CORONAVIRUS – Information & Links


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The Pennsylvania Utility Law Project (PULP) which is part of the Northern Schuylkill Redevelopment Project, has been working to bring additional resources to northern Schuylkill County in the area of utility assistance.

PULP organizing a webinar which would be open to providers in the area and which would focus on utility assistance, including information about utility assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you are interested in participating in the training, or if there are any topics you’d like to see covered, please contact the Pennsylvania Utility Law Project (PULP) at:

In the meantime, here are two resource sheets that tell you about what assistance is available for electric, gas and water assistance in Schuylkill County:

Electric & Gas Assistance Information  Water Assistance Information


Have you heard of Neighborly? 

It’s an easy-to-use online tool that can help connect you to free and reduced-cost programs and services in your community.  Search for local neighborhood resources to access food, housing, child care, transportation, utility assistance, healthcare, financial assistance and more. 

This online too, powered by Geisinger.  It provides instant access to wide-ranging, localized listings with hundreds of helpful programs in every zip code; with new resources added often.

In response to COVID-19, the Geisinger Team is continuously working to provide community resource listings available to support its neighbors and community organizations during this time of change. Designed to grow with community, Neighborly relies on the help of the neighborhood to continuously add to, update and enhance the directory so that you and your neighbors benefit from

Below is a document that the Geisinger teams have put together in both English and Spanish regarding COVID-19 information: 

Neighborly PA Keep Your Community Safe (English) Neighborly PA Keep Your Community Safe (Spanish)



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Schuylkill Community Action ( ( is providing assistance to all Schuylkill County residents who are experiencing food emergencies.
Food will be provided to anyone who is in need of food assistance as a result of the COVID – 19 National Emergency.
Families are encouraged to call SCA at: 570-622-1995 to schedule an appointment.
Food will be distributed at the Pottsville Roundhouse. Curbside services will be arranged.

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How COVID-19 Spreads:  The virus is thought to spread mainly from person to person:

  • When they are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet)
  • Via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes
    • These droplets may be inhaled or can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby
    • By touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or eyes
    • This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads

People are thought to be most contagious when they are sickest. Some spread may be possible before people show symptoms, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Prevention Strategies:  Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid exposure. The following everyday actions can help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or the inside of your elbow, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces using cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting solutions
    • Follow manufacturer label directions to determine strength, purpose, and stay time

Treatment:  There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for the coronavirus at this time. People who think they may have been exposed to coronavirus should contact their healthcare provider immediately.

This cannot be stressed enough — WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN WITH SOAP AND WATER FOR at least 20 seconds. This is especially important after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after cleaning, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if they are visibly dirty.

The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including coronavirus.

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