Warrington Township
The Gateway to Bucks County Since 1734

Coronavirus Information & Resources (LAST UPDATED May 11, 2020)

Bucks County Commissioners COVOID-19 PORTAL

Primary source for the county’s transmission of essential and critical COVID-19 information. The COVID-19 portal contains vital information and links to the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. It also contains directives and guidance for our small businesses to help navigate closures and the disruption to employees and the local economy. The data portal can be found here:  https://covid19-bucksgis.hub.arcgis.com/ to help keep all residents updated on the latest news and information.

Bucks County Preparedness Guide

Stay at Home Order issued through June 2nd by Wolf

As per the Bucks County Emergency Management Agency, it is very important you are following the social distancing for the protection of you and your families from illness. Keep a 6-foot distance from others; only leave home if the action is required to sustain life.  A few examples of life sustaining reasons to leave your home are going to the grocery store, pharmacy, doctor’s office, or a hospital.  If you absolutely must travel, gas stations will remain open.  Do not travel in groups, please go to the grocery store alone to prevent crowding, and limit personal interaction with others.

In addition, ALL Warrington Township parks, playgrounds, fields and park restrooms will be closed until further notice.

Township Business

  • Warrington Township Administration Building is closed to the public until further notice.
  • The Board of Supervisors will hold scheduled meetings, virtually using Zoom format. All other boards and committee meetings are cancelled.
  • Warrington Township Administration Building will have minimal staffing to receive phone calls, emails and mail until further notice.
  • Police, Fire and Ambulance will respond to all emergencies.
  • For information on non-emergencies, visit CRIME WATCH. The web address is:  www.warringtontownshippd.org
  • Inspections are being performed with conditions such as, only one person shall walk the inspection. All other contractors shall be outside or out of the area.
  • All Township construction projects are on hold until further notice (i.e, Lions Pride Park and new police station).
  • Warrington Township Parks are closed to the public.  Please follow social distancing and other CDC recommendations.

Building and Code Enforcement

The Building and Code department will be accepting applications and plans as usual and process them in the time frame allotted for both residential and commercial projects/properties. The inspectors will perform exterior inspections at residential and commercial properties and interior and exterior inspections at new construction projects. We will not perform any interior inspections of occupied residential or commercial buildings until further notice.

The Township will not be performing Use and Occupancy inspections or re-tenant inspection or annual fire safety inspections until further notice. Feel Free to call the Building and Code Department with any questions regarding this process at 215-997-7501.


Date of Action: Warrington Township Declared Emergency Disaster on March 18, 2020.

Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes

 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/reopen-guidance.html
PennDOT Extends Expiration Dates on Driver Licenses, ID Cards, and Learner’s Permits Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, and learner’s permits, will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

Effective April 30, 2020, expiration dates for driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner’s permits scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020 through May 31, 2020, are now extended through June 30, 2020.

These extensions are in addition to those announced on March 27.

Additionally, all Driver License Centers and Photo License Centers and the Harrisburg Riverfront Office Center in Pennsylvania are closed until further notice effective close of business on Monday, March 16.

As a reminder, customers may complete various transactions and access multiple resources via the Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov. Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver’s license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling. There are no additional fees for using online services.

 

More COVID-19 information is available at www.health.pa.gov. For more information, visit www.dmv.pa.gov or www.PennDOT.gov.

Department of Health Provides Update on COVID-19, 1,102 Positives Bring Statewide Total to 44,366 Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., April 29, that there are 1,102 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 44,366. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.

As a result of our continued work to reconcile data from various sources, the state is reporting an increase of 479 deaths today bringing the statewide total to 2,195 deaths in Pennsylvania. These deaths have occurred over the last two weeks. County-specific information and a statewide map are available here.

“As we see the number of new COVID-19 cases continuously change across the state that does not mean we can stop practicing social distancing,” Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “We must continue to stay home to protect ourselves, our families and our community. If you must go out, please make as few trips as possible and wear a mask to protect not only yourself, but others. We need all Pennsylvanians to continue to heed these efforts to protect our vulnerable Pennsylvanians, our health care workers and frontline responders.”

There are 170,518 patients who have tested negative to date. Of the patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:

  • Nearly 1% are aged 0-4;
  • Nearly 1% are aged 5-12;
  • 1% are aged 13-18;
  • Nearly 6% are aged 19-24;
  • 38% are aged 25-49;
  • 27% are aged 50-64; and
  • 26% are aged 65 or older.

Most of the patients hospitalized are aged 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. There have been no pediatric deaths to date. More data is available here.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 7,698 resident cases of COVID-19, and 975 cases among employees, for a total of 8,673 at 461 distinct facilities in 42 counties. Out of our total deaths, 1,428 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.

All non-life-sustaining businesses are ordered to be closed and schools are closed statewide through the remainder of the academic year. Currently the entire state is under a stay-at-home order.

Statewide – The Wolf Administration has since noon, April 28:

For the latest information for individuals, families, businesses and schools, visit “Responding to COVID-19” on pa.gov.

The Wolf Administration stresses the role Pennsylvanians play in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
  • Clean surfaces frequently.
  • Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.
  • If you must go out for a life-sustaining reason, please wear a mask.

Updated Coronavirus Links: Press Releases, State Lab Photos, Graphics

All Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertPA, a text notification system for health, weather, and other important alerts like COVID-19 updates from commonwealth agencies. Residents can sign up online at www.ready.pa.gov/BeInformed/Signup-For-Alerts.

MEDIA CONTACT:  Nate Wardle, Health, 717-787-1783 or ra-dhpressoffice@pa.gov

Governor Announces May 1 Statewide Reopening of Limited Outdoor Recreational Activities to Help Pennsylvanians Maintain Positive Physical, Mental Health

 

Harrisburg, PA – To ensure that Pennsylvanians have opportunities to safely enjoy outdoor recreation as a way to maintain positive physical and mental health, and in keeping with the commonwealth’s stay-at-home orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Wolf Administration is lifting some restrictions on businesses related to certain outdoor activities.

Starting Friday, May 1, golf courses, marinas, guided fishing trips and privately owned campgrounds may reopen statewide and are required to follow updated life-sustaining business guidance and FAQ issued by the Wolf Administration to include specifics for how these outdoor recreational industries can resume activities while prioritizing public health and safety. Campgrounds in state parks will remain closed through Thursday, May 14.

“Pennsylvanians have remained resilient throughout this COVID-19 crisis, and as we successfully continue to flatten the curve to protect our physical health, it is critical that we also focus on our physical and mental health during these extraordinary times. As the weather warms and daylight lengthens, enjoying time outdoors is an important way to manage stress,” Wolf said. “As we start to take measured, limited steps to reopen our commonwealth, reopening these industries will help to rebuild our economy and strengthen our mental health.”

According to a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly half (45 percent) of adults in the United States reported that their mental health has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over COVID-19 with the burden likely to continue even as the pandemic’s threat diminishes.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance on visiting parks and recreational facilities. These guidelines must be followed statewide by businesses and when engaging in outdoor activity while the state disaster declaration remains in effect. The guidelines will ensure the safety of individuals and families engaging in outdoor activities and adherence will help slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • Stay close to home: Pennsylvanians are encouraged to enjoy permitted outdoor recreational activities within their community and avoid crowding popular destinations.
  • Practice social distancing: Maintain the recommended minimum 6 feet apart from fellow recreationists. Pennsylvanians are also encouraged to wear a mask or protective garment that covers the nose and mouth any time they go outside. If a parking lot at a park is full or there are too many people on the same trail, find an alternate place to recreate. Cross the street to avoid running directly past another runner or wait longer at a golf hole for a fellow golfer to move forward.
  • Minimize risk to others: Individuals should only go out if they feel healthy and have not been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Practice good hygiene: Wash hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol. Avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs and handrails.
  • Have a plan: Create a safety plan before heading outdoors. Explain to children the need to keep their distance from others, even if they happen to see a friend while outside. Discuss with partners, social distancing while on the golf course. Think through how to avoid other runners when waiting to safely cross a street at the same time.

“Practicing social distancing takes a little planning and patience but it is necessary if we want to continue to flatten the curve while ensuring that Pennsylvanians have opportunities to de-stress and get exercise,” Wolf said. “Finding the balance between enjoying the outdoors and staying safe is only possible when all Pennsylvanians are abiding by the same precautions. It’s critical that all Pennsylvanians adhere to the safety guidelines to allow for these outdoor activities to remain available to the public.”

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit on.pa.gov/coronavirus

BCPC Municipal and Act 247 Subdivision and Land Development
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PA Department of Public Health and State Orders from Gov. Wolf:

 

Public Health Safety Measures for Businesses Permitted to Maintain In-person Operations
Gov. Wolf Signs Senate Bill 841 to Provide Flexibility to Local Governments and Businesses

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 841 today that helps local communities and businesses respond to the COVID-19 emergency and protect the public. The bill provides flexibility on property tax deadlines, allows remote public meetings and notarization of documents so online vehicle sales can resume.

“This bipartisan legislation gives local governments and businesses additional options to help property taxpayers and address various needs,” said Gov. Wolf. “COVID-19 remains a very real threat and each of us needs to continue doing our part to cut back on physical interactions. This new law is a measured and safe way to provide relief as we continue to monitor the spread of the virus.”

The bill does the following:

  • Reauthorizes the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council and requires it to study the impact of COVID-19 on hospitals and health systems.
  • Allows local governments to conduct remote public meetings.
  • Provides property tax relief by allowing taxing districts to waive late fees and penalties for property taxes paid by December 31, 2020. (Warrington Township Note – Warrington Township is waving the late fee on Real Estate tax if paid by July 30, 2020)
  • Allows school districts to renegotiate contracts with service providers to ensure payment of personnel and fixed costs during the school closure.
  • Allows remote notarization of documents.

The governor vetoed Senate Bill 613.

CORRECTION: Wolf Administration Announces Housing and Transportation Funding for Pennsylvania Communities

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced new funding assistance for community development and affordable housing activities to address the COVID-19 pandemic under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

“COVID-19 has had a major impact on communities across Pennsylvania, and this funding will serve as a critical resource for Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable residents,” said Sec. Davin. “By working together with the federal government, we can safeguard the health and wellbeing of individuals across the commonwealth.”

On March 27, 2020, President Donald Trump signed into law the CARES Act to provide immediate and direct relief to individuals struggling as a result of the COVID-19 global health pandemic. The CARES Act includes supplemental allocations of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs where a total of $5 billion will be made available under the Community Development Fund for prevention, preparation, and response to the coronavirus and $4 billion in Homeless Assistance Grants to aid individuals and families who are homeless and to prevent homelessness resulting from impacts created by the coronavirus.

These funds will be made available from HUD and released in three tranches. DCED received an appropriation of $24,691,407 in the first tranche for distribution using its small cities entitlement allocation formula.

A full list of distributed funds can be found here.

Additionally, to combat the effects of homelessness, DCED will receive $19,920,655 million in ESG Cares funding. DCED has released the application and guidelines to accept proposals to subgrant its appropriation under this program. ESG Cares proposals will be accepted from eligible applicants though June 1, 2020.

DCED continues to update its website with financial and other resources.

Communities seeking further guidance and clarification from DCED can also contact its customer service resource account at ra-dcedcs@pa.gov. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should follow www.governor.pa.gov and www.doh.pa.gov.


 


Bucks County Water & Sewer Authority (BCWSA)
Customers not to flush toilet paper substitutes during coronavirus crisis. Statement
Shutoffs Suspended Over Next 90 Day Benjamin Jones, CEO of BCWSA, announced today that none of its customers will face a shutoff of water or sewer services over the next 90 days.

“We want our customers to know that in these trying times they will have the guarantee of clean water and sewer service without interruption,” Jones said. “We are all in this fight together and we will come out of it together.”

The policy covers all customers in Bucks, Chester and Montgomery Counties

North Wales Water Authority   
Bob Bender, Executive Director
North Wales Water AuthorityNWWA local office at 267-482-6940
www.nwwater.com
Special Message for residents with Contaminated Wells.

If your family has a contaminated private well, and you are having a problem finding clean drinking water, or if you know of any local families who are, call the NWWA local office at 267-482-6940 and ask to be put on our list for the water tanker.

If there is sufficient interest and need, we will bring our sanitized tanker to our Warrington office each week so residents can fill their bottles and jugs with safe and clean water – at no charge – for the duration of the corona virus problem.

Resources

Construction Guidance Construction Industry Guidance

Commonwealth Modifies Date for Construction to May 1, Provides Guidance
Gov. Tom Wolf has confirmed that he is moving up the date for opening construction statewide to May 1 from the previously announced May 8. PSATS has received guidance from the Governor’s Office that this date to resume construction activities is for projects that were previously permitted. Read full story.

Feeding PA: Letter from The Food Bank Network
Pennsylvanians who need help feeding themselves or their family should find and contact their local food bank or pantry through. 
  Feeding Pennsylvania
Hunger-Free Pennsylvania
Bucks County Seniors

Monday – Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
After hours and weekends, seniors and their caregivers can leave a message and the Area Agency on Aging will return the call.

– Bucks County Health Director, Dr. David Damsker, interview by PBS. https://bit.ly/2ILjFkb

Bucks County Seniors can call 267-880-5700 for assistance, as well as information on services such as meal delivery and independent care. 
Masks
Gov. Wolf Calls for Universal Masking 

During a COVID-19 press briefing, Governor Tom Wolf recommended that all Pennsylvanians wear a mask any time they leave their homes for life-sustaining reasons. As COVID-19 cases steadily rise in the state, Gov. Wolf stressed the need to intensify all measures to help stop the spread of the virus.

“Masks help prevent people from sharing illnesses. But, they don’t do a great job at keeping people from getting sick; and, they’re not foolproof, so it is critical that our first act is to ask ourselves if we really need to leave our house. If we don’t really, truly need to leave, then we shouldn’t.”

“Staying home is the most effective way to protect yourself and others against COVID-19,” Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “But, if you must go out because you are out of food or medication, then wearing a mask, or even a bandanna across your nose and mouth, could be an extra layer of protection.

https://pacast.com/m?p=17931

Mask General Information: Homemade Facemask Factsheet
Homemade Mask Guidance
CDC Guidance Cloth Masks
Understanding the Differance of Masks
How to Make a Mask

Primary Elections Rescheduled for June 2, 2020

 

 

During this time of social distancing Mail-In ballots are encouraged to be used. To apply for a mail-in ballot visit,   http://www.buckscounty.org/docs/default-source/boe/2020generalprimarymailinabsenteeballotapplication.pdf?sfvrsn=0

For more information regarding voting in Pennsylvania visit, https://www.votespa.com/Voting-in-PA/Pages/Mail-and-Absentee-Ballot.aspx .

Small Businesses & Resources

Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the closure of all non-life-sustaining businesses. For a list of LIFE SUSTAINING BUSINESSES that may continue physical operations click here. For more information click here. To access the COVID-19 ECONOMIC RESOURCES PORTAL click here.

Dear Small Business Owners of Warrington Township,

While these are trying times for all of us, Warrington Township knows that the small businesses may feel much of the pain and effect of the Coronavirus.  If your business has been affected by this outbreak please contact the Small business Association,  https://www.sba.gov/.  They may be able to help you.

Pennsylvania now has our Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program from the SBA.  Small businesses and PNP businesses should go to the SBA web site to apply: https://disasterloan.sba.gov.

Sincerely,

Lee Greenberg
Director of Emergency Services,
Emergency Management & Code enforcement
Warrington Township

 

Financial Assistance Available to Small Businesses

03.19.2020 DOH ORDER COVID - Closure of all Businesses that are not Life Sustaining 03.19.2020 GOV COVID - Life Sustaining Business 03.19.2020 GOV ORDER COVID Business Closure PA 16360 EIDL Fact Sheet

March 19 20-295 Pennsylvania Working Capital Loans Available Due to Coronavirus

L&I Soon Launching Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Website, Eligible Pennsylvanians Should Prepare Now

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania’s new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) website for self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers, and others not eligible for regular unemployment compensation (UC) will begin accepting applications within the next few days. PUA is included in the new federal unemployment compensation benefits provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) will announce when the PUA website is ready to accept applications. In the meantime, Pennsylvanians who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to begin gathering the information they will need to file an accurate claim and receive benefits quickly.

Who Should File for PUA

Eligible individuals who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19, including:

  • Self-employed;
  • Independent contractors;
  • Gig workers;
  • People without sufficient work history to qualify for regular UC; and
  • People who have exhausted regular UC or extended benefits.

PUA Benefits

In general, PUA:

  • Provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits;
  • May not be more than the state’s maximum weekly benefit rate for regular UC of $572;
  • May not be less than half of the state’s average weekly benefit amount of $195.
  • Payments will be backdated to January 27, 2020 or the first week you were unable to work due to COVID-19 (whichever of the two dates is later); and
  • Benefits will end December 31, 2020.

Information Needed for Proof of Employment or Self-employment

Acceptable documentation can include, but is not limited to:

  • Copies of recent paycheck stubs;
  • Bank receipts showing deposits;
  • 1099s;
  • Billing notices provided to your customers;
  • Recent advertisements for your business or services;
  • Statements from recent customers;
  • Current business licenses, ledgers, contracts, invoices; and/or
  • Building leases.

Information Needed to Show Previous Income

Acceptable documentation of wages can include, but is not limited to:

  • Tax returns;
  • Paycheck stubs;
  • Bank receipts;
  • Ledgers;
  • Contracts;
  • Invoices; and/or
  • Billing statements.

Additional $600 Per Week

Individuals collecting PUA benefits will also eligible for the extra $600 per week from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program. The additional payments will be:

  • Effective from the week ending April 4, 2020 through the week ending July 25, 2020;
  • Backdated and paid in one lump sum; and
  • Automatic – you don’t need to do anything to receive the extra $600.

Learn More

Additional COVID-19 information from L&I:

Visit the commonwealth’s Responding to COVID-19 guide for the latest guidance and resources for Pennsylvanians or the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s dedicated coronavirus webpage for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.

Taxes

Tax Deadline and Earned Income Tax – pushed back to July 15, 2020.

Keystone Collections Group, along with all other TCD’s in the Commonwealth will extend the final return filing deadline to July 15, 2020, following Federal and state filing extensions.
The State and Federal Tax Deferrals do not apply to the current 2020 County and Municipal Tax Bills.

Tax Collector Office

The Tax Collector Office will be closed to in person walk ins for payments through March 30th. You may mail your payment in as usual or pay through the website at http://www.warringtontwptaxcollector.webs.com .

Any questions regarding tax collections email Millie Seliga at mas1255@verizon.net . You may also call GOV-PAY at 1-800-300-8007 to pay by e-check at a cost of $1.50.

Other Resources:

 

HELP IS AVAILABLE…..

Some “Basic Needs” resources for residents

If you’re unsure where to start, call 2-1-1– a free and confidential tool to connect people to local resources.

 

1. All Central Bucks families with children can obtain lunches for children in their household. Visit wwcbsd.org/food

2. Food pantries: Visit wwbcoc.org for a list of local food pantries. Call ahead as hours may have changed.

3. Fresh Connect is an outdoor farmer’s market that offers fruit and vegetables for free, Tuesdays at Warminster Community Park from 12-1, year-round.  https://wwbcoc.org/i-need-help- with/food-2/fresh-connect/

4. If you are in need of shelter, call the Bucks County Housing Link at 1-800-810-4434.

5. Internet- wwinternetessentials.com offers free internet for qualifying households for 2 months right now.

6. Visit  https://www.attorneygeneral.gov/covid19/  for a rights and resources guide

7. Visit  https://www.uwbuckorg/covidresources/   for other COVID19 resources in the County.

Recreation and Park COVID-19 Information & Resources

Bucks County Commissioners Press Conference (APROX 15 Mins In Questions )

COVID Fact Sheet Mental Health

Unemployment Rights and Resources – COVID-19


State and County Update

– How to get tested for COVID-19: https://bit.ly/3aTtNTK

The best source of information an individual can obtain would be from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website, listed below.  The CDC will update their website as needed.  The CDC website has information on the Coronavirus, current situation, community preparedness, guidance for travelers among other information.  Links to some of the information on the Coronavirus are listed below.

COVID-19 Webpage:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Current Situation Assessment:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html
Community Preparedness:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fpreparing-individuals-communities.html
Guidance for Travelers:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
In addition to the CDC Traveler webpage, it is recommended that individuals contemplating travel should also consult the U.S. State Department’s travel advisory webpage:
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/

 

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