Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources

The link above provides resources created to address issues related to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Emergency.

Below is information from various sources compiled by Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network regarding the evolving situation surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Pennsylvania:

Legal Aid: +

Most program offices in the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network (PLAN) have stopped accepting walk-in clients pending the current COVID-19 crisis.

You can apply for legal aid by telephone or online through the program serving your county. You can locate your local legal aid office using the PLAN Program Provider list at Online applications, where available, can be made through the individual program websites.


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Coronavirus in Pennsylvania

COVID Alert PA AppCOVID Alert PA is the official mobile app by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) that uses the Exposure Notification System (ENS) provided by Apple and Google. Information and download instructions at the link.

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Pennsylvania Courts: +

Cessation of Statewide Judicial Emergency After June 1, 2020 

By Order issued May 27, 2020, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania directed that the general, statewide judicial emergency declared and maintained via this Court's prior Orders SHALL CEASE as of June 1, 2020. The previous Orders SHALL EXPIRE according to their own terms. 

Administrative orders issued by intermediate appellate courts and local courts to declare local emergencies and any emergency orders or directives issued REMAIN IN FULL FORCE AND EFFECT until they expire or are rescinded, and President Judges in those judicial districts may continue to exercise emergency powers. Full details are in the Supreme Court Order.

Landlord-Tenant - Center for Disease Control Order

On September 4, 2020 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published an Order under Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act to temporarily halt residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. This Order is effective from the date it was published through December 31, 2020.

Under this Order, a landlord, owner of a residential property, or other person with a legal right to pursue eviction or possessory action, shall not evict any covered person from any residential property in any jurisdiction to which this Order applies during the effective period of the Order. 

Tenants, lessees, or residents of residential properties who are covered by the CDC’s order temporarily halting residential evictions to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, as well as each adult listed on the lease, rental agreement or housing contract, must provide a signed Declaration Form to their landlord, owner of the residential property where they live, or other person who has a right to have them evicted or removed from where they live. For legal assistance in an eviction action contact your Local Legal Aid Office.


Federal Legislation +

Families First Coronavirus Response Act 

President Donald Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act on March 18, 2020. The law will go into effect 15 days after it was signed.

Many people will be eligible for two weeks of sick leave at their regular pay rate to either quarantine, or to seek a COVID-19 diagnosis or preventive care for themself.

Additionally, you may also be eligible for two weeks of paid sick leave at no less than two-thirds your regular pay rate if you are caring for a family member with a COVID-19 diagnosis, or to care for a child whose school or daycare has closed as a result of coronavirus concerns.

An expanded Family and Medical Leave Act will also provide government employees and those who have worked for companies with fewer than 500 employees for at least 30 days with 10 weeks of emergency paid leave to care for children whose schools or daycare facilities were closed.

Click here for a more complete summary of what is covered under the law.

Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

The Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was enacted on March 27, 2020. The law provides roughly $2 Trillion in relief and economic stimulus funds to provide relief for individuals and businesses facing hardships due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The law provides relief in a variety of forms including direct payments to taxpayers; increased access to greater amounts of unemployment compensation benefits; increased funding for food security programs;  increased funding to health systems; financial assistance through loans and grants to business enterprises and funding to support education including loan relief.


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