STATEMENT – 3/20/2020
Kevin Kodish, Mifflin County Commissioner (717-994-0449)
The coronavirus response in Pennsylvania has reached a new phase. Person to person spread has become the major form of transmission in the Commonwealth, as evidenced by the sharp increase of people being infected.
As such, limiting any person to person exposure is the only option we have to prevent the increasing spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The purpose of limiting the spread of COVID-19 is:
- Protect those at most risk from COVID-19 - the elderly, and those with pre-existing medical conditions
- Decrease the number of people who become ill at any one time – flatten the curve – to not exceed the capacity of the healthcare system
Currently there is no approved vaccine/treatment/cure for COVID-19 as there is for the Flu. Our greatest risk with COVID-19 is that it would spread uncontrolled and mutate into a much more lethal strain.
Mifflin County (and the state) is receiving very limited supplies of personal protective equipment. Those supplies will be focused on our 1st Responder and Critical care providers.
Mifflin County government offices are operating with minimal staff in many areas. The courthouse is closed to the public until at least April 6. All business will be conducted by appointment or email only.
- In an effort to safeguard against COVID-19 and in accordance with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Order dated March 18, 2020, Mifflin County President Judge David Barron declared a judicial emergency in Mifflin County to be in effect through April 14.
- Courts are closed to the public but remain operational
- All hearings and proceedings scheduled March 23 through April 3 are continued and will be rescheduled.
- Filings can still be submitted through:
- Rule of criminal procedure 600 is suspended during the period of the judicial emergency
- The court has entered multiple orders providing for the direction of court operations within the county, specifically related to child and youth visitation and hearings, filing of PFA petitions and domestic relations actions.
- All of the Orders are available on the Pennsylvania Courts website at www.pacourts.us/ujs-coronavirus-information.
- Information is also being updated on the Courts social media pages on Facebook (@pennsylvaniacourts) and Twitter (@PACourts)
- Additional information about COVID-19 mitigation efforts is available through the Pennsylvania Department of Health website at www.health.pa.gov or through the CDC www.cdc.gov/coronavirus