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A woman wears a surgical mask as she prepares to enter the Giant supermarket in New Garden Township.

Area municipalities have declared emergency status as a result of the coronavirus outbreak in order to allow them avoid bidding requirements and get emergency funding. Most have cancelled public meetings and are requiring staff to work remotely.

On Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Health Department reported that there are 37 additional positive cases of COVID-19 reported, bringing the statewide total to 133, with six of those cases in Chester County.

In Kennett Square, staff is now working via email and phone calls. Payments for utility bills are to be deposited in the mailbox out front, via check, money order or cash. Payments for building permits will be accepted through deposit in the mailbox. Public works requests that require visits within buildings will be limited to time-sensitive and emergency-related only.

"There is no reason to panic," Kennett Square Mayor Matt Fetick said. "We are not under a quarantine and yet it is important that we stay up to date with the recommendations of the local and federal authorities. We are in consistent contact with the Health Department and others to make sure that we follow and implement all applicable recommendations. It is important that we modify normal behavior. We want to do our part to reduce the potential to spread the virus."

Honey Brook Mayor Christopher Mulhall issued a declaration of disaster emergency Tuesday.

In Coatesville, city hall is closed. All City Council, Redevelopment Authority and committee meetings have been cancelled until further notice. City Parks are on limited use.

Downingtown Borough Hall and Annex Building will be closed to the public through March 29. Borough employees will be available via phone and email during regular business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Parking tickets and sewer and refuse payments can be paid through the borough's website or deposited in the drop box behind Borough Hall. For assistance, call 610-269-0344 or email

An emergency declaration was adopted in Kennett Township. All public meetings have been cancelled through the end of the month. The township office is closed to the public but accessible by email at The township isn't accepting any land development or subdivision applications through March 30. The township will continue to receive building permit applications electronically. The township's public works department will conduct limited work. Employees will follow recommended social distance guidelines. Barkingfield Park will remain open except for the dog park. Township trails will remain open and accessible to the public.

In West Chester, the borough building is closed for the next two weeks, as Mayor Dianne Herrin declared a state of emergency. The West Chester library has been ordered closed, and council meetings in March have been cancelled.

Parking Enforcement in West Chester is now free at metered spaces in the town center until 5 p.m. After 5 p.m., enforcement at meter spaces will be enforced so that vehicles are not left at spaces overnight. Street sweeping in West Chester will continue in the Town Center and parking restriction times will be enforced in this area. Paid parking in borough parking lots will be suspended until March 29. No street sweeping will be done in residential areas in the borough. Parking enforcement remains available for resident complaints. West Chester Borough has a secured Drop Box in the main parking lot located next to the flagpole and bike rack. This box is to be used for paying parking tickets.

In Parkesburg, no visitors or contractors will be permitted within the Borough Administration Building, Public Works Building, and Police Department. The borough and Police office hours will be 9 a.m. to noon. Staff will be answering phones and responding to emails. Residents should email or call 610-857-2616.

Caln Township has declared a public health local disaster emergency. The Caln Municipal Building and Police Station are closed to the public. Township employees will be available via phone and email to help maintain service. Bills can be paid via mail to 253 Municipal Dr. Thorndale PA 19372 or via the drive-up mailbox at the side of our building labeled “Caln Township Mail Only.” All township parks and playgrounds, as well as Ingleside Golf Course are closed to the public.

Phoenixville Borough has issued a declaration.

"This outbreak has the potential to disrupt both borough and social services, and endanger the health and safety of residents," Phoenixville Mayor Peter Urscheler wrote in his proclamation, which is posted on the borough website.

In West Goshen, all non-essential township employees will be working remotely from their homes when possible, reporting back to the office on Monday, March 30. Township Police will be operating normally. Township Streets and Parks Department will be working on an on-call basis for emergencies such as downed trees. There will be two to three employees in the office each day during the two weeks to answer phones.

In East Goshen, The Township Building will be closed through March 29. All public meetings scheduled and advertised during that time have been canceled. The playground and park bathrooms will be closed as well. Township trash collection will continue on the regular schedule. During this shutdown, the township will staff a skeleton crew to perform regular maintenance activities and respond to sewer and road emergencies.

Tredyffrin Township and its operations are closed to the public and all township meetings have been cancelled. The township will be operating at minimal staffing levels during the next two weeks and non-essential personnel will work remotely when feasible. Township Highway and Parks Departments will be conducting limited work during this time. The Sewer Department will continue to operate pump stations as normal. Any employees working will be following recommended social distancing, There will be no public admitted to the township building for any reason.

There are major changes at the Coatesville Veterans Administration Medical Center. There are no cases of COVID-19 at the Coatesville VA Medical Center. For precautionary reasons, screening measures are in place for anyone coming onto the medical center campus and at all locations. Screenings will be done daily, seven days a week. All employees, veterans, visitors, volunteers, vendors and contractors will be screened.

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