Delaware County Council and the Delaware County COVID-19 Task Force are urging residents to protect themselves and each other as we travel, gather and celebrate during the holiday season. Residents are urged to be mindful of the ongoing pandemic, continue to follow the guidance of health experts, and get fully vaccinated in order to ensure optimal protection from the virus and remain healthy for the holidays.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) are tracking worrisome trends related to COVID-19 positivity rates and hospitalizations. The County saw a rise in cases after the Thanksgiving holiday and expects to see a concerning rise in cases due to colder weather and the possible impact of emerging variants.
WHERE TO GET THE COVID-19 VACCINE
Delaware County is currently running two COVID-19 vaccination clinics each week at Yeadon and Chester. Residents can schedule an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine, including booster shots, through the Delaware County COVID-19 website at delcopa.gov/covid, or by contacting the Delaware County Wellness Line by phone at (484) 276-2100 or by email at DelcoWellness@co.delaware.pa.us. Walk-ins are welcome; however, since both booster and pediatric doses are in high demand, appointments are recommended. Residents who elect to walk in are asked to come to the site no earlier than one hour after the site’s listed start time to help ensure minimal wait times.
Appointments at non-County COVID-19 vaccination clinics are also available. Please check the Federal vaccines website at vaccines.gov for locations and appointments.
HEALTHY FOR THE HOLIDAYS: TESTING
Delaware County offers PCR testing at the Delaware County Wellness Center in Yeadon (125 Chester Avenue) on Mondays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and at the Keystone First Wellness Center in Chester (1929 W. 9th Street) on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments are not required. Residents can call the Wellness Line at (484) 276-2100 for details, the current timeframe for results, and information about rapid testing.
For more information, see the complete Delaware County “Healthy for the Holidays” press release.