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Getting the flu shot is more important this year than ever before.

With the ongoing threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must use every tool available to protect ourselves, our families and our community.

Berks County COVID-19 Updates

Please check back here regularly for updates from the County of Berks regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, community preparedness and the local, state and federal response. 

COVID-19 Local Disaster Emergency Declaration

County of Berks officials reinstated the local disaster emergency declaration for Berks County on December 30, 2021 in response to resurgent COVID-19 issues. This was a direct response to a sudden increase in COVID-19 cases and its impact on healthcare and public safety services. 

The declaration is not a cause for alarm, but instead equips the County to modify standard operational processes in order to mobilize quickly to obtain necessary resources and make important emergency decisions. A prior disaster emergency declaration was in place from March 12, 2020 until June 28, 2021. 

Press Release   |  Local Disaster Emergency Declaration 12.30.21

FEMA to Help Pay Funeral Costs for COVID-19 related deaths

In early April, FEMA began providing financial assistance for funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020 for deaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19) to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic.  The policy was finalized on March 24, 2021

Learn More: Press Advisory  |  COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Individuals and Households Program Policy 

Informational brochure about COVID-19

This brochure was created by the Berks County Department of Emergency Services and is available in English and Spanish. Downloadable PDF >>

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COVID-19 4.25x11 Brochure Electronic Dis

Berks County Infectious Disease Outbreak Plan

A guide developed by the Berks County Department of Emergency Services and the Berks County Pandemic Advisory Council to address community pandemic emergency preparedness, response and recovery. Downloadable PDF >>

Other Resources and Links

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announces new resource to combat price hiking during the COVID-19 outbreak. Shapiro is asking the public to report any instances of price gouging, exploitative, or opportunistic pricing on cleaning products, facemasks, and other sanitizers to pricegouging@attorneygeneral.gov.

COVID-19 Mid-Action Review
The Berks County Department of Emergency Services has completed a COVID-19 Mid-Action Review to evaluate the community's overall response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Mid-Action Review provides a snapshot of the current situation, highlighting what was done well and identifying areas for improvement.  The review includes survey responses from  137 community stakeholders.