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

 

Unemployment Compensation

If you are unable to work due to the COVID-19 outbreak, you can apply for assistance with the Pennsylvania Office of Unemployment Compensation. You will need your Social Security number, home address and mailing address, telephone number, valid e-mail address, PIN, and direct deposit information. You will also be required to provide information about your separating employer.

For more information, visit https://www.uc.pa.gov/Pages/AlertDetails.aspx.

 

Small Business Loans

Small businesses impacted by COVID-19 inPennsylvania may apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans.

SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.

The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses without credit available elsewhere; businesses with credit available elsewhere are not eligible. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%.

Loan applications can be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Completed paper applications should be returned to the local DLOC or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The deadline to return economic injury disaster loan applications is Dec. 21, 2020.

 

Additionally, Governor Tom Wolf has announced the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program will provide loans of up to $100,000 to for-profit businesses with less than 100 full-time employees. Contact ra-dcedcs@pa.gov with questions, or visit https://dced.pa.gov/programs/covid-19-working-capital-access-program-cwca/  for more information.

 

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, visit the IRS website at https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus.

 

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 are encouraged to call their medical facilities at MyVA311 (844-698-2311, then press #3 to be connected) before seeking care in person. Additionally, veterans experiencing COVID-19 symptoms are encouraged to call ahead to follow best protocol.

For more information visit https://www.publichealth.va.gov/n-coronavirus/?utm_source=Homepage&utm_campaign=Coronavirus

 

International Travel

The State Department provides a list of travel advisories for those who are planning to fly outside of the United States.

CDC also has specific guidance for travelers.

 

Food Pantries 

This is an especially strained time for many families. Please see below for information about a few food banks in the Pittsburgh region.

412 Food Rescue: https://412foodrescue.org/

Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank: https://www.pittsburghfoodbank.org/

 

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.