COVID-19 : Township Procedures, Resources & Vaccination Information - UPDATED 8/10/2021

COVID-19 : Township Procedures, Resources & Vaccination Information

A Note From Penn Township

Penn Township has been, and is continuing to monitor the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic closely. We are dedicated to keeping Penn Township residents, businesses and visitors safe and healthy while also providing them with accurate information and resources. With that in mind, we decided to create this page to keep our residents and business owners informed and updated on the ins and outs of the pandemic. We wish everyone well and urge you to follow the guidelines put in place by the CDC and Health Department to assist in avoiding spread in our community. 

What is Penn Township Doing to Minimize Risk?

On Sunday, March 15, 2020 the Penn Township Board of Supervisors approved Resolution 2020-06 Declaration of Disaster Emergency. This declaration will allow the township to take the necessary steps to meet the demands of this emergency. This proclamation will be in effect until the National Emergency is lifted. 

Large facilities and groups within Penn Township are being asked to come up with and share their action plans for this pandemic. Our Emergency Management Coordinator, Chuck Freese, is gathering those plans. He is charged with coordinating and forwarding unmet needs and requests to the county.  


Penn Township Office Hours and Procedures During the COVID-19 Pandemic - UPDATED 8/10/21

As mentioned above we are dedicated to our residents' safety and health. We also want to do our best to protect our office staff, so the following procedures have been put in place until further notice.  
 
1. Our office is open to the public but masks are required to enter. Our office has operated, on modified hours, throughout the entire pandemic. We are now open to the public and back to operating at our normal hours. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. - These hours are subject to change for various reasons. We are asking that all guests, regardless of vaccination status, wear a mask in our building. Only ONE person may occupy the lobby at a time, due to it's small space. We are not allowing any visitors past the office lobby, if you need to speak with or see a certain member of the staff, we highly encourage you to call ahead and make an appointment. 
 
Please be aware, we are not a COVID-19 testing or vaccination site. You can check the county website for site locations, we also have testing and vaccination information listed below. If you think you may have COVID-19 or are experiencing any symptoms, please do not enter our building. Give us a call and we can assist you. 
 
Ways to get in touch with the office - Email: office@penntownship.us • Phone: 610-869-9620 • Fax: 610-869-9194 • After Hours/Emergency: 302-690-6245
 
2. Permits and applications can be dropped off or picked up from the office in person. You can also drop applications and forms in the locked drop box attached to the building, to the right of our office doors. Applications and forms can also be emailed or mailed. 
 
3. All township and park bathrooms are still closed to the public. There are port-a-potties stationed in the park and we will have them cleaned regularly.
 
4. Community room and pavilion rentals have resumed in moderation. We have revised our rental procedures to adhere with national, state and county safety procedures. This means the capacity of our facilities may be limited, especially in the community room. You can read our updated rental agreement under 'Applications & Forms' on our main page. Our rental agreement is subject to change at any time. Please get in touch with the office to inquire about available dates and to make a reservation. 
 
6. Penn Township Park is open for its normal hours. Use the park and it's equipment at your own risk, masks are highly encouraged, practice social distancing, mind the gathering guidelines put in place by the governor and remember that our bathrooms are closed to the public at this time. 
 
We thank you for your cooperation during this time and apologize for any inconvenience it may bring, however we feel these precautions are necessary until the COVID-19 threat minimizes.
 

Protect Yourself
 
COVID-19 or coronavirus is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. 
 
Some common symptoms of COVID-19 include: fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
 
Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.
 
 

Where do I get tested for COVID-19?

To learn where to get tested, check out the resouces listed on the Chester County Health Department's website here.  

Testing is also offered by select CVS Minute Clinics and Rite Aid Pharmacies. Learn more about testing sites, at home testing and results here.  

Learn more about Chester County's COVID-19 data - HERE 

If you have any further questions about COVID-19, you may get into with the Chester County Health Department at 610-344-6225 or email them at covidcomms@chesco.org
 
COVID-19 Vaccination Information
All information found here regarding the COVID-19 vaccination was sourced from the Chester County Health Department.  
 
The best source for vaccination information is the Chester County Health Department's website - CLICK HERE to access the vaccination site. 
 
CLICK HERE to find a vaccine clinic near you.  
 

COVID-19 Resources from the State and County 

The Government at the national, state and county level are all working very hard to keep everyone as informed as possible. By now there is a lot of information about coronavirus online, we urge you to use sites that are trustworthy and factual. We've listed several sources that you may find helpful as we navigate through this difficult time. PA Department of Health, Chester County Health Department and Center for Disease Control offer tons of information and keep their sites updated with local, state and national COVID-19 information.   
 
 

Kids & COVID-19

This is a scary time for all of us, but it is particularly scary for children who may not understand what is going on. The best thing you can do for your child is educate yourself. Learn about the CDC's recommendations and guidance specifically for children here. Learn about the CDC's recommendations for talking with children and helping them cope here. Read about the CDC's recommendations and guidance for returning to school here. Learn more about children and coping from the National Association of School Psychologists here.

Here are some fun and educational resources for kids: