Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates

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

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.

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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

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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)