A Note From Daylin
Every Pennsylvanian has a role in stopping the spread of COVID-19, or the coronavirus. What we all do the next two weeks will be crucial. It’s more important now than ever that everyone continue adhering to Pennsylvania’s stay-at-home guidelines and practice safe social distancing.
Individuals are allowed to leave their residence to perform any of the following allowable individual activities and allowable essential travel:
- Tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as obtaining medicine or medical supplies or obtaining supplies they need to work from home
- Getting necessary services or supplies for themselves or other household members, or as part of volunteer efforts, or to deliver those services or supplies to others to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences
- Engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking or running if they maintain social distancing
- To perform work providing essential products and services at a life-sustaining business
- To care for a family member or pet in another household
- Any travel related to the provision of or access to the above-mentioned individual activities or life-sustaining business activities
- Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons
- Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services
- Travel to return to a place of residence from an outside jurisdiction
- Travel required by law enforcement or court order
- Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the commonwealth
Governor Wolf announced today that all Pennsylvania schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. Although schools are closed, teaching and learning may continue: schools are being strongly encouraged to provide some continuity of education for all students in the most appropriate and accessible ways possible. Today’s decision applies to all public K-12 schools, brick and mortar and cyber charter schools, private and parochial schools, career and technical centers and intermediate units. Colleges and universities may not resume in-person instruction or reopen their physical locations until the governor permits them to open or lifts the closure of non-life-sustaining businesses.
We understand that many of these steps have been difficult and are inconvenient to us and others, but we simply must continue to do all we can to flatten the curve. By taking these difficult but manageable steps now, we can hopefully avoid the worst outcome later.
Even though our office is closed we are still available to help in any way we can. You can still call us, and your call will be re-routed to me or my staff. Always feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 610.768.4200 with questions and/or concerns. Stay safe!
The Latest News
Breaking News! Governor Wolf Extends School Closure for Remainder of Academic Year
Office of the Governor
Continuing his efforts to protect the health and safety of students and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Tom Wolf today announced that all schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year.
Coronavirus: Here's How Many ICU Beds, Ventilators Montco Has
A new database created by the state shows how many ICU beds and ventilators Montgomery Co. has to deal with a potential coronavirus surge.
Coronavirus Test Sites In Montco, Philly Lose Funding, Will Close
The Temple University-Ambler and Citizens Bank Park coronavirus testing sites will shut down due to funding restraints, officials said.
County officials outline services during emergency
Delaware County officials offered a comprehensive community briefing Tuesday in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, spanning issues from hospital capacity to impacts on workers and businesses to mental health and food security resources. "All of our hospitals are also planning for a surge capacity," Delaware County Emergency Services Director Timothy Boyce said. "Our hospitals are OK, there are no unmet needs."
Chesco Begins Coronavirus Antibody Testing For Essential Workers
Chester County will begin antibody coronavirus testing for essential workers, including healthcare and emergency management staff, officials announced on Monday.
Work Resuming At Future Lower Merion Middle School Site
Work on the new middle school in Lower Merion Township will start back up this week with amended work plans to incorporate CDC and Department of Health guidelines regarding the new coronavirus, or COVID-19.
Human Trials Begin On Coronavirus Vaccine Made In Montgomery Co.
A Montgomery County-based biopharmaceutical company has begun human trials on a coronavirus vaccine.
ACME Limits Number Of Customers In Stores Due To Coronavirus
ACME is now limiting the amount of customers allowed inside its stores due to the coronavirus, according to the grocery chain.
Grocery Drop-off for Seniors in Delaware County
During the COVID-19 pandemic, The County of Delaware Services for the Aging (COSA) and Community Transit are partnering to offer seniors an alternative to in-person grocery shopping. Community Transit drivers are available to get grocery lists and payment from seniors and shop and deliver their items. Seniors can stay safely in their homes. The cost of the shopping and delivery will be subsidized by COSA. To contact Community Transit for this service, please call 215-900-2519 or email GroceryDropOff@CTDelco.org
AQUA’s Helping Hand Assistance Program
The Helping Hand program is available to low-income families who find it difficult to pay their water bills. It offers customers a payment plan to pay down arrears; an opportunity for customers who make payments on time to earn a monthly credit toward their arrears; and a conservation kit to help customers curb usage and therefore, reduce their bills. The conservation kit includes leak-detection tablets, a low-flow shower head, low-flow aerators for kitchen faucets, and more. Customers who reduce their usage are also reducing their bills.
Interested customers can log onto the Helping Hand website by clicking here or call Aqua at 877.987.2782 to find out if they qualify for Helping Hand. Aqua will refer eligible customers to a local agency to apply.
The following requirements are among those that must be met for eligibility:
The customer’s household income is less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level; the account is more than 21 days past due; the customer has at least $110 in unpaid water bills.
Coronavirus Resource Guide
We are continuing to update the Coronavirus Resource Guide on our website. There you can find helpful information for employees, resources for small businesses, updates on mitigation efforts, program updates on PA’s medical marijuana program, food access info, online educational resources and FAQs. We also have links to certain DOH resources available and we were able to incorporate a self-help portal that constituents can use to find relevant state forms and applications. We hope you’ll check it out!
COVID-19 Updates and Resources