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While the COVID-19 pandemic has focused attention on the fight against the disease, patients in our region still require emergency medical care for conditions and injuries not related to the virus. Heart attacks, strokes and other serious medical issues haven’t stopped during the outbreak. And we haven’t stopped treating them.
Excela Health reminds everyone that our Emergency Departments at Westmoreland, Frick and Latrobe Hospitals stand ready to provide the highest quality emergency care for all patients needing it. And in a manner that places the highest priority on protecting all of our patients during these difficult times.
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Please note that our April newsletter was designed and printed prior to Westmoreland County's "non-life sustaining business closure" and "stay at home" orders. At this time, all Chamber events have been cancelled through the end of April. In the event that Governor Wolf's orders are lifted prior to April 30, we will alert you to our calendar changes. Please continue to check our website for details regarding future events.
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Westmoreland County Chamber, IDC and EGC announce joint effort to maintain webpage with COVID-19 business resources
To provide the most complete and clear information while eliminating redundancies, the Westmoreland County Chamber of Commerce, Westmoreland County Industrial Development Corporation and Economic Growth Connection of Westmoreland are coordinating with Westmoreland County to add business-specific news to the county’s COVID-19 online resources.
In addition to being updated with business-specific COVID-19 news as it breaks, this page features contact information for our three organizations as our staffs work from home. We anticipate that as new information is added, we'll migrate some of the older announcements to a Frequently Asked Questions file.
We ask that you bookmark this website and check it often. Additionally, please consider subscribing to the county’s COVID-19 alerts; doing so will ensure that you will be emailed or texted with all COVID-19 content — not just business-specific updates — that we and other county officials and agencies add to the site. You can subscribe by clicking here.
When the directors of our three organizations feel the news is sufficiently important or time-sensitive, we will send individual e-blasts to keep you informed. Otherwise, any COVID-19 business news that we post will be promoted on our social media channels (see the business resource page for links to all three organizations' social media accounts) and bundled in newsletters, as needed. To ensure that as many in the county see important updates, we ask that you consider sharing our posts with your colleagues.
PA Chamber Statement on Governor’s COVID-19 Emergency Order to Close “Non-Life-Sustaining” Businesses
HARRISBURG - Late yesterday, Gov. Tom Wolf issued an order for all “non-life-sustaining businesses” in the Commonwealth to close their physical locations. A list of businesses and industries and their classification can be found here. That order was effective at 8 p.m. last evening with enforcement slated to begin at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, March 21. At the same time, the governor announced enforcement actions against food and liquor establishments that have failed to comply with a previous order. That enforcement began at 8 p.m. last night (March 19). PA Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding the governor’s order.
“While we understand the need for strong measures to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, many of the industries listed as “non-life-sustaining businesses” in the governor’s order are in fact part of the supply chain for other businesses listed as being a “life-sustaining” business.
“We understand that there may be confusion among the state’s business community regarding whether or not they are considered to be a “life-sustaining” business. The Department of Community and Economic Development has set up two e-mails regarding this issue. We encourage employers with questions about whether
their organization needs to close to contact DCED at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Department has also dedicated the following e-mail, RAemail@example.com, for businesses seeking an exemption to the order.y email marketing for free today!
Westmoreland County COVID-19 Leadership Team urges small businesses and nonprofits to immediately begin application process for SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans
The Westmoreland County COVID-19 Leadership Team strongly recommends that managers of small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the ongoing public-health emergency promptly begin the application process for just-approved emergency funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration.
“If your business has suffered during this emergency, don’t delay; you should file as soon as possible,” said Sean Kertes, chairman of the county commissioners. “At this point, it’s unclear how much funding the SBA will earmark for Pennsylvania, so we urge our local businesses not to wait. We want the county economy to be well-positioned to emerge strong once this passes.”
The SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance this afternoon approved the statewide disaster declaration application submitted by Gov. Tom Wolf’s office. Small businesses and nonprofits that have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus now can apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan via https://sba.gov/disaster . These low-interest loans can be for up to $2 million.
To prepare applicants, the SBA has provided three documents:
For information concerning SBA’s disaster funding, see https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance.
Businesses with questions about the funding should contact the SBA Pittsburgh District Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
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