COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard Launched

Jul. 13, 2020 / Newspaper Columns

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has launched an online early warning monitoring dashboard that provides information on the prevalence of COVID-19 on a statewide and county basis to track increases in the disease in the community. The dashboard can be accessed through the department’s website, www.health.pa.gov.

Toohil Takes Part in Child Abuse Webinar

Jul. 01, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – A webinar that explored the connection between child and animal abuse was the focus of a webinar in which Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) recently participated. Toohil currently serves as vice chair of the Children and Youth Committee in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and has been a strong proponent of child protection laws during her time in office.

Planning for Students to Safely Return to School

Jun. 29, 2020 / Newspaper Columns

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has released guidance to allow elementary and secondary schools in the state’s yellow and green phases to resume in-person instruction and activities this fall under a phased reopening approach that first requires schools to develop health and safety plans based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the state Department of Health (DOH).

COVID-19 Success Shows Need for PA’s State Centers

Jun. 25, 2020 /

Undoubtedly, COVID-19 brought challenges many of us never predicted. As the virus spread all over the world, it didn’t spare Americans. Before we knew it, our days were punctuated by daily Department of Health press conferences noting the Commonwealth’s case and death counts.

Beware of Unemployment Benefit Scams

Jun. 16, 2020 / Newspaper Columns

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) is working closely with state and federal partners to monitor COVID-19 scams across the country that are targeting unemployment benefits programs and their claimants.

Toohil Votes to End Wolf’s Order Favoring Corporations and Big Box Stores

May. 29, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) joined a bipartisan majority of her colleagues in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives late Thursday in supporting a measure that would eliminate Gov. Tom Wolf’s widespread COVID-19 business restrictions. House Resolution 836 would end the governor’s executive order to shut down certain businesses through a waiver process that has proven to be inconsistent and unfair.

Voters Reminded of New Mail-in Voting Options

Mar. 23, 2020 / Newspaper Columns

Pennsylvania voters are reminded that if they have concerns about coronavirus and wish not to vote in their polling place during the April 28 primary election, they can instead request a mail-in ballot, the Commonwealth’s new voting option that allows voters to vote by mail without having to provide a reason.

Hazleton Synagogue Awarded State Security Grant, Says Toohil

Mar. 19, 2020 /

HARRISBURG – Agudas Israel Congregation in Hazleton has been awarded a state security grant, according to Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne), who helped to secure the funding. The funding was made available through the Nonprofit Security Grant Fund Program, which is administered by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD).

PHEAA Offers New Student Loan Refinance Option

Mar. 16, 2020 / Newspaper Columns

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) recently announced an expansion of its PA Forward Student Loan Program, offering borrowers a more streamlined way to manage their debt by combining all their federal and private student loans into a single monthly payment.

Toohil to Host Opioid and Drug Awareness Event on March 25

Mar. 09, 2020 /

HAZLETON – In an effort to help inform families about the dangers of drug abuse, Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) is hosting an Opioid and Drug Awareness Event on Wednesday, March 25, that will include a panel discussion with experts on the issue.