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COVID relief grant for hospitality businesses opens March 15
A new COVID-19 relief grant named the Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP) for eligible hospitality industry businesses opens for applications March 15, 2021.
Eligible hospitality industry businesses include hotels, restaurants, bars, and taverns. These businesses must fall within eligible industry codes which include the Accommodations subsector (721) or Food Services and Drinking Places subsector (722).
The Juniata County Commissioners are urging these types of businesses to apply as soon as possible for the CHIRP grant since funds may be quickly exhausted. Grants will range from $5,000 to $50,000 to help alleviate 2020 revenue losses, and pay for eligible operating expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Businesses can apply at the Community Giving Foundation’s website at www.csgiving.org from March 15, 2021 until the funds are exhausted or June 15, 2021.
The County Commissioners are concerned that due to nearly a year of this pandemic, many businesses are still feeling the sting of lost revenue, especially those in the hospitality industry.
“We ask those in our county to take advantage of this opportunity as quickly as possible,” the Commissioners said.
Juniata County has been awarded $280,475 and has contracted with SEDA-Council of Governments (SEDA-COG) to manage this CHIRP grant on its behalf. SEDA-COG will receive the applications, determine eligibility for grant amounts, and disburse the funds to qualifying businesses.
Mike Fisher, SEDA-COG assistant executive director, said SEDA-COG is honored to partner with several counties on this effort to help their local hospitality industries.
“We are honored to be able to further assist counties in this way. We know that the economic effects of the pandemic have crippled the local hospitality industry, so we trust this will alleviate some of that pain. This pandemic has left gaping holes of need and we want to be a part of helping communities and businesses meet those needs,” Fisher said.
Eligibility includes, but is not limited to, having fewer than 300 full-time employees; a net worth that does not exceed $15 million; a 25% reduction in gross receipts for a quarter in 2020 compared to the same quarter in 2019; and be located within Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, or Union counties.
Additional priority will be given to businesses that did not already receive COVID-19 relief funds; that were subject to closure following the disaster emergency declared by Gov. Tom Wolf on March 6, 2020; and had more than a 50% reduction in gross receipts from March 31, 2020 to December 31, 2020 compared to the same time period in 2019. For a full listing of eligibility requirements and prioritization guidelines, visit www.csgiving.org.
The grant program was created from the law Act 1 of 2021, which was passed Feb. 5, 2021. Statewide, it provides $145 million in funding assistance to the hospitality industry businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
For more information, contact SEDA-COG Grants Manager Betsy Lockwood at 570-522-7265 or email@example.com. As a community and economic development agency, SEDA-COG enhances the quality of life and economic advantage for residents and businesses in 11 central Pennsylvania counties through its vital partnerships and initiatives. SEDA-COG also is an advocate for the interests of communities at the state and federal levels. For more information, visit www.seda-cog.org.
COVID-19 PRESS RELEASE
Effective immediately, Juniata County Government facilities will be open to the public by pre-arranged appointment only. Individuals needing to conduct county related business must contact the office they need via telephone or email for specific instructions related to services for that office. IF it is determined that the requested services must be conducted onsite, individuals will be provided with a specific date and time for their appointment.
Juniata County will continue to utilize remote technologies and alternative delivery methods to provide as many services as possible until further notice.
All visitors with approved appointments must wear a face mask and observe social distancing protocols while on County property.
Drop Off/Pick Up Area: The primary drop off and pick up area for essential documents will continue to be at the Bridge Street entrance of the County Courthouse unless other arrangements have been made.
County Courthouse Business: Members of the public wishing to conduct business in the County Courthouse must contact the appropriate office listed below for a pre-arranged appointment and/or other instructions. Upon arrival, individuals having pre-approved, scheduled appointments, must use the Bridge Street entrance of the Courthouse and check-in with security personnel. Special accommodations will be made for handicapped individuals.
Assessment Office: 717 436-7740
Court Administration: 717 582-5143
District Attorney: 717 436-7725
Elections: 717 436-7706
GIS Department: 717 436-7764
Planning Department: 717 436-7729
Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts: 717 436-7715
Register and Recorders Office, Orphan’s Court, and Marriage License Applicants: 717 436-7709
Tax Claim: 717 436-7705
Courthouse Annex and Bousum Building Business: Members of the public wishing to conduct business in the County Courthouse Annex or adjacent Bousum Building must contact the appropriate office listed below for a pre-arranged appointment and/or other instructions. Upon arrival, individuals having pre-approved, scheduled appointments, must call the office number provided with their instructions. Once the appointment is confirmed, individuals will be allowed to enter the Annex front door located on Main Street and will be escorted to their destination. Special accommodations will be made for handicapped individuals. All approved visitors must exit using the Annex building front door located on Main Street. All entrance doors for the Annex and Bousum Buildings and other offsite facilities will continued to be locked until further notice.
Commissioners: 717 436-7704
District Magistrate (Mifflintown Office): 717 436-7722
Domestic Relations: 717 436-7750
Elected Auditors: 717 436-7765
Fiscal Department: 717 436-7776
Human Services: 717 242-5452
Penn State Extension: 717 436-7744
Probation and Parole: 717 436-7716
Sheriff’s Office Including Gun Permits: Please call 717 436-2213
Treasurer’s Office including Fishing, Hunting, and Dog Licenses: 717 436-7742
Veteran’s Affairs: 717 436-7728
Other County Facilities: For specific instructions related to services and appointments for the offices listed below, individuals must call the numbers listed.
Children & Youth: 717 436-7707
District Magistrate (Port Royal Office): 717 527-4949
Emergency Management and Street Addressing: 717 436-7770
The County Commissioners are urging all residents and business establishments to adhere to all health and safety guidelines as currently set forth for the COVID-19 pandemic by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All days and hours of operation remain unchanged.
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.
Gov. Wolf Initiates Transfer of $145 Million in Funds to Support Businesses Adversely Affected by COVID-19 Pandemic
Harrisburg, PA — Governor Tom Wolf today announced that he has initiated a transfer of $145 million in funds from the Workers’ Compensation Security Fund at the Pennsylvania Insurance Department to be appropriated by the state legislature into grants for businesses adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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:
- Pennsylvania’s comprehensive mental health resources, Mental Health in PA.
- Mental Health America for general information and COVID-19-specific resources.
- Get Help Now for substance use disorder and alcohol treatment.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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:
- Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Additional Tips for Supporting Children During the COVID-19 Crisis
- Self-Care for Adults
Physical Health Resources:
Help Children Understand Coronavirus:
- Talking with Children About Coronavirus -CDC
- Talking with Children About Coronavirus
- Story to Help Children Understand Coronavirus
Websites with Learning Activities:
- Scholastic Learn at Home
- Khan Academy
- Fun Brain
- Virtual Ocean Dives
- Colonial Williamsburg Exploration from Home
- NASA Kid’s Club
Assistance to Businesses
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
- Juniata Valley Tri-County Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission
- Aloholics Anonymous
- Narcotics Anonymous – Narcotics Anonymous PA has a FB page for those that have social media. Each group updates the page if their home group is open or closed. The help number for NA is 717-233-3733. If a client does not feel comfortable leaving their house or is unable too for whatever reason, then they have the option to search the Virtual Meetings.
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.
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
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 email@example.com, 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).
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