Category: COVID-19 News

COVID-19 Testing in Darby

Delaware County Announces COVID-19 Public Testing Site in Darby

Drive-thru and walk-up testing available for Delaware County residents July 14, 15 and 16 in Darby.

Residents over the age of 18 will be eligible to be tested, especially those at higher risk including residents over the age of 65 and those with pre-existing health conditions. Critical and essential workforce are considered a priority for getting testing. These individuals include first responders, healthcare system employees, grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential workers.

Testing will be conducted by trained medical staff utilizing a nasal swab (PCR) test kit. Testing is free of charge for residents. Those with private or public health insurance will be asked to provide their insurance card. Upon arrival, patients will need to complete a registration form and a consent form. Test results will take up to 5-7 business days. Residents will receive their results by mail. Residents who test positive will also receive a call from the Chester County Health Department.

Residents are asked to wear a mask/face covering.

Testing Location
1020 Ridge Avenue Darby, PA
(Rear parking lot of the Darby Borough Hall)

July 14: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
July 15: 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM
July 16: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

If possible, please call 610-891-6129 to pre-register; walk-up testing will also be available.

Additional COVID-19 public testing sites in Delaware County are being added and announced.

More information on COVID-19 testing, symptoms, and resources can be found here.

Delco Covid testing

COVID-19 Testing at Mercy Fitzgerald Campus July 9 and 11 (canceled Fri. 7/10)

UPDATED 7/9: Testing on Friday, July 10 has been canceled due to anticipated weather concerns.

Open to all individuals, 18 and older, who live or work in Delaware County.

Parking lot adjacent to Providence Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center on Mercy Fitzgerald Campus (600 S. Wycombe Ave, Yeadon PA 19050)

Thursday, July 9: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday, July 10: canceled
Saturday, July 11: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

  • Must wear a mask/face covering
  • If possible, please call 610-891-5311 to pre-register; walk-in testing will also be available
  • Test results may take 5-7 days

TESTING IS AVAILABLE TO ALL RESIDENTS, BOTH INSURED AND UNINSURED. If insured, please bring your health insurance cards with you.

Results:

  • All results will be mailed to the address provided
  • If the COVID-19 test is positive, you will be called by the Chester County Health Department with results and additional guidance

Virtual Town Hall

Unemployment Questions? Dep’t of Labor Hosts Virtual Town Hall Thursday

Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) is hosting its seventh live virtual town hall from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM this Thursday, July 9, 2020, to share information about regular unemployment compensation (UC) and other new COVID-19-related benefits programs and give Pennsylvanians the opportunity to ask questions directly of UC experts.

For more information about the event and additional unemployment resources, see the full press release.

Livestream: Virtual Town Hall
Thursday, July 9
1:00 – 2:00 PM

Governor Wolf with mask

Gov. Wolf: Sec. of Health Signs Expanded Mask-Wearing Order

Governor Tom Wolf announced a new order signed by Dr. Levine. Under the order, signed under Dr. Levine’s authority under the Disease Prevention and Control Act, masks must be worn whenever a person leaves their home. The order takes effect immediately.
“This mask-wearing order is essential to stopping the recent increase in COVID-19 cases we have seen in Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “Those hot spots can be traced to situations where Pennsylvanians were not wearing masks or practicing social distancing – two practices that must be adhered to if we want to maintain the freedoms we have in place under our reopening.”
The order outlines the situations when a mask must be worn and includes limited exceptions to the face-covering requirement.

More information here

Delco Strong Round 2

Second Round of Delco Strong Grants Available for Businesses and Non-Profits

Online application window opens on July 7

UPDATE: Deadline Extended to July 14

On June 17, Delaware County Council unanimously voted to authorize the use of CARES Act funds to further assist Delaware County businesses and non-profit organizations that have suffered loss from business interruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Modeled after the popular Delco Strong grant program offered in May, “Delco Strong 2” will also allow non-profit organizations to apply for a grant.

Read more in the full release at delco.gov

PA $225M Main Street Small Business Grant Program

The Pennsylvania $225M Main Street Small Business Grant program announced earlier this week includes:

  • $100 million for the Main Street Business Revitalization Program for small businesses that experienced loss as a result of the governor’s March 19, 2020 order relating to the closure of all non-life-sustaining businesses and have or will incur costs to adapt to new business operations related to COVID-19;
  • $100 million for the Historically Disadvantaged Business Revitalization Program for small businesses that experienced loss as a result of the business closure order, have or will incur costs to adapt to new business operations related to COVID-19, and in which socially and economically disadvantaged individuals own at least a 51 percent interest and also control management and daily business operations.
  • $25 million for the Loan Payment Deferment and Loss Reserve Program, which will allow the CDFIs the opportunity to offer forbearance and payment relief for existing portfolio businesses that are struggling due to the impact of COVID, as well as shore up the financial position of the CDFIs that are experiencing significant increased defaults in their existing loan portfolios.

Eligible businesses with 25 or fewer employees may receive a maximum grant of $50,000 so long as the business was in operation on February 15, 2020 and, if required, paid income taxes to the state and federal government, as reported on individual or business tax returns; COVID-19 has had an adverse economic impact and makes this grant request necessary to support the ongoing operations of the applicant; the grant will be used cover COVID-19 related costs; and during the period beginning on June 1, 2020 and ending on December 31, 2020, the applicant has not and will not receive another grant under this state program.

*Note, the application, and timing for accepting applications is not available yet, but many of these CDFIs have email list sign-ups to receive updates.

Applications from Delaware County HQ’d companies will be accepted by the following CDFIs:
Entrepreneur Works
Neighborhood Progress Fund
The Enterprise Center
West Philadelphia Financial Services Institute
Beech Companies
Reinvestment Fund
Community First Fund
Women’s Opportunity Resource Center
United Bank

PPE Supply Kits

Additional COVID-19 PPE Supply Kits for Businesses Available

The Bringing Back Delco Task Force is offering a second round of PPE purchases and distributions to the Delaware County business community.

As the County prepared to enter the Yellow Phase on June 5, the Task Force offered an online small business support store to help businesses procure the supplies they needed to reopen safely, many of which are in short supply. Items included: hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, gloves, masks, six-foot floor markers, and Plexiglas barriers for counters.

Due to the high demand, two additional distributions have been set up. Business owners can order these items online at a discounted price and pick up the kits on either June 22 or 23 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Broomall Fire Department (1 N. Malin Rd., Broomall, PA)

Bringing Back Delco PPE Kits are $10 and include:
– Hand Sanitizer
– 150 Wipes
– 300 Gloves
– 100 Masks
– Hand Sanitizer
– Social Distancing Floor Signage

Orders can be placed online at BringingBackDelco.com

The Bringing Back Delco Task Force, formed by Delaware County Council, the Delaware County Commerce Center, and the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce was created in May to support the Delaware County business community to ensure a safe reopening of the local economy.

In addition to PPE, the Task Force has offered webinars to assist business owners with safety guidelines, reopening protocols and plans, and industry-specific information. The website also includes downloadable flyers and graphics for business owners to display and share with their employees.

A helpline has also been set up for business owners and managers who have questions and need help navigating the CDC and state guidelines and who may need support interpreting the guidance. Businesses can call: 610-565-3677.

The Task Force will regularly convene to address the concerns of the community, coordinate, and share best practices that are proven to be successful and distribute information that is needed for an effective and safe transition.

Delco Press Conference

Delaware County to Enter Yellow Phase Friday, June 5

Governor Wolf announced that he will allow the stay-at-home order to expire at 11:59 p.m., June 4.

As of June 5, Delaware County will be in the Yellow Phase and the stay-at-home order will be lifted. Delaware County Council will hold a virtual press conference on June 4 at 10am to provide an update on COVID-19 and the County’s transition into the yellow phase.

Delaware County Council will hold a virtual press conference on Thursday, June 4 at 10am to provide an update on COVID-19 and the County’s transition into the yellow phase.

It will be streamed live on the County’s website and on Council’s Facebook page.