Overall state resource site - your best starting point

Responding to COVID-19 - PA's Resource Guide

PA Department of Health updates 



State Resources for Employees/Unemployment Compensation

The PA Department of Labor and Industry has a new COVID-19 Guidance page that features helpful unemployment compensation-related updates for both workers and employers. This site will answer the vast majority of the UC questions being asked right now, and is continually updated as more information becomes available - so please bookmark it and keep checking back. The best email address constituents to contact UC Service Centers: uchelp@pa.gov.

UC Guide

UC Handbook

Instructions on how to file a UC claim 

As a reminder, for the time being, self-employed individuals and independent contractors (those who would normally not be eligible for unemployment compensation) SHOULD NOT file a claim yet since the system is not currently set up to accept their claims. Once the system is able to handle those types of claims, this information will be updated.


State Information for Businesses

List of businesses deemed "life sustaining" or not by the governor (updated 03/24/20)

FAQ's about governor's list of businesses (updated 03/31/20 PM)

PA Department of Community & Economic Development (additional business designations and resources)

Penn State Small Business Development Center - COVID-19 resources and online training

PA Chamber COVID-19 resources


Federal Resources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

President’s Coronavirus Guidelines 


Congressional Action Explanations

Info on Distribution of Economic Impact Checks (IRS)

CARES Act: What Small Businesses Need to Know - guide from U.S. Chamber

CARES Act: Recovery Check FAQ

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (synopsis)

Small Business Administration (business guidance and loan resources)

Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program FAQs for Small Businesses


Other Federal/Related Resources

IRS Updates

Coronavirus Rumor Control from FEMA

REAL ID extension to Oct. 1, 2021

Department of State (information for travelers)

Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center


Other State Information by Departments

Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program extension

Emergency Food Assistance During COVID-19 Mitigation

PA Department of Education  (information on school closures) 

Impact on higher education assistance through PHEAA

PennDOT actions (Drivers License centers, construction work, REAL ID)

Pennsylvania Turnpike (information on toll booth operations)

PA Department of Aging (PACE program extension)

State park accessibility

PA Fish & Boat Commission updates

Requests for Birth and Death Certificates (revised system)


All Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertPA, a text notification system for health, weather, and other important alerts like COVID-19 updates from commonwealth agencies. Residents can sign up online here


EMERGENCY ACTIONS TAKEN BY THE PA LEGISLATURE TO HELP DEAL WITH THE CRISIS
 
Unemployment Code Update - Helping PA's Workers

Election Code Update - Helping PA's Voters

Fiscal Code Update – Helping PA’s Health Care Heroes

School Code Update - Helping PA's Students and Teachers