COVID-19 UPDATE: Resources, information, and helpful tips to protect you and your family!
COVID-19 and Unemployment Telephone Town Hall
Harrisburg, PA - The Department of Health (DOH) today shared a weekly update on Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 case investigation and contact tracing data, encouraging Pennsylvanians to download the COVID Alert PA app, as more than 870,000 have already done, to aid in...
Department Of Health: Over 6.5 Million Vaccinations To Date, First Doses Of Vaccine To 39.5% Of Population, PA Ranks 11th Among 50 States For First Dose Vaccinations
Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., April 13, there were 6,638 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,082,062. There are 2,474 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that...
Gov. Wolf Highlights Support of Small Businesses During COVID-19 at PA Small Business Development Centers Conference
Governor Tom Wolf today highlighted the achievements of the Wolf Administration to support small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic during the opening session of the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Centers’ (PASBDC) Growth Conference.
Department Of Health: Pause On Johnson & Johnson Vaccinations In Pennsylvania, FDA/CDC Announcement Highlights Vaccine Evaluation Process Is Working
Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania Department of Health today notified all COVID-19 vaccine providers to pause administering doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine until at least April 20 following the recommendation out of an abundance of caution in...
Governor Tom Wolf and Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam today released a weekly status update detailing the state’s mitigation efforts based on the COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System dashboard, highlighting a seven-day case increase of 23,043 a...
Gov. Wolf and COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force Announce that All Adults in Pennsylvania are Eligible Tomorrow to Schedule COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments
Governor Tom Wolf and the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force announced that effective tomorrow, Tuesday, April 13, all Pennsylvania adults will be eligible to schedule an appointment for the COVID -19 vaccine. “We need to maintain acceleration of the vaccine rollout,...
Department Of Health: Over 6.2 Million Vaccinations To Date, First Doses Of Vaccine To 36% Of Population, PA Ranks 20th Among 50 States For First Dose Vaccinations
Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., April 10, there were 4,882 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,068,974. There are 2,439 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that...
Harrisburg, PA - Pennsylvania Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison Beam today urged all Pennsylvanians to remember to both attend a scheduled COVID-19 vaccine appointment and cancel any unneeded appointments so that all vaccine...
Pennsylvania Partners With Walgreens To Finalize Vaccination Efforts To Priority Populations In Congregate Care Settings
Harrisburg, PA - Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller today announced that Pennsylvania will partner with Walgreens to administer COVID-19 vaccinations to staff and residents of congregate care settings licensed by DHS that were not part of...
COVID-19 Virtual Vaccine Town Hall
Resources for Small Businesses
Small Businesss Links
- PA Department of Community and Economic Development Business Resources
- Federal Small Business Association Guidance and Resources
- Montgomery County Business Resources
- PA Department of Education Resources
- Child Nutrition Program Meal Service During COVID-19
- Circle of Aunts and Uncles – Micro-loans for small businesses
- NFIB Small Business Resources Response to Covid-19
- NAACP Coronavirus Resource Guide
- United Way of Pennsylvania COVID-19 Resource Guide
Health & Human Services
Pennsylvania Department of Health Resources
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Resources
- Department of Human Services COVID-19 Page
- Apply for Benefits (such as SNAP/Food Stamps, Medical Assistance, or LIHEAP) via the COMPASS Application
- NEW! Support & Referral Helpline staffed by skilled and compassionate caseworkers who will be available 24/7 to counsel residents struggling with anxiety and other challenging emotions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Toll Free Number: 1-855-284-2494 or TTY, dial (724) 631-5600
Delaware County Health and Human Service Resources
Montgomery County Health and Human Service Resources
Service Providers in Delaware and Montgomery Counties
- Montgomery County Mobile Crisis: 1-855-634-HOPE (4673)
- Delaware County Crisis Connections Team:1-855-889-7827
- Pennsylvania Crisis TextLine: Text PA to 741-741
- Montgomery County Navicates: 610-278-3522
- DE County Disaster Crisis Outreach & Referral: 610-713-2365
- Crozer Chester Medical Center in Chester: (610) 447-7600
- Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby: (610) 237-4210
- Lower Merion Counseling Services: (610) 520-1510
- Delaware Valley Community Health: Norristown Regional Health Center: (610) 278- 7787
- Valley Forge Medical Center and Hospital: (610) 539-8500
- Mercy Life in Norristown (Expanding in Montgomery County): (215) 339-4747
- Central Behavioral Health Support Line: (610) 999-0126
Drug & Alcohol Services:
- Keystone Center Assessment in Chester: (610) 876-9000
- Crozer Chester Medical Center in Chester: (610) 497-7223
- NHS Human Services in Sharon Hill: (610) 534-3636
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline:1-800-662-HELP (4357)
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Disaster Distress Helpline:1-800-985-5990
Shelter and Domestic Violence Services:
- Your Way Home Montgomery County (homeless services): Call 2-1-1
- Women’s Center of Montgomery County Domestic Violence Project: 1-800-733-2424
- Laurel House Domestic Violence Program: (610) 277-1860
- PA Coalition Against Domestic Violence: (717) 545-6400
- Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County, Inc.: (610) 565-4590
- Delaware County Department of Human Services: (610) 713-2323
- Connect BY Night Homeless in Upper Darby: (267) 507-3875
Assistance for Veterans:
US Center for Disease Control
Online Educational Resources
General Tips to Avoid Being Scammed
- Do not respond to calls or texts from unknown numbers, or any others that appear suspicious.
- Never share your personal or financial information via email, text messages, or over the phone.
- Be cautious if you’re being pressured to share any information or make a payment immediately.
- Scammers often spoof phone numbers to trick you into answering or responding. Remember that government agencies will never call you to ask for personal information or money.
- Do not click any links in a text message. If a friend sends you a text with a suspicious link that seems out of character, call them to make sure they weren’t hacked.
- Always check on a charity (for example, by calling or looking at its actual website) before donating.
Beware of Current Known Covid – 19 Scams
Test Kit Phone Scam: The Coronavirus Response Act has made coronavirus testing more accessible immediately. If you want to receive a free testing kit delivered overnight to your home, press 1. If you do not want your free testing, press 2.
Student Loan Callback Scam: Hello this is Brad … with an important message regarding the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on your student loans. As you may have already heard, President Trump invoked his power as commander-in-chief by declaring a national emergency due to the widespread impact of COVID-19. New measures will include waiving interest on your federal student loans until further notice. During this time our offices have continued to maintain full staffing levels and will continue to do so until further notice. For more information on how these new measures will impact your future payment obligations, call us back today at 855-264-XXXX before 6:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. Thanks, and have a great day.
Social Security Scam: Hello this is a call from the Social Security Administration. During these difficult times of the coronavirus, we regret to inform you that we have got an order to suspend your socials immediately within 24 hours due to suspicious and fraudulent activities found on your socials. We are contacting you as this case is critical and needs your urgent attention. To get more information about this case please call immediately on our department number 888-991-XXXX. I repeat 888-991-XXXX.
Delivery Scam: Dear customer: Due to the coronavirus outbreak, we deliver a wide range of sanitizers, handwash, toilet papers, and face masks at your doorstep to safeguard you and your family from coronavirus. No need to visit stores. Get delivery in 24 hours. To order press 1. For more knowledge and safety tips about coronavirus, press 2.
HVAC for Coronavirus Phone Scam: Protect your loved ones from the coronavirus. For only $79 our highly trained technicians will do a full air duct cleaning and sanitation to make sure that the air you breathe is free of bacteria. So don’t hesitate, press 0 and have your duct system cleaned and sanitized now. Press 9 to be removed from this list.
Diabetic Test Kit Scam: If you are diabetic and using insulin, we can qualify you to get a free diabetic monitor and a complimentary testing kit for coronavirus. To learn more, please press 1, otherwise please press 2.
Work From Home Scam: Hello this is a courtesy invitation to work with Amazon from home and make up to $400 in a day. Open enrollment has begun for the Amazon associate program. The program allows you to partner with Amazon and share in their success, as a referral partner. Everyone over 18 qualifies. No sales or technical experience are needed. Work from home. You set your own schedule. To learn more about partnering with Amazon, call the Amazon hotline at 360-203-XXXX. Spaces are limited so please call now, 360-203-XXXX, that’s 360-203-XXXX. Thank you.
Other COVID-19 Scams
Many people are also reporting getting texts, emails and social media messages about the stimulus package. Though many consumers will receive checks as part of the federal government response to the coronavirus, no one will call or text you to verify your personal information or bank account details in order to “release” the funds. The Treasury Department expects most people to receive their payments via direct-deposit information that the department has on file from prior tax filings.
You also need to beware of charity scams. Hackers will duplicate non-profit websites or pretend to be with a legitimate charity and call for donations. If you want to donate, never do it from a telemarketer or a robocall. Instead, go directly to the charity and make your donation through it.
Add Yourself to Do Not Call Lists
- The Federal Trade Commission oversees the National Do Not Call Registry. You can register home and mobile phone numbers for free online at donotcall.gov or by calling toll-free 1-888-382-1222.
- The Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General oversees the Pennsylvania Do Not Call list. Pennsylvania residents can register home and mobile phone numbers for free online here or by calling toll-free 1-888-777-3406.
Additional Resources Related to Scams
- FCC Consumer Warnings and Safety Tips to Avoid Scams
- FTC Tips to Avoid Covid-19 Scams
- US Government Response to Covid-19
- Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities
- Senior Law Center: 610-910-0210 (Montgomery), 610-910-0215 (Delaware)