COVID Virtual Town Hall

State Senators Lindsey Williams and Judy Schwank joined State Representatives Joanna McClinton and Sara Innamorato for a telephone town hall hosted by the State Innovation Exchange (SiX) to discuss COVID-19 legislation.

April 22, 2020

Senator Lindsey Williams Hosted a Telephone Town Hall on COVID-19

March 17, 2020

Department of Health Resources

LIVE daily briefings from the PA Department of Health:
pacast.com/live/doh or www.governor.pa.gov/live/ or watch on Facebook

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COVID-19

The spread of COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation statewide and in Allegheny County. Below, please find links to local, regional and state sites that can help you navigate health recommendations, closures, and resources. 

Economic Assistance:

Federal Information

Seniors

State Information

Regional Information

Education Resources

Social Services

Latest News

Resources

Economic Assistance:

Federal Information

Seniors

State Information

Regional Information

Education Resources

Social Services

Medical

Testing services for COVID-19

  • You will need a prescription from your doctor, and some providers are able to offer services virtually/over the phone.
  • If you’re going to any medical facility in person, call before you go.
  • If you don’t have a fever, you’re not eligible for a screening… even if you’ve been traveling internationally, had a known exposure, etc.
  • For testing:
  • Allegheny County Health Department
  • State Hotline for COVID-19
  • No provider? Call: 1-877-PA-HEALTH
  • Have clinical questions? Call: 1-877-PA-HEALTH

Insurance Questions

  • All Medicaid, Medicare, and CHIP recipients will have testing and treatment covered.’
  • UPMC, Highmark, and Aetna will waive applicable deductibles, copayments, or other cost-sharing for COVID-19 testing when ordered by a member’s treating medical provider.
  • Uninsured: refer to Metro Health Clinic (sliding scale); iHealth Clinic in East Liberty ($35 flat fee)

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Local Community Resources

Community Org Contact Services and resources
Lawrenceville United 412-802-7220; Dave@LUnited.org or info@LUnited.org ●      Lawrenceville “buddy system” for older adults or high-risk population sign-up

 

●      Food box available for pick-up on Fridays (donations from Whole Foods Market and 412 Food Rescue)–call before noon to arrange a pickup

 

●      Housing assistance

Bloomfield Development Corp. (412) 681-8800;  sam@bloomfieldpgh.org ●      Assistance getting groceries or prescriptions to neighbors in need
Bloomfield Mutual Aid ●      Bloomfield Mutual Aid Facebook Group

 

●      Providing neighbor-to-neighbor services and support
City of Pittsburgh – all neighborhoods ●      Pittsburgh Mutual Aid Spreadsheet ●      Providing neighbor-to-neighbor services and support
Sharpsburg Neighborhood Org ●      Sharpsburg Urgent Needs Assessment Survey ●      Providing neighbor-to-neighbor services and support
North Hills Community Outreach (412) 408-3830 ; 412-487-6316 ●      Emergency food services

 

Service Industry and Small Businesses

 

Organization Contact Details
USBG Emergency Fund https://www.usbgfoundation.org/beap Grants available for all FOH staff
Children of Restaurant Employees  (CORE) https://coregives.org/ Provides emergency assistance to service industry employees who are parents
Urban Redevelopment Authority of PIttsburgh  https://www.ura.org/news/ura-offering-resources-to-help-small-businesses-potentially-impacted-by-coronavirus Small business resources for those impacted by COVID-19
Kiva Loan   0% interest up to $15,000 crowd-sourced loan; look

 

Childcare

 

Organization Contact Details
Circles – Greater Pittsburgh Tammy Thompson If you need a babysitter in order to go to work, please contact Tammy Thompson via email: tthompson@Circlespgh.org

Please provide the following:

1. Number of children you need care for

2. Age of child/children

3. The hours that you need care for them

4. Name of Employer

5. Community that you live in

 

 

 

 

Older Adults

Organization Contact Services
SeniorLine of Allegheny County 412-350-5460 SeniorLine staff members are highly-skilled care managers who will answer your questions, or help you begin the process of receiving services.
Meals On Wheels of Greater Pittsburgh 412-350-5460 or 412-350-4234 (after hours, weekends and holidays). You must first call the Allegheny County Senior Line to determine your eligibility and get your meals started. This is your single point of entry. Be prepared to complete a short assessment over the phone.

 

Food/Nutrition

Organization Contact Information
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (412) 460-3663  
Pittsburgh Public Schools Students   For Pittsburgh students that depend on our school breakfast & lunch program, Grab & Go meals will be available at all 54 PPS school locations from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Monday through Friday. Students are instructed to go to the school location closest to their home.
412 Food Rescue 412.407.5287  
Just Harvest (9am-5pm) at (412) 431-8960 x602. Assistance with SNAP and WIC benefit processing and applications

 College Students

Organization Contact Details
Pitt Mutual Aid Society   Request housing, storage of belongings, etc
CMU Mutual Aid   To help our students and peers cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, this form allows students to identify needs and other members of the CMU community to offer support.  This is not an official CMU program — it is a mutual-aid project of CMU community members. 

  

Freelance/Artists

Financial Support

Organization Contact Details
Hebrew Free Loan Association – Pittsburgh http://hflapgh.org/ Providing interest-free loans for those in need of a financial “bridge” to cover lost wages, childcare costs, businesses losses, and other challenges.
Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HUD) +1 877-350-4777 The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program will provide financial assistance and services to prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless and help those who are experiencing homelessness to be quickly re-housed and stabilized. The funds under this program are intended to target individuals and families who would be homeless but for this assistance
Pittsburgh Presbyterian Lazarus 412-323-1400 Can offer at most $250 in one time assistance to help with rental evictions, pay utility bills, and even such expenses as medical bills
Veterans Leadership Program – Western PA (412) 481-8200 Administers the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF). Veterans and their families can receive government grants to pay rent and information on permanent housing placement. Other programs include funds for security deposits for the homeless, transportation, shelter, and more.

 

Education

Organization Link/Contact Details
Scholastic Learn-from-home https://classroommagazines.scholastic.com/support/learnathome.html Subscriptions offering free educational programming for students home from school
Harm Reduction – Vital Strategies https://www.vitalstrategies.org/resources/practicing-harm-reduction-in-the-covid-19-outbreak/ Practicing harm reduction strategies during outbreak
National Domestic Violence Hotline https://www.thehotline.org/; For any victims and survivors who need support, we are here for you, 24/7. Call 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-799-7233 for TTY, or if you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522.
AA Live Phone Meetings http://aaphonemeetings.org/ Meetings are being held by conference call.