COVID-19 Updates

The health and safety of our community is a top priority for East Deer Township staff and officials. We will continue to monitor the situation, and adjustments or cancellations will be communicated via the Township’s website and other available outlets. Below are the latest updates and resources regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

East Deer Township Municipal Access Impacts

PUBLIC NOTICE March 17, 2020: As everyone is aware, the Coronavirus matter is a rapidly evolving situation, Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, East Deer Township will be taking steps to limit the exposure or possible spread of Coronavirus within our municipal operations. We have no greater responsibility than to protect the health, safety and welfare of our community. By limiting public interaction and exposure, we hope to minimize the potential for employee’s illness and maintain proper staffing levels in all departments.

The Township Building, which shares the Police Department, Municipal Offices will remain on restricted access until further notice. Police operations will not be impacted by this policy. Municipal office staff will still be available by phone and email. Payments for the Township Water & Refuse bills will be accepted through mail and via drop box on Bellview Street near the rear entrance.

For all Township Water & Refuse bill payments. Check payments are preferred. If you pay by cash, please pay the exact amount listed on the bill. Any over payment will be applied as a credit to your account. If you are paying with cash, Please put into an envelope. On the front of the envelope indicate how much is in the envelope and your name and address. If you have questions about your payment amount, please contact the office at the information listed below. Thank you for your patience during this process.

From the Code Office. All property and building code inspections will be done by Appointment.

Thank you for your patience

East Deer Township Office #: 724-224-3434 ext. 4 | Email: eastdeermanager@outlook.com

East Deer Police Department Office #: 724-224-3434 ext. 2 | Non-emergency #: 412-473-3056 | EMERGENCY: 911

Declaration of Disaster – Related to COVID-19

March 17, 2020:

East Deer has enacted a Declaration of Disaster – Related to COVID-19. This action was not taken as a result of it being present in our community. There are no known cases of the virus in East Deer Township. This was done at the request of the County Emergency Management Department. The reason for their request is that in the event that we must take action and possibly incur costs associated with the virus that we can move quickly and will possibly be able to be reimbursed as a result of a Federal and State Declaration of Disaster.

The Coronavirus matter is a rapidly evolving situation. Therefore, East Deer Township will be taking steps to limit the exposure or possible spread of the Coronavirus within our Municipal operation. We have no greater responsibility than to protect the health, safety and welfare of our Community.

 – Anthony Taliani Jr., Presisent of East Deer Township Commissioners

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Deer Lakes School District

Deer Lakes School District will be closed from March 16, 2020 through March 27, 2020. If you or your family are in need of food during this unexpected break, the District will provide breakfast and lunch grab-and-go meals for Deer Lakes students. Meal pick up will be available at the High School entrance weekdays from 9-10 a.m. If you lack transportation for meal pickup, please contact Food Service Director, Jake Douglas at 724-265-5300 ext. 2114

COVID-19 Resources:

 

March 20, 2020

Governor Tom Wolf today announced the availability of low-interest loans for small businesses and eligible non-profits in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

The full release can be found here: http://j.mp/2QweqZU.

The CDC has launched a new “self-checker” on its website that allows individuals to answer a few question, and then offers advice. Most importantly, the tool also provides information on how to care for yourself at home. Visit http://j.mp/2QsphUr and click on the orange self-checker box in the lower right hand corner of the page.

March 23, 2020

The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) confirmed today that there have been 48 positive cases of COVID-19, and there are six individuals currently hospitalized. As with prior days, there is an expectation that there are additional cases that are not yet in the disease surveillance system.

Rumors and misinformation can be destructive and can even cause harmful behaviors that increase personal and public health risks. While we cannot realistically respond to every rumor, ACHD has created a page dedicated to addressing rumors about COVID-19. That page is available at https://www.alleghenycounty.us/Health-Department/Resources/COVID-19/Rumor-Control.aspx

Per Governor Wolf’s and Dr. Levine’s orders, businesses that were non-life sustaining were ordered to close their physical locations on March 19, at 8:00 PM. This order stands, only the enforcement timing will change and become effective on Monday, March 23, at 8:00 AM

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WAIVER EXTENSION, REVISED TIMING OF ENFORCEMENT Monday, March 23 at 800 AM

This afternoon, Governor Wolf issued a Stay-at-Home order for a number of counties, including Allegheny County. There is no curfew in place, but the order goes into place at 8 PM this evening and is in effect for two weeks. This order emphasizes that individuals in the county, to the extent possible, should stay at home and distance themselves from others. There is no change to the life-sustaining businesses and waivers that have previously been in place, or to the requirements for restaurants to limit their operations to take-out and delivery.

March 25, 2020 

This is a message from Allegheny Alerts.

Outdoor areas and restrooms in all nine parks remain open to the public. Engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking, biking or running, is permitted under Governor Wolf’s Stay at Home order. There are more than 180 miles of multi use trails throughout the nine parks, and residents can go to www.alleghenycounty.us/parktrails to download the parks trail app or use the parks trail web tool. However, park users are strongly encouraged to practice physical distancing by staying at least six feet apart from each other. When passing on biking or running trails, please try to maintain proper physical distance as much as possible. Remember to cover coughs or sneezes with a sleeve or elbow, and not hands. And if you are sick, please stay at home!

The Allegheny County Health Department strongly discourages all contact sports and sporting activities with close contact during this time.

If park-goers choose to use restrooms, playground equipment, exercise equipment, benches or other outdoor items with touch surfaces, proper handwashing and/or use of hand sanitizer is strongly encouraged before and afterward.

Hartwood Acres Mansion, Boyce Park Nature Center, North Park Golf Course, North Park Latodami Nature Center and South Park Golf Course are closed through April 6.

All facility rentals are canceled through April 6, and customers will automatically receive full refunds. All park ranger and naturalist programs and activities are canceled through April 6. Star parties scheduled for April 3 and April 4 at Wagman Observatory in Deer Lakes Park are canceled. The Hartwood Acres Egg Hunt on April 4 is canceled, and registrants will automatically receive full refunds. Cookies with Cottontail at North Park on April 5 is canceled.

All sports programming scheduled to begin between April 1 and April 18 has been postponed by two weeks. This includes dek hockey, flag football, learn to ride a bike classes, mountain biking, soccer, softball, T-ball, ultimate frisbee and yoga. L.L. Bean programs in North Park are suspended through April 15. Tinkergarten classes have also been postponed until the week of April 20.

Park users who wish to cancel facility rentals or paid program registrations beyond April 6 will receive full refunds. Customers should email name, permit/activity number and phone number to webmaster.parks@alleghenycounty.us or call 412-350-2455, Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-4:00 pm. This policy will remain in effect until further notice.

Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that new funding is available to help small businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, through a new program under the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority’s (PIDA) Small Business First Fund, the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA).

The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) recently authorized the transfer of $40 million to the Small Business First Fund for CWCA. PIDA authorized making $60 million available to provide loans of $100,000 or less to for-profit businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees. Funds are expected to become available this week.

More information can be found at: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/governor-wolf-announces-financial-assistance-available-to-small-businesses/.

March 31, 2020 

A food distribution map has been developed to identify available food resources around the county. The map is searchable by a variety of fields, and includes descriptions, eligibility and contact information for many of the sites. It includes school “grab & go” sites, food pantries and other options and is regularly updated. The map can be found at https://tinyurl.com/pghfoodmap. It is also available at bit.ly/ACHDcovid-19 under Help for Residents.