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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. 

The County of Berks offices and services are currently open ONLY to individuals with appointments and to conduct essential business that cannot be postponed or conducted remotely. Before going to any of our offices, please visit that department's page at www.countyofberks.com for the most up-to-date information. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through this together. 

Latest News and Resources 

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

In early April, FEMA will begin 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 

COVID-19 Disaster Declaration

The Berks County Commissioners officially passed a declaration of disaster emergency for the County on March 12, 2020, in response to the current situation involving the COVID-19 infectious disease outbreak.

Although this action does not change any current response to the event, it enhances the county's response to protect the health, safety and welfare of the residents of Berks County.

This declaration authorizes the temporary suspension of all formal requirements in light of the exigencies of this disaster emergency, including all time-consuming procedures and formalities prescribed by law (excepting mandatory constitutional requirements) pertaining to the performance of public work, entering into contracts, the incurring of obligations, the employment of temporary workers, the rental of equipment, the purchase of supplies and materials, the levying of taxes and the appropriation and expenditure of public funds.

For more information on the declaration, click here for a PDF copy of the document.

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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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.