In this update:
How to get state-related assistance during the coronavirus shutdown
While my offices are still not accepting in-person office visits or taking in-person meetings, our offices are handling constituent-related issues during this time.
Here are the various ways you can contact me:
District Office – 717-741-4648 (leave a voicemail)
Capitol Office – 717-787-7085 (leave a voicemail)
Email – SenatorKristin@pasen.gov
Contact Form – SenatorKristin.com/contact-me.
Resource guides for employers, employees, and other individuals affected by COVID-19 are also posted at SenatorKristin.com.
Please note: Due to the high volume of inquiries our office has received over the last several weeks, please only contact our office one way as this will ensure we handle your matter and can assist others in a timely manner. I really appreciate everyone’s patience during this time.
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania nearly 13,000; York County has 189 cases
On Monday, the Department of Health released their latest data that show York County has 189 confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Pennsylvania currently has 12,980 confirmed cases.
More information from the Department of Health can be found here. The department will have an update on the latest developments later today. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter for the most up-to-date information.
Senate returns to session this week to consider more COVID-19 response measures
The Senate was in session on Monday and will be in session today as well as Wednesday to consider a number of bills to aid in the state’s response to COVID-19. Session and all committee meetings will take place remotely and will be streamed live on my website at SenatorKristin.com/session.
A full, gavel-to-gavel video will be available after the conclusion of each day’s legislative action. You can also watch session live on my Facebook Page.
Podcasts to focus on local impact and mitigation of COVID-19 – listen to an update from WellSpan
I am using my podcast as a way to provide you with up-to-date relevant and local updates from various stakeholders as our community address the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Monday, I interviewed Dr. David Gasperack, who is the Vice President and Regional Medical Director for the WellSpan Medical Group. We met over a Zoom meeting, and had an in-depth discussion on the latest local efforts on the coronavirus (COVID-19).
As I said in my last email update, over the coming days and weeks, we will sit down with community stakeholders to bring you the latest local information on the coronavirus.
If you are interested and want to receive the podcasts directly on you device, instructions on how to subscribe can be found here.
New online tool designed to meet growing medical supply demands
A new web portal will help manufacturers and distributors meet the increased demand for medical products and supplies created by the COVID-19 public health emergency.
The new Pennsylvania Manufacturing Call to Action Portal will help existing manufacturers produce COVID-19 related supplies and connect them with available distributors. The new resource will also assist other companies in retooling their operations to begin developing those supplies, and help businesses identify skilled workers that can fill workforce gaps and needs.
Manufacturers, distributors and other suppliers can inform the Department of Community and Economic Development of their critical supply chain capabilities, needs, workforce gaps and innovative opportunities through the portal here.
Turnpike travelers no longer need to stop at tollbooths during public health emergency
In order to limit person-to-person contact during the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will no longer accept cash or credit cards at tollbooths. All tolls will be assessed electronically through the E-ZPass system or the Toll By Plate program.
During coronavirus mitigation, motorists will no longer stop at tollbooths. Instead, the Toll By Plate system will take a photo of the license plate of each vehicle that does not have E-ZPass and send the registered owner an invoice within 30 days.
More information about how the Toll By Plate system works is available at www.nocashzone.com.
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