Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates

The following updates are the latest local information
from the Pike County Commissioners Office
regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Quick Links

See What County Services are Accessible Online
Find Recovery Resources for Businesses
Pike County Correctional Facility Updates
Pike County Court System Updates
Area Agency on Aging Updates

July 2

Masks Required within County Government Buildings

 

Pike County residents are to be commended for following state health and safety guidelines – such as social distancing, hand washing, and mask wearing – to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Their vigilance has helped to flatten the curve of the virus, which has contributed to the responsible reopening of County offices and local businesses.

On July 1, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of the Department of Health signed a new order requiring masks in specific settings. The Pike County Commissioners have confirmed with the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania that this order does apply to County Governments.

Download the order. --> SOH-Universal-Face-Coverings-Order-7.1.20.pdf (253.09 kb)

Regarding Pike County facilities, masks covering the mouth and nose must:

  • Be worn by employees and the public when entering and exiting County buildings including the Administration Building, Area Agency on Aging, Community Planning Department, Conservation District, Courthouse (excluding Courtrooms at the discretion of the President Judge), Magisterial District Judge Offices (excluding Courtrooms at the discretion of Magisterial District Judges), Prothonotary’s Office, Training Center, and Workforce Development Agency.
  • Be worn in common areas such as break rooms, restrooms, hallways, and elevators.
  • Be worn when interacting around others, even if social distancing is maintained.

 It is vital that we all continue to work together to keep our community safe and healthy.

 As well, many County services remain available online. Visit www.PikePa.org for a complete list of these services.

June 16

 

The Pike County Commissioners understand the uncertainties and economic challenges that many of our local residents, organizations, businesses, and municipalities have been going through. Please be assured that the Board of Commissioners is aware of the many needs in our County and is working to address these needs.

Download the letter from the Commissioners regarding $5,040,047 in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) funding to cover necessary expenditures incurred due to COVID-19 between March 1 and December 30, 2020.

Letter to Community Leaders.pdf (50.25 kb)

June 15

 

The Pike County training Center wants to to first express appreciation with everyone and their patience in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. As our numbers have begun to decline, we have been working tirelessly to come up with the plans and procedures so we can begin training again. We are proud to announce we will be open for department level training this week and begin classroom training next week.

While we were facing the issues of this pandemic, we have made some improvements during that time. Some of the things you will see is the burn props for the annex (first floor main burn room) have been repaired and reinforced, a second floor burn room prop has been made (still awaiting the repairs to that room), as well as a completed basement burn area.

We are also the latest EMS Educational Training Accredited Facility in the Commonwealth. We now have ETA status with the State Fire Academy and Dept. of Health. We are finalizing the schedule for the EMT course which will have scholarship potential. We are kicking off our re-opening with the ATV / UTV Safety Course. This is through VFIS which will be hosted on June 23, 25, and 27th.

We do have some limitations still with the ongoing pandemic:


1. Temperatures will be taken at the Entrance of the Facility
2. Only Basement level (garage Level) will be accessible
3. Entry only through the rear of the building
4. Masks are recommended and social distancing practices remain in place
5. Anyone feeling under the weather or ill is strongly encouraged to not come to the center
6. If a member is diagnosed with Covid-19, that department must inform the center ASAP
7. Handwashing is strongly recommended and limit on persons using the facility at one time

We look forward to opening up and will continue to provide the best training we can. Thank you, stay
healthy, stay safe, and stay smart.

June 12

Pike County will move to the Green Phase
of the state’s reopening plan on Friday, June 19th.

 

June 10

Pike County’s Small Business Forgivable Loan Program
Guidelines and Application Available at PikeForward.com

The Pike County Commissioners, through the Human Development Office, anticipate approximately $526,092 to be available for a new Small Business Forgivable Loan Program.

Loans of up to $20,000 per eligible business will be distributed beginning in August 2020. For the loan to be forgivable, businesses must retain or create at least one full-time equivalent job for a low- to moderate-income household by March 31, 2021 and then retain that position for an additional 12 months.

“We are grateful to our Human Development Executive Director Robert Ruiz and our consultant Hailstone Economic for their excellent work on navigating the process of repurposing and targeting Community Development Block Grant funding to help local businesses through the COVID-19 crisis,” say the Commissioners.

The full guidelines and application are available at PikeForward.com. For more information, contact Robert Ruiz at rruiz@pikepa.org or 570-296-3434.

The guidelines and application are also downloadable here --> Pike County Small Business Forgivable Loan Program Guidelines and Application.pdf (177.27 kb)

In addition, the Commissioners, in consultation with the Human Development Office and Hailstone Economic, are working on more programs to assist local businesses. State guidelines are expected to be released soon detailing potential uses for $5 million allocated to Pike County through the recently enacted state budget, which included $225 million earmarked for relief for small businesses through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

June 4

Pike County Commissioners' Reopening Plan - Pike Forward

The Pike County Commissioners’ have developed a plan to responsibly reopen Pike County. The Commissioners have shared the plan with Governor Wolf.

The Reopening Plan includes seven action areas:

  1. Continue government operations
  2. Coordinate with state, county, and local government officials
  3. Monitor the COVID-19 virus
  4. Promote state and federal safety guidelines
  5. Establish and promote partnerships
  6. Create new and promote existing programs that assist with reopening and recovery
  7. Communicate

Download the full plan to learn more. --> Pike County Commissioners Reopening Plan - Pike Forward.pdf (4.40 mb)

June 3

Pike County Commissioners Meeting and Public Hearing on CDBG Funding

Download the Public Hearing Presentation --> Pike County Public Hearing - June 3 2020.pptx.pdf (859.90 kb) 

June 2

The regularly scheduled public meeting of the Pike County Commissioners on Wednesday, June 3 at 9:00 a.m. will be livestreamed on the County’s YouTube channel.

Members of the press and public can view it on YouTube by visiting the County website www.PikePA.org and clicking on the YouTube icon. The meeting agenda will be available for download on the County website.

Questions from the press and public can be emailed to Communications Director Krista Gromalski at kgromalski@pikepa.org either in advance of or during the meeting.

The meeting will include a public hearing via Zoom to notify the public of: 1) reallocation of Community Development (CDBG) funding for FFY 2015, 2016, and 2017; 2) the availability of CDBG funding for FFY 2020; and 3) the availability of funding to respond to the coronavirus pandemic (FFY 2020 CDBG-CV).

Press and public can join the hearing by visiting www.my-voice.link/pikecounty or calling (646) 558-8656 and entering meeting ID 868 4837 2096. 

May 28

Have COVID-19 concerns? Pike County cares! Let us know how the County can respond to COVID-19-related needs by filling out this form.

May 22

Pike County Officials are Prepared for Reopening
as Governor Wolf Advances Pike to the Yellow Phase

Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced Pike County will advance to the Yellow Phase of the state’s reopening plan effective Friday, May 29. The Pike County Commissioners thank the Governor for recognizing the remarkable job and significant sacrifices made by Pike’s business owners and residents in taking the proper precautions and heeding the advice of medical experts during this challenging time to help flatten the curve.

Pike County is prepared to reopen. The Commissioners are involved with several key initiatives to help local businesses and residents safely and responsibly make the transition to Yellow. Officials continue to work together with leaders in neighboring counties of Carbon, Monroe, and Wayne; municipal officials; regional health care facilities; the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau (PMVB); and regional Chambers of Commerce to assure that Pike County has enough COVID-19 testing sites, that local businesses have access to personal protective equipment (PPE), and that we have the proper amount of contact tracers to prevent community spread of COVID-19.

The Commissioners will continue these efforts to ultimately move Pike County to the Green Phase of reopening.

The Pocono Promise

On May 18, the Pike County Commissioners, along with other regional elected officials and business owners, participated in the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau’s virtual signing event for the Poconos Promise, a plan that provides clear recognition for the commitment made by businesses, large and small, to protect the health, safety and well-being of employees and customers. When a resident or visitor sees the Pocono Promise branding on a local business they can be assured that all federal, state and local health guidelines are being followed at that location. More information can be found at https://www.poconomountains.com/about-pmvb/pocono-promise/

Testing

Pike County has implemented a higher number of COVID-19 tests per capita than most other small counties in Pennsylvania, according to Pennsylvania Department of Health data.

Local testing sites include:

  • The Pike County Training Center, 135 Pike County Boulevard, Hawley, PA. Open Monday-Wednesday- Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Wayne Memorial Laboratory Services offers COVID-19 and respiratory panel tests by prescription only. The testing site was initiated by Wayne Memorial Health System, along with Pike County’s Emergency Management officials, and the Pike County Commissioners. 
  • Dingmans Medical Center, 1592 Route 739 Suite 1, Dingmans Ferry, PA. By prescription only. Call 570-828-8000 or visit www.dingmansmedical.com for more information.
  • Walmart, 220 Route 6 & 209, Milford PA. The drive-through testing site offers free tests without a prescription to those who meet Center for Disease Control and state and local guidelines. An appointment is required. Visit DoINeedaCOVID19test.com for more information.

Contact Tracing

Pike County’s Public Health Nurse has been conducting Contact Tracing throughout the COVID-19 crisis, and the Commissioners have shared information with the press and public about how Pike County residents can volunteer to conduct Contact Tracing for the Department of Health to assist with case investigation, isolation of positive cases, or quarantine of close contacts to help slow and stop the transmission of COVID-19. Pike County needs approximately 26 volunteer Contact Tracers to meet the state’s recommended standards per capita. Go to serv.pa.gov to volunteer.

Grant Funding

The Pike County Commissioners will be setting aside approximately $500,000 of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to create a forgivable loan program that assists businesses in Pike County with reopening. This funding will be available to for-profit businesses that retain or create jobs. Loan guidelines and applications will be available at PikeForward.com within the next two weeks.

In addition, the Commissioners will set aside approximately $100,000 of CDBG funding to assist eligible applicants with up to three months of back rent. We anticipate funding for the business loan and rental assistance programs will be available in August 2020.

The Commissioners are also creating an opportunity for nonprofit organizations to apply for funding to implement CDBG-eligible public service projects. Guidelines and the application are available at PikeForward.com. This funding will be available in August 2020 and January 2021.

The Pike County Commissioners, again, thank Governor Wolf for recognizing the county’s strong and balanced alliance of community leaders, businesses interests, and public health officials that have presented a reasoned, united front to assure a responsible approach to reopening, and ultimately achieving the Green Phase of state guidelines.

May 21

Pike County Primary Election COVID-19 Safeguards at Polls

All Pike County Polling Locations will be open from 7:00 am until 8:00 pm on June 2, 2020 for in-person voting during Pennsylvania’s Primary Election.

Voters heading to the polls are asked to bring their own pens, blue or black ink only, for signing the poll book and marking their ballot. Disposable pens will be available to anyone who does not bring their own.

Voters are asked to wear a mask inside the polling place. No one will be denied their right to vote for refusing to wear a mask, however, many of our poll workers are in the high-risk demographic and will be exposing themselves to the public for more than 14 hours while conducting the election.

We ask you to honor their courage and commitment by wearing a mask to protect them and out of respect for your fellow voters who may have conditions that put them at risk.

The number of voters allowed inside the polls at one time will be limited to no more than 10, but may be less depending on the size of the room and will be left to the discretion of the Judge of Elections.

Voting booths and equipment will be sanitized after each voter so wait times may be longer. Plexiglass shields will be in place at sign-in and ballot-issue stations.

Maintaining a 6-foot distance between voters while waiting in line inside and outside the polling place will be enforced.

Pike County polling places will be fully staffed and operational for the June 2 Primary Election due to the dedication of our poll workers and their willingness to carry out their Election Day duties during this pandemic.

They have stepped up to do their part. We are asking our voters to do theirs.

Wear a mask, be patient, be considerate, be respectful. Working together we are confident Pike County can conduct a safe and secure election on June 2.

Thank You

Pike County Board of Elections

May 20

Pike Forward Resources

Pike County Commissioners Meeting

May 14

Below is information about how individuals and groups can sign up to assist with contact tracing for the PA Department of Health (DOH).

Process for Individuals:

*Please note the spelling of serve when talking with the individual about the site.*

  • Tell the individual they will need to register on ServPA (creating an account).
  • During this registration, they will be asked to join an organization. The individual should choose Contact Tracing (PA DOH).

Process for Groups:

  • When a group (or an individual representing a group) inquiries about getting involved with Contact Tracing, please have them email RA-DHCONTACTTRACING@pa.gov. In their email they should include:

o             Name of the group or organization they represent

o             Inquiry or topic related to contact tracing

o             Contact Information for individual who we should contact

  • This email is monitored by the Contact Tracing leadership team and these inquiries will be answered as quickly as possible.

May 13, 2020

 

Wayne Memorial Hospital to Open
COVID-19 Testing Site in Pike County

        

Wayne Memorial Hospital is opening a COVID-19 testing site at the Pike County Training Center off Route 739, starting Monday, May 18th.  Wayne Memorial Laboratory Services will offer both COVID-19 and respiratory panel tests by prescription only.  The new testing site was initiated by Wayne Memorial Health System (WMHS), along with Pike County’s Emergency Management officials and commissioners.

 

“The Pike County Commissioners commend the collaborative effort of Wayne Memorial Health System and our Office of Emergency Management to bring this important service to local citizens,” said Pike County Commissioner and WMHS Board Member Ronald Schmalzle, “Increased testing capacity is key to keeping our community safe as we proactively address the challenges presented by COVID-19.

 

The site, at 135 Pike County Boulevard, Hawley, will be open
Monday-Wednesday- Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

 

Wayne Memorial opened a similar testing site in early March at the Wayne County Fairgrounds.  That site was open seven days a week, but it was not heavily publicized because of the limited number of test materials available at that time. Approximately 25 tests were being done each day, but WMH Director of Ancillary Services, James Hockenbury, said that number has gone down.

 

“Between a lower testing demand in Wayne County and an increase in available testing kits,” Hockenbury explained, “we are in an excellent position to offer these services to Pike County.”

 

The Wayne County site will now be open Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday, also from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, with staff alternating between the two counties throughout the week.

 

To date, Pike County has seen more positive COVID tests than its neighbor. As of May 12, Pike had 441 cases and Wayne had only 117.  Testing is available only to those who meet certain criteria, including symptoms of COVID-19 or exposure to an infected person or an area of significant outbreak.

 

For more information about Wayne Memorial’s coronavirus activities, visit wmh.org/covid-19-novel-coronavirus or the hospital’s Facebook page.  For information on the virus itself, visit cdc.gov/coronavirus.

 

Above photo: Wayne Memorial Laboratory Services’ staff, l. to r.,  Angelica Jean-Philippe, Nancy O’Connell and Kim Bates will help provide mobile COVID-19 testing services in Pike County, as they do here at the Wayne County Fairgrounds.

 

###

 

The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau is launching the Pocono Promise as a resource to help regional businesses prepare to reopen when the time comes. There is a free webinar for local businesses today to learn more. Here are the details:


Wed, May 13, 2020 - 2 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://www.gotomeet.me/PMVB/wednesdaywebinar
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (312) 757-3119
Access Code: 176-436-933
https://www.poconomountains.com/about-pmvb/pocono-promise/

May 12, 2020

The Pike County Commissioners are committed to a balanced, and responsible reopening of businesses in Pike County as they safely navigate the COVID-19 crisis. The Commissioners recognize and commend Pike County residents and business owners for the sacrifices they have made over the past two months to help flatten the curve of the COVID-19 virus.

While Pike officials will continue to follow the law, with the understanding that the authority to supersede the Governor’s public health restrictions and reopen local businesses does not lay at the county level, the Commissioners are keenly aware of the economic hardships the Governor’s restrictions bring to local businesses.

“We are disappointed in the lack of guidance from Governor Wolf regarding a path to recovery, yet we recognize the difficult job he faces during this unprecedented crisis,” says Commissioner Ronald Schmalzle.

Pike County officials are working together with leaders in neighboring counties of Carbon, Monroe, and Wayne; municipal officials; regional health care facilities; and organizations such as the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau (PMVB), and regional Chambers of Commerce to expediently develop a proposal to Governor Wolf outlining a clear and safe reopening plan.

“It would be irresponsible to direct our businesses to go against the Governor’s order and to risk even further adverse economic consequences during this very challenging time, but we believe the Pocono Mountains region should be moved to the Yellow Phase of the state’s reopening process,” says Commissioner Steve Guccini.   

In his May 11th press conference, Governor Wolf clearly outlined repercussions to both counties and local businesses that choose to operate outside of the state’s reopening process. Non-adhering local businesses could jeopardize their state licensing and liability insurance, while county government could lose millions of dollars in discretionary funding that flows through to help provide a diverse assortment of much-needed local services.

The Pike County Commissioners are hopeful that local COVID-19 statistics – which have not overwhelmed our health care facilities – in combination with a strong and balanced alliance of community leaders, businesses interests, and public health officials will present a reasoned, united front that will be appropriately recognized at the state level for its responsible approach to reopening.

In addition to this collaborative approach, the Pike County Commissioners are actively pursuing funding and programs that can assist local businesses and non-profits in reopening by providing sanitation products and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) necessary to ensure the safety of employees, patrons and visitors. Additional testing capacity and contact tracing will also be implemented.

The Commissioners have also directed the Economic Development Authority (EDA) to compile resources for local businesses that provide reopening guidance on safety measures and standard operating procedures from experts such as the Center for Disease Control, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and industry-specific organizations such as the PMVB, American Camping Association, National Restaurant Association, and others that relate to retail stores, salons, personal care, and other industries. These resources will be available on the county and EDA websites.

“Now more than ever it is the time to lead our business community toward a responsible path to reopening, first into the Yellow Phase and ultimately to Green. And we want to ensure that the proper public health and safety measures are in place to prevent an increase or resurgence in COVID-19 cases,” says Commissioner Chairman Matthew Osterberg.

May 8, 2020

The Pike County Office of Human Services received $10,000 from the Human Resources Foundation in Honesdale, PA to support Pike’s five local food banks, which are serving significantly more residents during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Read More --> Food Bank Funding for Pike County.pdf (490.54 kb)

Area Agency on Aging offers free wellness activities for Senior Citizens via Zoom beginning May 13. Read More --> Zoom Activities for Seniors.pdf (444.08 kb)

Pike County has been awarded $73,654 of Federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. Any non-profit, faith-based, or local government agency that provides food and shelter services may apply by May 18 to receive these funds. Find more information at the link in our profile. Read More --> Pike County Public Notice_Signed5.5.2020.pdf (780.74 kb)

May 7, 2020

Pike County Government Buildings
Continue 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. On-Site Office Hours


Pike County facilities will continue to operate under the current schedule of restricted on-site hours and accessibility until such time as Governor Wolf moves Pike County from the Red to Yellow Phase of his process to reopen Pennsylvania.

Visitors to county facilities are encouraged to wear masks, to cover their mouths and noses, at all times while transacting essential business within county facilities.

The Administration Building at 506 Broad Street, in Milford; the Prothonotary’s Office in the Pike County Courthouse at 412 Broad Street, in Milford; and the Community Planning Office and Workforce Development Agency at 837 Route 6, in Shohola will operate on-site from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. by appointment only for essential business, Monday through Friday. The public should call the specific department or office in advance of visiting any of these facilities during on-site hours. Contact information is provided below.

Service beyond on-site hours will be by telephone and email only.

After 12:30 p.m., the public should call the numbers listed below for direction to needed services.

A list of county business that can be conducted online or by phone is available at here.

County Office Contact Information

Area Agency on Aging - Robin Skibber - Services are continuing on limited basis - 570-775-5500

Assessment - 570-296-5936

Board of Elections - Nadine Manzoni – 570-296-3426

Children & Youth Services - Ginger Refice-570-296-3446

District Attorney - Raymond Tonkin - 570-296-3482

Finance - Sharon Bartsch - 570-296-3538

Commissioners Office - Gary Orben - 570-296-3569

Community Planning - Michael Mrozinski - 570-296-3500

Mapping/ GIS - Gary Orben - 570-296-3420

Penn State Extension - 570-296-3400

Prothonotary - Denise Fitzpatrick - 570-296-7231

Public Defender - Robert Bernathy - 570-296-5266

Recorder of Deeds - Sharon Schroeder - 570-296-3508

Tax Claim - Cindy Gehris - 570-296-3407

Transportation - Robb Ruiz - Limited services are being provided - 570-296-3408

Treasurer - John Gilpin - 570-296-3441

Veterans Services - Brian Evichin - 570-296-3563 or 570-352-8213 (cell)

Workforce Development - Cindy DeFebo - 570-296-2909

For information on Pike County Courts, District Magistrates, and Probation
please contact these offices.

Courts - Samantha Venditti - 570-296-3556

Adult/Juvenile Probation - Jeffrey Angradi - 570-296-7412

Domestic Relations - Jeffrey Angradi - 570-296-3544

Magisterial District Judge Deborah Fischer – 570-296-8108

Magisterial District Judge Alan Cooper – 570-296-7726

Magisterial District Judge Randy Schmalzle – 570-296-9650

Magisterial District Judge Paul Menditto – 570-828-2880

Sheriff Kerry Welsh - 570-296-6459

Before coming to any County facility, please call first regardless of the time of day. This is to protect the public and county employees.

May 6, 2020

Pike County Commissioners Meeting

April 29, 2020

Due to the COVID -19 crisis, the Pike County Commissioners have extended the deadline for the 2% discount period on county taxes to August 31, 2020. They have also waived any fee or penalty otherwise associated with the late payment of county taxes if those taxes are paid in full by December 31, 2020.

This resolution, Number 20-11, was passed by the Commissioners during a regularly scheduled Conference. It has been delivered to the tax collectors for all taxing districts within Pike County. All municipalities have agreed to the extension.

For more information, please contact your local tax collector directly. Read the resolution --> Resolution 20-11.pdf (998.11 kb)

April 17, 2020

Beginning Monday, April 20 the Pike County Transportation Department will require all passengers to wear masks. This is in-line with recent recommendations issued by the Pike County Commissioners for county facilities, and with Department of Health protocols. More information regarding masks is available on the PA Department of Health website.

Pocono Mountains COVID-19 Weekly Situation Dashboard 4/17/20
with Comment from Pike County Commissioner Matthew Osterberg

April 15, 2020

Regularly Scheduled Public Meeting of the Pike County Commissioners

Download the agenda. 4-15-20 Agenda Full Packet.pdf (440.41 kb)

April 13, 2020

April 15th Pike County Commissioners Meeting to be Conducted
via Zoom and Live Streamed on YouTube

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Pike County Commissioners on Wednesday April 15 at 9:00 a.m. will be conducted via Zoom and livestreamed on the County’s YouTube channel.

Members of the press and public can view it on YouTube by visiting the County website www.PikePA.org and clicking on the YouTube icon. The meeting agenda will be available for download on the County website.

Questions from the press and public can be emailed to Communications Director Krista Gromalski at kgromalski@pikepa.org either in advance of or during the meeting. 

Masks Recommended for the Public and County Employees


As the Pike County Commissioners continue to implement health and safety protocols due to the (Coronavirus) COVID-19 crisis, members of the public are now encouraged to wear masks, to cover their mouths and noses, at all times while transacting essential business within county facilities.

County employees are also encouraged to wear masks while interacting with the public and while moving through county facilities.

These proactive measures are based on recommendations from the PA Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

Social distancing, hygiene, and disinfection measures remain in place.

Download the press release.

Masks Added to Health and Safety Protocols in Pike County Facilities 1.pdf (495.63 kb)

April 7, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, as a further measure to protect County employees and the public, and to fulfill the County’s responsibility to taxpayers, several county facilities will be under new hours beginning on Monday, April 13.

The Administration Building at 506 Broad Street, in Milford; the Prothonotary’s Office in the Pike County Courthouse at 412 Broad Street, in Milford; and the Community Planning Office and Workforce Development Agency at 837 Route 6, in Shohola will operate on-site from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. by appointment only for essential business, Monday through Friday. The public should call the specific department or office in advance of visiting any of these facilities during on-site hours. Contact information is provided below.

Service beyond on-site hours will be by telephone and email only.

After 12:30 p.m., the public should call the numbers listed below for direction to needed services.

Contact information for County offices can be downloaded here.

New Hours for Pike County Government Buildings - 1.pdf (515.29 kb)

A list of Pike County government services, as well as a compilation of resources available for conducting county business online or by phone can be found here.

April 6, 2020

To ensure the dissemination of factual and transparent information regarding the status of individuals at the Pike County Correctional Facility (PCCF) in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Pike County Commissioners share the following update.

PCCF COVID-19 Update 4.6.20.pdf (652.18 kb)

April 3, 2020

Pike County Commissioners on COVID-19

News 13 Coronavirus Virtual Town Hall with
Pike, Wayne, Monroe, and Carbon County Commissioners

April 2, 2020

Pike County Correctional Facility Takes Measures to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19


The Pike County Prison Board members are implementing measures to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) within the Pike County Correctional Facility (PCCF).

To protect both staff members and inmates/detainees, effective strategies have been implemented to reduce exposure vectors for the transmission of COVID-19 amongst all those who work or are housed in the facility.

The Pike County Correctional Facility Warden prepared inmate incarceration data and delivered it to the Pike County District Attorney and the Pike County Solicitor to enable a review of low-level offenders for consideration of early release on furlough, parole, bail reduction and/or time served.  Subsequently, with the approval of the Pike County Chief Probation Officer, the President Judge, and the Pike County Commissioners, certain Pike County offenders were considered for early release, with an emphasis on those who committed low-level offenses considered to be least likely to recidivate.

The measures previously described and implemented have resulted in a local county inmate population reduction of approximately 43 as of April 2. This ongoing situation is being monitored and reevaluated daily.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the federal government have jurisdiction over the detainee population, and are actively working to reduce the ICE detainee population, with a reduction of 32 detainees as of April 2.

One (1) PCCF inmate has tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently hospitalized. Three (3) PCCF staff members and one (1) contract employee have tested positive for COVID-19 and are isolated at home.

Elevated facility cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing protocols which had been in place will continue. Inmates/detainees are examined for symptoms and temperature-checked twice daily. Staff members are symptom and temperature-checked upon arrival to the facility and as necessary.

All those in the facility are reminded to frequently wash their hands, and to cover their coughs and sneezes. Staff members have been advised to immediately report any illnesses, of either staff members or inmates/detainees, to a Supervisor.

Correctional Facility Personnel are following all of the established COVID-19 mitigation protocols endorsed by the Center for Disease Control and has had ongoing communication with the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

March 29, 2020

Pike County Correctional Facility Update on COVID-19

Based on recent requests for information regarding the status of individuals at the Pike County Correctional Facility in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Pike County Commissioners share the following update.

A staff member at the Pike County Correctional Facility (PCCF) tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 24. The staff member has been quarantined at home since March 18.

Inmates that had direct contact with the individual are now under quarantine. Other staff who had contact with the individual were sent home to self-quarantine.

Elevated cleaning and sanitizing protocols which had been in place will continue. Inmates and staff are reminded to frequently wash their hands, and to cover their coughs and sneezes. Staff have been advised to immediately report any illnesses, of either staff or inmates, to a supervisor.

There are no positive COVID-19 cases among PCCF inmates or detainees. The Correctional Facility is following all of the proper COVID-19 protocols of the Center for Disease Control and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

March 27, 2020

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf Expands Stay at Home Order to Include Pike County

Today, to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine revised the recently issued “Stay at Home” order to include Pike County. The amended order takes effect at 8:00 PM Friday, March 27, 2020, and will continue until April 6, 2020.

The Pike County Commissioners are urging municipal officials and homeowner associations to help get this information to their residents, along with a reminder to them to be ever more vigilant about social distancing.

“The Stay at Home Order is a more urgent request for people to remain at home during this public health crisis,” says Pike County Commissioner Chairman Matthew Osterberg. “For example, try to get groceries once per week instead of daily, and refrain from all non-essential travel. With the warm weather and beautiful days we have been experiencing, take the opportunity to be outside in your yard or enjoy a walk along one of Pike County’s many trails while practicing social distancing.”

Essential Pike County Government services continue to operate. Visit www.PikePA.org or call the Commissioners Office at 570-296-7613 for more information.

According to the Governor’s order, individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following allowable individual activities and allowable essential travel:

  • Tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as obtaining medicine or medical supplies, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from home
  • Getting necessary services or supplies for themselves, for their family or household members, or as part of volunteer efforts, or to deliver those services or supplies to others to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences
  • Engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running if they maintain social distancing
  • To perform work providing essential products and services at a life-sustaining business
  • To care for a family member or pet in another household
  • Any travel related to the provision of or access to the above-mentioned individual activities or life-sustaining business activities
  • Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons
  • Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services
  • Travel to return to a place of residence from an outside jurisdiction
  • Travel required by law enforcement or court order
  • Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the commonwealth
  • Anyone performing life-sustaining travel does not need paperwork to prove the reason for travel.

The following operations are exempt:

  • Life-sustaining business activities
  • Health care or medical services providers
  • Access to life-sustaining services for low-income residents, including food banks
  • Access to child care services for employees of life-sustaining businesses that remain open as follows: child care facilities operating under the Department of Human Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning waiver process; group and family child care operating in a residence; and part-day school age programs operating under an exemption from the March 19, 2020 business closure Orders
  • News media
  • Law enforcement
  • The federal government
  • Religious institutions

Individuals experiencing homelessness are not subject to this order but are strongly urged to find shelter. In Pike County, people in need of food, clothing, shelter, drug and alcohol rehab or detox, or crisis intervention can contact PA 211 NE by dialing 211 or texting your zip code to 898211.

Senior Citizens can contact the Pike County Area Agency on Aging at 570-775-5550 regarding nutrition services.

Resources

  • An updated list of Pike County Government public services and resources, which are available remotely, can be found at PikePA.org.
  • Many local restaurants are providing take-out or curbside service, and some supermarkets are offering home delivery. Contact establishments directly for more information.

Follow Proper Protocols

The Pike County Commissioners and the County’s Department of Public Safety are continuing to be in regular contact with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and other involved agencies regarding guidance and protocols related to COVID-19.

The public should continue to follow the proper protocols for COVID-19 prevention.

  • Stay Calm. Stay Home. And Stay Safe.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands!
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, remotes, and other frequently touched items.
  • Contain: if you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.

This is an evolving situation. For the latest local information and updates regarding COVID-19, please visit the Pike County Government website at www.PikePA.org and click on the “Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates” icon.

The public can access the latest state and federal information on COVID-19 at:

Health.Pa.gov - the PA Department of Health website.

CDC.gov – the Center for Disease Control website.

March 25, 2020

Individuals Who Have Recently Traveled to Pike County from the NYC Metro Area Should Self-Quarantine for 14 Days

PA Health Department Urges People Not Under a Stay at Home Order
to Refrain from Non-Essential Travel

Under the latest guidance from The White House Coronavirus Task Force, which cites concern about the high coronavirus (COVID-19) infection rate in the New York City area, the Pike County Commissioners urge everyone who has recently traveled to Pike County from the New York City metropolitan area to self-quarantine for 14 days.

According to Dr. Deborah Birx, Response Coordinator for The White House Coronavirus Task Force, 60% of all new COVID-19 cases in the United States are from the New York City metropolitan area.

“It is critical to the health and safety of everyone that people follow this guidance and take the proper self-quarantine precautions right now,” says Pike County Commissioner Chairman Matthew Osterberg. “We will overcome this public health challenge by working together as a community to help stop the spread of COVID-19.”

Self-quarantining is intended to separate and restrict the movement of people who were potentially exposed to a contagious disease, such as COVID-19, to determine if they become sick, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. It is an important strategy in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19.

In Pennsylvania, the current travel guidance from the PA Department of Health urges people to “stay home as much as possible. Try to get groceries once per week instead of daily. Freedom of travel remains, but please refrain from non-essential travel. Essential travel includes things like commuting to an essential job, picking up supplies like groceries and medicine, and checking on family and pets in other households. Do not host or attend gatherings.” This guidance currently applies to counties such as Pike, which are not under Governor Wolf’s Stay at Home Order.

Resources for those Under Self Quarantine

  • Senior Citizens can contact the Pike County Area Agency on Aging at 570-775-5550 regarding nutrition services.
  • PA 211 NE is available to people in need of food, clothing, shelter, drug and alcohol rehab or detox, or crisis intervention. For help, dial 211 or text your zip code to 898211.
  • An updated list of Pike County Government public services and resources available remotely can be found at PikePA.org.
  • Many local restaurants are providing take-out or curbside service, and some supermarkets are offering home delivery. Contact establishments directly for more information.

Follow Proper Protocols

The Pike County Commissioners and the County’s Department of Public Safety are continuing to be in regular contact with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and other involved agencies regarding guidance and protocols related to COVID-19.

The public should continue to follow the proper protocols for COVID-19 prevention.

  • Stay Calm. Stay Home. And Stay Safe.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands!
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, remotes, and other frequently touched items.
  • Contain: if you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.

This is an evolving situation. For the latest local information and updates regarding COVID-19, please visit the Pike County Government website at www.PikePA.org and click on the “Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates” icon.

The public can access the latest state and federal information on COVID-19 at:

Health.Pa.gov - the PA Department of Health website.

CDC.gov – the Center for Disease Control website.

March 24, 2020

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, public access to the Pike County Administration Building is limited until further notice. Call ahead for necessary business.

Get more info & details about county services available online
at THIS LINK.

---------------------------------------------------

 

The Pike County Economic Development Authority (EDA) is assisting local small businesses in finding funding to support them through the COVID-19 health crisis.

Download the Message from
EDA Executive Director Michael J. Sullivan

SBA Loans and possible COVID-19 Stimulus 3-23-20.pdf (266.35 kb)

A funding option currently available to small businesses is the U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Says Sullivan:

There is one thing you should do right now for your company: make an application with the SBA loan. This loan is described as, "U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)." (All of Pennsylvania became a "designated state" late last week.) These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. The interest rate is 3.75% for small businesses. The interest rate for non-profits is 2.75%. This is a long-term loan that can be for as long as 30 years and the amortization payback is terrific.  This option is ready for you now and the sooner you apply, the sooner the resolution.

The U.S. Congress is expected to pass additional emergency funding that could exceed $1 trillion. The Pike County EDA is continuing to monitor progress in Congress and will be available to advise small businesses when the legislation is been passed. Call 570-296-7332 for more information.

March 20, 2020

In times such as these we need to remember that we are all in this together and we will remain together on the other side of this pandemic. We will get through this.

As a sign of our unity, we encourage you to please display your American flag as we navigate this unprecedented situation together.

Follow guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Pennsylvania Department of Health.

COVID-19 Testing Information


Dingmans Medical Center offers the following services to its patients to assess and test for COVID-19:

Download the message to patients:

Dingmans Medical Center COVID-19 Update.pdf (113.06 kb)

Lehigh Valley Health Network is also offering numerous standalone COVID-19 Assess and Test Locations.

Download more information.

Lehigh Valley Health Network COVID-19 Flyer.pdf (99.04 kb)

March 19, 2020


ALL NON-LIFE-SUSTAINING BUSINESSES IN PENNSYLVANIA TO CLOSE PHYSICAL LOCATIONS AS OF
8 PM TODAY TO SLOW SPREAD OF COVID-19

Wolf Administration Orders Closure of Non-Life-Sustaining Businesses
at 8 p.m. Today, March 19

  • Enforcement Actions for Restaurant, Bar Dine-In Closure Began at 8 p.m., March 18
  • Enforcement Actions for Non-Compliance will Begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close their physical locations as of 8 p.m. today, March 19, to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Enforcement actions against businesses that do not close physical locations will begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21.

Gov. Wolf’s order is here.

2020.3.19 TWW COVID 19 business closure order.pdf (196.50 kb)

A video statement from Gov. Wolf is here.

Sec. of Health’s order is here.

Message from PA Secretary of Department of Health.pdf (128.48 kb)

A list of life-critical businesses is here.

20200319-Life-Sustaining-Business.pdf (66.37 kb)

In extenuating circumstances, special exemptions will be granted to businesses that are supplying or servicing health care providers.

“To protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians, we need to take more aggressive mitigation actions,” said Gov. Wolf. “This virus is an invisible danger that could be present everywhere. We need to act with the strength we use against any other severe threat. And, we need to act now before the illness spreads more widely.”

The governor had previously encouraged non-life-sustaining businesses to close to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Restaurants and bars were already required to stop all dine-in services. Enforcement for establishments with a liquor license began at 8 p.m. March 18, and enforcement for all other food establishments will begin at 8 p.m. tonight. Food establishments can offer carry-out, delivery, and drive-through food and beverage service, including alcohol.

Pursuant to the Emergency Management Services Code, the governor is granted extraordinary powers upon his declaration of a disaster emergency, such as COVID-19. Among these powers, the governor may control the ingress and egress into the disaster area, the movement of persons, and the occupancy of premises within the disaster area, which has been established to be the entire commonwealth for the COVID-19 disaster emergency. The secretary of health separately is authorized under the law to employ measures necessary for the prevention and suppression of disease.

Separately, and taken together, the administration is exercising these powers to temporarily close all non-life-sustaining businesses and dine-in facilities at all restaurants and bars across the commonwealth. Persons must be removed from these premises to cope with the COVID-19 disaster emergency.

Failure to Comply and Enforcement

Failure to comply with these requirements will result in enforcement action that could include citations, fines, or license suspensions.

The governor has directed the following state agencies and local officials to enforce the closure orders to the full extent of the law:

• Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board
• Department of Health
• Department of Agriculture
• Pennsylvania State Police
• Local officials, using their resources to enforce closure orders within their jurisdictions

Private businesses, local organizations and other noncompliant entities that fail or refuse to comply with the governor’s orders that protect the lives and health of Pennsylvanians will forfeit their ability to receive any applicable disaster relief and/or may be subject to other appropriate administrative action. Such action may include termination of state loan or grant funding, including Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project (RACP) grant funding and/or suspension or revocation of licensure for violation of the law.

Finally, in addition to any other criminal charges that might be applicable, the Department of Health is authorized to prosecute noncompliant entities for the failure to comply with health laws, including quarantine, isolation or other disease control measures. Violators are subject to fines or imprisonment.

Business Loans and Support

The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) offers working capital loans that could be of assistance to businesses impacted by COVID-19. Resources and information will be posted to http://dced.pa.gov/resources as they become available. The U.S. Small Business Administration, in addition to local funding partners, may also be a source of assistance for affected businesses.

The Wolf Administration today announced the availability of low-interest loans for small businesses and eligible non-profits in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Businesses seeking guidance from DCED can also contact its customer service resource account at ra-dcedcs@pa.gov or by calling 1-877-PA-HEALTH and selecting option 1.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should visit: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/. MEDIA

__________________________________________________

At close of business today until at least April 3, 2020 the Pike County Court of Common Pleas will be operating under the following Administrative Order issued by President Judge Gregory H. Chelak.

The operations and ongoing business of the Court shall be limited as specified in the Order, downloadable below.

60th District Operation of Judicial Facilities and Offices COVID-19 Pandemic.pdf (231.22 kb)

March 18, 2020

There is NO Shelter in Place order in effect in Pike County. This order can only be issued by
Pennsylvania's Governor.

The Declaration of Emergency for Pike County that was signed today by the Pike County Commissioners does some specific things:

  • Allows the County to apply for funding to help address the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
  • Provides flexibility in the purchase of items and services that may be needed to address this crisis.
  • Asks residents to seek information from credible public health sources such as the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Center for Disease Control.

Meeting of the Pike County Commissioners

 
Meeting Agenda --> 3-18-20 Agenda.pdf (302.15 kb)
Declaration of Disaster Emergency for the County of Pike, PA -->
Declaration of Disaster Emergency for the County of Pike, PA.pdf (102.08 kb)

 

The Honorable Gregory H. Chelak, President Judge,
addresses the the Pike County Court of Common Pleas
Public Health Emergency Response to Coronavirus COVID-19

The Pike County Commissioners
Regular Agenda Items
and COVID-19 Update

March 16, 2020

The Pike County Area Agency on Aging will be operating its Home Delivered Meals program from the Blooming Grove Senior Center and Lackawaxen Senior Center for meal distribution and pick up only.

This week the Dingman’s Ferry Senior Center will close following meal distribution March 17th morning.

Eastern Pike Center for Active Adults at Matamoras Fire Dept. and Saw Creek Center for Active Adults will be closed until further notice.

The AAA main number:  570-775-5550 is the contact for any senior who is in need of nutrition services in this period of closure.

Pike County AAA staff are contacting any congregate consumers who may be in need of nutrition services or other services in this time period.

Download a PDF of the Pike County Court of Common Pleas Public Health Emergency Response to Coronavirus COVID-19

Pike County Court of Common Pleas Public Health Emergency Response Coronavirus COVID-19.pdf (109.92 kb)

At 2:00 p.m. today Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine provided an update on the coronavirus known as COVID-19 and outlined ongoing efforts to mitigate the virus in Pennsylvania.

The briefing is available through this link.

The PA Department of Health also provides the follow infographic and fact sheet regarding how to get tested for COVID-19.

COVID19 Testing Factsheet.pdf (172.29 kb)

March 15, 2020

Watch the latest briefing by Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine.

Under the latest guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) related to COVID-19 precautions, Pike County’s public transportation services are running on a limited basis for the next two weeks, for medical and food purposes only.

PennDOT recommends that “only life sustaining trips be performed for the next two weeks. The definition of life sustaining trips are typically medical and medically related needs and access to food.”

At this time the Pike County Transportation Department is only servicing life sustaining trips, such as chemo therapy, dialysis, and pharmacy. We will also ensure that riders have access to food such as supermarkets and food pantries. We are asking our riders to reschedule their non-life-sustaining medical appointments for 2-3 weeks.  

Please contact the Pike County Transportation Department at 570-296-3408 or 1-866-681-4947 for more information.

March 14, 2020

Commissioners Meeting Location Change

Due to the evolving situation presented by the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Pike County Commissioners are limiting large public gatherings within non-court-related County facilities. Further, they will move the location of their regularly scheduled 10:00 a.m. March 18th meeting from the Training Center to the Administration Building, at 506 Broad Street, in Milford.

The public is encouraged to watch the live stream of the meeting available on the county website PikePA.org rather than attend in person. The recorded video will remain available on the county website and YouTube channel (Pike County PA) until the official minutes of the meeting are approved.

The Pike County Commissioners and the County’s Department of Public Safety are continuing to be in regular contact with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and other involved agencies regarding guidance and protocols related to COVID-19.

It is important for the public to know that the Pike County Maintenance Staff are continually cleaning and disinfecting all high-traffic county facilities and transportation vehicles.

As is standard practice, the high-traffic Administration Building and Court House are thoroughly cleaned and sanitized nightly. Additionally, roving sweeps of these facilities will be made throughout the day to disinfect frequently accessed surfaces.

Hand sanitizer is available for public use at the main entrances of both the Administration Building and Court House.

The public should continue to follow the protocols for prevention issued by the PA Department of Health.

  • Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands!
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, remotes, and other frequently touched items.
  • Contain: if you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.

This is an evolving situation. For the latest local information and updates regarding COVID-19, please visit the Pike County Government website at PikePa.org and click on “Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates” under the “What’s New” heading. Or, simply click on “News” in the top navigation bar.

The public can access the latest state and federal information on COVID-19 at:

Health.Pa.gov - the PA Department of Health website.

CDC.gov – the Center for Disease Control website

March 12, 2020

Today, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine announced a presumptive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) reported in Pike County. A live stream of the announcement can be viewed here.

The individual is an adult male who reportedly had out of state contact. The Pike County resident is currently in isolation in his home. He is in regular contact with Department of Health officials.

This case has not been positively confirmed by the CDC at this point in time.

The Pike County Commissioners and the County’s Department of Public Safety are continuing to be in regular contact with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and other involved agencies regarding guidance and protocols related to COVID-19.

The public should be aware that Pike County Maintenance Staff are continually cleaning and disinfecting county facilities and transportation vehicles.

"We have been preparing for this situation locally, and are taking the appropriate action under the proper state and federal guidance,” says Pike County Commissioner Matthew Osterberg. “The public should continue to follow the protocols for prevention issued by the PA Health Department.”

  • Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands!
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, remotes, and other frequently touched items.
  • Contain: if you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.

This is an evolving situation. For latest local information and updates regarding COVID-19, please visit the Pike County Government website at PikePa.org and click on “Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates” under the “What’s New” heading. Or, simply click on “News” in the top navigation bar.

The public can access the latest state and federal information on COVID-19 at:

Health.Pa.gov - the PA Department of Health website.

CDC.gov – the Center for Disease Control website.

March 11, 2020

According to the Department of Health website, today at 4:00 p.m. Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine will provide an update on the coronavirus known as COVID-19 and outline ongoing efforts to mitigate the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Pennsylvania.

A live stream of today's update will be available online at this link.

PA Stats as of Today 3/11/20

 

March 9, 2020

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine provided an update today on the status of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. It can be viewed at the PACast website.

There are currently 10 presumptive positive cases of the virus in Pennsylvania:

One in Wayne County
One in Monroe County
One in Delaware County
Seven in Montgomery County

These presumptive cases are directly related to travel history, and all tests will be confirmed by the Center for Disease Control.

March 6, 2020

Today, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf signed an emergency disaster declaration to provide increased support to state agencies involved in response to coronavirus (COVID-19). The declaration came following the announcement of the first two presumptive positive cases of the virus in Pennsylvania, one of which is in Wayne County.

The Pike County Commissioners and the County’s Department of Public Safety are continuing to be in regular contact with the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and other involved agencies regarding guidance and protocols related to COVID-19.

Pennsylvania is continuing to follow Federal Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance.

It should be noted that, according to PEMA, there is currently no evidence of community transmission of the virus in Pennsylvania, meaning the two presumptive cases are directly related to travel history.

The PA Department of Health recommends the following:

  • Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands!
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, remotes, and other frequently touched items.
  • Contain: if you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.

The public can access the latest information on COVID-19 at:

Health.Pa.gov - the PA Department of Health website.

CDC.gov – the Center for Disease Control website.

March 4, 2020

The Pike County Commissioners and Department of Public Safety participated in a conference call on Wednesday, March 4 with Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine and other state officials regarding guidance on the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

COVID-19 is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

Dr. Levine reported that to date there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. She said the state is following Federal Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance.

The public can access the latest information on COVID-19 at:

Health.Pa.gov - the PA Department of Health website.

CDC.gov – the Center for Disease Control website.

March 4th Situation Report - from the PA Emergency Operation Center. 20200304nCoVSituationReportExt.pdf (364.37 kb)