COVID-19 Information & Resources
Senator Collett hosted a Telephone Town Hall event with PA Labor & Industry to discuss COVID-19 and Unemployment.
Senator Collett hosted a Telephone Town Hall event with Montco Commissioner Val Arkoosh to discuss COVID-19 & its impact on our community
Find the latest information about COVID case numbers, health and safety recommendations, and additional updates on the local and national level:
- Montgomery County COVID-19 Updates
- Call: 610-631-3000 (8:00am – 6:00pm)
- Email: COVID19@montcopa.org
- Bucks County COVID-19 Updates
- Call: 215-345-3318 (If the line is busy, please leave a message and calls will be returned as soon as possible).
- Email: COVID19@buckscounty.org
- PA Department of Health
- Call: 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258)
- Call: 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)
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:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- 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 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.
Read the PA Department of Health’s guidance for testing.
Montgomery County Free Testing Sites
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.
All locations are now open for extended hours: 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday.
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.
- Willow Grove – 1678 Fairview Ave (First Baptist Church of Crestmont)
- Register here.
- Green Lane – 2144 Snyder Road
- Register here.
- Norristown – 1401 Dekalb Pike
- Register here.
- Pottstown – 364 King Street
- Register here.
- Ardmore – 114 W. Lancaster Ave
- Register here.
Commercial and Private Testing Sites
- 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.
- AFC Urgent Care Warrington
- 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
- Nasal swab and antibody testing available. You must sigh up for a telemedicine consultation first.
- 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.
COVID Mitigation in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania is uniting against COVID. Here are the mitigation measures in place to keep people 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 where feasible
- Businesses with in-person operations must follow updated business and building safety requirements
- Masks 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
- Gathering limits determined using maximum occupancy calculator
- Masks are required to be worn indoors and outdoors if you are away from your home
When outdoors, a mask must be worn if you are not able to remain physically distant (at least 6 feet away) from someone not in your household the entire time you are outdoors.
When indoors, masks are required even if you are physically distant from members not in your household. This means that even if you are able to be 6 feet apart, you will need to wear a mask while inside if with people other than members of your household.
Visit the PA Department of Health’s website for the latest travel guidance.
The PA Department of Education released guidance for PA schools, including hygiene guidelines, social distance measurements, masking, transportation guidance, and more. This 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. The science and public health conditions surrounding COVID-19 are continually evolving. This guidance will be updated as necessary when new information becomes available.
For additional details and information on free meal distribution, visit your district’s website:
COVID-19 Guidance for Businesses
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding Opportunities for Business Owners:
The federal SBA loan application period is open. These loans may be used by eligible small businesses and agricultural businesses to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Pennsylvania’s disaster location number is PA-00104, and you can begin the application process here.
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. This is especially important during the holiday season! To find businesses near you, visit your municipality’s website or social media pages.
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/.
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.
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 email@example.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
- Centennial School District Free Farmer’s Market
- Every Wednesday, 4pm-5pm
- Klinger Middle School, 1415 Second Street Pike, Southampton, PA 18966
- Note – the market will be closed Nov. 25, Dec. 23, Dec. 30
- 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
- Garden of Health Food Bank
- Serving Souderton Area
- Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard
- Serving Ambler Area
- Manna on Main Street
- Serving North Penn Area
- Keystone Opportunity Center
- Serving Souderton/Telford Area
- Warrington Fellowship Church
- Serving Central Bucks
Meals on Wheels for Seniors
- Ben Wilson Senior Activities Center
- Serving Warminster
- Generations of Indian Valley
- Serving Indian Valley Area, Horsham
- Montco SAAC
- Serving Ambler Area to Glenside
- Meals on Wheels of Central Bucks County
- Serves Central Bucks School District residents
- Woodside Meals on Wheels
- Serving Southampton
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)
The 2020-2021 Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program is now open. The season is scheduled to close on April 9, 2021. LIHEAP helps families and individuals pay their heating bills during the cold months with cash grants. Learn more about eligibility requirements and apply here.
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 November 9 for customers who are able to pay. Find more details on the PUC website.
PECO has suspended service disconnections and is waiving new late payment charges until further notice. PECO continues to offer their customer assistance programs for those facing financial hardships and are offering new options that spread payments over future months. Learn more.
PPL Electric Utilities
PPL will not cut off services to customers for unpaid bills until further notice, and they will reconnect service for customers who have been recently disconnected. For more info, visit their website.
Comcast will not disconnect a customer’s Xfinity Internet, Xfinity Mobile, or Xfinity Voice service, and they will waive late fees if you contact them and let them know that you cannot pay your bills during this period. Xfinity WiFi hot spots will be accessible for free for all Americans.
Through the end of the year, customers who sign up for Internet Essentials, Comcast’s low-income broadband program, will receive 60 days of free service. The service will cost $9.95 each month following.
For more information, visit their site.
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
Many Driver License and Photo License Centers have reopened with limited services. 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.
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.
- 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 County: 1-866-399-NAMI (6264)
- NAMI Montgomery County: 215-361-7784
Domestic Abuse Resources
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
- 24 Hour Elder Abuse Hotline: 1-800-490-8505
Sexual Assault Resources
- Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR): 1-888-772-7227
The Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN): 1-800-656-4673
Substance Abuse & Recovery
- The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania – Prevention, Intervention & Addiction Recovery Solutions: 1-800-221-6333
- South Eastern Pennsylvania Intergroup Association of Alcoholics Anonymous
- Bucks County Drug & Alcohol Commission, Inc: 215-444-2730 (Monday – Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm)
- Montgomery County Office of Drug & Alcohol: 610-278-3642