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COVID-19 Information and Resources

Pennsylvania 211--If you need to connect with resources in your community, but don’t know where to look, Pennsylvania 211 is a great place to start. From help with a utilities bill, to housing assistance, after-school programs for kids, and more, you can dial 211 or text your zip code to #898-211 to talk with a resource specialist for free. Specialists will listen to your needs, and give you information on programs in your community that might be able to help.  Text PACOVID to 898-211 to sign up to receive texts from PA 211, to include: Access to resources that can help you meet your basic needs (bills, food, housing), breaking news, and guidance on federal and state relief legislation. 

 

Health Care Resources
Testing and Assessment Sites
Street Medicine--Continues to be at Ripple on the 1st and 3rd Fridays from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. They have increased street rounds due to closing of Allentown Y Warming Stations, Bethlehem Emergency Shelter and Safe Harbor warming station. The four of them are on street rounds 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. For patients who are experiencing flu-like symptoms of COVID-19 (fevers, cough, shortness of breath), Street Medicine provides them with a bus pass and mask, referring them to the closest testing site. If you have questions, call LVHN Street Medicine, Seth Campbell PA-C (484-280-1881). 
Keeping Kids Healthy
Stop the Spread of Germs
What to do if you are sick with COVID-19?
St. Luke's Care Now Centers
St. Luke's Emergency Rooms
CDC Information



Shelter Resources and Information
If you are in need of emergency housing assistance, please call 211

Operation Address the Homeless is open at 221 N 7th St Allentown as a drop-in center Monday, Wednesday, Friday 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. Also open other times when donations available. This will be posted on their Facebook page. 

    

Food Resources
View list of resources  please call to ensure days/time did not change. 

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Food and Mask Distribution sponsored by Lehigh Valley Mutual Aid, May 23rd 3:00-3:30 at the Allentown Transportation Center (603 W. Linden Street).  They are making empanadas!  Please remember to practice social distancing.
Friday, May 22, an opportunity to receive free milk is being offered by Operation Address the Homeless. Information about how to get the milk can be found by clicking on this link or on their Facebook page.
Grocery Delivery--iTN Lehigh Valley offers touchless grocery delivery for seniors 60 years of age and older in the Lehigh Valley.  There is a $10 flat fee for this service. 
Governor Wolfe launches Food Access Program for Students During COVID-19 Crisis--find out more about this program and how to apply.

Pet Pantry Resources
Animal Food Bank of the Lehigh Valley
Department of Agriculture Pet Pantry Resources
Animal Response Team



Baby and Infant Essentials
If you need diapers, wipes or formula, the following organizations are here to help



Child Care and COVID-19
View information on child care resources



Utility, Cell Phone and Internet Resources
View information on Cell Phone and Internet
View information on Other Utilities



Benefits
Apply for Department of Human Services Benefits on-line, including TANF, SNAP, Medical Assistance and more.  
Human Services launches emergency assistance program to help low-income families amidst COVID-19.  Find out more here.



Unemployment Rights and Responsibilities
The Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General is working to protect the health, safety, and financial security of all Pennsylvanians during this public health emergency.  Find out your rights and responsibilities.  



Home-Proofing Your Home
Tips on how to home-proof for COVID-19 and the flu

 

Lehigh County Crisis Intervention. Licensed telephone and mobile crisis services that provide mental health assessments regardless of income or insurance.  Crisis Intervention operates 24-hour/7 days a week.  Lehigh County Crisis Intervention can be contacted at 610-782-3127.

Staff from the Office of Mental Health are available to answer questions about the programs and services available.  If you are actively receiving mental health services in the County system, they can assist you.If you are not currently registered in the County Mental Health system and wish to access County funded/supportive services, please call Information and referral at 610-782-3200.

Starting Monday, April 6th, Lehigh County’s Office of Aging and Adult Services will be offering a new option for elderly individuals struggling with isolation and loneliness during COVID-19 crisis. On a weekly basis, those looking to have a case worker contact them for check-ins and guidance can sign up to do so. It should be noted this is not a hotline service, but instead a weekly phone call made from a case worker.  Learn more here.



Taking Care of Your Mental Health
****During the month of May, Preventative Measures is offering free services to our first responders,  View information here.

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty
Doing What is Important in Times of Stress: An Illustrated Guide from the World Health Organization (WHO)
Self-Care Tips from the Attorney General
Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19Tools to Support Your Emotional Wellness
How to Care for Yourself While Practice Physical Distancing
Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine and Isolation
Managing Anxiety and Stress in a Pandemic
Stress and Anxiety During the Pandemic
Self-Care Resource List, Music Playlists, and Strategies
Autism Society Information and Resources

Staying Active
How to Support a Loved One Going Through a Tough Time During COVID-19
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Mental Health and COVID-19 Digital Toolkit offers advice and guidance, public messages, programs and resources and opportunities for social sharing.
Information from Lehigh Valley NAMI and Online Support Groups for general support and for family members and peers.
Warmline--free telephone support service for Lehigh Valley adults challenged by loneliness, isolation, stress and anxiety or who need information about available services.
PA Department of Mental Health Support Line--toll-free, 24/7 1-855-284-2494  Gov. Wolf Administration Reminds Pennsylvanians Struggling with Mental Health, Substance Use Disorder that Help is Available.
National Mental Health Hotline for First Responders and Healthcare Workers: 1-800-327-7451
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Crisis Text Line: Text "PA" to 741-741
Veteran Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990



Helping Children Understand and Deal with COVID-19
**if someone is having a mental health crisis, they can call Lehigh County Crisis at (610) 782-3127
Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
Georgie and the Giant Germ printable coloring book
Zero to Three Resources and Guidance for Families and Professionals to Help Get Through the Challenging Time
Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019
Tips for Talking with Children
Tips for Parents from the Attorney General
Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19
How Teenagers Can Protect their Mental Health During Coronavirus
Supporting Teenagers and Young Adults During the Coronavirus
Use Technology to Boost Mental Health for Kids
Social Distancing and Staying Connected Through Games
Sesame Street is Teaching Kids "Belly Breathing" and Calming Techniques
Keeping Children Healthy While School's Out
Countering COVID-19 Stigma and Racism: Tips for Parents and Caregivers
Supporting Friends During  COVID-19 and additional information and resources for teens on mental health first aid, self-care and more.

  

Provider-Specific Information
Belmont Behavioral Hospital
Elwyn/ARCH of the Lehigh Valley
KidsPeace Walk-In Centers and TeenCentral
Pinebrook Family Answers
Preventative Measures is offering free services during the month of May to our first responders,  View information here.
Pyramid Health Care Telehealth Counseling
Additional providers
Find out the most up-to-date Information from Magellan Behavioral Health of PA



Keep Connected in Time of Social Distancing
Digital Inclusion--Free and/or low cost internet resources for low income households
Virtual Drop-In Centers for adults and youth
Peal Center's weekly Youth Virtual Coffee  Drop-in--Thursdays, drop in each week to share tips and connect with others
Teen Central--A website powered by KidsPeace as a free and safe prevention and intervention resource
MyLife Virtual Youth Fest--Magellan Youth Leaders Inspiring Future Empowerment for youth between the ages of 12-23 who have experience with mental health, substance use, juvenile justice and care.
The PA Parent and Family Alliance has compiled useful resources for families and providers across the state.  Currently the list has over 200 resources in areas such as education, mental wellness, work, necessary services, art, relaxation, and much more. The list will continue to grow. 



Helping People with Disabilities Understand COVID-19 Information
COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities
The Disabled Person's Guide to Stimulus Checks
Resources for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum and Those Who Care for Them



Education and Learning Activities

Education and Learning for Students
The Met for Kids Virtual Tour
Allentown Arts Museum Activities and Online Tour
Philly Zoo to You
Virtual Places to Explore for All Ages
 Activities for Seniors
Information and Resources from Allentown School District in English, Ver lista en Español



Helping Others
Volunteer Center’s COVID-19 Resource and Needs page.  Our community is coming together in such a great way during this unprecedented time and is looking to mobilize resources including volunteers and skilled services as well as supplies needed for the many organizations remaining operational during this time. Find volunteer opportunities and a list of direct needs for local nonprofits and helpful links for resources for COVID-19.



Other Useful Information
PA's Response to COVID-19
Stay at Home Order, Extended Stay at Home Order
Lehigh County Resource Hub
FDA's COVID-19 Social Media Toolkit, May 2020, information on fraud, medical products, food, pets, and more.
COVID-19 Related Phone Scams and Phishing Attacks and Protect Yourself from Fraud
CDC Examples on How to Make a Cloth Face Covering at Home
Who Should Not Wear Cloth Face Coverings according to the Center for Disease Control
Emergency Preparedness Guide in English
Emergency Preparedness Guide in other languages 
Voting--visit the Pennsylvania's Voting Website to find out information on the primary which has been postponed until June 2 and how to register and vote by mail.  The last day to register is May 18th.  You can also call 1.877.VOTESPA (1.877.868.3772).   Vote by mail-in ballot without having to provide a reason. The deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot is May 26.  VOTED BALLOTS must be RECEIVED by your county election office by May 26th at 8:00pm - postmarks do not count.
Suspect Child Abuse? Report it. 24/7
Childline Number:  1-800-932-0313
Child Abuse Prevention Information for Parents, Information for the Community

Get Help Now Hotline (for substance use disorders): 1-800-662-4357
Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Helpline - 1-888-772-7227
National Domestic Violence Helpline - 1-800-799-7233


***Visit Lehigh County's Main Page for additional information.