HAZLETON – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) called the latest COVID-19 restrictions imposed statewide by Gov. Tom Wolf as an attack on small business owners.
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.
Pennsylvania schools will share $157.5 million in funding to address health and safety needs related to the COVID-19 emergency in advance of the upcoming academic year.
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.
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).
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.
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.
A 24/7 telephone hotline where callers can report suspected child abuse or neglect saw a 10% increase in phone calls between March and May but reports are still far fewer than calls made during that time span in 2019, according to state Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller.
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services reminds residents that public assistance programs remain available to families throughout the COVID-19 public-health emergency.
HAZLETON – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) is encouraging eligible seniors living in the 116th Legislative District to take advantage of a government program that provides vouchers worth $24 that can be used to purchase produce at participating farmers markets and roadside stands.
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.
HAZLETON – In an effort to better safeguard the health of Luzerne County residents during the current COVID-19 crisis, Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) has requested a more detailed reporting of local cases from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
HAZLETON – Concerned over a possible health threat to hundreds of employees in the Hazleton area, Reps. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) and Gerald Mullery (D-Luzerne) today sent a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf urging the administration to enforce safe workplace guidelines during the COVID-19 emergency.
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.
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).
LUZERNE COUNTY- As the Commonwealth enters into a two-week recommended shutdown, Reps. Aaron Kaufer (R-Luzerne), Karen Boback (R-Luzerne/Lackawanna/Wyoming) and Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) are providing helpful local resource information for area residents.
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.
HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) today issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to close all Pennsylvania schools for two weeks, starting Monday, March 16, over coronavirus concerns.
HAZLETON – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) today announced that her district office in downtown Hazleton will not be providing walk-in service to local residents until further notice.
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.