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Wolf Administration, HAP Announce Changes to Support COVID-19 Public Health Efforts

Today, the Wolf Administration announced additional efforts to support the public health response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Governor Wolf has ordered enhanced mitigation techniques—to promote social distancing—statewide. This provides for the closure of nonessential businesses and restaurants, with the exception of those offering food by take-out. As of Monday, March 16, commonwealth employees who work in Dauphin County and the state Capitol Complex have begun a two-week period of telework.

At time of writing, the General Assembly has yet to formalize its schedule moving forward; however, HAP will keep members updated with any changes through its various communications channels.

Today, HAP also announced that it has instituted a telework policy for its staff. During this time, most of HAP’s staff—especially its Emergency Management (EM) staff and Coronavirus Support Team (CRT)—office will be fully productive from their homes while they practice social distancing. HAP remains committed to supporting our members during this uncertain time, and the team can be contacted by phone and email as you normally would.

Additionally, HAP has suspended all in-person education programs and member meetings through the end of April and will extend this if circumstances warrant. We want to keep you safe, support your COVID-19 response efforts and not pull you away from your focus on the health and safety of those living in the commonwealth. March and April events will be canceled, postponed to later in the year, or moved to a virtual format if related to COVID-19 or other priority issues.

HAP’s Leadership Summit is scheduled to take place on May 20-21 at the Harrisburg Hilton. We are optimistic that the COVID-19 outbreak will be mitigated by the time of the event, but we are closely monitoring the situation, remaining vigilant, and following recommended precautionary measures, protocols, and guidelines.

We encourage you to make plans to attend; however, we understand that the fluidity of the current situation may impact your travel. Should you need to cancel, we have extended our refund policy, so that a 100 percent refund will be available to you until May 1.

Hospitals with emergency management questions or supply needs should contact the HAP EM team.

For public information requests or media inquiries, contact Rachel Moore, HAP’s director, media relations. For information about HAP’s education events, contact Daneen Schroder, HAP’s vice president, business development and member services.

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