The Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday reported 76 additional coronavirus deaths from Friday, raising the statewide total to 4,418.

Health officials reported 1,612 new infections bringing the statewide total to 62,234.

Mercer County added eight new cases from Friday bringing the total to 91, the Health Department said. The county’s death toll remains at two.

Trumbull County adds

five new virus cases

The Trumbull County Combined Health District on Sunday reported five new COVID-19 cases bringing the total to 450 cases. No new deaths were reported.

The health district said it’s monitoring 34 people in quarantine along with 86 suspected cases.

There have been 373 people who successfully completed their quarantines and were released.

Rejected unemployment

claims can still be appealed

​The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry is advising that anyone denied an unemployment compensation claim after the time for appeal has expired who believes the denial was incorrect, may still file an appeal.

Due to COVID-19, an historic 1.7 million new UC claims were received over the past seven weeks. Labor and Industry experienced some previously announced mailing delays involving some personal identification numbers, the agency said in a Friday news release. As a result, some UC claimants and their employers may have received their notice of determination letters near the end of a listed appeal period or after it had already expired.

“We want everyone impacted by this delay to know they may still file an appeal if they believe the denial was incorrect,” Labor and Industry Secretary Jerry Oleksiak said in a news release. “The UC Board of Review has been made aware of these special circumstances related to COVID-19. We apologize for any added frustration this may cause.”

When the department makes a UC eligibility determination, the claimant and their employer are both sent a copy of that decision. Under the Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Law, determinations become final unless an appeal is timely filed.

Typically, claimants or employers may file an appeal within 15 calendar days of the mailing date to a UC appeals referee and a hearing will be scheduled. Because of the special circumstances involved in this situation, the appeals referees will take the mailing delay into account when deciding the timeliness of an appeal, Labor and Industry said in the news release.

Due to the pandemic, all UC appeal hearings are being conducted by telephone. When an appeals hearing is scheduled, all parties will be notified of the date and time of the hearing by mail and/or email with at least seven days’ notice. 

Labor and Industry said Individuals who received outdated determination letters should still follow the general appeal instructions provided in the letter. Appeals may be filed by email at UCAppeals@pa.gov.

Additional information: www.uc.pa.gov

Registration, inspection deadlines extended

PennDOT is extending expiration dates for vehicle registrations, safety and emission inspections and handicapped-parking placards in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

The expiration date will be extended through June 30 for those items that expire between March 16 and May 31. PennDOT previously announced a similar extension for driver’s licenses, photo ID cards, and learner’s permits. A camera card is considered a driver’s license, so it is covered by the same terms and conditions extending other driver’s licenses.

PennDOT has reopened the Mercer photo license center, but for licenses renewed after May 10, PennDOT will reuse the driver’s old photo and mail the new license.

Customers can renew licenses and registrations and get other services online anytime with no extra fees at www.dmv.pa.gov.