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COVID-19​

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and is extremely contagious. Symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, and diarrhea. For the most accurate and timely information regarding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) in Pennsylvania, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health website.

Below, you'll find links to guidance and resources for agriculture during COVID-19 mitigation, as well as related press releases. 

Stay Calm. Stay Home. Stay Safe.

Please note all regional offices are currently closed as a result of COVID-19.


Legal

With the closure of the Department of Agriculture’s offices due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department’s Office of Chief Counsel has agreed to waive the in-person service of process requirement and will accept service via email or mail.  Any documents to be served on this office may be served by email or mail to:  

Jorge M. Augusto
Office of Chief Counsel
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
2301 N. Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110
jaugusto@pa.gov
717-705-4397

As of March 16, 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Harrisburg offices were closed in accordance with Governor Tom Wolf’s guidance on COVID-19 mitigation.  Any requests for public records submitted to PDA on or after March 16, 2020 will be deemed to have been received by the PDA’s open-records officer on the first day of the reopening of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Harrisburg offices. Please note that the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records issued a statement indicating that “if an agency is closed on a given day, that day does not count toward the five business days referenced in Section 901 of the Right-to-Know Law, which governs the time period under which an agency must respond to a request.”