KEY UPDATES – May 1, 2020
As of this posting, there are 15 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Schuylkill Township.
Note that the increase in confirmed cases in the Township comes from address confirmations of previously reported cases which were labelled as “Location Pending Investigation” rather than newly reported cases.
Please remain diligent in following the Governor’s Stay at Home Order and, with the limited reopening of certain recreational and businesses facilities on May 8th, we strongly urge you to adhere to all the recommended Social Distancing protocols and CDC guidelines pertaining to these facilities.
For statistics on the COVID-19 impact regionally and worldwide, please visit the following sites:
• Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CCSE) at John’s Hopkins University (world-wide)
• PA Department of Health,(Commonwealth of Pennsylvania)
• Chester County Health Department, (local)
For more information resources on COVID-19, please visit Chester County’s Coronavirus information website: https://www.chesco.org/4376/Coronavirus-COVID-19
A COVID-19 human services resource guide is available at https://www.chesco.org/615/Mental-HealthIntellectual-Dev-Disabiliti
Stay-At-Home Order Extended. Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine announced on April 20th that the statewide stay-at-home orders issued on April 1 to protect Pennsylvanians and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 will be extended until Friday, May 8 at 12:01 AM. The initial order was set to expire on April 30. Read the full announcement here.
Commonwealth Takes Action to Reopen Pennsylvania: On April 20th, Governor Tom Wolf announced actions to re-open Pennsylvania including limited construction activity. Read the full announcement here.
The first steps of Pennsylvania Reopening begin May 1st. Below are the highlights:
- On May 1st, Governor Wolf announced which counties will move from “red” to the “yellow” phase of the governor’s reopening plan and gave details of the yellow phase and amended business guidelines. Read the full announcement here.
- Construction activity may restart in the Commonwealth on May 1st. However, the industry must follow state guidance to keep workers and the public safe. The state Department of Labor and industry has compiled Frequently Asked Questions on the guidance.
- PennDOT will resume activities on most construction projects May 1st. Click here for more information.
- Golf courses, marinas, fishing guides, and private campgrounds may reopen May 1st to provide limited outdoor recreational opportunities. These activities are restricted and must include social distancing. Residents are urged to continue following CDC guidance that discourages group outdoor activities and follow strict social distancing.
PennDOT Extends Expiration Dates on Driver Licenses, ID Cards, and Learner’s Permits. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, and learner’s permits, will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts. See the full announcement here.
Payment of Chester County Property Tax Deadline Extended. The Chester County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously at this week’s public Commissioners’ Meeting to extend the deadline for payment of County property taxes, due to the economic impact of the coronavirus. Click here for the full announcement.
The Township government continues to operate on an essential services-only basis. The municipal building remains closed to the public until the Stay at Home order is lifted in Chester County. No on-site Township public meetings and events will be held until further notice. The Township is holding virtual public meetings of the Board of Supervisors and other Township organizations . Details for the public’s participation in these virtual meetings is published on the website and sent via the Township email distribution list prior to each meeting.
- Township staff is working remotely and will respond to emails and phone messages (610) 933-5843. Township permit processing and inspections will resume with the opening of construction on May 1st. Permit applications should be mailed to the Township office or dropped off in the bin at the front door with the permit application fee. NO IN-PERSON CONSULTATIONS WILL TAKE PLACE until the stay at home order is lifted. Approved permits will be mailed to the applicant or may picked up in the front bin by appointment. As per the township’s standard practice, inspection appointments are Monday & Wednesday mornings and Friday afternoons. Inspection appointments must be scheduled 48 hours in advance. Email email@example.com for scheduling.
- The Police Department continues to operate for the protection and safety of the community. For police assistance in a non-emergency situation, please call (610) 935-2440.
The Phoenixville Area School District is still providing meal support to students. Visit www.pasd.com/home for information on the new distribution schedule. To find out how you can help, please click here.
Food assistance resources may be found at local food banks or pantries. Visit the Chester County Food Bank, Feeding Pennsylvania or Hunger-Free Pennsylvania , or check dhs.pa.gov/services/assistance/pages/SNAP.aspx for information on the Pennsylvania Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Auditor General to Audit COVID-19 business waiver process. State AG DePasquale announced he will audit how the Department of Community and Economic Development managed the waiver process for businesses that appealed Gov. Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 shutdown order. Click here for more information.
List of Life-Sustaining Businesses, FAQs; The Life-Sustaining Business List and Life-Sustaining Business FAQs are available at dced.pa.gov. Please note that updates are ongoing, visit this site for the most current guidance.
Unemployment information under the CARES Act may be found at https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/CARES-Act/Pages/default.aspx. The CARES Pandemic Unemployment Assistance offers extended eligibility for individuals traditionally ineligible for UC benefits (e.g., self-employed, independent contractors).
DCED announced certain loan deferrals for businesses impacted by COVID-19. Read the full announcement here.
An Employee Retention Credit is available for many businesses financially impacted by COVID-19 under the March 27, 2020. Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). Information on qualifying businesses, the implementation of this credit, frequently asked questions on Tax Credits for Required Paid Leave and other COVID-19 economic relief efforts can be found on the Coronavirus page of IRS.gov.
The Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development (DCED) has information and resources available for businesses affected by COVID-19. Details may be found at https://dced.pa.gov/. Funding is available to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
.Here are some additional resources to keep in mind when staying up to date:
• Responding to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania – guide to resources for Pennsylvania
• Coronavirus.gov – the latest official information from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force at the White House.
• Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – official Coronavirus (COVID-19) health information.
• FEMA Rumor Control page – answers to coronavirus myths and rumors.
• USA.gov/Coronavirus – see what government agencies are doing in response to COVID-19.