they collected in the prior month.

More information on this requirement is available here.

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