Many Pennsylvanians are in need of major economic relief because of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Hardworking people have been laid off, furloughed and left without work because of a statewide stay-at-home order and widespread closings of non-essential businesses to help slow the spread of the potentially deadly virus.
As of Friday, April 10, the federal government had begun distributing some of its economic impact payments to help individuals and families who have filed taxes, or receive social security, disability or survivor benefits. The amount of the payments is based on your income and tax filings in 2018 or 2019. Visit irs.gov and click “Get Info on Economic Impact Payments” for more information on how much you can expect.
Those who have not filed taxes in the past two years can now submit their payment information to receive the economic impact payments.
The IRS is also planning to launch a tool for those who have filed taxes but do not have direct deposit information on file. Federal officials estimate checks that go out by mail may take as long as August to be delivered. Check back at the economic impact payments website for the “Get My Payment” tool, which is scheduled to launch mid-April.
Remember, you can do your part to stop the spread of the virus by staying home!
Here is guide issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, helping provide clear guidance and direction in response to coronavirus COVID-19. The residents of Philadelphia and its suburbs have been ordered to remain at home as to help prevent spread of coronavirus, find out what that means for you.
Here are some reminders about preventing spread of the disease:
Best practices to plan, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
What are the symptoms of coronavirus?
Symptoms of the COVID-19 can include:
- Shortness of breath
The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.
What to do if you think you have coronavirus COVID-19, according to the CDC:
- Stay home except to get medical care
- Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home
- Call ahead before visiting your doctor
- Wear a facemask if you are sick
- Cover your coughs and sneezes
- Clean your hands often
- Avoid sharing personal household items
- Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday
For more details on what to do prevent coronavirus COVID-19 spread, visit the CDCs full list of recommendations.