COVID-19 Information & Resources

Senator Collett hosted a Telephone Town Hall event to discuss the COVID-19 Vaccine

April 22, 2021

Senator Collett hosted a Telephone Town Hall event with PA Labor & Industry to discuss COVID-19 and Unemployment.

May 8, 2020

Senator Collett hosted a Telephone Town Hall event with Montco Commissioner Val Arkoosh to discuss COVID-19 & its impact on our community

March 23, 2020

LIVE daily briefings from the PA Department of Health:
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Find the latest information about COVID case numbers, health and safety recommendations, and additional updates on the local and national level:

Symptoms & Prevention

What Are the Symptoms?

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

I Have Symptoms. Now What?

    • If they’re mild: Stay home, rest, and drink fluids. Take acetaminophen to bring down your fever. If you feel worse, call your health care provider. 
    • If they’re severe: For severe symptoms (including a fever above 100°), call your health care provider. If you don’t have a health care provider, call 1-877-PA-HEALTH.
    • If it’s an emergency: Call 911.

Help Stop the Spread

COVID-19 spreads like the flu or a cold through the air by coughing or sneezing, though close personal contact, or by touching a surface or an object with the virus on it. Here are some ways to help stop the spread:

Wear a Mask in Public

Members of the public are encouraged to wear homemade cloth or fabric masks. Wear your mask whenever you are out in public and may interact with others outside of your household. Face coverings are required at all Pennsylvania businesses. Learn how to make your own mask here.

Wash Your Hands

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Any soap will do with cold or warm water. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. 

Clean Surfaces

Clean surfaces frequently: countertops, cell phones, light switches, remotes, and other frequently touched items.

Practice Social Distancing

When possible, keep at least a 6 foot distance from yourself and others when you leave home.

If you’re feeling sick, please stay home and call your healthcare provider.

Learn more about the virus and prevention methods on the PA Department of Health’s website

COVID-19 Testing 

Read the PA Department of Health’s guidance for testing.

 Montgomery County Free Testing Sites  

COVID Testing

All Montgomery County testing sites are appointment only. Anyone who needs or wants a test may get one, whether or not they have symptoms. Testing is limited to those who live, work, or study in Montgomery County

For more information and to make a same-day appointment, visit Montgomery County’s website or call 610-970-2937. Same-day appointments open at 7am for online registration and 8:30am for phone registration each weekday.

  • Lansdale 421 W. Main Street
    • Register here.
    • Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 2:30pm-5:30pm
      Tuesday & Thursday: 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Willow Grove 1678 Fairview Ave (First Baptist Church of Crestmont)  
    • Register here
    • Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 9:30am-12:30pm
      Tuesday & Thursday: 2:30pm-5:30pm
  • Green Lane 2144 Snyder Road
    • Register here.
    • Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 9:30am-12:30pm
      Tuesday & Thursday: 2:30pm-5:30pm
  • Norristown – 1401 Dekalb Pike
    • Register here.
    • Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 2:30pm-5:30pm
      Tuesday & Thursday: 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Pottstown – 364 King Street
    • Register here.
    • Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 2:30pm-5:30pm
      Tuesday & Thursday: 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Ardmore 114 W. Lancaster Ave
    • Register here.
    • Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 9:30am-12:30pm
      Tuesday & Thursday: 2:30pm-5:30pm

Commercial and Private Testing Sites 

Pharmacies 

  •  Select CVS Pharmacies 
    • Self-administered drive thru. Appointments required. Must be 10+, and individuals under 18 must have permission from parent or legal guardian.
    • Testing available in Warminster, Chalfont, Hatboro, Souderton, Hatfield, Lansdale, Upper Gwynedd, Ambler, and more. Make and appointment here.
  • Select RiteAid Pharmacies 
    • Appointment required, but you do not need a doctor’s order. For both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. Must be 18+.
    • Locations in Lansdale, Norristown, and Philadelphia. Make an appointment here.
  • Select Walgreens Pharmacies 
    • Self-administered drive thru. Appointments required. Must be 18+. 
    • Locations in Warminster, Lansdale, and Norristown. Make an appointment here.

Urgent Care Locations

  • Select AFC Urgent Care Locations
    • AFC Urgent Care Warrington 
      • Monday-Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm; Saturday-Sunday: 8:30am-3:30pm
      • No appointments needed. Drive-Thru for Covid swab, Flu & Strep. COVID-19 Antibody Testing and Swab Testing available. Testing is on a first-come, first-served basis. 
    • AFC Urgent Care Willow Grove  
      • Call for details about the testing process at this location: (267) 495-5455.
  • Select Patient First Urgent Cares
    • Testing for individuals with symptoms or recent COVID exposure. Select locations offering drive-up testing by appointment as well as anti-body testing with no appointment required.
    • Locations in Montgomeryville, Langhorne, Pottstown, and more. Make an appointment here. 
  • Liberty Urgent Care in Horsham 

Hospital Systems

  • Doylestown Health 
    • Doylestown Health’s COVID and Flu Testing site is located at: 584 Swamp Road (Route 313, just south of the intersection with Ferry Road)
    • In-network doctor’s referral required. Timed reservations are scheduled M-F between 8am-3:30pm. Call 215-345-2264 and select option 2 to schedule.
  • Abington-Jefferson Health 
    • Testing available all major locations. In-network doctor’s referral required.

For additional testing sites, visit PA’s Testing Site Map   

Vaccine Information

COVID-19 Vaccine 

Vaccines are safe and effective and the best way to protect you and those around you from serious illnesses. The COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed to Pennsylvanians in a phased approach. Unfortunately, vaccine will not be the cure for the virus. It will be another tool in toolbox for our fight against COVID-19, and we must continue to practice other mitigation efforts, like wearing a mask, hand washing, physical distancing and downloading COVID Alert PA.  

As of April 13, 2021, ALL Pennsylvanians 16+ are eligible to schedule their vaccine appointment or visit a walk-in clinic.

  1. Register with your county for an appointment or visit one of their clinics as a walk-in (see below). 
  2. Check PA’s vaccine provider map to see where vaccines may be available near you, or click on the “Step-by-Step Guide” or “Vaccine Appointment Tips” documents linked in the buttons above. 

County Vaccine Dashboards & Registration

Our counties are taking a leading role in the distribution of the vaccine. Both counties are actively scheduling individuals who are 16 and older for appointments and accepting walk-ins at all locations. Find more info:

  • Montgomery County   
    • Registration Form (Walk-ins now accepted at all county-run clinics!)
    • COVID Hotline: (833) 875-3967
    • The hotline is available for general questions Mon-Sat, 8am-8pm. For help with pre-registration, call between Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm to be connected to a volunteer. 

Homebound Vaccines

Even as the vaccine becomes more available, there are many members of our community who have yet to be reached, especially our homebound and disabled neighbors. If you or a loved one is in this position and needs assistance registering for vaccine appointment at your home, please reach out to my office at 215-368-1429, senatorcollett@pasenate.com, or contact your county health department (see hotline numbers above)

Vaccine Virtual Townhall

COVID Mitigation in Pennsylvania

**MAY 4, 2021 UPDATE: Governor Wolf announced all mitigation measures, except for masking, will be lifted on May 31. The mask mandate will be lifted when 70% of Pennsylvanians 18+ are vaccinated. Learn more

Pennsylvania is uniting against COVID. Here are the current mitigation efforts to keep us safe: 

BUSINESS, WORK, SCHOOL, CHILD CARE, AND CONGREGATE SETTINGS

  • Child care may open, complying with guidance
  • Congregate care restrictions in place
  • Prison and hospital restrictions determined by individual facilities
  • Schools subject to CDC and commonwealth guidance
  • Telework must continue unless impossible
  • Businesses with in-person operations must follow updated business and building safety requirements
  • Face coverings are required in businesses
  • All in-person businesses may operate at 75% occupancy, except where noted
    • Self-certified restaurants may open at 50% capacity for indoor dining
    • On-premises alcohol consumption prohibited unless part of a meal; cocktails-to-go and carryout beverages are allowed
    • Serving alcohol for on-site consumption must end at 11 p.m, and all alcoholic beverages must be removed from patrons by midnight
    • Personal care services (including hair salons and barbershops) open at 50% occupancy and by appointment only
    • Indoor recreation and health and wellness facilities (such as gyms and spas) open at 50% occupancy with appointments strongly encouraged; fitness facilities are directed to prioritize outdoor fitness activities
    • All entertainment (such as casinos, theaters, and shopping malls) open at 50% occupancy
  • Construction activity may return to full capacity with continued implementation of protocol

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

  • Gatherings:
    • Revised maximum occupancy limits for indoor events to allow for 15% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size. Core public health measures such as face covering (mask-wearing), social distancing, and hand hygiene still must be enforced. The 15% of maximum occupancy is permitted only if attendees and workers are able to comply with the 6-foot physical distancing requirement.
    • Revised maximum occupancy limits for outdoor events to allow for 20% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size. Core public health measures still must be enforced. The 20% of maximum occupancy is permitted only if attendees and workers are able to comply with the 6-foot physical distancing requirement.
  • Face coverings are required to be worn indoors and outdoors if you are away from your home
  • Unnecessary travel should be limited

MASK GUIDANCE

In Pennsylvania, masks are required to be worn indoors and outdoors if you are away from your home. Additionally, if you have people over who do not live with you, you must wear a mask.

Guidance is slightly difference for individuals who are fully vaccinated. Learn more here

TRAVEL

As of March 1, 2021 the Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health for Mitigation Relating To Travel is no longer in effect. Travelers should still practice appropriate public health measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 such as masking, physical distancing, and hand hygiene. Visit the PA Department of Health’s website for the latest travel guidance. 

Schools

The PA Department of Education released guidance for PA schools, including hygiene guidelines, social distance measurements, masking, transportation guidance, and moreThis guidance reflects currently endorsed public health best practices from DOH and is in response to requests from school leaders for state-level health guidance. It serves as minimum standards for practices across all Pre-K to 12 schools with the understanding that more rigorous measures may be required in certain areas depending on community transmission of COVID-19. 

For additional details and information on free meal distribution, visit your district’s website: 

Businesses

COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses

**MAY 4, 2021 UPDATE: Governor Wolf announced all mitigation measures, except for masking, will be lifted on May 31. The mask mandate will be lifted when 70% of Pennsylvanians 18+ are vaccinated. Learn more

Businesses in PA are able to operate with enhanced safety measures outlined in the Commonwealth’s COVID-19 Guidance for Business.

All businesses are required to conduct their operations remotely through individual teleworking of their employees in the jurisdiction or jurisdictions in which they do business unless that is not possible. In those instances, employees may conduct in-person business operations, provided that the businesses fully comply with the business safety order, the worker safety order, and the masking order.

Determining Event/Venue Occupancy

Based on a venue’s established occupancy limit as defined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Life Safety Code, venues apply the appropriate percent of occupancy to determine how many attendees are permitted to attend an event or gathering. Read the Frequently Asked Questions and use the Maximum Occupancy Calculator.

Restaurant Self-Certification

Self-certification is an optional program by which you can reassure your employees and customers that you are adhering to all appropriate guidance. Self-certification does NOT impose additional obligations or result in additional inspections; rather, business operators who self-certify have taken the additional step of confirming their dedication to protecting their employees and customers from COVID-19, and thus may increase their occupancy to 50 percent. Self-certify here

Please contact Senator Collett’s office with questions or concerns at senatorcollett@pasenate.com.

Funding Opportunities for Business Owners:

Check your county website and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development website for the most up-to-date information on resources and loans for businesses. We will continue to update this page with county and state opportunities as they arise.

COUNTY PROGRAMS

COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP)

Senate Bill 109, which passed unanimously in the PA legislature, provides grant funding for Pennsylvania’s hospitality and food service industries impacted by COVID. Grant awards will range from $5-50,000.

  • Montgomery County’s grant program opened for applications on March 12 and will remain open until funds are exhausted. 
  • Bucks County’s grant program was open for applications from March 15 – April 12. 

FEDERAL PROGRAMS

SBA Shuttered Venue Operators Grant  

This program includes over $16 billion in grants to shuttered venues. Eligible applicants may qualify for grants equal to 45% of their gross earned revenue, with the maximum amount available for a single grant award of $10 million. $2 billion is reserved for eligible applications with 50 full-time employees or less.  Learn more and apply here 

SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund 

This program will provide restaurants with funding equal to their pandemic-related revenue loss up to $10 million per business. Recipients are not required to repay the funding as long as funds are used for eligible uses no later than March 11, 2023. $5 billion is set aside for applicants with 2019 gross receipts of not more than $500,000Learn more and apply here.  

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

The federal Small Business Association has relaunched its Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan program. The application deadline for this program is May 31, 2021. And while these are loans and not grants, many borrowers may be eligible for PPP loan forgiveness. 

For Consumers:

If you’re able, please consider supporting local businesses during this difficult time. Consider shopping local, purchasing gift cards, and taking advantage of carry-out or delivery services.  To find businesses near you, visit your municipality’s website or social media pages.

Unemployment Compensation

Workers who are unable to work because of COVID-19 may be eligible for Unemployment Compensation benefits or Workers Compensation benefits. The following information is now available on the PA Department of Labor & Industry’s website:

You may be eligible if:

  • Your employer temporarily closes or goes out of business because of COVID-19
  • Your employer reduces your hours because of COVID-19
  • You have been told not to work because your employer feels you might get or spread COVID-19
  • You have been told to quarantine or self-isolate, or live/work in a county under government-recommended mitigation efforts

To help streamline the process during the COVID-19 pandemic, the following changes have been made to UC:

  • The Waiting Week is suspended. Previously, claimants were not eligible for benefits during their first week of unemployment (the “waiting week”). This has been suspended. Eligible claimants can receive benefits for the first week they are unemployed.
  • Work Search and Work Registration requirements are temporarily waived for all UC claimants. Claimants are not required to prove they have applied or searched for a new job to maintain UC benefits. Claimants are also not required to register with https://www.pacareerlink.pa.gov/jponline/.
Waiting Week Suspended

Labor & Industry has seen an unprecedented amount of UC applications, and their staff is working around the clock to fulfill claims and answer questions.  We know how frustrating this process is. Senator Collett’s staff is available to help answer your questions as best we can.

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act creates a new temporary federal program called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). In general, PUA provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals not eligible for regular unemployment compensation or extended benefits, including those who have exhausted all rights to such benefits. Apply HERE

Individuals covered under PUA include:

  • The self-employed (e.g. independent contractors, gig economy workers, and workers for certain religious entities)
  • Those seeking part-time employment
  • Individuals lacking sufficient work history
  • Those who otherwise do not qualify for regular unemployment compensation or extended benefits.

You may submit claims backdated to January 27, 2020 or to the date when you became unemployed, whichever is more recent. 

Apply HERE for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) 

The Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation or PEUC program is available for individuals whose regular unemployment benefits have expired or will expire soon. It is available beginning with week ending April 4, 2020, but not for weeks after December 26, 2020. PEUC is a temporary federal program that provides 13 weeks of additional unemployment benefits to qualified individuals whose regular unemployment benefits were exhausted on or after July 6, 2019. You cannot apply in advance. You must wait for your regular unemployment benefits to expire before applying for PEUC. 

Learn more about Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) and file here

Extended Benefits (EB) Program

The Extended Benefits program is now available to provide up to 13 additional weeks of payments to people who exhaust their regular unemployment compensation (UC) and federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). The current Extended Benefit Period began May 3, 2020, but benefits are not payable until an individual has exhausted PEUC benefits. Therefore, EB payments will begin with the week ending July 4, 2020 and is payable only for weeks of unemployment during an EB period. The EB weekly benefit rate (WBR)is the same as the rate payable to individuals on their qualifying regular unemployment compensation claim, including dependents’ allowances (DA).

There is no application process for EB. After the balance of your PEUC claim hits $0, your EB claim will set-up automatically, approximately two days later. Learn more here.

Food Assistance

If you need assistance feeding yourself and your family, know that there are resources that can help. To apply for SNAP and other benefits, use Pennsylvania’s COMPASS system. For help navigating benefits, contact Senator Collett’s office at senatorcollett@pasenate.com or leave a message at 215-368-1429.

To find a food pantry near you, visit bit.ly/PAfoodmap. Many of our local cupboards and food services are listed below. For student meals, please see the Schools section above for information on your local district’s distribution plan.

Free Farmer’s Markets and Food Distribution

  • Fresh Connect Free Produce (Warminster)
    • Every Tuesday, 11am-1pm (or until the food runs out)
    • Warminster Community Park, 1100 Veterans Way, Warminster 18974 
  • Fresh For All Free Produce (Souderton)
    • Every Tuesday, 1pm-2pm 
    • Grace Bible Church, Main Street & Summit Ave, Souderton PA (across from the WAWA

Local Cupboards

Meals on Wheels for Seniors

Utility Services

Many Pennsylvanians have been economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and guidelines. Utility services in our area have instituted policies to help ease this burden. If your utility services are not listed below, visit their website for the latest information.

LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program) 

Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission

The PUC has adopted new safeguards for “protected customers” – those residential households hardest hit by the economic downturn triggered by COVID-19, along with aid for small businesses. This includes no termination of services or late fees for protected customers (residential customers with incomes within 300% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines); payment arrangements for small businesses; and more. Termination and collections can resume as of November 9, 2020 for customers who are able to pay. Find more details on the PUC website

PECO

PECO is offering expanded payment agreements and financial assistance programs to help customers pay down outstanding balances that may have increased during the pandemic. Late payment fees will not be charged until further notice. Learn more about PECO’s customer assistance programs. 

PPL Electric Utilities

PPL offers options to help customers pay bills and avoid late fees. Learn more about their assistance programs here

Comcast

Through June 30, 2021, eligible new customers can sign up to receive 60 days of free Internet service through Internet Essentials, a reduced-cost program for low-income households. The service will cost $9.95 each month following. For more information, visit their site.

Verizon

Customers who notified Verizon of their inability to pay their bills due to the Coronavirus pandemic by June 30 will be automatically enrolled in Verizon’s Stay Connected repayment program to provide options to stay connected.  Verizon also offers a low-income internet assistance program called Lifeline. For more information on Verizon’s COVID-19 response, visit their website

Transportation & Driver Services

Driver License Centers

Driver License and Photo License Centers have reopened. In our area, this includes:

  • Huntingdon Valley Driver License Center, 2022 County Line Road, Huntingdon Valley
  • King of Prussia Driver License Center, 143 South Gulph Road, King of Prussia
  • Norristown Driver License Center, 1700 Markley Street, Suite 30, Norristown
  • Dublin Driver License Center, 161 North Main Street, Dublin

Find specific hours of operations here.

You can also access driver and vehicle services online. Services include license, ID, and vehicle registration renewals; address changes; driver-history services; driver exam scheduling; driver license and vehicle registration letters; driver license and photo ID duplicates, and ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fees.

Pennsylvania Turnpike

The Pennsylvania Turnpike has suspended cash payments. Find out more about accepted forms of payment and stay up-to-date with any changes here.

Public Transportation & Shared Rides

  • For the latest information on SEPTA schedules and safety procedures, visit Septa.org.
  • Transnet is following COVID-19 safety guidelines to keep passangers and drivers safe. Learn more on their website or call (215) 542-RIDE.
  • Bucks County Transport is taking extensive measures to maintain health and safety. For the latest information, visit their website or call 888-795-0740.

Mental Health & Emergency Resources

The news around coronavirus can be overwhelming. Anxiety, fear, and uncertainty are normal, but it’s important to take care of your mental health – as well as your physical health. See below for local and national resources to help you in a mental health crisis; if you are experiencing abuse; or if you are struggling with substance abuse.

Mental Health 

  • Bucks Crisis Hotline: 1-800-499-7455 (24/7 Availability)
  • Montgomery Crisis Hotline: 1-855-634-HOPE (4673) (24/7 Availability)
  • PA Support & Referral Helpline: 1-855-284-2494 (For TTY, dial 724-631-5600) (24/7 Availability)
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
  • NAMI Bucks County1-866-399-NAMI (6264)
  • NAMI Montgomery County: 215-361-7784  
  • Ambler Counseling Center267-664-0734

Domestic Abuse Resources 

  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
  • 24 Hour Elder Abuse Hotline: 1-800-490-8505   

Sexual Assault Resources

Montgomery County

Bucks County

Substance Abuse & Recovery 

Alzheimer & Dementia Resources