Treasurer Torsella Issues Statement Regarding Coronavirus Mitigation

Treasury employees directed to work remotely for the next 2 weeks

Harrisburg, PA - Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella today issued the following statement, regarding the steps Treasury is taking to help mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus:

“In order to continue to ensure critical government functions while mitigating the spread of the novel COVID-19 outbreak, this morning I directed Treasury employees working in Dauphin County and the Capitol Complex to begin teleworking today for a period of 14 days. This is consistent with actions taken by Governor Wolf.

“Pennsylvanians should know that Treasury has been hard at work over the past several weeks now to ensure that essential operations can continue in such a contingency. This includes the on-time processing of Commonwealth payments; the care and stewardship of Commonwealth funds; and the care and stewardship of funds entrusted to us through programs like the PA ABLE Savings Program, the PA 529 College and Career Savings Program and the unclaimed property program.  

“The 350 individuals who work at Treasury are dedicated to public service, even in—and especially in—challenging circumstances and times. We took this step to ensure that we can continue critical operations while helping to protect the real ‘treasure’ of our Commonwealth: the 13 million Pennsylvanians we serve.

“The actions we take today will help stop the spread of this disease tomorrow, and will especially protect the most vulnerable members of our Pennsylvania family in the days, weeks and months ahead.

“I urge all Pennsylvanians to stay safe and to follow precautions set by the Center for Disease Control, including frequent hand-washing, disinfecting high-touch surfaces, and practicing social distancing. These practices are known to slow the spread of COVID-19, which is critical to ensure public safety. Additionally, I urge all leaders—in the public and private sectors—to take whatever steps are in their power to protect our Commonwealth.”

Pennsylvania State Treasurer, Joe Torsella

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