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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)

Wolf Issues Stay-At-Home Restrictions as PA Deaths, Bucks Cases Rise

March 23, 2020

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

Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 death toll rose to six and Bucks County’s positive cases jumped by nearly 50 percent today as Southeast Pennsylvania dug in against a worsening coronavirus landscape.

Gov. Tom Wolf ordered residents of Bucks and six other hard-hit counties to stay home for two weeks, while extending statewide school closures by another two weeks. Also included in the stay-at-home order were Allegheny, Chester, Delaware, Monroe, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, which, along with Bucks, have accounted for 75 percent of the state’s COVID-19 cases.

The order covers more than 40 percent of Pennsylvania’s population, or about 5.5 million people. Wolf stay home

“The novel coronavirus has halted life as we knew it,” Wolf said. “I won’t pretend that things will not get worse before they get better.”

Six people now have died from COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. Allegheny, Lackawanna, Monroe and Montgomery Counties have reported one death each, while Northampton County has reported two.

In Bucks County, 20 new positive test results brought the county’s total cases to 61. Dr. David Damsker, director of the Bucks County Health Department, attributed the spike to more testing becoming available.

Damsker said that the county has yet to have a clear picture of the effectiveness of recent social distancing measures and closings of schools and non-essential businesses.

Of today’s new cases, he said, “almost all of them were infected prior to the social distancing measures being implemented.”

Montgomery County closed all of its schools on March 12, and the next day Wolf shuttered schools throughout Pennsylvania. He followed that with restrictions on social interactions and orders to close non-life-sustaining businesses. Enforcement of the latter order began at 8 a.m. today.

“By the end of this week or early next week, the only positive cases should either be in people who have to go out to an essential job, or those that are contacts to confirmed cases in their household,” Damsker said.

Wolf’s office issued a detailed list of individual activities and essential travel allowed under the stay-at-home order: https://tinyurl.com/uff79lt

The order prompted Bucks County officials to close all county government buildings to the public, as well as the county parks system, while they assured residents that essential government services would continue.

County Commissioners’ Chair Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia urged the public to abide by Wolf’s directive. She strongly urged anyone leaving home for groceries, medicine or other essentials to go alone, and to keep a six-foot distance from others. Marseglia vid

“The most important part of this stay-at-home order is that it is helping us keep the calls to emergency services lower,” she said. “That means our police are not having to respond to as many instances, and there are less calls for ambulances and the emergency rooms. That lets us respond to the illness that is out there.”

Commissioners’ Vice Chair Bob Harvie called compliance with Wolf’s order “critically important” to stopping the spread of COVID-19. “This is a virus that feeds off of human interaction,” Harvie said. “If we can choke off that fuel to the virus by having everybody stay at home as much as possible, we can hopefully flatten the curve and save as many lives as possible.”

Two of the county’s COVID-19 patients remain hospitalized, Damsker said. One is in serious condition, while the other is in critical condition. Both are older adults with underlying health issues, he said.Map

Nineteen Bucks County municipalities have had at least one resident counted among the 61 coronavirus cases. A map showing those municipalities on the county’s data portal https://covid19-bucksgis.hub.arcgis.com/ will continue to be updated as new cases arise.

Bucks County Consumer Protection Director Michael Bannon said his department’s hotline at 1-800-942-2669 remained busy with questions and complaints as businesses, employees and residences struggled to discern what constitutes a “life-sustaining” enterprise.

“We understand that it is not easy for anyone to navigate the somewhat gray areas, us included,” Bannon said. “However, leaning towards safety first along with some common sense is the best way to go.”

Bannon directed businesses that have questions or that want to apply for an exemption waiver to visit  www.dced.pa.gov  for the most up-to-date information.


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