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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.

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A message from the Health Department:

The Bucks County Health Department will be available to take your COVID-19 related calls 8:00 to 4:00 Monday – Friday and limited hours on Saturday at 215-345-3318. Please limit calls to this line for those from the public who have been directed to call regarding isolation or quarantine, medical professionals, healthcare workers and COVID-19 specific calls or department related business.You may also email COVID19@buckscounty.org for the below:

  • No one should be calling or emailing the Health Department if you are experiencing shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, that is a call to 911 or call and/or go to the nearest ER for evaluation.
  • If you are calling because you think you should be tested please call your Primary Care Physician, THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT DOES NOT DO TESTING.
  • If you are looking for case numbers and more specific information go to https://covid19-bucksgis.hub.arcgis.com/

The Health Department CANNOT answer calls regarding:

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Important Phone Numbers:

COVID-19 Information Hotline: 
800-383-0371

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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

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Bucks County Department Contact Directory

 

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When and why to call the Bucks County Health DepartmentCoronavirus (COVID-19) Information

County Briefing 05-07-20

Commissioners' Virtual Town Hall
05-04-20

County Briefing 04-30-20

County Briefing 04-23-20

Commissioners' Virtual Town Hall
04-20-20

County Briefing 04-16-20

Commissioners' Virtual Town Hall
04-09-20

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

How to determine what is considered a life-sustaining businessCounty 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 August 3, 2020, and all Bucks County Government Offices buildings are open by appointment only, with most 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. 
  • 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. 

In an attempt to curb the spread of COVID 19 within the correctional facility and care for those infected, enhanced procedures have been put in place at the direction of the Bucks County Health Department. All offenders and staff have been provided masks in an effort to curb the spread. Increased temperature checks are being completed on staff and inmates. Medical professionals have an increased presence in the facilities, and are seeing offenders more frequently. We are mirroring the best practices of the State Department of Corrections and are in constant contact with the Bucks County Health Department.

We realize that this is distressing to both offenders and their friends and family. To help ease some of the stress the Department of Corrections has provided goods and services to all offenders above what they would normally be provided and at no cost to the offenders or their families.

  • Offenders continue to receive 2 free telephone calls per week.
  • Offenders are receiving additional health, hygiene and comfort items.
  • Offenders are receiving additional  commissary food items.
  • Offenders are receiving $20 worth of subscription services for the offender tablets . These funds can be used for services such as movies, streaming music, ebooks, games, and newsfeeds.
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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

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Bucks County News on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

CARES Funds to Enhance Livestreamed Access to County Meetings

July 16, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: James O’Malley, 215-348-6414, jtomalley@buckscounty.org

Calling the effort “long overdue” and a “silver lining” of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bucks County Commissioners on Wednesday committed more than $130,000 in federal relief dollars to making their meetings more accessible to the public through improved livestreaming technology.

The commissioners unanimously approved a contract for the purchase and installation of audio and video equipment aimed at providing quality online broadcasts of public county meetings throughout the remainder of the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.

Because the initiative was prompted by the need to provide virtual access to public meetings at a time when attendance is restricted by distancing requirements, it is being funded entirely with money from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The county’s contract with the Lerro Corporation of Norristown for the much-needed upgrades is capped at $132,341.69. meeting photo

Expected to be operational within two months, the setup includes five switchable cameras, and will help bring a more professional look, sound and feel to the county’s online broadcasts, Director of Policy and Projects Eric J. Nagy told the commissioners.

“This is a really good thing for transparency and accessibility” in county government, Nagy said.

Commissioners Chair Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia echoed Nagy’s remarks, saying she had been pushing for live broadcast of county meetings since she first was elected in 2007. She called it a “silver lining” of the COVID pandemic that circumstances had provided the urgency to push that vision into reality.

“Saying it’s long overdue is kind of an understatement,” said Commissioner Bob Harvie, noting that when he first took office as a Falls Township supervisor in 2004, Falls and other municipalities already offered livestreamed meetings to their consituents.

The county began livestreaming public meetings in April via Facebook. Using equipment already on hand, Nagy and the county’s Information Technology Department urgently made arrangements to ensure the public’s continued access to government during Gov. Tom Wolf’s restrictions on public gatherings.

The move came two months before the release of a report from the Bucks County Transition Team that stressed, among other things, the immediate need for meetings to be livestreamed.

Despite the rudimentary, "overnight" nature of the lifestreaming initiative, Nagy said online feeds of the commissioners’ meetings, town halls and news conferences frequently have drawn upwards of 20,000 viewers.

“So if you provide a service to the public where they can see what you are up to, they will (attend),” Nagy said. “It’s just not easy for everyone to be here in person.”

Although in-person public attendance has been allowed now for two consecutive meetings, the commissioners continue to invite county residents to attend virtually and submit comments and questions via email to PublicComment@buckscounty.org.

Bucks County has been allotted a total of $109 million in CARES Act money, and the $132,000 contract for audio/video equipment represented only a sliver of the federal money divvied up at Wednesday’s meeting. 

Through a package of resolutions brought by the Bucks County Department of Housing and Community Development, the commissioners earmarked some $2.38 million in federal funds for a number of pandemic-related purposes, including adapting facilities to meet health and safety guidelines, providing rental assistance and implementing training programs. 

 The funds went primarily to Bucks County-based nonprofits.

“This is just a terrific example of how we are taking the federal money we got through the CARES Act and putting it to good use,” said Commissioner Gene DiGirolamo.

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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