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Posted on: March 5, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Coronavirus (COVID-19): Interactive Hub, what to know, testing and community updates



As of Dec. 2 county officials are reporting 21,388 Coronavirus COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County, including 878 deaths from the virus, which includes 1,586 cases and 58 deaths in Norristown. Please refer to the CDC’s website for daily updates about the virus as it pertains to symptoms, treatment and travel information. All of this can be found on their website at… En español aquí:

Nov. 2020 update: Masks must be worn at all times* whenever you leave your house. (*- when out in stores, when being socially distant is not possible, on public transportation) Exceptions granted to persons with medical conditions where wearing a mask may be harmful to their health. Masks must be worn inside at all times, unless with persons of your household. When inside with persons outside of your household a mask must be worn, even when socially distancing.

For information at the state/local level, the PA Department of Health can be accessed here: 

It is important to take proactive steps to protect yourself by simple means like washing your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, covering your cough/sneeze, disinfecting commonly touched surfaces, and staying home if you are not feeling well. 


The Montgomery County COVID-19 testing site in Norristown is located at 1401 DeKalb St. (Norristown Regional Health Center parking lot) Testing hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Appointments are mandatory! You can sign up for a test here starting at 7 a.m. everyday, or by calling 610-970-2937 starting at 8:30 a.m. everyday. Anyone who works, lives or attends school in Montgomery County may be tested here, or at the county’s other testing sites.


What about unemployment? Please see the state’s Unemployment Compensation website about filing a claim and if you qualify to do so: 

What about evictions and forclosures? Through Aug. 31 there is a hold on any foreclosures or evictions. Legal Aid of Southeastern PA has provided a list of resources and information about staying in your home during this pandemic. 

¿Puedo ser desalojado? ¿Puede un juicio hipotecario ser presentado en contra de mi casa? Leer aquí 

Mortgage/rent assistance: The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency has just advertised that they are accepting applications for rent and mortgage relief for those who lost income due to the economic slowdown. If you meet the qualifications you can apply for assistance at

Montgomery County has established communication tools to answer your questions about COVID-19. You can call 610-631-3000 (from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or email Go to for local information and to see what communities are affected. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is tracking the outbreak throughout the state and can be viewed here. The department can be reached at 1-800-724-3258.


A disaster declaration for the Municipality of Norristown was issued on March 16 and will be in effect indefinitely. This is a proactive action being taken so the municipality can get access to the resources and tools it needs to keep residents safe.

Montgomery County has established communication tools to answer your questions about COVID-19. You can call 610-631-3000 (from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or email Go to for local information and to see what communities are affected. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is tracking the outbreak throughout the state and can be viewed here. The department can be reached at 1-800-724-3258.


Municipal Hall reopened to the public on July 1. Mask wearing and social distancing is enforced for employees and visitors.


Meetings will still be held on virtual platforms (and at council’s discretion). Meeting access information will be posted before each meeting. The meeting agenda with public participation information will be posted on our website the Friday before the meeting. Meetings will still be conducted on the first and third Tuesday of every month unless otherwise noted. 



Starting May 1, permitted construction work may resume in Norristown. Workers at job sites are asked to respect workspace guidance established by the state. The Codes department will be out to ensure that safe working standards adhere to guidance; if not, citations may be issued. Rental Inspections; property transfer inspections; non-emergency housing complaints; and scheduled non-emergency inspections with the fire department have all been suspended until further notice. Please call 610-270-0441 or email if you have any questions.


NOTICE: The discount period to pay your municipal real estate taxes will be extended to May 31. Taxes are due by Dec. 31. Full payment of the face value of your tax bill is extended to Dec. 31. Payment should be made with a cashier’s check, money order or personal check and dropped off at the mail slot at the front of the Municipal Hall entrance during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). Cash will not be accepted! As of November payments can be made online at A 2.65% ($3.00 minimum) convenience fee charged to each transaction. This fee is retained by the card processing service  Payments can be processed over the phone. Call 610-270-0426 if you have any questions.

Business Privilege Taxes: The deadline to file 2019 final/2020 estimated Business Privilege Tax return and payment has been extended to July 15. The extension does not apply to delinquent taxes.


Street sweeping resumed on July 1.


The Norristown Recreation Center and parks reopened on July 1 (an early-August flood further shutdown the Rec Center until Nov. 2). The Rec Center will be open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. M-F and 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Mask wearing and social distancing will be adhered to.

Parks will be open with social distancing guidelines in place.


Weekly trash and recycling collections will continue.


Service has been restored to most lines in the SEPTA system as of June 20. More information at 


Community events are limited.


Norristown Area School District

Schools will have VIRTUAL instruction through the start of January. Full re-opening plans can be found at the school district’s website: 

Elmwood Park Zoo

Open, but reserved ticketing is required.

Montgomery County- Norristown Public Library

The main building (at Powell and Swede streets) reopened to the public on Aug. 24. Curbside pickup of materials is available. Some virtual resources are available to cardholders at All programs are canceled until further notice.


PAW restores water service to customers

Pennsylvania American Water announced that it is putting a moratorium on service shut offs and reinstating service to previously shut-off customers. More information can be found at


PECO is suspending service disconnections for non-payment until further notice. In addition, PECO will continue to remind customers of existing bill assistance resources and energy assistance programs to support them through temporary or extended financial hardship. Go here for more information: PECO expands customer assistance programs.

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