As we head into Independence Day Weekend, I hope you and your family have a safe and happy Fourth. Please note that my office will be closed on Friday, July 3 for the holiday.
This email includes information on mask guidance, new testing sites, extended unemployment benefits, police reform updates, and more.
Please visit www.senatorcollett.com/coronavirus for additional COVID-19 resources. If you need assistance, reach out to my office at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave us a message at 215-368-1429. We’re here to help. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest.
Wash your hands, wear your mask, and stay well.
Senator Maria Collett
12th Senatorial District
On Wednesday, Governor Wolf and Secretary Levine announced that masks will now be required in all public spaces where you may end up coming within six feet of other people. Even if you’re going out for a walk in your neighborhood, bring a mask with you in case you can’t maintain a six foot distance from those you pass by. We do not want to experience the spikes we are seeing in other states and see our months of sacrifice go to waste, and we know that masks work. Let’s keep ourselves, our families, and our communities safe and #MaskUp.
Fireworks Safety Tips
Be sure to celebrate safely this Independence Day! If you plan to set off fireworks, protect your loved ones and community members by following these tips from the Pennsylvania Office of the State Fire Commissioner. Check firework ordinances in your municipality before setting anything off, and please be mindful of your neighbors, especially those who may suffer from PTSD. Learn more about fireworks safety here.
New COVID Testing Sites
This week, Montgomery County announced several new COVID-19 testing locations for anyone who would like to be tested. You do not need to have symptoms, and you do not need to be a Montgomery County resident. These tests are free and do not require a referral. Everyone will be tested regardless of insurance coverage.
You can register for a test online by visiting www.montcopa.org/COVID-19 and selecting County Testing at the top of the page. Phone registration is available by calling 610-970-2937 starting at 8:30am on the morning of the intended appointment until all slots are filled. Spanish-speaking operators are also available. Check out the county’s FAQ page for more information.
To find testing locations, including locations in Bucks County, visit senatorcollett.com/coronavirus and click on “COVID-19 Testing.”
Reminder: Funds Available for Renters & Homeowners Impacted by COVID
Applications will be accepted starting Monday, July 6 for $175 million in assistance for Pennsylvania mortgage holders and renters who are struggling to make payments during the coronavirus pandemic. Renters who qualify may receive assistance equal to 100% of their monthly rent up to $750 a month, and eligible homeowners may receive up to $1,000 a month, both for a maximum period of six months. Learn more and start your application here. Reach out to my office if you need assistance.
In addition to fighting for this important funding, my colleagues in the Senate Democratic Caucus and I have written a to Governor Wolf asking for an extension of the moratorium on evictions and foreclosures from July 10 to August 31. No one should have to worry about losing their home during this ongoing public health crisis.
Extended Benefits for Unemployment Recipients
Will your unemployment benefits be exhausted soon? The new Extended Benefits (EB) program is now available to provide up to 13 additional weeks of payments. EB weekly benefit rates are the same as your regular unemployment claim, including dependents’ allowances.
There is no application process for EB. After the balance of your federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) claim hits $0, your EB claim will be set up automatically, about two days later. Learn more about the program on Labor & Industry’s website.
Police Reform & Racial Equity Updates
Residents here across our Commonwealth are standing up and demanding action. These reforms should have been implemented long ago, and we have a lot of work to do to address police and criminal justice reform and broader issues of racial equity, but I’m encouraged by the bipartisan progress made this week in the PA Senate, where we unanimously passed two police reform bills that are now headed to the Governor for his signature (HB 1841 and HB 1910).
I will continue to provide updates as these bills and others move through the legislature. Check out pasenate.com/reform for more info on the legislation our caucus has introduced so far. And as always, please don’t hesitate to share your feedback with me at email@example.com or 215-368-1429.
Trying to Quit Smoking?
For those who are looking to quit smoking, Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership (BCHIP) is offering free virtual classes to help you achieve your goal. The first session has already begun, but there will be several others throughout the summer to join. You can find more information and register for classes on BCHIP’s website or by calling 215-710-2201.
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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
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Senate Box 203012
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3012