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General COVID-19 Questions
Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
On January 30, 2023, President Biden announced that the federal government’s COVID Public Health Emergency declaration will end on May 11, 2023. Click here for more information on how this affects access to the COVID-19 vaccine, testing, and treatment.
The Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH) aligns with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidance for COVID-19. For information on County Levels, visit Montgomery County COVID-19 HUB and COVID-19 Community Level by County.
For additional steps you can take to protect yourself and your family:
Volunteer at Vaccination Clinics: The Montgomery County Medical Reserve Corps is serving as our clearinghouse for all medical and non-medical volunteers. Please apply at the SERVPA website.
Become an AmVAXador! Keep Montgomery County healthy and safe and help us build a network of volunteer AmVAXadors. What is an AmVAXador? An AmVAXador is someone who educates Montgomery County communities about the COVID-19 vaccines.
Recommendations for K-12 School and Early Care and Education (ECE) Programs
MCOPH aligns with CDC’s Operational Guidance for K-12 Schools and Early Education Programs to Support In-Person Learning.
For K-12 Schools and Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs that identify a significant increase in cases or an outbreak of COVID-19, MCOPH is available for consultation. During times of significant increase in cases or outbreaks, K-12 Schools and ECE programs should consider the following prevention strategies:
- Encouraging staff and families to stay up-to-date on vaccinations
- Encouraging everyday prevention including staying home when sick, getting tested, improving ventilation, hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, and cleaning and disinfection.
- Communication with the school/program community
- “Masking Sprint” for a week (5 days) for the outbreak setting per Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Policy Lab, Guidance for Updated COVID-19 School Mitigation Plans for Academic Year 2022-23
- Temporarily stopping high-risk activities
For additional guidelines for ECE Programs see PA Department of Education - Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) and Early Learning Resource Center Region 17.
COVID-19 Rent and Utility Relief
The Rent and Utility Relief Program, administered by Your Way Home, allows eligible households to receive up to 12 months of assistance for rent and utility bills dating back to March 13, 2020. Assistance can be for past due rent and/or utility payments or future rent payments. Funding for security deposits, first and/or last month of rent is also eligible as part of the program. There is no financial limit on the amount of assistance a household can receive.
Recordings of all Montgomery County’s COVID-19 virtual briefings can be found on the County’s Department of Public Safety YouTube channel.
Virtual Town Halls
Montgomery County has hosted virtual town halls on a range of topics related to COVID-19. Our YouTube channel features a library of town halls addressing specific issues and concerns about COVID-19.
Connect to Other Resources
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