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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Coronavirus Update

Covid-19

Note: Whitpain Township will archive coronavirus updates here effective March 16.

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March 27, 4 p.m. 

As we enter the weekend, here is the latest from the Township.

Please continue to use email and telephone to conduct Township business next week. The Township asks that you limit activity to essential business.  

All Township meetings for next week are cancelled.

Parks and Recreation programming is cancelled for the next several weeks as the department awaits more information and guidance from health officials.

Playground equipment, tot-lots and basketball courts at Township parks remain closed until further notice. Park users should use their best judgment and err on the side of caution when using park facilities and public spaces. Practice social distancing if you visit a park. Leashes should be used with dogs at all times.

Please No Wipes In Pipes  


The Township urges residents to only flush toilet paper down toilets. Flushing other items, such as such as sanitary or disposable disinfectant wipes, tissues, paper towels, dental floss or other hygiene products, can cause backups and clogging in the sewer system. Remember "No Wipes In Pipes" please.  
 
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Credit Card Fees To Be Waived For Sewer Bill Payments 


Sewer bills will begin arriving in mailboxes around the Township in the next few days.

For your safety during the COVID-19 crisis, please do not visit the Township Building to pay your bill. Bills can be paid online with a credit card, via electronic check, or by mail with a check or money order.

Beginning on April 6, Whitpain will waive all Township service fees associated with credit card payments of sewer bills. 

Blood Drive April 7 At MCCC 


A Blood Drive is scheduled for April 7 at Montgomery County Community College from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in College Hall.

To make an appointment, go to the Red Cross website and enter sponsor code MCCC Blue Bell or your zip code.

Complete The Census


Census envelopes like this one should have arrived in mailboxes by now. If you haven’t already, please take a few minutes and complete the census online, by mail or phone. Let’s make sure everyone in Whitpain is counted. 


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March 25, 6 p.m. 

Governor Wolf’s "stay-at-home" order remains in effect, which means we should be limiting travel and practicing social distancing when we are out to grocery shop or exercise. But social distancing does not have to mean the end of social contact.

In these unsettled times, remember to keep in touch with friends, family, co-workers (who aren’t on conference calls) and neighbors. A phone call, text or email will always be welcome and appreciated. It is especially important to check in with older family members and neighbors. Be sure they are observing the stay-at-home guidance and don’t need anything. If they do, make arrangements to help them.

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Credit Card Fees To Be Waived For Sewer Bill Payments

Sewer bills will begin arriving in mailboxes around the Township in the next few days.

For your safety during the COVID-19 crisis, please do not visit the Township Building to pay your bill. Bills can be paid online with a credit card, via electronic check, or by mail with a check or money order.

Beginning on April 6, Whitpain will waive all Township service fees associated with credit card payments of sewer bills

March 23, 5:30 p.m. 

Governor Wolf this afternoon issued a "stay-at-home" order for Montgomery County along with Bucks, Chester and Delaware counties in our area.

He also announced that schools would remain closed through at least Monday, April 6. The governor said people should ask themselves if they have to make a trip before leaving home.

"I am asking everyone to participate to their fullest extent," the governor said at a briefing. "These restrictions are unlike anything we have experienced."

Click here for the governor’s order and the press release on action 

To comply with the governor’s order, all Township meetings through April 3 have been cancelled.

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March 20, 6 p.m. 

It is the end of a challenging work week for all of us. The Township appreciates the ongoing cooperation of residents and the business community.  

For next week, we encourage you to continue to limit non-essential requests for services so our staff members can focus on providing essential services. If you need to contact the Township with a non-emergency matter, please do so via email or call 610-277-2400.

Montgomery County announced this afternoon that a Whitpain resident has been confirmed to have coronavirus. This is the first confirmed case in the Township. The case involves a 66-year-old man who is hospitalized.

Click here for a list of confirmed coronavirus cases in Montgomery County

We continue to stress the importance of following the guidance from health officials for social distancing, hand washing and sneezing and coughing into your sleeve or tissues. These actions are all important and will help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Earlier today, the Township closed the basketball courts at Township parks. The courts were continuing to get use by groups of young people so, to promote healthand safety, the courts were shut down. 

Sanitizer and cleaning supplies out of stock in many stores. But please be careful with homemade mixes as they can be very dangerous.

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March 19, 4:30 p.m. 

The coronavirus is having a significant impact on small and large businesses. Here is a list of resources for businesses and employees at affected organizations.

Montgomery County  
Montgomery County coronavirus employer hub 
Montgomery County Workforce Development 
Montgomery County Commerce Department 

Pennsylvania 
Pennsylvania CareerLink
Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation 
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development coronavirus resources 

Federal
SBA’s COVID-19 Disaster Relief Loan Program

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March 18, 4:30 p.m. 

The Township’s Code Enforcement Department continues to process permit applications but asks that applications be submitted via email at: buildingandzoning@whitpaintownship.org.
 
Click here for permit applications forms 

If email is not an option, a secure drop-off bin is available at the Township Building entrance.

After permits are reviewed and issued, applicants can make payments by mailing checks to:
 
Whitpain Township
Attn: Code Enforcement Department
960 Wentz Road
Blue Bell PA, 19422

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March 17, 4:30 p.m. 

County, state, and federal officials continue working to address concerns and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. The Township continues to coordinate with county officials as we navigate through these unprecedented times.

Township Facilities and Activity
- Playground equipment and tot-lots at Township parks are now closed. Playground equipment and the tot-lots are high-touch areas and difficult to clean regularly so, out of caution, they have been closed until further notice.

- Playing courts remain open but users should avoid playing larger pick-up games, where they are in close contact with groups of players.

- Park users should use their best judgment and err on the side of caution when using park facilities and public spaces. Please be sure to follow all applicable park rules and regulations and remember to leash your dogs. And follow social distancing guidelines.

- Please limit non-essential requests for services so our staff members can focus on providing essential services. If you need to contact the Township with a non-emergency matter, please do so via email or call 610-277-2400.

- All Township meetings for the remainder of the month have been cancelled.

- All Parks and Recreation programming for the remainder of the month has been cancelled.

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March 16, 6 p.m. 

This afternoon, Governor Wolf ordered nonessential businesses across Pennsylvania to close at midnight, for the next 14 days. Nonessential businesses include gyms, hair salons, and concert venues. Pharmacies, gas stations, and grocery stores will remain open.

This move comes after Governor Wolf ordered all bars and restaurants in Montgomery, Chester, Bucks, Delaware and Allegheny Counties to end dine-in service for two weeks. However, restaurants are still able to provide take-out services.

As public health officials continue to adapt and modify their approach to address this unprecedented situation, advice to individuals remains the same. Please continue to use good hygiene habits and practice social distancing.

While Whitpain parks, opens spaces, and trails remain open, the Township will close playground equipment and tot-lots at noon tomorrow, March 17, until further notice. Since these are high-touch areas, their closing is prudent given the current situation. The artificial turf fields at Centre Square Park remain closed.

Playing courts remain open but users should avoid playing larger pick-up games, where they are in close contact with groups of players. The Township asks park users to exercise best judgement and err on the side of caution when using park facilities and public spaces. Please be sure to follow all applicable park rules and regulations and remember to leash your dogs.

In keeping with direction from health officials, the Township has postponed all public meetings through the end of the month. All Parks and Recreation programming has also been cancelled until the end of the month.

We continue to ask for your cooperation in limiting non-essential requests for services so our staff members can focus on providing essential services. If you need to contact the Township with a non-emergency matter, please do so via email or call 610-277-2400.

The situation remains fluid, the Township will continue to update residents through the Wire, our website, and on Twitter. Please continue to monitor the Montgomery County coronavirus HUB and the PA Department of Health coronavirus webpage.

Montgomery County coronavirus hub

Pennsylvania Department of Health coronavirus update

CDC coronavirus resource

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March 15, 8 p.m. 

New information and new confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to emerge in Montgomery County and across the state. Please continue to follow the published guidelines on social distancing, hand washing, and other precautions.

Township parks, open spaces and trails remain open to the public. However, the artificial turf fields at Centre Square Park are closed. Please be sure to follow all applicable park rules and regulations and remember to leash your dogs.

In keeping with the guidance from health officials, the Township has postponed all public meetings through the end of the month. All Parks and Recreation programming has also been cancelled until the end of the month.

We continue to ask for your cooperation in limiting non-essential requests for services so our staff members can focus on providing essential services. If you need to contact the Township with a non-emergency matter, please do so via email or call 610-277-2400.

As always, the situation is fluid and changing, the Township will continue to update residents through the Wire, our website, and on Twitter. Please continue to monitor the Montgomery County Coronavirus HUB and the PA Department of Health Coronavirus webpage.

Montgomery County coronavirus hub

Pennsylvania Department of Health coronavirus update

CDC coronavirus resource 

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