Pennsylvania now has 14,559 positive cases of Coronavirus, with 240 deaths statewide, according to the Department of Health. In Central PA, Juniata County has seen an increase to 14 positive cases. Mifflin County has six reported cases. Huntingdon County has five. Perry and Snyder Counties each have nine confirmed cases of COVID-19 with one death in each county. The number of confirmed cases in Centre County has risen to 55.
Small businesses, private non-profit organizations, Veterans organizations and sole proprietorships that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic can apply for loans from the federal government. The Paycheck Protection Program offers loans to cover payroll costs, mortgage interest, rent and utility costs over an eight-week period for businesses affected by coronavirus mitigation. The program is available to entities with 500 or fewer employees. Self-employed individuals and independent contractors are also eligible, and can apply, beginning April 10th. Applications must be submitted through an existing lender with the U.S. Small Business Administration. A list of lenders is available at www.sba.gov.
State Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) will host a telephone town hall on COVID-19 today (Wednesday) at 3:30 pm. A live audio stream of the event will be available at www.senatorcorman.com/tele-town-hall.
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) opened the statewide 2020 trout season yesterday. The move was made in consultation with the Governor’s Office, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), and became effective at 8:00 am on Tuesday (April 7th). All regulations, sizes, and creel limits apply. Anglers and boaters must abide by social distancing guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Governor Tom Wolf’s Stay-at-Home Order regarding COVID-19.
The refuse schedule in the Borough of Lewistown will change this week due to Good Friday. Thursday’s route will be picked-up today. Friday’s route will be picked-up on Thursday. Friday recycling customers should hold materials until the next scheduled day on April 24th.