Delaware County residents are being asked to create cards, letters and signs for the staff and residents at long-term facilities across the county.
The county will collect the items and distribute them to the dozens of long-term care facilities and personal care homes across the county.
“COVID-19 has greatly impacted both residents and staff at long-term care facilities,” said Delaware County Council Chairman Brian Zidek. “Both the staff and residents are dealing with a highly contagious virus. Staff are working in a stressful environment and residents aren’t able to see their loved ones at a time when they need interaction and support from family and friends the most. We know how challenging this is and we want them to know that the County supports them.”
These congregate settings are at the highest risk of being affected by COVID-19. A large percentage of positive COVID-19 cases are from long-term care facilities.
As of May 1, 42 of the 62 long-term care facilities in Delaware County have a positive COVID-19 case. There have been 113 resident deaths at long-term care facilities in the county.
The Chester County Health Department assists these facilities and homes to identify cases, review practices, and manage the spread of COVID-19.
Delaware County Council and various Delaware County Departments have been in constant communication with long-term care facilities and personal care homes in the county to address their needs and assist in areas including obtaining PPE and other resources.
“During this stressful time, a hand-written card or a sign with artwork is one way we can show our support and gratitude to our health care heroes who are on the front lines caring for our most vulnerable population and for the residents who may be fearful and lonely,” said Zidek.
The community can mail cards, letters and signs to:
2545 Market Street
Aston, PA 19014
Items can also be dropped to that location Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.