Generations have come to know the Pocono Mountains as a safe place to travel. In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, public health and safety is the main focus for all of us.
The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau remains vigilant with respect to the latest information and best practices to help our communities, partners and our visitors through this period. The situation changes by the day and it is critical to have correct information. Currently select visitors centers are open to the public for bathroom use on the weekends only.
Hand washing, social distancing and staying home when sick will help prevent the spread of any illness including the coronavirus. Local, state and federal authorities are working closely with health officials to share the latest developments in public health concerns as well as precautions that can be taken.
Rest assured, the Pocono Mountains will remain a destination for millions who seek enjoyment, precious time with family and the same great hospitality this area has delivered through the years. Thank you for your cooperation now and in the future.
CDC Guidance — Who is at higher risk, how it spreads, prevention & treatment
WHO Guidance/Updates — Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus
PA Department of Health COVID-19 — Frequently Asked Questions, Updates
Pocono Mountains COVID-19 Resources — Information for the travel & tourism industry
COVID-19 Working Capital Access — Small business loans
Talk mental health: Text PA to 741–741
Apply for WIC: Call 1–800–942–9467
Friday, May 22 update
Wolf Administration Announces Pike, Monroe Counties Moving to Yellow Phase
Friday, May 15 update
Wolf Administration Announces Wayne, Carbon Counties Moving to Yellow Phase
Friday, May 8 update
Wolf Administration Announces Southwestern Counties Moving to Yellow Phase
Thursday, May 7 update
Wolf Administration Extends Stay Home Order to June 4 for Counties in Red Phase
Friday, May 1 update
Wolf Administration Announces 24 Counties to move to Yellow Phase in Pennsylvania, Poconos Remains Red
Thursday, April 23 update
Wolf Administration Announces Plan to Reopen Pennsylvania
Monday, April 20 update
Wolf Administration Announces Easing of Stay Home Orders
Governor Wolf’s Plan for Pennsylvania
Wednesday, April 1 update
Wolf Administration Issues “Stay at Home” Order for Entire Commonwealth
Wednesday, Saturday, March 28 update
CDC Issues Domestic Travel Advisory for:
New York, New Jersey, Connecticut
Due to extensive community transmission of COVID -19 in the area, CDC urges residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to refrain from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately. This Domestic Travel Advisory does not apply to employees of critical infrastructure industries, including but not limited to trucking, public health professionals, financial services, and food supply. These employees of critical infrastructure, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security (https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforceexternal icon), have a special responsibility to maintain normal work schedules. The Governors of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut will have full discretion to implement this Domestic Travel Advisory.
Thursday, March 19 update
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses to close physical locations as of 8 p.m. today to slow the spread of COVID-19. Enforcement Actions for Non-Compliance will begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21.
- A list of life-sustaining businesses is here.
- PRLA has received clarification from the Governor’s Office that hotels are considered essential and do not need to close.
- Non-essential businesses include public-facing industries such as entertainment, hospitality, and recreation facilities, including but not limited to community and recreation centers; gyms, including yoga, barre and spin facilities; hair salons and barber shops, nail salons and spas; casinos; concert venues; theaters; sporting event venues and golf courses; retail facilities, including shopping malls except for pharmacy or other health care facilities within retail operations.
- The Governor has ordered that all restaurants and bars close their dine-in facilities to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
- Businesses that offer carry-out, delivery, and drive-through food and beverage service may continue to do so, but eating and drinking inside restaurants and bars is temporarily prohibited. These businesses offering carry-out, delivery, and drive-through food and beverage should employ social distancing best practices.
- Essential Services include but are not limited to food processing, agriculture, industrial manufacturing, feed mills, construction, trash collection, grocery and household goods (including convenience stores), home repair/hardware and auto repair, pharmacy and other medical facilities, biomedical and healthcare, post offices and shipping outlets, insurance, banks, gas stations, laundromats, veterinary clinics and pet stores, warehousing, storage, and distribution, public transportation, and hotel and commercial lodging.
Business Loans and Support
- The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) offers working capital loans that could be of assistance to businesses impacted by COVID-19. Resources and information will be posted to http://dced.pa.gov/resources as they become available. The U.S. Small Business Administration, in addition to local funding partners, may also be a source of assistance for affected businesses.
- The Wolf Administration announced the availability of low-interest loans for small businesses and eligible non-profits in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
Previously, Gov. Wolf has said he does not plan to implement a curfew or utilize the PA National Guard to help in virus mitigation. State parks will also remain open however facilities at those parks are closed to the public.
The mitigation steps as of 3/16/20 include:
• A no-visitor policy for correctional facilities, nursing homes, and others facilities;
• All public, private and parochial schools are closed, as are adult day care centers, and Wolf said child day care centers are urged to close;
• Supermarkets, pharmacies, and gas stations will remain open, however Wolf said all non-essential facilities are to close, as well as dine-in restaurants and bars, though take-out and drive-thru service will be allowed. In a March 14 guidance letter to businesses, “non-essential” was deemed to cover community and recreation center, gyms, including yoga/spin/barre facilities, hair salons, nail salons, spas, casinos, concert venues, theaters, sporting events facilities, golf courses, and most retail establishments, including shopping malls, except for pharmacy or other health care facilities located therein (however, Wolf later indicated he’s not actively enforcing these urged closings, instead hoping that Pennsylvanians will do the right thing to prevent community spread of the virus);
• Essential services — police, fire, trash collection, emergency medical services, medical facilities, and other services essential for vulnerable populations — will remain available
WHAT THE PMVB IS DOING
- Developed and launched the Pocono Promise, a pledge for businesses to help our residents, visitors and elected officials know the Pocono Mountains are ready to reopen safely and move the Poconos back to normalcy
- Collaborating with regional partners
- Advocating for making decisions based on fact, not fear
- Providing information grounded in scientific and medical data and sourced from public health and government authorities
- Updating current property statuses here: https://www.poconomountains.com/covid-19/updates-coronavirus/
- Producing COVID-19 Weekly Briefing: A Resource for Pocono Residents Fridays at 10 a.m. on Pocono Television Network, Blue Ridge Cable TV 13 and YouTube
FEDERAL HEALTH GUIDANCE — CDC.gov
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
Can someone spread the virus without being sick?
- People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
- Some spread might be possible before people show symptoms; there have been reports of this occurring with this new coronavirus, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
Spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
How easily the virus spreads
How easily a virus spreads from person-to-person can vary. Some viruses are highly contagious (spread easily), like measles, while other viruses do not spread as easily. Another factor is whether the spread is sustained, spreading continually without stopping.
The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas.
Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.
Situation in U.S.
Different parts of the country are seeing different levels of COVID-19 activity. The United States nationally is in the initiation phase of the pandemic. States in which community spread is occurring are in the acceleration phase. The duration and severity of each pandemic phase can vary depending on the characteristics of the virus and the public health response.
- CDC and state and local public health laboratories are testing for the virus that causes COVID-19. View CDC’s Public Health Laboratory Testing map.
PA Department of Health Update
Pennsylvania COVID-19 Numbers
Map, tables, case counts and deaths last updated at 12:00 p.m. on 5/22/2020 Source: Pennsylvania National Electronic…
Health Care Providers in the Poconos
Poconos School Districts — Student Meals
Wayne Highlands School District
In light of school closure, Wayne Highlands School District will be offering a FREE GRAB AND GO LUNCH PROGRAM. The Program is open to all children eighteen (18) and younger. Lunch will be served Monday, Wednesday, Friday at Damascus Area School, Honesdale High School, Preston Area School, and The Cooperage. The Program is FREE! Everyone is encouraged to participate.
Please see the locations below.
Damascus Area School ~ 174 High School Road ~ Damascus, PA
Honesdale High School ~ 459 Terrace Street ~ Honesdale, PA
Preston Area School ~ 1493 Crosstown Highway ~ Lakewood, PA
The Cooperage ~ 1030 Main Street ~ Honesdale, PA
GRAB AND GO LUNCH ~ 11:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.
If you have any questions, contact Superintendent Gregory Frigoletto at 570–253–4661 or Food Service Director Ryne Spaulding at 570–253–6083.
Western Wayne School District
Schools closed due to the coronavirus are able to provide free meals to all students through the National School Lunch Program’s Seamless Summer Option. These meals are available for all families and to any child age 18 and younger.
The Western Wayne School District invites families and care-givers to drive through* and pick up meals for their children beginning on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Lunch and breakfast for the following day will be provided on a first come, first served basis. Children must be present in order for meals to be provided. Please stay in your car and meals will be passed through based on the number of children in the car.
Pick up is available Monday through Friday at:
Evergreen Elementary Student Drop off area
11:00 am — 12:30 pm
Robert D. Wilson Bus Loop
11:00 am — 12:30 pm
Lunches will include sandwiches, fresh vegetable and/or fruit, milk and a dessert treat. Breakfast bags will include fruit, juice, milk, cereal and assorted cereal bars.
We encourage families to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of coronavirus by not congregating at the pick-up site once meals have been distributed, continue to wash your hands often, sneeze or cough into a tissue, and stay home if you are sick.
Contact the Western Wayne School District Food Service Department at 570–937–3085 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about this service or if you need to make arrangements for medically necessary meal accommodations.
Families who live in Waymart may walk to pick up their meals but are asked not to congregate at the pick-up site.
Wallenpaupack Area School District
Wallenpaupack Area School District will begin offering a free grab and go breakfast and lunch program FOR ALL STUDENTS, beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020 between 11:00 am — 1:00 pm. The student(s) will need to be present for the pickup of meals. Students can pick up breakfast and lunch at the following locations:
Wallenpaupack High School (gym foyer — Door 25)
Wallenpaupack South Elementary (Cafeteria — door by parking lot)
Blooming Grove Baptist Church, 550 Route 402, Blooming Grove
Central Fire Station, 574 Westcolang Road, Hawley.
Delaware Valley School District
The Delaware Valley School District will be open March 17 from 4:00–7:00 p.m. to distribute food and to allow students to sign-out Chromebooks if needed.
The following school cafeterias will be open:
Delaware Valley High School 11–12 Cafeteria — use café exterior door
Dingman-Delaware Elementary School Cafeteria — use side door by fifth grade
Shohola Elementary School Cafeteria — use side door by gym
Our cafeterias have perishable food inventory including milk, bread, produce and cold meat that won’t last until we reopen school so we want to distribute it to DV families in need. To prevent a large group from forming inside posing a potential health risk, individuals will line up outside and be admitted in small groups. Please be ready to present proof of residency such as a drivers’ license or student ID before being admitted.
If families don’t have a home computer or the kids are fighting over the family computer, Chromebooks can be signed out and used until we return. Parents/guardians will be required to sign paperwork accepting responsibility for the Chromebook and pledging to return the device as soon as school reopens.
If you have questions, please email us at email@example.com or respond to us on social media.
Pocono Mountain School District
Pocono Mountain SD to provide meals for students in need during emergency school closure
Pocono Mountain School District will begin offering students grab-and-go meal service beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, between the hours of 9 a.m. to noon.
Meals will be provided on weekdays only, from March 17 through March 20, and March 23 through March 27.
The District will offer this free meal service at the following schools for all District children regardless of which schools they attend:
Pocono Mountain East High School — Swiftwater Campus
Pocono Mountain West High School — Sullivan Trail Campus
Clear Run Intermediate School — Clear Run Campus
Meal service will consist of a drive-up, grab-and-go type service. Families are asked to follow the signage on campus to drive up to the front of the school where meals will be brought out to their vehicle. One bagged lunch and one breakfast item will be provided for each child each day for as long as supplies last.
Pocono Mountain SD officials ask that parents be patient as there may be lines of cars waiting for meal service.
Access to the schools will not be permitted.
East Stroudsburg Area School District
The East Stroudsburg Area School District! will distribute FREE grab-and-go school lunches for those 18 years of age and younger between 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM at both North and South High Schools and at Middle Smithfield Elementary, every weekday, Monday through Friday, starting Monday, March 16.
Multiple school lunches can be picked up by one person for community distribution. Please contact Food Services at 570–424–8500 x10530 to make such arrangements.
All students, regardless of age and all persons 18 and younger are eligible.
Pleasant Valley School District
The Pleasant Valley School District will begin offering grab-and-go meal service beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020, between the hours of 9 AM and Noon at the Pleasant Valley High School for district students in need during the school emergency closure now in place.
Free meal service will consist of a drive-up, grab-and-go type service. Families are asked to follow the direction of police officers and security personnel to drive up to the high school cafeteria (rear of building) area where meals will be brought out to their vehicle. One bagged lunch and one breakfast item will be provided for each child each day for as long as supplies last. Access to schools will not be permitted.
Meals will be provided for all district children. Parents picking up meals will need to provide the school-issued, student ID numbers for their children or a driver’s license to pick up meals. Having student ID numbers will speed the process.
We ask that parents be patient as there may be lines of cars waiting for meal service.
Additionally, we have posted to our website a list of other agencies where meals may be obtained and the hours in which families may do so. Please go to www.pvbears.org to find the list.
Jim Thorpe Area School District
Starting Tuesday, March 17th, all caregivers and families may drive-thru and pick-up meals for their children. Lunch for the following day will be provided on a first come, first serve basis.
Meals will be given to Jim Thorpe Area students are present in the vehicle.
Lunches will include sandwiches, fresh vegetables, fruit and milk. No congregating at the location is permitted.
Location & Time
Jim Thorpe Area High School
Penn Kidder Elementary Parent Drop Off
Curb Side Pick Up Only
11:00 am — 12:30 pm
Please contact the District Office at 570–732–3900 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Lehighton Area School District
At this time, the Lehighton Area School District school buildings will be closed and are currently scheduled to reopen on Monday, March 30, 2020.
All school-related activities are cancelled or postponed during the closure.
While our school buildings are closed, LASD will continue to serve meals in an effort to support our students and community.
The meals will be available for pickup beginning on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at the Elementary Center and run through Friday, March 27, 2020.
Detailed information regarding meal pickup can be found on the district website https://www.lehighton.org/
Panther Valley School District
Grab & Go Breakfast & Lunch
Weekdays between 11am and 1pm
Beginning Tuesday, March 17 free breakfast and lunch will be available to our Panther Valley School District students at 4 locations.
- Panther Valley Elementary — Nesquehoning
- Panther Valley Stadium — Lansford
- Coaldale Borough Hall — Coaldale
- The Batter’s Box Restaurant — Summit Hill
Get your workplace ready for COVID-19
Now is the time to prepare for COVID-19. Simple precautions and planning can make a big difference. Action now will help protect your employees and your business.
Meetings Mean Business Coalition: Toolkit of coronavirus preparedness and response resources for meeting and event professionals
Travel Media Group: Coronavirus, Health Concerns & Hotel Marketing — What Hotel Managers Can Do in Response to Coronavirus COVID-19
U.S. Travel Association: Toolkit includes guidance for travelers and a guide for communicating healthy travel practices
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