Coronavirus Updates

 

Governor Wolf has announced a three-phase color-coded plan to reopen PA.  Click HERE for more info.

Cambria, Somerset, Bedford, Blair, Armstrong and Westmoreland are among 13 counties now in the YELLOW phase, effective Friday, May 15th.  More info HERE.

The STAY AT HOME order remains in effect for all Pennsylvania counties in the RED until June 4th.  What does STAY AT HOME mean? Click HERE for more info.

Unemployed independent contractors, gig workers and self-employed workers can now apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. Click HERE for filing info.

All essential employees must wear masks while they work and customers visiting essential businesses must also wear masks, beginning on Sunday, April 19th at 8pm. Read more HERE.

Anyone coming from New York City to PA is being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

PA offers financial assistance to small businesses.  More info HERE.

Construction businesses were able to open on May 1, as long as they meet certain conditions, including maintaining social distancing for workers.  Click HERE for more info.

Limited outdoor recreation opened Friday, May 1, including golf courses.  Read more HERE.

Governor Wolf ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in PA to close their physical locations with enforcement beginning on Monday, March 23 at 8am.  With some exceptions, these businesses must remain closed while an area is in the RED.  What is life sustaining?  Updated list is here

 

 

Schools & Day Care

Governor Wolf has ordered all PA schools, K-12, to be closed for the remainder of the school year.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has cancelled all statewide assessments for the 2019-2020 school year. The cancellation includes the PSSA, PASA, and Keystone Exams.

 

Government and Community

Nursing homes and other senior living facilities are prohibiting or severely restricting visitors as a measure to protect residents.

The US government is extending the tax filing deadline to July 15th.  All taxpayers and businesses will have the additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties.  If you’re owed a refund, file as son as you’re able.

The PA Dept of Revenue has extended the tax filing deadline.  Now, PA taxpayers must file their 2019 Pennsylvania personal income tax returns by July 15.  This means taxpayers have an additional 90 days to file.

Governor Tom Wolf announced on March 19th that low-interest loans will be available for small businesses and eligible non-profits in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania through the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Click HERE for more info.

In Ferndale, the jubilee grounds/park/basketball court, playground and walking trail are closed until further notice.

As of March 26th, all Johnstown city parks are closed.  This includes all equipment, benches and shelters.  You can still hke in Stackhouse Park or walk the Roxbury Trail, but large groups are not permitted.

The City of Johnstown has closed all public access to city owned buildings and properties until further notice.

Medicare patients are now eligible for telehealth benefits that cover a wide range of services.  This allows patients to use telehealth services (like Skype to confer with a medical practitioner) instead of making an office visit.  Call your doctor with questions or call 1-800-MEDICARE for more information.

PA officials are changing the date of the primary from April 28 to June 2. If you would like to apply for an absentee ballot or mail-in ballot application, you can get more information HERE.

The City of Johnstown has closed all public access to city-owned buildings and properties until further notice.

Cambria County Library closed until further notice.

Somerset County Library closed until further notice.

Indiana Free Library closed until further notice.

All state-run museums and historic sites are closed.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has closed all shooting ranges, including all rifle, handgun, shotgun, and archery ranges on state game lands until further notice. All Hunter-Trapper Education classes have been cancelled through the end of March.  Hunters who needs certification before April 1 can take the Game Commission’s online course:https://www.hunter-ed.com/pennsylvania.

Transportation

Effective Monday, April 13th, all CamTran riders must wear an item to cover their nose and mouth.  Passengers not wearing a mask or covering will not be permitted to board any CamTran bus until they comply.

On March 19th, the State Department advised US citizens to avoid all international travel.  The advisory cites growing concerns about coronavirus globally.  Americans abroad are urged to “arrange for immediate return” if possible. 

The PA Turnpike will no longer accept cash or credit cards at any interchange statewide.  All tolls will be assessed electronically via E-ZPass or the PA Turnpike TOLL BY PLATE program.

Drivers license centers in Cambria and Somerset Counties reopen on May 16th.  Read more HERE.

All 17 service plazas along the PA Turnpike will are open with indoor restrooms available 24 hours a day. There will be no inside dining.  More info HERE.   Fuel is available and the convenience stores are open.

The CamTran Bus Stop Shop in the transit center in downtown Johnstown will be closed until further notice.

Retailers

Some retailers, including Walmart and Giant Eagle, have changed their hours to allow for store cleaning and stocking.  Some are also limiting purchases of select items so more people will access to the items they need.  Check your favorite store’s website or call for changes in hours and/or policies.

Walmart is now limiting the number of customers into their stores.  The company will now only allow five customers per thousand-square-feet of store space — which is about 20-percent of a store’s capacity.  If stores reach capacity, customers will be let in on a one-in-one-out basis. Target is also monitoring and limited the number of shoppers in its stores as well.

Sheetz says its self-serve coffee will temporarily be unavailable. Customers can order coffee with the touch screens or by asking an employee.  In addition to coffee, self-service beverages like fountain drinks, fresh brewed tea, frozen drinks and milkshakes are also temporarily suspended.

Churches

The Diocese of Johnstown-Altoona has suspended the celebration of public Masses and all other liturgical celebrations until further notice. The diocese plans to begin a phased reopening of churches beginning May 16th.  Parishes can reopen church buildings for private prayer with seating restrictions that provide social distancing.  Masks must be worn at all times.

 

 

Events

The Brett Eldredge concert at 1st Summit arena scheduled for March 25th has been cancelled.  Tickets will be refunded through the point of purchase.

The Rolling Stones has postponed their “No Filter” tour of North America.

The annual Girls Night Out event in Johnstown as been cancelled for this year. The next Taunia Oechslin Girls Night Out will be April 20, 2021.

Greater Johnstown YMCA has cancelled all classes and events and is closed until further notice.

The annual Easter Seals Office Olympix scheduled for Thursday, March 26 has been postponed.  New date to be determined.

The Bottle Works in Johnstown has cancelled all public events beginning Monday, March 16.

The Brit Floyd concert at 1st Summit Arena in Johnstown scheduled for March 22 is postponed until August 9th.  Tickets will be honored for the new date.

Reba concert at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh postponed.  Original date March 26.  New date is July 16, and tickets will be honored for the new date.

The Johnstown Symphony Orchestra has cancelled or postponed their performance events scheduled through May 10.  Click HERE for more info.

St. John the Baptist Church in New Baltimore has cancelled all fish fries and pancake dinners until further notice.