Life in Berks County during the COVID-19 pandemic (March 2020)
Friday, March 27th, 2020

As part of Berks Vital Signs, we are documenting life in Berks County during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. For more, follow the Berks County Community Foundation Instagram and Facebook accounts.

Katie, Mike, and Mary Hess toast the town in Kutztown on Friday, March 27. Kutztown held a Whole Town Toast to celebrate community spirit during the COVID-19 pandemic. The event -- organized by Kutztown Community Partnership -- invited residents to come out on their porch, stoop or balcony to toast the town.

Stacey Tobin, Jennifer Erbs, and Eric Erbs participate in the Whole Town Toast in Kutztown on Friday, March 27.

Lisa, Peytan (age 12), Joslyn (age 12), Jacoby (age 5), and Nate Diffenbaugh celebrate community spirit in Kutztown on Friday, March 27.

Adam and Michelle Roberts toast the town on Friday, March 27.

Nora Roberts (age 10) and Evan Roberts (age 8) clink their glasses of sparkling cider on Friday, March 27.

Jamie Klein greets a neighbor's beagle during a toast to Kutztown on Friday, March 27.

Kutztown Borough Council members practice social distancing as they say "The Pledge of Allegiance" during their outdoor meeting on Friday, March 27.

Kutztown Borough Council practices social distancing during its outdoor meeting on Friday, March 27.

Empty Main Street in Kutztown on Friday, March 27.

A sign on the door of Paradise Lost Tattoos on Main Street in Kutztown on Friday, March 27.

An empty Kutztown University campus on on Friday, March 27.

An empty Kutztown University campus on on Friday, March 27.

An empty Kutztown University campus on on Friday, March 27.

Jennifer Weand Stevens visits a family friend at a nursing home in Sinking Spring on Thursday, March 26. They chatted on their phones as they see each other through the window. Jennifer dressed as a crab to cheer up her friend.

Traffic on Interstate 78 at Route 183 was mainly all trucks with an occasional car on Thursday, March 26.

A sign at Zion (Blue Mountain) United Church of Christ near Strausstown.

Tulpehocken Area Junior-Senior High School.

Tulpehocken Junior-Senior High School.

A sign on the door of Way-Har Farm Market north of Bernville states: "Our milk is essential & we will remain open." Taken Thursday, March 26.

With schools closed, Kayson and Azalea Bacchus sit at their kitchen table working on educational materials in Reading on the evening of Tuesday, March 24.

"Practice Social Distancing," advises a billboard on Route 422.

Stephanie Marmarou is among volunteers at Santander Arena on March 24 packing emergency boxes for Berks Encore's Meals on Wheels program, with assistance from the Helping Harvest food bank and food distribution organization.

Volunteer Mary Keller helps out.

Volunteer Michelle Ward pitches in.

Donna Harris lends a hand at the arena on March 24.

Jaimee Wagner and her daughter, Quinn, 12, of Muhlenberg Township stroll the grounds of the Reading Public Museum with their pot-bellied pig Cookie and their English Bulldog, Layla McSparklepants, on Sunday, March 22.

Layla meets Penelope.

Destin Brown helps distribute food to families at the Pendora Park location of Olivet Boys & Girls Club on Thursday, March 19.

Debra Fuller helps distribute food to families at the Pendora Park location of Olivet Boys & Girls Club on Thursday, March 19.

Pippy Bryan, 5, receives food distributed to families at the Pendora Park location of Olivet Boys & Girls Club on Thursday, March 19.

Briana Alex, 7, and childen's library manager Nancy Maurer pack craft kits to give away to children on carts sitting outside the suttered entrance to Reading Public Library on Wednesday, March 18.

Volunteers distribute food to students in the Wilson School District on Wednesday, March 18.

Chris Winters, CEO of the Olivet Boys & Girls Club, and other volunteers pack emergency food at Helping Harvest.

Volunteers pack emergency food boxes at the Helping Harvest food bank and distribution organization on Tuesday, March 17.

Unused green ice for the Reading Royals game on St. Patrick's Day sits outside Santander Arena.

Customers stock up at the Wine & Spirits Shoppe in Wyomissing on Monday, March 16.

 

West Lawn United Methodist Church holds an online-only Sunday service on Sunday, March 15.

Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Raffauf conducts an online-only church service at West Lawn United Methodist Church on Sunday, March 15.