The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

All Pennsylvanians have an important role to play in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and saving lives. Here are resources to help individuals, families, and businesses do their part.

Keep checking back. This guide will be kept up to date as resources and information change.

You can find up-to-date information about cases in Pennsylvania at on.pa.gov/coronavirus.

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The Internal Revenue Service has a page set-up for COVID-19 Tax relief and Information.

https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus

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Here is a list of the businesses that are considered life sustaining and can remain open in Pennsylvania during the COVID-19 Outbreak. It also lists businesses that should not be in operation.

https://wayneeconomic.com/pdf/Life-Sustaining-Business.pdf-UPDATED 3-24-2020

In response to numerous concerns expressed by business leaders and lawmakers, enforcement of Governor Wolf’s order for all non-life-sustaining businesses to close has been delayed until Monday, and the list of businesses defined as life-sustaining has been expanded to include more critical industries.

The delay in enforcement will provide additional time for the Department of Community and Economic Development to review the high volume of waiver requests that have been submitted by businesses that were ordered to close their physical locations on March 19.

Business owners can get clarification on whether their business is defined as life-sustaining by emailing the Department of Community and Economic Development at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 1-877-724-3258. An online waiver application for businesses that believe they should be considered life-sustaining is available here.

The list of businesses that are considered to be life-sustaining was also updated to reflect oversights in the initial list provided by the governor’s office. A number of industries that are critical to medical and manufacturing supply chains were initially excluded. The updated list is available here.

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Discover the latest resources, maps and information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in Northeastern Pennsylvania

by visiting the NEPA CoronaVirus HUB Site: https://nepa-coronavirus-response-nepa-alliance.hub.arcgis.com/

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In order to support the ability of nurses to treat patients during the current public health emergency, the Department of State has suspended a number of administrative requirements for nurses.

Registered Nurses and Practical Nurses will not need to apply for extensions of temporary or graduate permits, and all permits that would normally expire during the next 90 days will be extended for an additional 90 days. Temporary nursing practice permits and graduate permits will also be extended beyond one year and extension fees will be waived.

In addition, Registered Nurses, Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners and Certified Nurse Specialists can continue to care for patients if their licenses are currently in renewal and set to expire on April 30. These licenses will be extended for an additional three months.

Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners will also be given the authority to practice to their full capabilities and assist in the coronavirus response without being required to practice within a specific clinical specialty.

Nursing school graduates can also apply for a graduate permit under certain circumstances to assist in the coronavirus response. More details on measures to help healthcare practitioners treat Pennsylvanians affected by COVID-19 are available here.

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The Department of Community and Economic Development has a great list of State resources for Businesses impacted by COVID-19.

https://dced.pa.gov/resources/

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