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 who are not fully vaccinated 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

  • Willow Grove Willow Grove Parkside Shopping Center, 2522 West Moreland Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090
    • Register here
    • Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 2pm-5pm
      Tuesday & Thursday: 9am-12pm
  • Norristown – 1401 Dekalb St, Norristown, PA 19401
    • Register here.
    • Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 2:00pm-5:00pm
      Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Pottstown – 364 King Street, Pottstown, PA 19464
    • Register here.
    • Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 9:00am-12:00pm
      Tuesday & Thursday: 2:00pm-5:00pm
  • Ardmore 114 W. Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003
    • Register here.
    • Monday, Wednesday & Friday: 9:00am-12:00pm
      Tuesday & Thursday: 2:00pm-5:00pm

Commercial and Private Testing Sites 

Pharmacies 

  •  Select CVS Pharmacies 
    • Self-administered drive thru. Appointments required.
    • Make and appointment here.
  • Select RiteAid Pharmacies 
    • Appointment required. Testing available for ages 4+.
    • Make an appointment here.
  • Select Walgreens Pharmacies 
    • Self-administered drive thru. Testing available for ages 3+.
    • Locations in Warminster, Lansdale, North Wales, and more. Make an appointment here.

Urgent Care Locations

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  yourself and those around you from COVID-19. ALL Pennsylvanians 12+ are now eligible to schedule their vaccine appointment or visit a walk-in clinic. 

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 12 and older for appointments and accepting walk-ins at all locations. Find more info:

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 Safety

Your health is important. And we know you have questions about COVID-19 vaccines and whether they are safe for you and your family. That’s why the we have pulled together valuable information about the currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines. On PA’s Vaccine Safety & Effectiveness webpage, you’ll find details about:

  • FDA-approved vaccines
  • potential side effects
  • and vaccine safety monitoring

For more details about all the steps that go into making sure vaccines are safe – including details about how clinical trials work – check out the CDC’s overview about Ensuring the Safety of Vaccines.

Be sure to stay in the know with all of the frequently asked questions surrounding vaccines by visiting the Get Answers to Your Questions webpage.

COVID Mitigation in Pennsylvania

COVID-19 mitigation measures have been lifted in Pennsylvania.

The masking order will be lifted on June 28 or when 70 percent of adults are fully vaccinated, whichever comes first.

Fully vaccinated Pennsylvanians may choose not to wear a mask, unless they are required by a business or organization.

Businesses and individuals are encouraged to follow CDC safety guidance.

To view the current status of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, visit the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania website.

 

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. 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 school district’s website: 

Businesses

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. If you need further assistance, contact Senator Collett’s office at 215-368-1429 or senatorcollett@pasenate.com

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

 

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 change has been made to UC:

  • Work Search and Work Registration requirements are temporarily waived for all UC claimants until July 11, 2021. Until then, 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 temporary federal program called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). In general, PUA provides up to 50 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.

The PUA program is scheduled to end September 4, 2021. 

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 September 4, 2021. PEUC is a temporary federal program that provides up to 53 weeks of additional unemployment benefits to qualified individuals whose regular unemployment benefits were exhausted on or after July 6, 2019. Claimants are automatically enrolled in the PEUC program after they have reached their maximum claim weeks for UC. 

Learn more about Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) here

Extended Benefits (EB) Program

The Extended Benefits (EB) program will end in Pennsylvania, due to the declining unemployment rate. The last payable week of Extended Benefits (EB) is the week ending May 15, 2021. 

Individuals who had been collecting EB will transition back to federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). This transition will be automatic, meaning claimants do not need to do anything to be moved from EB to PEUC. Additionally, the change in program will not cause any changes in the filing process or benefit amount. 

Learn more about Extended Benefits (EB) 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.

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clearer than ever that access to internet is essential. If you lost a job, income, or are a low-income household, you may qualify for a discount of up to $50 per month toward your broadband service.  Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. Learn more about the Emergency Broadband Benefit program and see if you qualify here.

Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) encourages consumers and small businesses who are struggling financially to #CallUtilitiesNow to discuss the options available to address any past-due balances, apply for available assistance programs, and review payment plan options. Learn more

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

Mental Health & Emergency Resources

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