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Key Updates COVID-19

KEY UPDATES – April 3, 2020

At approximately noon on Thursday, April 2, Schuylkill Township received confirmation of its first positive case of COVID-19 in the Township. At the time of this posting , there are now 2 confirmed cases in Schuylkill Township.

The Township would first like to send its best wishes to the individuals concerned for a safe and speedy recovery.

You can be assured that all Township Public Safety and Emergency Management Operations have been prepared for this scenario and will continue to serve our residents in these unsettled times. Please let this news serve as a reminder to remain diligent in following the Governor’s Stay at Home Order and all the recommended Social Distancing protocols, including the following:

  • Maintain at least six feet from other individuals.
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible or use hand sanitizer.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a sleeve or elbow, not hands.
  • Do not shake hands.
  • Regularly clean high-contact surface areas.
  • Remain in your home except for the following reasons:
    • Reporting to work as an essential employee in a life-sustaining business
    • Medical needs (but remember if you have COVID-19 symptoms call your medical professional or hospital before coming into the office)
    • Shopping for food (human and pet), medicine, and necessary household products
    • Outdoor exercise or walking your pet

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:

  • Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine revised their “Stay at Home” orders to include Cameron, Crawford, Forest, Franklin, Lawrence, Lebanon and Somerset counties, bringing the state total to 33 counties under a stay-at-home order. This order took effect at 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 31, 2020, and will continue until April 30. Yesterday, all stay-at-home orders were extended through April 30. Non-life-sustaining business closures remain in effect. Read the full announcement here.
  • The Township government is operating on an essential services-only basis. The municipal building remains closed to the public and all Township public meetings and events are cancelled until further notice. The staff is working remotely and will respond to emails and phone messages. 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) 935-2448.
  • The Board of Supervisors of Schuylkill Township strongly urges residents to abide by the Governor’s stay-at-home order to protect themselves, their families, friends, and neighbors as well as to ease the incredible burden being placed on our first responders and health care providers. Keep physical distance (6 feet or more) if you must be out and about. Don’t forget, however, that loneliness can be a problem especially for the elderly. We encourage everyone to reach out to each other via phone, email, texts, etc. Cabin fever is real, so get out of the house, work in your garden, go for a walk or bike ride but maintain physical separation to limit the spread of COVIS-19.
  • All Pennsylvania schools are closed until further notice. Visit the school district website for information. www.pasd.com
  • The Pennsylvania Primary Election has been moved to June 2, 2020. Visit Chester County Voter Services for information on mail-in and absentee voting.
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has extended the personal income tax return filing deadline to July 15, 2020.
  • The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service announced that the federal income tax filing due date is automatically extended from April 15, 2020, to July 15, 2020.
  • Census Self-Participation Deadline Extended – Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Census has extended the self-participation deadline from July 31 to August 14. 2020. Census field operations are currently suspended and will be reevaluated in mid-April. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the Census as soon as possible online or by mail or phone. If residents do not respond online or by phone, they will receive a paper questionnaire in a few weeks. Didn’t receive a code to complete the Census? Call the Census Bureau at 844-330-2020 (English) or 844-468-2020 (Spanish) or go to my2020census.gov.
  • All Xfinity WiFi Public Hotspots are now open to everyone –you do not have to be a Xfinity customer, but will need to accept Terms and Conditions to access the network and repeat when requested to continue to receive free unlimited access. You can access the WiFi from the parking lots of public places. Visit https://wifi.xfinity.com/ to find a public hotspot near you.
  • Food assistance resources are available. Call 2-1-1, visit the County Foodbank website or apply online for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

FOR BUSINESSES

  • April 3 Deadline to Apply for Waivers from Business Closure Order
    State Secretary of Community and Economic Development Dennis Davin has announced that the application process for businesses requesting waivers from the commonwealth order to close non-life-sustaining businesses will close Friday, April 3, at 5 p.m. Businesses can find out how to apply at dced.pa.gov. They should first view the Life-Sustaining Business List and FAQs to determine if they are currently operating appropriately.   The most updated list and guidance are available at dced.pa.gov.
  • An Employee Retention Credit is available for many businesses financially impacted by COVID-19 under the March 27, 2020. Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).  Information on qualifying businesses, the implementation of this credit, frequently asked questions on Tax Credits for Required Paid Leave and other COVID-19 economic relief efforts can be found on the Coronavirus page of IRS.gov.
  • The Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development has information and resources available for businesses affected by COVID-19. Details may be found at https://dced.pa.gov/. Funding is available to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19 through a new program under the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority’s (PIDA) Small Business First Fund, the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA). All loan applications must be submitted through a Certified Economic Development Organization (CEDO). For the list of CEDO’s operating within Pennsylvania, please refer to dced.pa.gov/programs/covid-19-working-capital-access-program-cwca/.

Here are some additional resources to keep in mind when staying up to date:

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.

CANCELLED: April Household Hazardous Waste Collections

The  Chester County Household Hazardous Waste collection events scheduled for April 4 in Phoenixvlle at CAT Pickering and April 18 in Atglen at Octorara High School, have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 restrictions and Governor Wolf’s Stay at Home orders. The public is encouraged to keep their unwanted household hazardous waste (such as oil paint, pesticides, pool chemicals, antifreeze, rechargeable batteries and other substances) until another event is announced. Check the Chester County Solid Waste Authority website https://www.chestercountyswa.org/ for more information.

CHESTER COUNTY SOLID WASTE AUTHORITY

Patti Lynn
Chester County Recycling Coordinator
484-796-4039

Join Us for April 1, 2020 Schuylkill Township Board of Supervisors Meeting

Schuylkill Township

Board of Supervisors Meeting

Wednesday April 1, 2020

Public Meeting Begins at 7:30 pm 

The April 1, 2020 Board of Supervisors meeting will be held virtually via GoToWebinar. Residents who wish to attend virtually will have the option to call in and listen to the live audio of the meeting, or attend through a webinar link to access both live audio and video. Attendees will be muted but will have the option to submit questions in writing through the webinar platform throughout the meeting. Additionally, residents are invited to submit any questions or comments in advance of the meeting by emailing them to admin@schuylkilltwp.org.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar

REGISTER HERE

View System Requirements

The draft agenda may be found on the Agenda & Minutes page of the Township website.

REGISTRATION: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4270444194587886860
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: https://support.goto.com/webinar/help/system-requirements-for-attendees-g2w010003?c_prod=g2w&c_name=iph

Governor Extends Stay-at-Home Order

As COVID-19 cases continue to grow and the state continues to seek relief to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, today Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine revised their “Stay at Home” orders to include Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin and Schuylkill counties, bringing the state total to 26 counties under a stay-at-home order. This order takes effect at 8 p.m., Monday, March 30, 2020, and will continue until April 30. All stay-at-home orders are now extended through April 30. All Pennsylvania schools will remain closed until further notice. Non-life-sustaining business closures remain in effect.

Read the full announcement here.

The Board of Supervisors of Schuylkill Township strongly advises its citizens to abide by the Governor’s stay-at-home order to protect themselves, their families, friends, and neighbors as well as to ease the incredible burden being placed on our first responders and health care providers.

Key Updates: COVID-19

Important information regarding the Coronavirus situation in our area.

KEY UPDATES

Public attendance at the April 1, 202 Schuylkill Township Board of Supervisors meeting will be via electronic access only.  Instructions on how to join the meeting will be available shortly.

As of this posting:

Per the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CCSE) (at John’s Hopkins University, there are 97,028 confirmed cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in the United States. https://gisanddata.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

Per the PA Department of Health, there are 2,218 cases in Pennsylvania and 22 deaths. https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Cases.aspx#

Per the Chester County Health Department, there are 102 cases in Chester County, PA. https://chesco.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/5d22eacc125441c6b54ee7ace3098e34

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

Governor Tom Wolf ordered non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close their physical locations as of 2000 hrs. on March 19, 2020, Enforcement actions against businesses that do not close physical locations began at 0800 Monday, March 23, 2020. On March 23, 2020 Governor Wolf issued a Stay at Home order to start at 2000 March 23, 2020 for two weeks.

Food assistance resources may be found at local food banks or pantries. Visit Feeding Pennsylvania (https://www.feedingpa.org/) or Hunger-Free Pennsylvania. (https://www.hungerfreepa.org/)

The Governor has extended the date for mandatory closing of all schools.  Per that directive, the EARLIEST Phoenixville Area School District students would return to school is Monday, April 13.  The school district has committed to providing food for students and families in need. Visit the school district website for information. www.pasd.com

All Xfinity WiFi Public Hotspots are now open to everyone –you do not have to be an Xfinity customer, but will need to accept Terms and Conditions to access the network and repeat when requested to continue to receive free unlimited access. You can access the WiFi from the parking lots of public places.

A map of all the public hotspots in the Phoenixville area may be found at https://wifi.xfinity.com/.

The Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development has information and resources available for businesses affected by COVID-19. Details may be found at https://dced.pa.gov/. Funding is available to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19 through a new program under the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority’s (PIDA) Small Business First Fund, the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA). All loan applications must be submitted through a Certified Economic Development Organization (CEDO). For the list of CEDO’s operating within Pennsylvania, please refer to dced.pa.gov/programs/covid-19-working-capital-access-program-cwca/.