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Check out the County Facilities and Departments page for information on hour changes, postponements and closures with different offices in the County.

A message from the Health Department:

Coronavirus is a rapidly evolving situation that our department is monitoring with local, state & federal agencies. For the most up-to-date information please go to the CDC website or the PA Department of Health.

We understand you have questions & concerns, most of which can be answered on those websites. We will also continue to update this page as information becomes needed for our community.

We ask for your cooperation in looking at this page or going to the CDC or State websites for those answers instead of calling our department. This will allow our staff to receive updates and answer calls coming from the State DOH, doctors offices, hospitals and other healthcare providers regarding this disease outbreak. However, if you continue to have questions regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), please call the Health Department at 215-345-3318. Thank you very much.

Important Phone Numbers:
COVID-19 Information Hotline: 
800-383-0371

#1 - Bucks County Health Department
#2 - Bucks County Consumer Protection
#3 - Community and Economic Development
#4 - Bucks County Housing and Human Services

Additional Community Resources:
Area Agency on Aging:
267-880-5700
Bucks County General Number:
215-348-6000
Bucks County Behavioral Health Hotline:
215-399-5681
Bucks County Social Complaints
(for citizen complaints not related to businesses or other identified priorities): 215-328-8500

Bucks County Department Contact Directory

 

Pa Department of Health Handwashing Poster
Signs of WIthdrawal. If you need help, go to the BCDAC, Inc.

PA Department of Health Coronavirus Spread InfographCoronavirus (COVID-19) Information

County Briefing 04-02-20

County Briefing 03-27-20

County Briefing 03-24-20

Commissioners' Message - Stay at Home
03-23-20

County News Briefing 03-19-20

Staying Safe during the COVID-19 Outbreak: Dr. Damsker speaks with District Attorney Matt Weintraub

Marion Reports: Bucks County Emergency Services Director provides an update

News Briefing 03-14-20 Audio (.wma)
News Briefing 03-14-20 Audio (.mp3)
6ABC Video Clip of 03-14-20 Briefing

News Briefing 03-11-20 Audio (.wma)
News Briefing 03-11-20 Audio (.mp3)

County Updates:

  • The County Facilities and Departments page lists all the closures and operating changes within the County due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Among others, the Courts have suspended, with some exceptions, operations through May 15 and all Jury Trials until June 15, and all Bucks County Government Offices buildings are closed, with essential business being completed online or by phone.
  • Feeling Anxious? Need help managing stress, anxiety, drugs or alcohol? Need to talk to someone? Bucks County COVID-19 Behavioral Health Helpline - 215-399-5681 (Available Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm)
  • Bucks County Seniors can call 267-880-5700 for assistance, as well as information on services such as meal delivery and independent care. This number is answered Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. After hours and weekends, seniors and their caregivers can leave a message and the Area Agency on Aging will return the call. 
  • The Bucks County Health Department will be operating on extended evening and weekend hours to answer your calls and help with your concerns. Please use 215-345-3318 or email to: COVID19@buckscounty.org If the line is busy please leave a message and calls will be returned as soon as possible.
  • Effective 03/10/20, Neshaminy Manor is closed to all visitors due to the COVID-19 virus. This includes all entertainers and groups that come for official events. Visitors will be permitted on an approved individual basis for end of life. In addition, all resident sponsored trips (Walmart/VFW's/etc.) have been suspended at this time. Thank you for your understanding.
  • On the advice of the Bucks County Department of Health and suggestion from the State Department of Corrections, Bucks County’s prisons have closed to most visitors, including volunteers involved in community programs offered at the prison. Any prisoners admitted with cold- or flu-like symptoms will be isolated and the Health Department will be contacted for followup. Only essential vendors and contractors such as food, healthcare and legal professionals will be admitted.

Additional Information can be found in the below locations:

PA Department of Health Media Page for updates to the virus: 
https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health.aspx

PA Department of Health Coronovirus Situation Summary:  
https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronvirus-Situation-Summary.aspx 

Latest Updates from the CDC: 
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html

CDC's Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19: 
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

Share Facts, Stop Fear - CDC addresses Common Misconceptions:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/share-facts-stop-fear.html

World Health Organization (WHO) - Information on Coronvirus Disease (COVID-19):
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

WHO - Your Questions Answered:
https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

WHO Mythbusters - Myths busted and other rumors debunked:
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters

Bucks County News on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Infected Police Officer Speaks Out: I’m Okay; Stay Home if You're Sick

March 22, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Larry R. King, 215-348-6413, lrking@buckscounty.org

A Middletown Township police officer who tested positive last week for COVID-19 spoke out Saturday, assuring the public that he is recovering well and warning others against the “selfish” urge to not stay home when showing symptoms

Officer Ryan Morrison, in a video interview with Bucks County District Attorney Matthew D. Weintraub, said he began feeling symptoms Tuesday afternoon, having worked on Monday and completing his shift at 6 a.m. Tuesday. Middletown interview.01

After feeling fine on the job, Morrison said, “I woke up around 2:30 or 3 (p.m.) and felt awful. I gave it a day, gave it two days, and started showing all of the symptoms of everything I read online of COVID-19,” and decided to seek testing. His test results came back positive on Friday.

Dr. David Damsker, director of the Bucks County Health Department, said the department’s investigation confirmed that Morrison was not symptomatic – and therefore unlikely to have been contagious – while on the job, and that he appears to have acquired the virus from a community contact.

Weintraub and Damsker both praised Morrison for his decision to stay isolated, to seek testing and to not risk returning to work while showing signs of illness.

“Thursday, when I was showing symptoms, I was kind of up in the air,” Morrison said. “I kind of doubted that I actually had COVID-19; the chances are very slim.”

At the same time, he reasoned, “why not just go get tested and clear it, rather than be selfish and go to work with that? If I had done that, the chances of me spreading that would probably be a lot higher than now that I’m isolated.” Middletown interview.02

Damsker said that Morrison is required to isolate himself for at least seven days from the time he became symptomatic, and must have at least three consecutive days without a fever before he can be cleared to return to duty.

Morrison said that his symptoms had included fever, congestion and extreme fatigue. Saturday, he said, he was much improved.

“I’m not bad. I’m feeling a lot better than I had been in the last couple of days, that’s for sure,” the three-year veteran told Weintraub. “…I’ll be back to work before I know it. As long as I’m cleared and out of [isolation], I’ll be back to work.”

Morrison urged others to “think about your parents and your grandparents. It’s kind of selfish to go out in public, especially if you are showing symptoms. If you encounter some elderly person and they catch it, they’re going to be struggling a lot more with it than you are.”

After viewing the interview, Damsker called Morrison “the perfect example of a younger, healthier person who has mild illness. And the vast majority of people who get coronavirus will also have mild illness.” 

But while it’s important for most people not to panic about the virus, Damsker said it’s more important to remember that there are many elderly and medically vulnerable people in the community who are susceptible to more dire symptoms, and that social distancing should be exercised by all. Middletown interview.03

“If you don’t have a job where you’re … a first responder or running an essential business, it’s always better,” he said. “If you don’t need to go out, don’t go out.”

The Health Department continues to encourage people who are experiencing mild symptoms at home not to go to the hospital.

“The reality is that many more people are going to test positive for this virus,” he said, “and we need to ensure our hospitals do not become overwhelmed. Otherwise, the people who need care the most may not be able to receive it.”

At the same time, Damsker told Weintraub that police officers and other first-responders “will be prioritized for testing if they become symptomatic. Because we need to get them back on the street as soon as possible to protect Bucks County.”

Weintraub’s interviews with Morrison and Damsker can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/uNQjcge9vio 

 Residents are urged to continue to reach out to the Bucks County’s data portal for more national, state and local information about coronavirus at https://covid19-bucksgis.hub.arcgis.com/ . The data portal has had more than 90,000 visits since going live March 14, and currently is averaging about 3,000 visits per hour.


Bucks County Health Department
Administrative Office

Neshaminy Manor Center, Building K
1282 Almshouse Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
Main HD Line: 215-345-3318
Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 5:00pm
Central Bucks District Office
Neshaminy Manor Center, Building K
1282 Almshouse Road, 1st Floor
Doylestown, PA 18901
Environmental: 215-345-3336
Personal Health: 215-345-3344
Department Fax: 215-340-8456
Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:30pm
Lower Bucks District Office
Bucks County Government Services Center - Lower Bucks
7321 New Falls Road
Levittown, PA 19055
Phone: 267-580-3510
Fax: 215-949-5819
Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Upper Bucks District Office
Bucks County Government Services Center - Upper Bucks
261 California Road
Quakertown, PA 18951
Phone: 215-529-7000
Fax: 215-529-7032
Hours: Monday thru Friday 8:00 am to 4:30pm