KEY UPDATES – May 15, 2020
As of 12:00 PM today, there are 17 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Schuylkill Township and 1 death.
Chester County is still in the “Red” phase of Pennsylvania’s reopening. The Township government continues to operate on an essential services-only basis. The municipal building remains closed to the public. 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-meeting information is published on the website . Township staff is working remotely and will respond to emails and phone messages (610) 933-5843. 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
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
Additional Counties will move to “Yellow”: Governor Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Levine unveiled the next Pennsylvania counties who will be moving to yellow status in the phased reopening. The full announcement may be read here. For the governor’s Plan for Pennsylvania website, click here . Detailed information on the Process to Reopen Pennsylvania may be found here.
Governor Tom Wolf extends Stay-at-Home Order: On May 7th Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine extended the stay at home orders for all counties in red, and signed new orders for the 24 counties moving to yellow. The original stay-at-home order is now extended to June 4. See the full announcement and new orders here.
Governor and Attorney General Announce Protections from Foreclosures & Evictions through July 10. The complete press release may be read here.
Gov. Wolf Signs Executive Order for Medical Immunity: Governor Wolf signed an executive order protecting health care practitioners from liability for good-faith actions taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Details are available here.
The PA Department of Labor & Industry has a website for job opportunities with businesses that are currently hiring.
CVS Now Offering Drive-thru Testing for COVID-19: On May 15th, CVS will begin offering self-testing for COVID-19 at select sites. Self-swab tests will be available at several CVS locations throughout the state for anyone who has symptoms. Advance registration is required, and testing will take place at the drive-thru. Testing Locations in our area are in West Chester, Lansdale, Springfield and Philadelphia. Click here for more information.
Pennsylvania Primary Election is June 2nd. Two Schuylkill Township polling places are being merged for the primary. Schuylkill 2, Precinct #555, which normally votes at Schuylkill Elementary School, and Schuylkill 4, Precinct 558, which votes at the Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Company on Valley Park Road. Both precincts will vote at the fire company on June 2nd. Please direct any questions or comments to Chester County Voter Services.
All voters now have the option to vote by mail. For more information on the new mail-in ballots and all things related to voting in Pennsylvania, call the Department of State’s toll-free hotline at 1-877-VOTESPA (1-877-868-3772) or visit votesPA.com.
Township permit processing and inspections resumed with the opening of construction on May 1st. All construction activity 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an inspection.
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).
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.