KEY UPDATES – May 22, 2020
As of 12:30 PM today, there are 25 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
Chester County Government is launching a weekly newsletter to keep residents informed on current information specific to Chester County, such as COVID-19 updates, county programs and services, and other county news. Check out the inaugural issue of the newsletter at https://bit.ly/2Z7yuGU. Sign up to receive future newsletters at https://www.chesco.org/4487/County-Newsletter .
Pennsylvania Extending UC Benefits for Additional 13 Weeks: The state Department of Labor & Industry announced the launch of Pennsylvania’s Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program to provide an additional 13 weeks of benefits to those who exhaust their regular unemployment compensation. Get the full details of the program here.
Yellow Phase Orders Updated to Include Additional Counties Moving on May 22nd. See the announcement here.
Additional Updates to Counties Reopening. See Governor Wolf’s May 22nd announcement here.
Governor Tom Wolf extends Stay-at-Home Order: The stay-at-home order extends 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 began 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. 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 Pawling 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.
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).
As of Friday, May 22, 49 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties will have entered the yellow phase of reopening, with more counties to be added as they meet the requirements. Clarification on what businesses located in Yellow phase counties may, may not, and must do to keep all Pennsylvanian’s safe can be found via the links below.
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s website https://dced.pa.gov/businesses/ has helpful resources and guidance for businesses in the yellow phase, including:
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.