I hope this email finds you healthy and safe. I know how ready we are all for our local businesses to open, for our jobs to resume, and for life to return to a sense of normal. Like you, I am sick of how political everything seems to have become. I look at this situation as a nurse and as a representative of this community. Know that as soon as I’m convinced that we can reopen with minimal risk of a second surge – one that would put all of your sacrifices to waste – I will be the loudest voice calling on Governor Wolf to reopen. And I will continue to make sure more resources are invested in our district so we can recover and rebuild.
In this week’s newsletter, you can find information about the June 2nd primary election, COVID-19 testing in nursing homes, utility assistance, and more.
For additional resources and updates, visit www.senatorcollett.com/coronavirus or reach out to my office directly. You can follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest.
Wash your hands, stay home, and stay well.
Senator Maria Collett
12th Senatorial District
More Counties Moving to Yellow Phase
Today, Governor Wolf announced 12 additional counties will move into the yellow phase on Friday, May 22: Adams, Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Wayne, and York. With these additions, there will be a total of 49 counties in the yellow phase while 18 counties will remain in the red phase.
I’m encouraged by today’s announcement. Though Bucks and Montgomery Counties are in the red phase for now, it’s clear that our mitigation efforts are working and the spread of the virus is slowing. Let’s stay the course and continue to follow guidance from public health experts so we can move to the yellow phase as soon as possible.
COVID Testing for Nursing Homes
On Tuesday May 12, Secretary Levine and Governor Wolf announced they will begin weekly universal testing of all nursing home residents and staff in response to pressure from me and my colleagues. It’s encouraging that we will finally have the resources to address the virus where it is doing the most harm to our seniors and where the risk of spread from staff to the community at large is so heightened. I discussed this important development on PBS39 this week. You can watch the segment here.
Are You Registered to Vote?
There are just three more days to register to vote in the June 2 primary election! If you or someone you know still needs to register or update their registration information, you can visit votespa.com and do so in just a couple of minutes.
Please apply for a mail-in ballot to make sure you can vote safely from home. Applications are due by Tuesday, May 26. Apply for your ballot at votespa.com/ApplyMailBallot. If you need to vote in person, double check your polling place before leaving home – some have changed due to consolidation and safety efforts.
LIHEAP Recovery Crisis Program
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Recovery Crisis Program will continue to help Pennsylvanians during the COVID-19 public health crisis. DHS is working with utility companies and deliverable fuel vendors to help Pennsylvanians at risk of losing access to electric, natural gas, or deliverable fuels such as oil to pay utility bills and maintain access to home energy services.
LIHEAP Recovery Crisis benefits may be available if a household:
- Has their main or secondary energy source completely shut-off
- Is notified that their utility service will be shut off in the next 60 days
- Has broken energy equipment or leaking lines that must be fixed or replaced
- Is in danger of being without fuel in 15 days or less
- Owes funds to a utility provider that would constitute a service termination if not for the Public Utility Commission’s moratorium on terminations
Eligibility guidelines are the same as those used during the 2019-20 LIHEAP season. Find instructions and apply on COMPASS. Please contact Senator Collett’s office if you need assistance.
Montco Memorial Day Tribute
Though our Memorial Day traditions may not happen in-person this year, we can still honor the fallen and their families. Montgomery County Veterans Affairs is inviting residents to submit the names and photos of veterans for their Virtual Memorial Day Tribute. Click here to participate in this special celebration. Submissions are open until Wednesday, May 20.
Unemployment Town Hall: Answering Your Questions
Last week, I held a Telephone Town Hall with the PA Department of Labor & Industry Secretary Oleksiak and the Unemployment Compensation Benefits Policy Director, Susan Dickinson to answer your unemployment questions and concerns. If you missed the call, you can listen to the full town hall on my website.
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Additional COVID-19 Resources
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Offices of State Senator Maria Collett
All offices are temporarily closed to visitors due to COVID-19.
|North Wales Office
Gwynedd Corporate Center
1180 Welsh Road |
North Wales, PA 19454
1410 W. Street Road
Warminster, PA 18974
183 Capitol Building
Senate Box 203012
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3012