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Posted on: March 5, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Interactive Hub, what to know, testing and community updates

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LINK TO THE NORRISTOWN CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE HUB

As of May 29, Montgomery County is reporting 6,859 Coronavirus COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County, including 677 deaths from the virus, with 749 cases and 45 deaths in Norristown. Please refer to the CDC’s website for daily updates about the virus as it pertains to symptoms, treatment and travel information. All of this can be found on their website at c0dc.gov/coronavirus/20… En español aquí: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index-sp.html

For information at the state/local level, the PA Department of Health can be accessed here: https://www.health.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx 

It is important to take proactive steps to protect yourself by simple means like washing your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, covering your cough/sneeze, disinfecting commonly touched surfaces, and staying home if you are not feeling well. 

Testing:

The county will now have its own testing site for NORRISTOWN RESIDENTS ONLY! in town starting April 22. Register by calling 610-592-0680.

The Montgomery County testing site has moved from Temple University’s Ambler Campus to Montgomery County Community College. Full details of the testing site and a link to register for testing will be found here: www.montcopa.org/COVID-19

Urgent Care in East Norriton will provide for testing for those with insurance ($90 test plus lab fees for uninsured). More info at at Urgent Care’s website.

Resources:

Do you work in a life-sustaining business? Check out this list (updated March 31) from Gov. Tom Wolf’s office detailing over 100 hundred types of businesses and jobs that have been deemed life sustaining. You can file a waiver with the state to keep your business’s physical location open here: https://expressforms.pa.gov/apps/pa/DCED/Waiver-process-keeping-physical-locations-open

What about unemployment? Please see the state’s Unemployment Compensation website about filing a claim and if you qualify to do so: https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/Pages/UC-COVID19-FAQs.aspx?fbclid=IwAR3WYHIu7Ueez4CMVywhCGFN7zZzg_R8NfRpd-51s9UgYiK8YHdOQo6VJNU 

What about evictions and forclosures? Through May 11, the PA Supreme Court has ordered a hold on any foreclosures or evictions. Legal Aid of Southeastern PA has provided a list of resources and information about staying in your home during this pandemic. 

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Montgomery County has established communication tools to answer your questions about COVID-19. You can call 610-631-3000 (from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or email COVID19@montcopa.org. Go to http://www.montcopa.org/COVID-19 for local information and to see what communities are affected. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is tracking the outbreak throughout the state and can be viewed here. The department can be reached at 1-800-724-3258.

COMMUNITY UPDATES!

A disaster declaration for the Municipality of Norristown was issued on March 16 and will be in effect indefinitely. This is a proactive action being taken so the municipality can get access to the resources and tools it needs to keep residents safe.

JUNE 2 PRIMARY ELECTIONS:

The Montgomery County Board of Commissioners have approved the following polling places in Norristown to cast ballots in the June 2 primary. Remember, only registered Republicans and Democrats may vote in the primaries for the candidates of their choice. There is no referendum on the ballot. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Please take note of the following polling places:

Precincts 1-1, 1-2, 1-3
Stewart Middle School
1315 W. Marshall St.

Precincts 2-1, 3-1, 3-3
Eisenhower Middle School
1601 Markley St.

Precincts 2-2, 2-3, 3-2
Gotwals Elementary School
1 E. Oak St.

Precincts 4-1, 4-2, 4-3
Hancock Elementary School
1520 Arch St.

For more information visit the county’s Voter Services website at www.montcopa.org/753/Voter-Services 

MUNICIPAL HALL:

Municipal Hall will be closed to visitors starting March 18. Regular municipal business will continue.  We have produced a quick reference booklet announcing our shift in operations with the public.

MUNICIPAL COUNCIL:

All meetings will be conducted via GoToMeeting for the foreseeable future. The meeting agenda with public participation information will be posted on our website the Friday before the meeting. Meetings will still be conducted on the first and third Tuesday of every month unless otherwise noted. Public comment is still allowed! We ask that any comments by the public, on agenda or non-agenda items, be submitted by email before the start of each meeting to PIO@norristown.org.

MUNICIPAL DEPARTMENTS/SERVICES:

NORRISTOWN POLICE 

Police will be temporarily scaling back parking enforcement operations in our neighborhoods to accommodate the additional number of people who will be home. Street cleaning parking enforcement has been suspended. Window operations at the police department remain open, but the filing of police reports is being limited to phone calls only. If you need to file a report call 610-275-1222. The Norristown Police Department is asking the public to call 610-270-0977 then press 0 if they need non-emergency assistance. If coming to the police station entrance at the back of Municipal Hall please use the intercom at the door.

CODE ENFORCEMENT

Starting May 1, permitted construction work may resume in Norristown. Workers at job sites are asked to respect workspace guidance established by the state. The Codes department will be out to ensure that safe working standards adhere to guidance; if not, citations may be issued. Rental Inspections; property transfer inspections; non-emergency housing complaints; and scheduled non-emergency inspections with the fire department have all been suspended until further notice. Please call 610-270-0441 or email codes@norristown.org if you have any questions.

FINANCE/TAXES

NOTICE: The discount period to pay your municipal real estate taxes will be extended to May 31. Taxes are due by Dec. 31. As of March 18, payment of bills or tickets will not be done at the finance office. Full payment of the face value of your tax bill is extended to Dec. 31. Payment should be made with a cashier’s check, money order or personal check and dropped off at the mail slot at the front of the Municipal Hall entrance during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). Cash will not be accepted! Payments can be processed over the phone. Call 610-270-0426 if you have any questions.

Business Privilege Taxes: The deadline to file 2019 final/2020 estimated Business Privilege Tax return and payment has been extended to July 15. The extension does not apply to delinquent taxes.

PLANNING DEPARTMENT

All zoning, subdivision and grant program activities that require one-on-one contact with the public will be conducted through the Planning Department window at Municipal Hall. Small business consultation services shall be done by phone interviews until further notice. Small business seminars are suspended until further notice.  Please call 610-270-0451 if you have any questions.

PUBLIC WORKS

There will be a modification to street sweeping starting on April 20. The focus is on streets with parking on one side of the street. Cars will stay on the designated parking side of the street and the sweeper will clean the no parking side. Public Works will manually pick up trash around the parked cars as it has been. You are not expected to move your cars when the sweeper comes pass.

Throughout town, the sweeper will clean sections of streets without cars on them if they can comfortably do so.

Again, no parking tickets will be issued for street sweeping violations.

Any in-person meetings have been canceled in lieu of phone calls.

RECREATION

Activities scheduled by the recreation department and/or hosted at the Norristown Recreation Center are suspended until further notice. Consistent with the Governor’s Stay-at-Home order on March 23, all municipal parks will be closed in order to practice social distancing. The Norristown Recreation Center is also closed.

TRASH/RECYCLING

Weekly trash and recycling collections will continue.

SEPTA

Service has been restored to most lines in the SEPTA system as of May 18. More information at http://septa.org/ 

MUNICIPAL EVENT CANCELLATIONS:

Out of precaution, the following events have been canceled.

Norristown Police Department: The department has canceled all of their current and upcoming community events (TAPS at the high school, the citizens police academy) until further notice. 

SCHOOLS AND RECREATION

Norristown Area School District

All NASD schools will be closed for the rest of the school year. Please visit nasd.k12.pa.us for updates on homebound instruction.

Elmwood Park Zoo

Closed.

Montgomery County- Norristown Public Library

Closed. Late fines will not be charged at this time. Some virtual resources are available to cardholders at www.mc-npl.org. All programs are canceled until further notice.


UTILITIES

PAW restores water service to customers

Pennsylvania American Water announced that it is putting a moratorium on service shut offs and reinstating service to previously shut-off customers. More information can be found at amwater.com.

PECO

PECO is suspending service disconnections and waiving new late payment charges through at least May 1, 2020. In addition, PECO will continue to remind customers of existing bill assistance resources and energy assistance programs to support them through temporary or extended financial hardship. Go here for more information: PECO expands customer assistance programs

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