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For up to date information on how to get relief during the pandemic such as unemployment and small business loans please click HERE.
If you would like more information on business loans from the PA Chamber of Business and Industry, click HERE.
For more information on COVID-19 such as symptoms, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you are sick, click HERE.
Click HERE to see a map generated by the PA Department of Health showing COVID-19 cases county by county or broken down by zip code.
Click HERE for a map of the United States showing to outbreaks county by county.
American Rescue Plan Money for Municipalities
All municipalities eligible for American Rescue Plan money must Register through DCED by June 30th. For assistance with this or if you would like more information contact Besty Lockwood at Seda-Cog at 570-847-0420
COVID-19 Entrance Procedures
Juniata County Government facilities are now open to the public with no appointment required. Effective Monday, May 24th, the County will begin following the CDC’s most recent guidelines regarding face coverings / masking which means that fully vaccinated individuals will no longer be mandated to wear a face covering / mask. Non vaccinated individuals will need to continue to mask as per CDC guidelines which may be found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html
Juniata County will continue to utilize remote technologies and alternative delivery methods to provide as many services as possible until further notice.
Drop Off/Pick Up Area: The primary drop off and pick up area for essential documents will continue to be at the Bridge Street entrance of the County Courthouse unless other arrangements have been made.
County Courthouse Business: Members of the public wishing to conduct business in the County Courthouse must use the Bridge Street entrance of the Courthouse and check-in with security personnel. Special accommodations will be made for handicapped individuals.
Assessment Office: 717 436-7740
Court Administration: 717 582-5143
District Attorney: 717 436-7725
Elections: 717 436-7706
GIS Department: 717 436-7764
Planning Department: 717 436-7729
Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts: 717 436-7715
Register and Recorders Office, Orphan’s Court, and Marriage License Applicants: 717 436-7709
Tax Claim: 717 436-7705
Courthouse Annex and Bousum Building Business: Members of the public wishing to conduct business in the County Courthouse Annex or Bousum Building must enter through the Annex Building. The Bousum Building doors will be open to the public beginning May 24th, 2021.
Commissioners: 717 436-7704
District Magistrate (Mifflintown Office): 717 436-7722
Domestic Relations: 717 436-7750
Elected Auditors: 717 436-7765
Fiscal Department: 717 436-7776
Human Services: 717 242-5452
Penn State Extension: 717 436-7744
Probation and Parole: 717 436-7716
Sheriff’s Office Including Gun Permits: Please call 717 436-2213
Treasurer’s Office including Fishing, Hunting, and Dog Licenses: 717 436-7742
Veteran’s Affairs: 717 436-7728
Other County Facilities: For specific instructions related to services and appointments for the offices listed below, individuals must call the numbers listed.
Children & Youth: 717 436-7707
District Magistrate (Port Royal Office): 717 527-4949
Emergency Management and Street Addressing: 717 436-7770
The County Commissioners are urging all residents and business establishments to adhere to all health and safety guidelines as currently set forth for the COVID-19 pandemic by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All days and hours of operation remain unchanged.
Recovered from COVID-19? Donate blood to help find the cure!
If you have fully recovered from COVID-19, you may be able to help patients currently fighting the infection by donating your plasma. Because you fought the infection, your plasma now contains COVID-19 antibodies. These antibodies provided one way for your immune system to fight the virus when you were sick, so your plasma may be able to be used to help others fight off the disease.
For more information visit the coronavirus.gov.
Department of Human Services Reminds Pennsylvanians that Mental Health Help is Available
The Department of Human Services (DHS) today marked Mental Health Awareness Month with a reminder that it is okay to not feel okay and that help is available. Mental Health Awareness Month seeks to raise awareness and understanding and to fight stigma of mental illness and substance use disorders.
Many other resources also remain available to Pennsylvanians in need of support, including:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Línea Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454
- Crisis Text Line: Text “PA” to 741-741
- Safe2Say: 1-844-723-2729 or www.safe2saypa.org
- Veteran Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
- Get Help Now Hotline (for substance use disorders): 1-800-662-4357
- Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Helpline: 1-888-772-7227 or https://pcar.org/help-in-pa
- National Domestic Violence Helpline: 1-800-799-7233 or www.PCADV.org
- United Way of Pennsylvania: Text your zip code to 898-211 or visit http://www.uwp.org/211gethelp
Available Online Help:
- Pennsylvania’s comprehensive mental health resources, Mental Health in PA.
- Mental Health America for general information and COVID-19-specific resources.
- Get Help Now for substance use disorder and alcohol treatment.
What is COVID-19?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others circulating among animals, including camels, cats and bats.
The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
What are the Symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:
- Shortness of Breath
The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.
How Can It Spread?
Human coronaviruses spread just like the flu or a cold:
- Through the air by coughing or sneezing
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it
- Occasionally, fecal contamination
Click HERE for best practices on how we can slow the spread of the virus.
How Can I Protect Myself?
The CDC always recommends everyday prevention actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Do not use your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Stay informed – visit CDC’s website for current information by clicking HERE.
What Are We Doing?
The county’s Emergency Services Department is taking steps to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and working with local, state and federal partners in public health preparedness.
The Juniata County Commissioners declared the County of Juniata a disaster emergency on March 17th, and are continually monitoring the situation.
Children & Families
Please feel free to take a look at the resources listed below:
Emotional Health Resources:
- Supporting Children’s Emotional Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Additional Tips for Supporting Children During the COVID-19 Crisis
- Self-Care for Adults
Physical Health Resources:
Help Children Understand Coronavirus:
- Talking with Children About Coronavirus -CDC
- Talking with Children About Coronavirus
- Story to Help Children Understand Coronavirus
Websites with Learning Activities:
- Scholastic Learn at Home
- Khan Academy
- Fun Brain
- Virtual Ocean Dives
- Colonial Williamsburg Exploration from Home
- NASA Kid’s Club
Mental Health Resources
- The Abuse Network
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK
- Crisis Text Line: Text “PA” to 741-741
Drug and Alcohol Resources
- Juniata Valley Tri-County Drug and Alcohol Abuse Commission
- Aloholics Anonymous
- Narcotics Anonymous – Narcotics Anonymous PA has a FB page for those that have social media. Each group updates the page if their home group is open or closed. The help number for NA is 717-233-3733. If a client does not feel comfortable leaving their house or is unable too for whatever reason, then they have the option to search the Virtual Meetings.
Help For People Struggling With Alcohol Withdrawal
Pennsylvania’s Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, has developed a process to support individuals facing alcohol withdrawal due to the closure of Fine Wine & Good Spirit Stores.
Individuals with alcohol dependence who are in danger of going into withdrawal should be attended to as their health conditions will deteriorate. If you can help someone in this situation get the care they need, refer to the provided documents: Screen for Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome, Alcohol Withdrawal Mitigation Guide, DDAP PLCB Submit Order.