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Waste Management Suspends Bulk Item Pickups

Public Works - Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Due to the reduced number of employees in the field during the COVID-19 pandemic, Waste Management is temporarily suspending the collection of items not fully contained within the Upper St. Clair-issued carts. This includes extra bags and bulk items, such as furniture, carpet, appliances and mattresses. 

Waste Management will continue to collect waste and recycling in the Township-issued carts on Wednesdays and Thursdays. 

The Township of Upper St. Clair leadership team will remain in communication with Waste Management and we will let you know when loose and bulk items will again be picked up. 

Rec. Center and Library Closures Extended and Playgrounds Closed

USC Administration - Monday, March 23, 2020

The closures that are currently in place for the Community & Recreation Center at Boyce Mayview Park (C&RC) and Upper St. Clair Library will extend through Monday, April 13. C&RC membership fees for the month of April will be waived for all active members. Room rentals at the C&RC and McLaughlin Run Activity Center through April 13 are canceled, and deposits will be refunded. All recreation department programs and activities are also canceled through April 13. Recreation staff is available to answer questions by phone at 412-221-1099. The Upper St. Clair Library will not assess fines during this closure. Please continue to hold items until the library reopens. Access to the Library’s e-resources remains available. Find answers to other library-related questions in the FAQ link or call 412-835-5540. Additionally, Upper St. Clair playgrounds and sports courts are closed. This includes, but is not limited to, all playground equipment, tennis courts, basketball courts, outdoor hockey court, volleyball courts, etc. The USC playgrounds and courts will remain closed until further notice.  Lastly, the Informational & General Affairs Meeting of the Board of Commissioners scheduled for Monday, March 30, is canceled. For any other questions, call Township Administration at 412-831-9000.

ACLA Provides Resources for Parents

USC Library - Friday, March 20, 2020

Written by: Carrie Lane, Youth Services Coordinator, Allegheny County Library Association

As a parent of a young child, I know many of you are asking yourselves how you are going to entertain children all day while childcare and preschool are unavailable. Personally, there’s only so much children’s TV programming we can watch. Plus we really try to limit screen time in our house but those rules have obviously been adjusted during this time, so if you are anything like me you are probably looking for other options to entertain your kids. I have a long list of activities prepared that encourage movement, creativity and imagination for my son combined with lots of walks. When you are working from home though, sometimes you need additional help and that’s where these organizations come in, offering enrichment with their expertise far beyond what a parent can offer at home – wild animals, award-winning children’s programming and cultural assets.

Here are some ideas from educational partners in the region:

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium: Kids missing their furry friends at the zoo? Follow the zoo on Facebook to watch web cams of the animals, including the penguins.

Common Sense Media: 
When kids have earned some screen time or parents need a quick break, check out Common Sense Media for some direction on recommended apps, books, TV shows, movies and more. For those not familiar with Common Sense Media, reviews include tips on what parents need to know, talking points and ratings, keeping age levels in mind.

PBS Kids: PBS Kids has compiled a list of specific resources for talking to your child about coronavirus, including episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Sesame Street. The list is found here. In addition, parents can sign up for a special PBS Kids newsletter with daily tips and activities to try while the kids are at home. Sign-up at the PBS Kids website.

Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh: Follow the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh on Facebook to see a throwback collection of DIY posts and videos from the MakeShop, including making a chair out of newspapers and a bag out of a t-shirt.

Nationally, there are other great wildlife organizations offering programming online to help entertain children home from school:

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden: The Cincinnati Zoo, home of Fiona the hippo, will host a Home Safari Facebook Live every day at 3 p.m. The zoo will highlight one of the animals and provide an activity for kids to do at home.

Atlantic White Shark Conservancy: The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy is conducting a shark storytime every day this week at 10 a.m. There will be a shark story and time for shark Q & A.

Now might be the time as well to introduce children to the arts, including opera and Broadway musicals, from the comfort of their living room but from world-renown organizations, such as:

The Metropolitan Opera: Each night that the Opera is closed, the Met will stream encore performances on their website. “Nightly Met Opera Streams” is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. each evening.

Playbill: Check out this great list of where to stream Broadway shows. The list includes family friendly favorites, such as Peter Pan and Newsies.

Don’t forget to get outside for a while each day. Download the Seek app and take a walk with your children. Identify various species with the app. When the libraries reopen, check out a nature backpack for further exploration – a collaboration between the Allegheny County Library Association, the Allegheny County Parks, Allegheny Land Trust and the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.

The eLibrary page for Allegheny County Libraries also has a variety of resources available for entertainment and education. There are links to eBooks, magazines and audio, as well as databases for homework help.

USC Implements Drop Boxes to Limit In-Person Service

USC Administration - Friday, March 20, 2020

In an effort to minimize the health and safety risk of the Township of Upper St. Clair employees and residents, in-person service will be closed at the Public Works Building, Municipal Building, Tax Office and Community Development Office effective Monday, March 23, 2020.

The Township of Upper St. Clair will move to a drop box protocol. For paper correspondence that would be delivered in person, please use the drop box instead.

Regular mail and scheduled deliveries will be maintained.

Public Works Drop Box
Located at the main entrance of the Public Works Building   
1751 McLaughlin Run Road
412-831-9000 ext. 271

Community Development Drop Box and Pick-Up Box 
Located in the vestibule of the Community Development entrance
1820 McLaughlin Run Road               
412-831-9000 ext. 501
Use the Community Development boxes for the processing of all building permits, planning commission applications, general requests, etc. When submitting a request please be sure to leave a contact name, email and/or phone number for return options. You will be contacted when your request is complete.

Building and Tax Office Drop Box
Located in front of the Municipal Building
1820 McLaughlin Run Road
Administration: 412-831-9000
Tax Office: 412-831-9000 ext. 226

USC Parks Remain Open and Officials Urge Caution

USC Recreation - Thursday, March 19, 2020
The Township of Upper St. Clair parks and trails are currently open, and being outdoors is a great way for the community to get much-needed fresh air and exercise.

As always, the safety of Upper St. Clair park visitors is a top priority. Guests who are sick are asked to refrain from visiting parks. Guests are also encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines during all visits by keeping a distance of six feet or more between guests.

Visitors should keep in mind they are using a public facility. Each surface is only as clean as the last person who touched it. Proper hand washing and/or use of hand sanitizer are advised before and afterward.

Upper St. Clair administrators will continue to monitor the situation with COVID-19 and share updates with residents on the Upper St. Clair website
www.twpusc.org and on Upper St. Clair social media accounts.

Allegheny County Health Department Recommendations
Visitors should take steps to protect their health by following Allegheny County Health Department guidelines:

-Wash your hands frequently with water and soap for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol. 
-Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
-Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If there is no tissue available, cough or sneeze into your shoulder or sleeve. 
-Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. 
-Avoid shaking hands.

Here are some websites to visit with more information on coronavirus/COVID-19:

-Allegheny County Health Department: www.alleghenycounty.us/Health-Department
-CDC: www.cdc.gov

Allegheny Co. Announces Two Cases of COVID-19

USC Administration - Saturday, March 14, 2020

County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and incoming Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) Director Debra Bogen were joined by ACHD officials and representatives from Allegheny Health Network, UPMC and Allegheny County Emergency Services to provide information on the first COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County and response.

“Yesterday, the county announced a number of additional steps that corresponded with revised guidance from the Health Department,” said Fitzgerald “Those steps were taken to mitigate any impact on our community should we have local COVID-19 cases. That day is today, but working together, we are prepared and ready to continue to serve the public and protect our community.”

There have been two cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Allegheny County. The individuals are both adults, one in their 70s and one in their 60s. Neither person required hospitalization, and both are currently in isolation at home.

The individuals are both City of Pittsburgh residents that reside in the same household. At this point in ACHD’s investigation, it is believed that both acquired COVID-19 during out of state travel. In order to protect patient privacy and confidentiality, additional information regarding these cases cannot be released.

ACHD has begun a contact investigation. Officials have and will continue to follow up with all individuals identified as close contacts of the two known cases and will enforce appropriate quarantine measures.

“Knowing that many residents are likely to be concerned about potential exposure or interaction with the two cases, it’s important that we remind the community that COVID-19 can only be spread through close contact,” said Bogen.

While at this time there is no evidence of community spread in Allegheny County, the Health Department anticipates additional local confirmed cases in the coming days. As a result, ACHD would like to reiterate its current guidance and recommendations designed to minimize the potential for the virus spreading in our community. Specifically, residents and organizations throughout the county should follow these proactive mitigation measures:

  • -Suspend large gatherings, events, conferences of 250 individuals or more.
  • -Avoid traveling to recreational activities like gyms, movie theaters and shopping malls.

ACHD officials are also encouraging religious leaders to exercise discretion in order to mitigate the spread of illness. ACHD continues to consult with governemtn and non-government partners throughout the county and will modify these recommendations as appropriate to protect the health of public. 

The Health Department continues to field many questions regarding COVID-19 testing in Allegheny County. ACHD is not currently testing for the virus; however, the PA-DOH state laboratory and commercial laboratories are testing. Healthcare providers are reminded that they do not have to receive approval from public health agencies, including PA-DOH and ACHD, and can submit specimens for testing through commercial laboratories. 

Over the past month, ACHD has received hundreds of calls from concerned citizens about potential illness with COVID-19. Up until this past week, very few individuals were approved for testing at the PA-DOH given limited testing capacity and more stringent CDC guidance. Within the past few days, that guidance has been relaxed and, as a result, ACHD expects there to be expanded specimen collection availability next week. 

As of this date, ACHD has screened hundreds of individuals and submitted specimens from 26 county residents for testing by the state laboratory. This number is not all-inclusive as it does not contain tests submitted to commercial laboratories.

The following proactive hygiene measures are strongly encouraged to help stop the virus from spreading in our community:

  • -Washing your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • -Coughing or sneezing into your elbow and not your hands.
  • -Frequently cleaning highly-touched surfaces.
  • -Staying home if you’re sick.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough and shortness of breath, please stay at home and contact your primary-care provider to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19. If you do not have a primary care provider and are not sure if you need tested, please contact the Health Department at 412-687-ACHD (412-687-2243). If you need to seek immediate medical care, please call 9-1-1 for assistance, or phone ahead before going to a doctor’s office or emergency department to allow staff at these locations to prepare for your arrival.

Allegheny County will continue to communicate with the public as more information is gathered. For the latest information on COVID-19, visit www.alleghenycounty.us/coronavirus. If you are not yet a subscriber to Allegheny Alerts, we encourage you to create an account at www.alleghenycounty.us/alerts and to subscribe for COVID-19 alerts under the categories of Health Department/Health & Environment. ACHD provides a daily update at 11 a.m. via Allegheny Alerts and additional notifications as information becomes available.

Recreation Center and Library to Temporarily Close

USC Administration - Friday, March 13, 2020

The Township of Upper St. Clair announces the temporary closure of the Community & Recreation Center at Boyce Mayview Park (C&RC) as well as the Upper St. Clair Library, effective Saturday, March 14, 2020. The C&RC and Library will remain closed through at least Friday, March 27, 2020. This decision follows today’s order from Gov. Wolf to close all schools throughout the Commonwealth through the same date. The annual Easter Egg Hunt and Arts & Chocolate Spectacular, both scheduled for March 28, 2020, are also cancelled.  The Township administrators recognize the inconvenience that users of the C&RC and Library will face, and appreciate your understanding of this difficult decision. The health and wellbeing of our community is top priority. Allowing these facilities to remain open would serve to counteract the efforts of our school district and our neighbors to minimize the potential spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Township administrators will continue to monitor the situation and follow guidance from the Allegheny County Health Department and agencies within the Commonwealth as developments continue.  All other Township services will maintain normal operations at this time. Please check the Township’s website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts for updates including announcements of when these facilities will reopen.

Upper St. Clair Taking Preventative Measures

USC Administration - Thursday, March 12, 2020
The Township of Upper St. Clair’s administrators continue to closely monitor the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and are receiving the latest updates from the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD), and agencies with the Commonwealth of PA. This continues to remain a very fluid situation and we will continue to update the public. 

The latest ACHD update advises the elderly population, those with underlying medical conditions and those who are sick to avoid large events and mass gatherings.  Governor Wolf has most recently called on the cancellation or postponement of events with more than 250 attendees.

Township administrators urge staff and residents to stay home if you feel sick. In addition, please follow these common sense, but important, preventative measures:
-Wash your hands frequently with water and soap for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60%-95% alcohol.
-Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
-Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If there is no tissue available, cough or sneeze into your shoulder or sleeve.
-Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects.
-Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
-Avoid shaking hands.

The Township will continue to coordinate with the Commonwealth, County and Upper St. Clair School District personnel as the response evolves over the coming days and weeks ahead. Check the Township website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram  accounts for updates as information is made available.
For more information regarding COVID-19, including ongoing updates, visit the ACHD website, or call ACHD at 412-687-2243 to speak to a department representative.

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