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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)

Bucks Cases COVID-19 Cases Reach 85; Most Patients Recovering Well

March 24, 2020

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

Bucks County added more than 20 new COVID-19 cases to its rolls for the second straight day, but few of those cases have resulted so far in serious symptoms, officials reported.

Of the county’s 85 positive cases, only three patients have been hospitalized for any sustained length of time, said Dr. David Damsker, director of the Bucks County Health Department. Two are in critical condition at area hospitals, he said, while the third is stable. Presser.01

At the same time, the county’s earliest COVID-19 patients are starting to fully recover, Damsker said, with at least six now released from isolation and dozens more approaching that status.

“The good news is that most of our patients are doing very well, and are eligible to be off isolation in the next few days,” Damsker said at a news briefing this morning at the county’s Emergency Operations Center.

Damsker acknowledged that new positive test results are now “rolling in on a regular basis” and will likely continue at the present pace for a while. He reiterated that the vast majority of those who have the virus will have mild symptoms and should not go to hospitals or seek immediate testing, but stay home and isolate themselves.

Those with more severe symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, should seek testing and medical attention, he said.

“We’re asking people not to overrun emergency rooms just to get a test,” Damsker said. “The hospitals are certainly going to need the resources to take care of our sickest patients.”

Private testing is becoming more available, but testing supplies remain limited, he said. “If you feel like you need to get a test, call your doctor, get permission, get a prescription, because almost all testing sites require that at this point,” he said.

Damsker praised county health department workers and volunteers who have been working long hours to answer thousands of phone calls, perform contact tracing, run test specimens to labs and perform other duties.

“It’s a seven-day-a-week operation,” he said. “We’re working hard and protecting Bucks County as best we can.”

Emergency Services Director Scott T. Forster said his staff continues to work on emergency plans for food distribution and surges in demand for medical services, along with handling more than 400 requests for personal protective gear from hospitals, public safety workers, longterm care facilities and others. Presser.03

Forster said the county has, for example, delivered about 7,000 N95 protective masks so far, and is expecting roughly 30,000 more to be delivered soon. On any given day, he said, between one dozen and two dozen workers are staffing the county Emergency Operations Center in Ivyland to take calls and perform this work.

“Together, with a whole community approach, we will be strong and we will be successful in taking care of our residents,” Forster said, “as well as providing whatever kind of care and resources that we need here in Bucks County.”

County Commissioner Bob Harvie said Damsker, Forster and many other county employees “have been working incredibly hard [and] putting in unbelievable hours” to prepare the county for whatever hardships COVID-19 imposes. Presser.02

He said the county has been waiting for more information about the federal government’s economic recovery package to help local businesses. The county has worked with the Redevelopment Authority to provide some businesses with no-interest loans during the shutdown, and has encouraged its consumer protection department to investigate claims of price-gouging and businesses that may be violating Wolf’s restrictions.

Commissioners’ Chair Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia urged people who have substance abuse or mental health issues during the coronavirus crisis to call the county’s new Behavioral Health Helpline (215-399-5681) for support and the health department (215-345-3318) with other COVID-19 questions or concerns. The Consumer Protection Hotline can be reached at 1-800-942-2669 for consumer- or business-related questions.Presser

Today was the first day of Gov. Tom Wolf’s stay-at-home order imposed on residents of Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, where about 75 percent of the state’s COVID-19 cases have been reported. Eight people have died of the virus across Pennsylvania.

Twenty-three Bucks County municipalities have had at least one resident counted among the 85 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.

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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