The CDC has launched a new “self-checker” on its website that allows individuals to answer a few question, and then offers advice. Most importantly, the tool also provides information on how to care for yourself at home. Visit Self-checker and click on the orange self-checker box in the lower right hand corner of the page.
Ben Avon officials continue to monitor the developments of the COVID-19 virus. The health and well-being of all of our community members remains our primary concern.
In order to protect the health and well-being of our residents, staff and borough visitors, the Ben Avon Borough Building itself will be closed to the public until April 6 at the earliest; however, the business of the borough will continue to take place through remote office hours Monday – Thursday, 8:30 am – 4:00 pm.
- Office staff will remain available via phone and email: all functions, services, and business of the borough will continue to operate. Any documents needing to reach the office and which cannot be emailed, may be placed in the drop box on the borough building door or mailed to 7101 Church Ave., Ben Avon PA 15202.
- At this time, Public Works, Code Enforcement, and Zoning, are operating with no changes.
- Ohio Township Police Dept., Ben Avon Volunteer Fire Dept., and Northwest EMS are functioning with increased COVID-19 protocols but otherwise no operational changes.
- Waste Management trash and recycling pick-up is temporarily suspending the performance of the following services, which are non-essential during this period of emergency:
- Bulk Collection – furniture, carpet, mattresses, appliances, etc.
- Spring and bulk clean-ups
- Yard Waste Collection – grass clippings, brush, tree limbs, etc.
- All trash/refuse must be bagged & sealed (and wherever possible) placed in containers. LOOSE ITEMS WILL NOT BE COLLECTED.
- All recyclable materials must be placed inside recycling bin (including cardboard). ITEMS LEFT OUTSIDE OF BIN, WILL NOT BE COLLECTED.
- U.S. Postal Services continuing with no changes.
- Avonworth School District has suspended all in-person academic, athletic and special events until after Spring Break at the earliest. Flexible learning will begin Thursday, March 19th. For the latest information, http://www.avonworth.k12.pa.us/Coronavirus.aspx
- Avon Park is restricting all group activities including playground and recreational equipment as their cleanliness cannot be guaranteed.
- Avonworth Community Park is following the lead of the Pennsylvania State Parks and remaining open except for the playground area. Please note that the restrooms facilities are not yet open for the season, however there are two hand wash stations available for use. For their latest information, facebook.com/pg/avonworthpark.
In following with the recommendations of the PA Department of Health and the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD), residents and organizations throughout the county are strongly urged to follow these proactive mitigation measures:
- Governor Wolf issued a Stay-at-Home order for a number of counties, including Allegheny County. There is no curfew in place, but the order goes into place at 8 PM this evening and is in effect for two weeks. This order emphasizes that individuals in the county, to the extent possible, should stay at home and distance themselves from others. There is no change to the life-sustaining businesses and waivers that have previously been in place, or to the requirements for restaurants to limit their operations to take-out and delivery.
- Suspend large gatherings, events, and conferences of 10 individuals or more for the next eight weeks.
- Avoid traveling to recreational activities like gyms, movie theaters, and shopping malls.
Consistent with Pennsylvania’s guidance, these recommendations are in place starting today for 14 days and will be consistently reviewed and evaluated during that time period.
These updated mitigation measures are strongly encouraged to help stop the virus from spreading in our community. In addition to this updated guidance, residents should continue practicing good hygiene to help stop the spread of germs.
- It’s currently flu and respiratory disease season and CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine, taking everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs, and taking flu antivirals if prescribed.
- Stay home when you are sick with respiratory disease symptoms. At the present time, these symptoms are more likely due to influenza or other respiratory viruses than to COVID-19-related virus.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw it in the trash can. If you don’t have a tissue, cough into your elbow or sleeve.
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.
- Avoid shaking hands; consider touching elbows instead if you believe personal contact is necessary for a greeting.
- Routinely clean frequently touched surfaces and objects. High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions. Click here for the EPA’s approved list of disinfectants to use for COVID-19.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough and shortness of breath, please stay at home and contact your primary-care provider to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. If you do not have a primary care provider and are not sure if you need tested, please contact the Health Department at 412-687-ACHD (412-687-2243). If you need to seek immediate medical care, please call 9-1-1 for assistance, or phone ahead before going to a doctor’s office or emergency department to allow staff at these locations to prepare for your arrival.
On behalf of the Mayor, Council, and employees of Ben Avon Borough, thank you so much for your patience and understanding during this trying time as we all learn to adapt to changes in our daily routines. We encourage everyone to stay abreast of the latest resources available through sites such as the Allegheny County Health Department, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control.
Stay safe and healthy,
Mayor Melanie Holcomb, Council President Jennifer Bett, Ben Avon Borough Council, and Staff