Lehigh County will distribute $33.3 million in emergency relief funding from Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development to local small businesses, community agencies, local governments and others affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting closure.
Preliminary funding plans for Lehigh County’s COVID-19 County Block Grant include $10 million for affected local businesses, $10 million for emergency response expenses and municipalities, $6 million for human services, $5 million for nonprofits and $2.3 million for regional organizations and tourism industry.
The Pennsylvania State Police announced the number of firearms purchase denials, subsequent investigations and arrests resulting from such investigations for the second quarter of 2020.
The Pennsylvania Instant Check System is used by county sheriffs, chiefs of police of cities of the first class and licensed firearms dealers in Pennsylvania to determine an individual’s legal ability to acquire a license to carry firearms or obtain a firearm through a purchase or transfer.
Gov. Tom Wolf is reminding Pennsylvanians mask-wearing is required and critical to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“The order to make mask-wearing mandatory when leaving home was put in place to protect all Pennsylvanians from the spread of COVID-19,” Wolf said. “This simple practice, combined with social distancing, handwashing and staying home if sick, is paramount to stopping this virus from infecting more people. I again urge Pennsylvanians to mask up for the protection of everyone.”
The Allentown Rotary Club announced the award of $25,000 in its second round of COVID-19 Emergency Aid Grants.
•Allentown Salvation Army to provide meals to the community, $5,000
•Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley for the Sixth Street Shelter, $5,000
•Community Bike Works to provide meals to school age children, $2,500
•Lily’s Hope Foundation for Packages of Hope to parents of premature babies, $1,000
•Allentown Symphony Association for El Sistema music instruction for students, $2,000
The Cetronia Ambulance Corps board of directors recently announced internally Bob Mateff will serve as the interim CEO.
Cetronia Ambulance Corps is a local leader in EMS and medical transport services.
Mateff joined Cetronia Ambulance Corps as chief operating officer in 2017.
National Merit® Scholarship Corporation recently announced Emmaus High School student Stephanie Sipics, of Macungie, as among students who received National Merit® Scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities.
Sipics received the National Merit® Case Western University Scholarship.
Sipics plans to pursue a career in biomedical engineering.
GOV. TOM WOLF
Nearly one million voters have applied for a mail-in ballot for the June 2 primary election, Gov. Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar announced May 4 in an update on how the state is preparing for the election.
Two Emmaus High School students are among those who recently received National Merit® $2,500 scholarships.
Arthur T. Schmidt III, of Emmaus and Fionnuir M. Ni Chochlain, of Macungie, were announced as scholarship recipients in a media release from the National Merit® Scholarship Corporation.
Hospitalman Trevor McLean, of Macungie, is serving aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort as part of the efforts by the U.S Navy in response to COVID-19.
Comfort arrived in New York March 30 with Navy medical personnel and support staff aboard the afloat medical treatment facility.
Although initially tasked to serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients, as of April 6 the ship was taking patients regardless of their COVID-19 status. The ship provides a full spectrum of medical care to include general surgeries, critical care and ward care for adults.
Governor Tom Wolf reminded Pennsylvanians May 11 that the state’s actions to stop the spread of COVID-19 are working and that we must stay the course and follow the law or there will be negative consequences.
“Pennsylvanians are fighting for our lives,” he said. “We have fought this deadly virus in the best way we can, and sacrificed in ways we could never have imagined. It has been a new kind of heroism – in many ways a quiet heroism. These heroic acts deserve to be met not by surrendering, but by staying the course.”