COVID-19 Resources

March 26, 2020
Press Release

 

Sources of Information

 

LOCAL Government Coronavirus Resources

Allegheny Alerts - Allegheny County Community Notification System

Allegheny County COVID-19 web page

Allegheny County Health Department Facebook page

Allegheny County Health Department on Twitter

Allegheny County Health Department online message form (Please check the COVID-19 box)

Allegheny County Health Department phone line:  412-687-2243

City of Pittsburgh COVID-19 Response Updates web page 

 

STATE Government Coronavirus Resources

Commonwealth of PA COVID-19 web page 

Commonwealth of PA phone line:  1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258)

 

FEDERAL Government Coronavirus Resources

National Institutes of Health

Centers for Disease Control

Centers for Disease Control online message form

Centers for Disease Control question phone line:  800-232-4636

 

Sources of Assistance

Economic Impact Payments (“Stimulus Checks”)

The CARES Act authorized Economic Impact Payments to most Americans of up to $1,200 per adult and $500 per child. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is sending out these payments over the coming weeks and months. Click here for information about the Economic Impact Payments.

 

Unemployment Compensation

If you lost your job due to the COVID-19 outbreak, you can apply for assistance with the Pennsylvania Office of Unemployment Compensation.

The CARES Act temporarily expanded unemployment compensation through three different programs:

  • the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program provides workers who have lost their jobs an additional $600 a week through July 25, 2020;
  • the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program provides unemployment benefits for independent contractors, gig workers, and self-employed individuals – who are not usually eligible for unemployment compensation; and
  • the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program provides an additional 13 weeks of UC benefits, beyond the regular 26 weeks already provided, for a total of 39 weeks of coverage.

For more information about this temporary additional unemployment compensation, visit the Pennsylvania Office of Unemployment Compensation’s website here.


Small Business Loans

The US Small Business Administration (SBA) offers guidance and financial assistance to small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to the SBA’s permanent programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary assistance programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak – the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), Economic Injury Disaster Loans, Economic Injury Disaster Loan Advances, SBA Express Bridge Loans, and SBA Debt Relief.

For more information on these options, contact your lender, visit the Small Business Administration’s website here, or contact the Western PA SBA district office: mailto:wpainfo@sba.gov

 

Income Taxes 

The U.S. Internal Revenue Service has postponed the 2019 income tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020.

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has also postponed the 2019 Pennsylvania income tax filing deadline to July 15, 2020.

For more information about filing taxes during the COVID-19 outbreak, click here.

 

Social Security 

Social Security Administration offices are currently operating through telework. For questions about your Social Security benefits, please contact your local field office by phone. You can find information about the closest location by entering your zip code at https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp.

For the latest information about how the Social Security Administration is operating during this public health emergency, please visit https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/.

 

Veterans 

Veterans with scheduled appointments at VA health care facilities are encouraged to call those facilities at MyVA311 (844-698-2311, then press #3 to be connected) before seeking care in person.

Veterans experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are encouraged to call ahead for directions about how to avoid spreading the virus.

For more information, click here.

 

Food Aid

Congress approved federal assistance to help Americans put food on the table during this crisis -- including the COVID19 Response Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (CR-SNAP) and emergency funding for Child Nutrition Programs to ensure students can still receive free or reduced-price school meals during this time.

If you want to find out more about -- or apply for -- CR-SNAP or school feeding programs, click here to find the contact information for the Allegheny County Assistance office near you -- or click here for the county web page about food and nutrition assistance.

The Pittsburgh Public Schools have established a number of sites where "grab and go" meals are available for students -- click here for more information about Pittsburgh Public Schools during the coronavirus shutdown. 

Click here for a map of food banks and other locations in Allegheny County where free food is being distributed.

Click here to search for a food pantry near you by zip code.

 

Residents of Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District

Congressman Doyle’s offices in Washington DC and Pittsburgh are currently operating through telework to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but they are still working regular business hours to serve you. The telephone number for each office is located at the bottom of this page. Please do not visit the physical locations for assistance at this time; they are closed.