(Harrisburg, PA) -- State legislators are approving several COVID-19 response measures, including postponing the April primary election. With a signature from Governor Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania's primary will move from April 28th to June 2nd. The bill also allows county officials to start processing absentee ballots earlier to help report election results sooner.
>>Cumberland County Commissioners Put Out Call For P-P-E For First Responders
(Carlisle, PA) -- First responders in Cumberland County are in need of medical equipment. Anyone who may have the capacity to donate P-P-E items are asked to contact the county's Department of Public Safety. Commissioner Gary Eichelberger says they've already heard from a number of businesses offering to help.
>>Papenfuse: Harrisburg Suspends Evictions
(Harrisburg, PA) -- Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse says evictions in the city are being suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement, Papenfuse says they will not make matters worse for people already having trouble paying rent amid the crisis. That suspension of evictions follows the state Supreme Court's Statewide Judicial Emergency that was issued March 18th.
>>Camp Hill Borough Organizes Volunteers To Help Those Who Can't Leave Their Homes
(Camp Hill, PA) -- Municipal officials in Camp Hill are organizing a volunteer service to help people who cannot leave their homes amid the coronavirus spread. Their emergency operations center is receiving help from church volunteers to pick up food and medicine for those who are quarantined. The center is open from 8 a-m to 5 p-m.
>>Mental Health Awareness Walk Postponed In Carlisle
(Carlisle, PA) -- Organizers of a mental health awareness walk planned in Carlisle are postponing the event until late May. That event is still set to occur at Le Torte Park on May 29th. The walk was initially planned for May 1st.
>>Education Secretary: School Year Must End By June 30th
(Harrisburg, PA) -- No matter how long the coronavirus quarantine lasts in P-A, education department officials say the school year must end by June 30th. During a news conference Wednesday, Education Secretary Pedro Rivera said the term cannot go past that date by statute. The 180 day requirement was waived this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
>>Bill To Ensure Public School Teacher Pay During Coronavirus Being Pushed Forward
(Harrisburg, PA) -- The state House of Representatives is pushing forward a bill that would make sure public school closures don't cost teachers their paychecks. The bill ensures anyone employed by a school on March 13 would be paid the same as before the closures began. The bill also guarantees teachers' pension credits or contributions aren't reduced.
>>Hershey Lodge Opens Its Doors To Emergency Workers
(Hershey, PA) -- Hershey Lodge is making itself available to health care and emergency workers who need to be closer to work. Hershey Entertainment officials say they formed a mutual aid agreement in 2017 should any public health crisis occur to provide lodging assistance for the medical community. Pennlive reports that 19 room nights have been dedicated to medical center personnel.
>>P-A Department of Corrections Extends Visitation Suspension
(Hampden Twp., PA) -- Officials with the P-A Department of Corrections say they are extending their inmate visitation suspension through April 10th. They are also continuing to thoroughly screen all of their employees during that time as well. The state prison system has had no positive cases of COVID-19 in the inmate population so far.
>>Harrisburg's Public Parks To Get Portable Sinks
(Harrisburg, PA) -- People who visit public parks in Harrisburg will soon notice the appearance of portable sinks. Mayor Eric Papenfuse says two of those sinks are already at Riverfront and Reservoir parks. Pennlive reports there are plans for more sinks to be places as well. Papenfuse says he hopes it helps to mitigate the spread of coronavirus and keep the parks open.
>>Lancaster's Mayor Says Homeless Person Being Tested For Coronavirus
(Lancaster, PA) -- Lancaster's mayor says a homeless person in the city is being tested for coronavirus. Mayor Danene Sorace says that person is in isolation currently. Sorace adds that people should stop dropping food off at Binns Park because it draws those without homes to the area, which could help the virus spread.