KEY UPDATES July 17, 2020
As of 12:00 PM July 17, 2020, there are 32 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Schuylkill Township and 2 deaths.
U.S. Daily Cases Hit Record of 75,600 new cases. More information available here.
Help Stop the Spread – Wear a Mask in Public Schuylkill Township’s Board of Supervisors continues to strongly advise residents to wear masks, practice social distancing 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, avoid touching 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 and remember this saying: “My mask protects you, your mask protects me.”
New orders issued for targeted mitigation efforts in response to the recent rise in COVID cases in response to the recent rise in COVID cases, primarily in southwest Pennsylvania, but also in other counties in the state, influencing the decision for statewide mitigation efforts for bars and restaurants, gatherings and telework. The new orders took effect at 12:01 a.m., Thursday, July 16, 2020. See the full announcement here.
- View the Governor’s order
- View the Secretary of Health’s order
- Chester County Commissioners’ Statement re PA COVID-19 Increased Restrictions
Updated frequently asked questions (FAQs) about summer recreation, camps and pools are available. 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.
See the Phoenixville Area School District’s Reopening Information.
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.
No cost COVID-19 testing is available throughout the County and is open to all residents and individuals who work in Chester County. County sponsored locations, times and registration can be found on https://www.chesco.org/4514/Coronavirus-COVID-19-Nasal-Swab-Testing. Registration is required.
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 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 may be found on Chester County’s Coronavirus information website: https://www.chesco.org/4376/Coronavirus-COVID-19