COVID-19 Updates from Centre County Government

March 31, 2020

Declaration of Disaster Emergency

Commissioners extend the Countywide Declaration of Disaster Emergency until April 30, 2020 to access State and Federal resources as well as streamline the procurement an decision-making process to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the March 31, 2020 update here.

Resources Available for Small Businesses

Commissioner Mark Higgins provided an update at the Board of Commissioners’ Meeting today about resources that are available for small businesses. The presentation can be downloaded as a PDF document here or PowerPoint presentation here.

Centre County Register of Wills and Clerk of Orphans’ Court 

Christine Millinder announces the ability to process virtual probate and the ability to apply for a marriage license through video conference.

Read the press release here. 

March 29, 2020

Centre County Government Operations Guidance Related ‘Stay at Home’ Order

Today, Centre County Administrator Margaret Gray wrote to elected officials and department heads with further operational guidance in light of the Governor and Secretary of Health’s ’Stay at Home’ Order. Administrator Gray stated, "Our goal is to keep essential services in place while protecting the health and safety of our employees and the public we serve. While the County is under the ‘Stay-at-Home’ order, limiting physical presence in our County buildings is absolutely necessary. The next several weeks will no doubt result in more Centre County residents being diagnosed with COVID-19. Everything we do now will help to lessen the impact." 

The new directives were to begin on Monday, March 30th - and until further notice - for County Employees, including:

  • For non-Court related offices, there should be no one in the office except to process mail and other documents necessary to ongoing County operations. Beyond this function, exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. All requests for exceptions should be submitted in writing to me and I will respond as quickly as possible. If exceptions are allowed, time in the office should be limited to essential work only; that is, work that cannot be handled remotely and work that is necessary to keep operations moving. Working on back logs or future projects does not qualify under these circumstances as essential.
  • For Court related offices, guidance about operations will be provided by the President Judge and Court Administrator.
  • Main entrances of the Willowbank, Courthouse, and Courthouse Annex will continue to have deputies posted at those entrances.
  • Facilities staff will continue with cleaning and disinfecting sweeps.

Read the full March 29, 2020, update from County Administrator Gray here.

March 28, 2020

Governor Wolf & Health Secretary Levine Expand ‘Stay at Home’ Order to Centre County to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19

As the state continues to seek relief to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, today Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine revised their “Stay at Home” orders to include Centre County, bringing the state total to 22 counties under a stay-at-home order. This order takes effect at 8:00 PM Saturday, March 28, 2020, and will continue until April 6, 2020. 

Read the full press release from Governor Wolf & Secretary Levine here.

March 27, 2020

Primary Election Date moved to Tuesday, June 2, 2020

After unanimously passing both the Pennsylvania House and Pennsylvania Senate, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 422 which reschedules the 2020 primary election from April 28 to June 2. and makes other election process changes, including some due to the COVID-19 emergency.

Read the full press release from Governor Wolf here.

Continuation of Suspension of Visits at Centre County Correctional Facility

The Centre County Correctional Facility has extended, until Monday, April 13, 2020, the suspension of all visitors, volunteers, and programs within the facility, and programs that utilize the Community Room. This suspension originally began on Monday, March 16, 2020.  The Correctional Facility will actively monitor the situation and revisit the suspension in two weeks. Any question related to visitation at the Correctional Facility please call (814) 355-6794.

March 22, 2020

Public Access to County Buildings & Continuity of Services

Residents are asked to refrain from visiting County Government buildings. Please call first and discuss with County staff ways to conduct essential business needs. Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, and until further notice, all building doors will be locked during normal business hours – this includes the Courthouse, Courthouse Annex, Willowbank, and Summit Park. Public access will be granted on an as-needed basis. Sheriff’s deputies will continue to staff the entrances at the Courthouse, Courthouse Annex, and Willowbank for security purposes and to receive any necessary mail and packages. Facilities management staff will continue with mail distribution, cleaning, and building sweeps. If an office is physically closed, each Department/office has a plan in place to forward phone calls and answer emails.

Read the full March 22, 2020, update here.

March 18, 2020

How to access County Resources: Limited building access.  

View the press release regarding limited building access (PDF).

Administrative Order 49th Judicial District - Actions Pursuant to Declaration of Judicial Emergency

The Court has issued its Declaration of Judicial Emergency to address the current and expanding outbreak of COVID-19 infections in Pennsylvania, the anticipated expansion of that outbreak into the 49th Judicial District, and the need to prevent or at least minimize the spread of COVID-9 within the County.

View the Administrative Order in effect until April 14, 2020 or termination by the Court.

Prothonotary & Clerk of Courts

March 17, 2020

Judicial Emergency Response

The Centre County Court of Common Pleas has declared a judicial emergency until April 14, 2020.

View adopted policies and/or restrictions.

March 16, 2020

Closures of County Senior Centers and Cancellation of Visits at County Correctional Facility

  • Pursuant to Governor Tom Wolf’s statewide order, all County Senior Centers and the Centre Region Active Adult Center are closed for two weeks beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020.  Any question related to Senior Center closures please call (814) 355-6716.
  • The Centre County Correctional Facility has implemented a suspension of all visitors, volunteers, programs within the facility, and programs that utilize the Community Room. This suspension is for two (2) weeks. We will actively monitor the situation and revisit the suspension in two weeks. Any question related to visitation at the Correctional Facility please call (814) 355-6794.

March 15, 2020

Maintaining Essential County Services while Reducing the Spread of COVID-19

County Administrator Margaret Gray announced several additional measures and provided updates regarding the County’s efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

  • COVID-19 Leave Policy for County Government employees
  • Closing County Building meeting rooms to outside groups effective immediately and until further notice
  • Deployment of expanded virtual meeting and teleconferencing capabilities
  • Encouragement of reducing the number of visitors to County Buildings (increasing telephone and email constituent services). Where not possible, increased disinfecting of public areas.
  • Reduction of employees in County Buildings through working from home and, where not possible, rotation of employees.
  • Continued augmentation of County’s COOP (Continuity of Operations Plan)

Read the full March 15, 2020 update here.

March 14, 2020

Declaration of Disaster Emergency

Read the full March 14. 2020 update here.

March 13, 2020

Limiting County Employee Travel and In-Person Meetings

  • No out-of-county travel for official County business unless determined to be mission critical. 
  • Postpone hosting or participating in large meetings (12+ participants), conferences, training, or community events unless approved in advance.

Read the full March 13, 2020 update here. 

March 9, 2020

Update to County Employees on COVID-19

  • Creation of Centre County Government COVID-19 Planning Team
  • Update on "disinfecting sweeps" of all common areas, restrooms, and offices in County Buildings
  • Deployment of Hand sanitizing stations in County Buildings
  • Collecting, reporting, and tracking of data regarding the number of employees absent due to flu-like symptoms
  • Additional ordering of cleaning supplies and tracking of usage levels
  • Inclusion of CDC and PA Department of Health resources on County website

Read the full March 9, 2020 update here.