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Key Updates July 24, 2020

As of 12:00 PM July 24, 2020, there are 39 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Schuylkill Township and 2 deaths.

Actual Covid-19 case count could be 6 to 24 times higher than official estimates, CDC study shows.  See the STATNEWS.com article here.   The study was published on July 21st in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Dashboard Data Shows Weekly Case Increases Statewide, Multiple Counties with High Percent-Positives.  Governor Tom Wolf released a weekly status update detailing the state’s mitigation efforts based on the COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard comparing the seven-day period of July 17 – July 23 to the previous seven days, July 10 – July 16.  Read more here.

Masks May Protect Those Wearing Them; Vaccines To Enter Large-Scale TrialsListen to NPR’s interview with Dr.  Anthony Fauci of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

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.”

Targeted mitigation orders in place to slow 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 on Thursday, July 16, 2020.  See the full announcement here.

Updated frequently asked questions (FAQs) about summer recreation, camps and pools are available.

See the Phoenixville Area School District’s Reopening Information.

DCED COVID-19 FAQs Include Masks, Temperature Checks.  Click here to view the FAQsA quick reference chart on what is and isn’t allowed may be found here.

COVID-19 Information for Travelers from the Pennsylvania Department of Health.  Read the travel recommendations frequently asked questions.

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.

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:
For more information resources on COVID-19, please visit Chester County’s 
Coronavirus information website:  https://www.chesco.org/4376/Coronavirus-COVID-19