MOUNT POCONO MUNICIPAL AUTHORITY

DUE TO THE RECENT OUTBREAK OF THE CORONA VIRUS (COVID-19), THE MOUNT POCONO MUNICIPAL AUTHORITY IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  PLEASE MAKE YOUR PAYMENTS EITHER BY US POSTAL SERVICE OR ON-LINE.  NO IN-PERSON PAYMENTS OF ANY KIND ARE CURRENTLY BEING ACCEPTED.  IF YOU NEED A RECEIPT, PLEASE SO INDICATE ON YOUR PAYMENT AND ONE WILL BE MAILED/E-MAILED TO YOU. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION.

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Borough Safeguards

All, This pandemic presents an enormous challenge for us as a Borough. The decisions we will have to make in the event our borough is affected will be difficult ones, but we will do so with the common good in mind. We must limit the spread of this virus while at the same time working to protect our most vulnerable friends, family, and neighbors.  School closures is now in place, and groups and restaurants have put plans in place to make sure services continue for families who rely on our schools to provide meals for their children.  I am urging everyone in our Borough to be careful and smart in their own personal health decisions. If you are feeling sick, please do not go to work, or attend our public meetings. If you are sick enough to want to see a doctor, please call before you go, to avoid the gathering or exposure to each other. Our life is going to have to change for some period of time in order to better control this outbreak.  The coming weeks will be challenging, and many of our lives will be disrupted. Families will experience loss of income, but I know that we are resilience, . . . .

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Public Safety Statement from PEMA and Department of Health

Both PEMA and the Department of Health have been receiving inquiries and requests for supplies of personal protective equipment, specifically N-95 masks, over the past few weeks.  The public safety and health communities should refer to the following webpages for guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on the use of N-95 masks: CDC Strategies for optimizing N95 supply: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/respirator-supply-strategies.html  – This guidance can be implemented now to assist entities with maximizing the utilization of stockpiles currently on hand. CDC Extended use of N95 Masks: https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/hcwcontrols/recommendedguidanceextuse.html  – This guidance should be used as a last resort, but is being provided for future planning efforts. Formal resource/mission requests for PPE capability related to the Coronavirus will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  However requestors should be aware that they should anticipate delays in a response to their request and that in the near-term, these requests will NOT be fulfilled by PEMA/DOH.  Emergency management partners are also encouraged to ensure that healthcare facilities and providers are working through their regional healthcare coalition to address gaps at the healthcare system level. Our agencies are working very closely together to deal with this situation and we understand the potential concern of all our partners, but please understand that . . . .

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