KEY UPDATES July 10, 2020
As of 12:30 PM July 10, 2020, there are 30 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Schuylkill Township and 2 deaths.
Death Tolls Continue to Rise in Some States. A report by the New York Times indicates that the months of declining death totals may possibly be coming to an end. According to the report, the country recorded its sixth single-day record in 10 days with almost 60,000 cases reported on July 9th.
Pennsylvania has seen its daily reported cases grow from 333 cases on June 13th to 875 cases on July 9th. As of July 10, the statewide case total is 91,206, with 6,880 deaths.
The Wolf Administration has released updated frequently asked questions (FAQs) about summer recreation, camps and pools. The guidance was updated to reflect the order of the Secretary of the Department of Health Requiring Universal Face Coverings. New sections appear in red text throughout the FAQs. There are also Universal Face Coverings Order FAQs that provide more information on the order. More information may be found in the Governor’s July 9th press release.
Wear Masks to Protect and Support Local Businesses. “Mask-wearing is much more than a requirement; it is a sign of support and respect for our local businesses,” Gov. Wolf said. “Pennsylvania businesses have made significant sacrifices over the past few months and now they are relying on us as consumers to help keep their doors open. Wearing a mask protects everyone from the virus and shows our respect and support for businesses and their employees. They mask-up each day and take other important health and safety measures to protect us and provide us with the goods and services we need and want.” See the press release here.
Schuylkill Township’s Board of Supervisors strongly advises residents to abide by the Governor’s mandate on wearing masks and to follow the updated guidance issued by the CDC on staying safe while going about your daily routines. Continue to take those simple precautions that can be your first line of defense against you and your families contracting this very serious virus. Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly; don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth; wear a mask and avoid large or crowded gathering spots. We ask that our residents stay committed to containing COVID-19.
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.
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 further notice. 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’s Reopening Information is available on its website. The District is providing meal support to students. Grab and Go lunches will continue throughout the summer on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at all five locations; Fridays will include weekend bags for families. Please click here for more information.
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COVID-19: Nasal Swab Testing. Chester County is currently offering PCR (nasal swab) tests for individuals with symptoms or who have had a known close contact with a positive case in the last 14 days. Testing will be offered at multiple sites throughout the week. Click here to learn more and to register: https://www.chesco.org/4514/Coronavirus-COVID-19-Nasal-Swab-Testing.
Chester County’s RestoreChesterCounty.org is an online toolkit that offers specific guidelines for the County’s residents and businesses. Additional information can be found on the Governor’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania website.
For statistics on the COVID-19 impact regionally and worldwide, please visit the following sites: Center for Systems Science and Engineering (world-wide) PA Department of Health(Pennsylvania) Chester County Health Department(local) For more information resources on COVID-19, visit: https://www.chesco.org/4376/Coronavirus-COVID-19 Here are some additional resources when staying up to date: