COVID-19

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For up to date information on how to get relief during the pandemic such as unemployment and small business loans please click HERE.

If you would like more information on business loans from the PA Chamber of Business and Industry, click HERE.

For more information on COVID-19 such as symptoms, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you are sick, click HERE.

Click HERE to see a map generated by the PA Department of Health showing COVID-19 cases county by county or broken down by zip code.

Click HERE for a map of the United States showing to outbreaks county by county.


Recovered from COVID-19? Donate blood to help find the cure!

If you have fully recovered from COVID-19, you may be able to help patients currently fighting the infection by donating your plasma. Because you fought the infection, your plasma now contains COVID-19 antibodies. These antibodies provided one way for your immune system to fight the virus when you were sick, so your plasma may be able to be used to help others fight off the disease.

For more information visit the coronavirus.gov.


Wolf Administration Grants Hazard Pay to Front-Line Workers in Life-Sustaining Industries

Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced the recipients of $50 million in grants to help employers provide hazard pay to employees in life-sustaining industries during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program, announced last month, was created to keep front-line employees working in vital industry sectors across Pennsylvania.

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Rent/Mortgage Assistance Due to COVID-19

PHFA opened applications for a new rental and mortgage assistance program today (PHFA RRP) on June 29, 2020. This new program is funded through the Federal Coronavirus Relief Fund allocated by the Governor and the Legislature for persons who have had a reduction in income due to COVID pandemic and need housing assistance as a DIRECT RESULT of INCOME REDUCTION.

To view the applications and apply for funds click here.


Going Green

As Juniata County transitions to the Green Phase of Governor Wolf’s Phased Reopening Plan. Here is what that means for the public.

Green Phase:
After a county transitions to the yellow phase, we closely monitor for increased risk, such as significant outbreaks. If overall risk remains mitigated for 14 days, we transition the county to the green phase.

The green phase eases most restrictions by lifting the stay-at-home and business closure orders to allow the economy to strategically reopen while continuing to prioritize public health.

While this phase facilitates a return to a “new normal,” it is equally important to continue to monitor public health indicators and adjust orders and restrictions as necessary to ensure the spread of disease remains at a minimum.

Work and Congregate Settings Restrictions

  • Continued Telework Strongly Encouraged
  • Businesses with In-Person Operations Must Follow Updated Business and Building Safety Requirements
  • All Businesses Operating at 50% Occupancy in the Yellow Phase May Increase to 75% Occupancy
  • Child Care May Open Complying with Guidance
  • Congregate Care Restrictions in Place
  • Prison and Hospital Restrictions Determined by Individual Facilities
  • Schools Subject to CDC and Commonwealth Guidance

Social Restrictions

  • Large Gatherings of More Than 250 Prohibited
  • Masks Are Required When Entering a Business
  • Restaurants and Bars Open at 50% Occupancy
  • Personal Care Services (including hair salons and barbershops) Open at 50% Occupancy and by Appointment Only
  • Indoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities, and Personal Care Services (such as gyms and spas) Open at 50% Occupancy with Appointments Strongly Encouraged
  • All Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters, and shopping malls) Open at 50% Occupancy
  • Construction Activity May Return to Full Capacity with Continued Implementation of Protocols

The latest business guidance, including outdoor recreation guidance, can be found here.

Preliminary sports guidance can be found here.

Summer camp guidance can be found here.

The Governor’s amended green phase order can be found here.

The Secretary of Health’s amended green phase order can be found here.


Juniata County Planning Commission Update

July 1, 2020:  Until further notice the Juniata County Planning Commission will meet at the Juniata County Office of Children and Youth, Conference Room #2, 133 Industrial Circle, Mifflintown, PA.  Please contact the Planning Department at 717-436-7729 if you would like to attend a meeting.


Gov. Wolf Announces 10 More Testing Sites in Areas with Limited Access

Governor Tom Wolf announced today that beginning Wednesday, June 17, nine more COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites will open in Walmart parking lots across the state, bringing the total to 19 sites at Walmart locations. Quest Diagnostics and Walmart are working with the department to provide no-cost testing for residents living in areas where there are fewer testing sites. Another testing site has also been added in Venango County, which previously had only one site, bringing the total of new testing sites to 10.

Beginning June 17 these sites will be open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. to test up to 50 registered patients daily. Registration is required one day in advance. There is no COVID-19 testing inside Walmart stores or Quest Diagnostics Patient Service Centers.

The testing sites that will open on Wednesday include:

  • Walmart Supercenter parking lot, 1887 Elmira St, Sayre, PA
  • Walmart Supercenter parking lot, 1665 N Atherton St, State College, PA
  • Walmart Supercenter parking lot, 108 Washington Towne Blvd N, Edinboro, PA
  • Walmart Supercenter parking lot, 2501 W State St, New Castle, PA
  • Walmart Supercenter parking lot, 1566 W Main Street Ext, Grove City, PA
  • Walmart Supercenter parking lot, 9300 State Route 61, Coal Township, PA
  • Walmart Supercenter parking lot, 980 N Susquehanna Trail, Selinsgrove, PA
  • Walmart Supercenter parking lot, 120 AJK Blvd, Lewisburg, PA
  • Walmart Supercenter parking lot, 1169 South Main St, Mansfield, PA

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Wolf Administration, Federal Delegation: Pennsylvania Farmers Eligible for $16 Billion in Direct Relief Payments

Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency Administrator (FSA) Richard Fordyce will join Senator Bob Casey and Congressman Glenn Thompson for a virtual town hall tonight with Pennsylvania agriculture stakeholders to answer questions about the $16 billion available to Pennsylvania farmers in direct relief payments, through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).

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Governor Wolf Announces Real Estate Industry May Conduct Limited Business Transactions Statewide

Governor Tom Wolf today announced that starting today, businesses and employees in the real estate industry may conduct limited business-related activities statewide and provided guidance for this industry to operate in red phase and yellow phase counties.

Full Press Release


Gov. Wolf, Treasurer Torsella Announce Property Tax/Rent Rebates Arriving Early to Help Seniors, Others During COVID-19 Pandemic

Governor Tom Wolf and Treasurer Joe Torsella today announced that many older homeowners, renters and people with disabilities will receive early rebates through the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program. Rebates are typically issued starting July 1, but the governor and treasurer are issuing the rebates starting tomorrow to approved applicants. The governor also signed HB 1076 today, which authorizes the early distribution.

Full Press Release


JUST LAUNCHED: Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) is now available!

PEUC provides 13 weeks of additional UC benefits to qualified individuals whose regular unemployment benefits were exhausted after July 6, 2019 or later;

FYI: Individuals who are still within their unemployment benefit year do NOT need to apply. Once you receive the balance of your regular unemployment benefits, you will automatically be enrolled in PEUC for the additional 13 weeks of benefits and should begin filing biweekly claims, but check our webpage for details if you’re seeing an Inactive Claim notice.
Apply now: https://www.uc.pa.gov/unemployment-benefits/file/Pages/Filing-for-PEUC.aspx


Free Lunches for Children

Mifflin Juniata Human Services has provided a list of locations that are providing free lunches to children present during designated times. Please click HERE to see the list.


Reopening Soon?

Check out the new CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes by visiting the CDC website.


Human Services Launches Emergency Assistance Program to Help Low-Income Families Amidst COVID-19

Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller today announced an Emergency Assistance Program (EAP) to help low-income families who lost wages experiencing financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Families who qualify will be eligible for a one-time payment to assist them in meeting basic needs and help them secure more stable financial footing in the future.

Full Press Release


Department of Human Services Reminds Pennsylvanians that Mental Health Help is Available

The Department of Human Services (DHS) today marked Mental Health Awareness Month with a reminder that it is okay to not feel okay and that help is available. Mental Health Awareness Month seeks to raise awareness and understanding and to fight stigma of mental illness and substance use disorders.

Many other resources also remain available to Pennsylvanians in need of support, including:

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Línea Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454
  • Crisis Text Line: Text “PA” to 741-741
  • Safe2Say: 1-844-723-2729 or www.safe2saypa.org
  • Veteran Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
  • Get Help Now Hotline (for substance use disorders): 1-800-662-4357
  • Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Helpline: 1-888-772-7227 or https://pcar.org/help-in-pa
  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 1-800-799-7233 or www.PCADV.org
  • United Way of Pennsylvania: Text your zip code to 898-211 or visit http://www.uwp.org/211gethelp

Available Online Help:

Full Press Release


Wolf Administration Releases Guidance on Emergency Housing, Quarantine Sheltering, Resources for People Experiencing Homelessness

Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration today outlined housing policies and recommendations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigation efforts. The departments of Human Services (DHS) and Community and Economic Development (DCED) the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), and other state agencies have collaborated to issue recommendations to stem foreclosures, evictions, and utility shut-offs as well as serve the needs of those experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 emergency.

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SEDA-COG EDA COVID-19 Loan

The new SEDA-COG EDA COVID-19 Loan Fund is for businesses negatively impacted by COVID-19. For-profit businesses can apply for loans of at least $10,000 starting now until funds are exhausted. No payments are due in the first six months. The total amount of the fund is $400,000. The interest rate is 3.25%.

Businesses must be in SEDA-COG’s region of Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Snyder, and Union counties.

Funds can be used for working capital and can be disbursed based on past working capital expenses. There is a $500 underwriting fee and a $100 filing fee.

Application and More Information


In Need of a Mask?

Click HERE for a list of places in Mifflin & Juniata counties that are providing masks and mask making services. The list comes courtesy of Mifflin Juniata Human Services.


Filing for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

You can now apply for PUA, expanded eligibility for individuals who have traditionally been ineligible for unemployment benefits (such as self-employed workers, independent contractors, gig workers).

Click HERE for details or to file.


DCED Extends Business Loan Deferrals

On April 15, DCED announced extended loan deferrals for businesses impacted by COVID-19. This applies to loans administered by DCED. Previously, April payments, late fees and accruing interest had been halted, and this additional extension will apply to May and June payments. More information is available HERE.

FEMA Announces Purchase of Food Eligible for Public Assistance

On April 14, FEMA announced that the purchase and distribution of food for those without access is now eligible for Public Assistance under federal disaster declarations. This policy is applicable to eligible public assistance applicants only and is exclusive to emergency and major disaster declarations for the COVID-19 pandemic. More information is available HERE.

DHS to Begin Emergency SNAP Benefit

The Department of Human Services will begin an emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit today, which includes a supplemental increase for both March and April and will continue to be issued for current SNAP households through April 29. Click HERE for additional details.


USDA “Access to Food” Survey

Congressman Fred Keller’s office put a call out to all residents in Juniata County to complete the USDA “Access to Food” survey to determine where people are having trouble accessing a stable food supply.

It’s a rather simple survey with only a few questions, but if you know anyone counting on a food bank for their family’s nourishment, please help them with the survey.

If everyone would complete the survey it would be most helpful for getting food resources where they need to go. The survey can be accessed here: Access to Food Survey.

The USDA Food Security resource page has links to Spanish and Chinese translations.


Penn State Extension Open to County Residents

Although Penn State Extension county offices are closed for public access due to the continued spread of COVID-19, Penn State Extension remains open for business. If you have questions or need assistance, call 877-345-0691, or find your county office phone and email contacts online. For an abundance of educational content — such as articles, videos and online courses — that can be accessed anytime, anywhere, visit the Penn State Extension website.

For Penn State Extension’s COVID-19 resources please click HERE.


What is COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others circulating among animals, including camels, cats and bats.

The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

What are the Symptoms of COVID-19?

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 It 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
  • Occasionally, fecal contamination

Click HERE for best practices on how we can slow the spread of the virus.

How Can I Protect Myself?

The CDC always recommends everyday prevention actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Do not use your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Stay informed – visit CDC’s website for current information by clicking HERE.

What Are We Doing?

The county’s Emergency Services Department is taking steps to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and working with local, state and federal partners in public health preparedness.

The Juniata County Commissioners declared the County of Juniata a disaster emergency on March 17th, and are continually monitoring the situation.

Closures & Cancellations

Juniata County, due to a State of Emergency, has implemented the following protective measures effective 8 a.m. March 18, 2020. The preventive measures are in place to protect the health and safety of the residents of Juniata County. All days and hours of operation remain unchanged. Check the website or the county Facebook page for information regarding Commissioners Meetings.

Security: The public entry point for all Courthouse business will remain at the Bridge Street entrance for essential transactions only. The handicapped entrance remains at the rear of the Courthouse. Entrance doors for the Annex and Bousum Buildings and other offsite facilities will be locked. However, staff will be available for essential business and to receive phone calls and emails.

Drop Off/Pick Up Area: The drop off and pick up area for essential documents will be at the Bridge Street entrance.

Specific instructions may be listed below for some offices. If you have any questions, please call the listed phone number for help.

For detailed contact information, including emails, please visit the Juniata County Directory.

Senior Center Closings

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), older adults and people who have serious chronic medical conditions like heart disease, diabetes and lung disease have a higher risk of getting very sick from COVID-19.

Senior centers have closed until further notice.

Children & Families

Please feel free to take a look at the resources listed below:

Emotional Health Resources:

Physical Health Resources:

Help Children Understand Coronavirus:

Websites with Learning Activities:

Assistance to Businesses

Centers for Disease Control Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

Loans Available to Businesses

The U.S. Small Business Adminitration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Pennsylvania small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. Click HERE.

Governor’s Order to Close Non-Life-Sustaining Businesses

Questions on the Governor’s order on whether or not a business needs to close should be sent to ra-dcedcs@pa.gov

Mental Health Resources

  • The Abuse Network
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
  • Crisis Text Line: Text “PA” to 741-741

Drug and Alcohol Resources

Help For People Struggling With Alcohol Withdrawal

Pennsylvania’s Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, has developed a process to support individuals facing alcohol withdrawal due to the closure of Fine Wine & Good Spirit Stores.

Individuals with alcohol dependence who are in danger of going into withdrawal should be attended to as their health conditions will deteriorate. If you can help someone in this situation get the care they need, refer to the provided documents: Screen for Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome, Alcohol Withdrawal Mitigation Guide, DDAP PLCB Submit Order.


Juniata Judicial Emergency Extended to May 29, 2020

The Juniata Judicial Emergency Order has been extended to May 29, 2020. The Administrative Order for Temporary Electronic Filing and Scheduling of Hearings During Public Health Emergency dated March 18, 2020, shall remain in effect through the duration of the COVID-19 emergency. Cases postponed due to this emergency shall be scheduled thereafter.


Gov. Wolf, Sec. of Health: Pennsylvania on Statewide Stay-at-Home Order Beginning at 8 PM April 01, 2020, “Most Prudent Option to Stop the Spread”

Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine announced all Pennsylvania counties will be under stay-at-home orders effective tonight, Wednesday, April 1, at 8 p.m. until April 30th.

The orders are the best chance we have to contain the corona virus and to protect as many Pennsylvanians as possible, especially the doctors, nurses and emergency responders on the front lines.

Please do your part to help save lives and stay home longer than you want to. Not all activities are prohibited, so refer to the stay-at-home orders to learn more.

WAIVER EXTENSION, REVISED TIMING OF ENFORCEMENT: Monday, March 23 at 8:00 AM

Updated Business Guidance
Business Waiver Application Form
FAQ on Business Guidance 

Harrisburg, PA – Due to the high volume of waiver requests, the Wolf Administration is delaying enforcement of Governor Tom Wolf’s order and the Secretary of Health’s order that all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania must close their physical locations to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Per Governor Wolf’s and Dr. Levine’s orders, businesses that were non-life sustaining were ordered to close their physical locations on March 19, at 8:00 PM. This order stands, only the enforcement timing will change and become effective on Monday, March 23, at 8:00 AM.

Those businesses requesting clarification on whether they are defined as life-sustaining should check this list, email the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) customer service resource account at ra-dcedcs@pa.gov, 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

When a business completes a waiver form, a team of professionals at DCED will review each request and respond based on the guiding principle of balancing public safety while ensuring the continued delivery of critical infrastructure services and functions. Those requesting a waiver will be notified via email if their operations may re-open. Businesses applying for a waiver must remain closed until a decision is made about their application. 

DCED offers working capital loans that could be of assistance to businesses impacted by COVID-19. Resources and information will be posted to http://dced.pa.gov/resources as they become available. Yesterday, Governor Wolf announced the availability of low-interest loans for small businesses and eligible non-profits in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). 

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should follow www.governor.pa.gov and www.doh.pa.gov.  

MEDIA CONTACT: Casey Smith, casesmith@pa.gov


RECORDER OF DEEDS

Recording: Mail in documents is the preferred method and the most convenient/safest for all involved. For walk-ins a drop off box will be located at the entrance of the courthouse for recording land records. The documents will be processed in the order that they are received. Documents will be returned either by mail or the recorder’s office will call the customer to schedule a pick-up time.

Notary Public Commissions: Please contact the Recorder of Deeds office to make an appointment to be sworn-in for your commission.

REGISTER OF WILLS

Probates/Estates: Please make an appointment if you need to probate. Appointments can be made by calling the Register and Recorder’s Office at (717)436-7709. When you call to make your appointment, arrangements will be made on how to proceed.

Inheritance Tax Payments: Please mail in payments to the Juniata County Register and Recorder’s Office. Receipts will be mailed to the customer.

CLERK OF ORPHANS’ COURT 

Notice:  The issuance of a marriage license is not an essential function under the Supreme Court’s order during COVID-19 effective immediately. The issuance of marriage licenses have been suspended until further notice.  The current order is in effect until April 14, 2020, however as we all know COVID-19 is a fluid situation, please check back with our office after April 14, 2020.  We thank you for your cooperation during this difficult time.

Marriage License Applicants: All applications will need to be completed through the marriage license online application process located on the Juniata County website under Clerk of Orphans’ Court. Applicants will need to schedule an appointment by calling the office at (717)436-7709 to finish the application process. The license will then be mailed or can be picked up at the Register and Recorder’s Office after the three-day waiting period.

Certified Copies of Marriage Licenses: Requests can be made by calling (717)436-7709. Please make arrangements with the Juniata County Register and Recorder’s Office to pick up your certified copy. The office requires the exact amount due of $5.00 when picking up a certified copy of a marriage license. Requests can also be mailed to the Juniata County Register and Recorder’s Office. Mail-in requests are preferred for the safety of our citizens. For mail-in requests please provide the individuals names and date of marriage along with the $5.00 fee and a self-addressed stamped envelope.

PUBLIC

Record requests/Title Searchers: It is recommended by the Juniata County Register and Recorder’s Office that searches are done remotely. Please visit www.LANDEX.com for access to land records. Files and recordings that are not available online can be ordered by calling the Juniata County Register and Recorder’s Office at (717)436-7709 or by emailing aseigler@juniataco.org.

PROTHONOTARY/CLERK OF COURT

Filing of documents: Filing of documents is to be done by mail if possible. If you need documents filed within a specific time limit, bins will be placed at the courthouse main entrance. Please put your documents and appropriate fees if needed in an envelope and deposit them in the appropriate bin. Bins will be checked hourly and documents will be filed in a timely manner. All copies will be mailed back to the appropriate parties.

Forms: Forms for Pennsylvania citizens, judiciary and law enforcement can be found at ujsportal.pacourts.us. If the form you need is not available on-line, please call our office at (717)436-7715 and check if they are available here and we will mail the forms to you.

Passports: Our office will not be accepting passport applications effective immediately until further notice.  Please call our office if you have questions. Applications can be printed off the US Passport Agency’s website.


COVID-19 Press Release — March 17, 2020

Juniata County, due to a State of Emergency, has implemented the following protective measures effective 8 a.m. March 18, 2020. The preventive measures are in place to protect the health and safety of the residents of Juniata County. All days and hours of operation remain unchanged.

Security: The public entry point for all Courthouse business will remain at the Bridge Street entrance for essential transactions only. The handicapped entrance remains at the rear of the Courthouse. Entrance doors for the Annex and Bousum Buildings and other offsite facilities will be locked. However, staff will be available for essential business and to receive phone calls and emails.

Drop Off/Pick Up Area: The drop off and pick up area for essential documents will be at the Bridge Street entrance.

Specific instructions may be listed below for some offices. If you have any questions, please call the listed phone number for help.

For detail contact information, including emails, please visit the Juniata County Directory.


Judicial Administrative Order

The President Judge has ordered changes in electronic filing and scheduling of hearings during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency effective immediately in the 41st Judicial District as indicated in the March 18th Emergency Judicial Order No. AD5-2020 which states the order shall be in effect until April 14th, 2020.

Judicial Emergency Declaration

The President Judge has declared a Judicial Emergency in the 41st Judicial District as indicated in the March 17th Emergency Judicial Order No. AD4-2020 which states the order shall be in effect until April 14th, 2020, due to COVID-19.

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