|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
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
|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.
|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:
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
|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.
“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
|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:
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 email@example.com. 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
|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.
|Construction Guidance||Construction Industry Guidance
Commonwealth Modifies Date for Construction to May 1, Provides Guidance
|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.
|Bucks County Seniors
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
– 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.
|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.
|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.
|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|
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:
In general, PUA:
Information Needed for Proof of Employment or Self-employment
Acceptable documentation can include, but is not limited to:
Information Needed to Show Previous Income
Acceptable documentation of wages can include, but is not limited to:
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:
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.
|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 .|
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
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.
|Current Situation Assessment:
|Guidance for Travelers:
|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:
|Date:||March 20, 2020|
|Date:||April 14, 2020|