Coronavirus

Stay Up-to-Date with these Helpful Links

Federal Departments

Centers for Disease Control - for the latest updates, recommendations and guidelines. The CDC has issued guidance on safely reopening, including for: schoolscamps and youth programsworkplaceschildcare centerstransitrestaurants and bars.

Small Business Administration - for information on programs to help businesses impacted, including loan programs for affected small businesses and non-profit organizations. 

Federal Emergency Management Agency - and their Coronovirus Rumor Control page, where you can confirm the truth about the federal government's response to COVID-19 and determine the truth from scams. 

Department of State - for travel advisories and latest guidance. 

Department of Veterans Affairs - for updates on their response and guidance. 

Social Security Administration - local offices are closed, those needing assistance should dial 1-800-772-1213. 

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services - view updated nursing home visitation regulations here. 

Department of Housing and Urban Development - for the latest guidelines and updates. 

Department of Education - for updates on federal student loans and more. 

Department of Labor - click here for guidance on paid sick and extendend family medical leave. 

State Offices 

Pennsylvania Department of Health - for the latest updates on COVID-19 in Pennsylvania and the state government's latest actions. 

Pennsylvania Department of Education - for the latest updates, guidance and resources for Pennsylvania's schools. 

Governor Tom Wolf - Administration Updates Businesses on Guidance for COVID-19 Mitigation Efforts. 

County Data
Lancaster County COVID-19 Dashboard 

Important Congressional Updates 

As our nation prepares for the potential spread of the coronavirus, Congress and the entire United States government are actively responding. Pennsylvania’s Department of Health is working with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on a coordinated response to the virus.

Congressman Smucker supported and voted in favor of nearly $8 billion in supplemental appropriations to ensure that all of our federal agencies, state and local partners are prepared. For more information on the emergency supplemental appropriation, click here. 

On March 12, Congressman Smucker held teletown hall events for residents of PA-11 in Lancaster and York counties. You can listen to the call with York County residents here, it featured York County President Commissioner Julie Wheeler and Dr. David Gasperack, Vice President and Regional Medical Director for Wellspan Medical Group. 

On March 14, Congressman Smucker supported H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  Read Congressman Smucker's statement on the legislation here.  The legislation provides additional support to families and small businesses in responding to COVID-19, including temporary emergency paid leave, providing additional assistance to states for unemployment insurance and ensuring COID-19 tests are free to individuals. For more information on this legislation click here. 

On Friday, March 27 Congressman Smucker was in Washington, DC to support the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Click here to read his statement on final passage of the bill. The legislation provides direct support to families, small businesses, and hospitals. For a topline summary of the CARES Act, click here. 

Below are summaries of the major provisions of the CARES Act: 

  • Individual Provisions, click here for additional information
    • Individuals will receive a one-time tax rebate of $1,200 to individuals and $500 per child to those with a valid Social Security number. There are no earned income or tax liability requirements to receive these rebate checks. The full rebate amount is available for those with incomes at or below $75,000 for individuals, $112,500 for head of household, and $150,000 for married couples. These rebates will be fully phased out for individuals making $99,000 and for couples making $198,000. 
    • Additionally, for seniors, mandatory minimum distributions from their retirement accounts would be able to keep their capital invested instead of being forced to cash out to draw on that capital without penalty, which would be suspended for 2020. Similarly, the bill also waives the 10% penalty on coronavirus-related early distributions from 401(k)s and IRAs, which applies to distributions made at any time during 2020.
  • ​Small Business Provisions, click here for additional information
    • Paycheck Protection: Forgiveness For Small Business Loans for Keeping Employees: The bill creates a “paycheck protection program” for small employers, self-employed individuals, and “gig economy” workers, with $350 billion to help prevent workers from losing their jobs and small businesses from going under due to economic losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • The “Paycheck Protection Program” would provide 8 weeks of cash-flow assistance through 100 percent federally guaranteed loans to small employers who maintain their payroll during this emergency. If the employer maintains payroll, the portion of the loans used for covered payroll costs, interest on mortgage obligations, rent, and utilities would be forgiven, which would help workers to remain employed and affected small businesses and our economy to recover quickly from this crisis. This proposal would be retroactive to February 15, 2020, to help bring workers who may have already been laid off back onto payrolls.
  • ​Unemployment Compensation, click here for more information. 
    • Includes $250 billion to Expand Unemployment Benefits: Provides economic relief and much-needed support for workers by making a significant investment in unemployment benefits.
    • Unemployment Benefits for More Americans: Makes sure self-employed and independent contractors, like Uber drivers and gig workers, can receive unemployment during the public health emergency. The bill also includes support to state and local governments and nonprofits so they can pay unemployment to their employees.
    • More Money for a Longer Period for More Workers: Makes benefits more generous by adding a $600/week across-the-board payment increase through the end of July. In addition, for those who need it, the bill provides an additional 13 weeks of benefits beyond what states typically allow.
    • Temporary Provisions: The expansion in unemployment benefits expires at the end of 2020 in recognition of the temporary nature of this challenge.
  • ​Health Provisions, click here for more information. 
    • The bill provides over $140 billion in appropriations to support our health system, including:
      • $100 billion for a new program to provide grants to hospitals, public entities, not-for-profit entities, and Medicare and Medicaid enrolled suppliers and institutional providers to cover unreimbursed healthcare related expenses or lost revenues attributable to the public health emergency resulting from the coronavirus.
      • $16 billion to the Strategic National Stockpile to procure personal protective equipment, ventilators, and other medical supplies for federal and state response efforts.
    • $11 billion to support research and development of vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics to prevent or treat the effects of coronavirus.
    • $4.3 billion to the CDC to support federal, state, and local public health agencies to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus 

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath 

The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. 

How can the coronavirus spread?

Human coronaviruses spread just like the flu or a cold:

  • Through the air by coughing or sneezing;
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it;

Commonsense Actions each of us can take to prevent the spread:

All of us should practice good habits to stay healthy, including: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Stay up to date on vaccinations, including the flu vaccine.

If you have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19, it is important to call your health care provider if you develop symptoms.