KEY UPDATES June 16, 2020
As of 12:00 PM June 15th, there are 27 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Schuylkill Township and 2 deaths. Chester County is in the Yellow phase of re-opening. A quick reference chart on what is and isn’t allowed during this phase may be found here. Chester County’s RestoreChesterCounty.org is an online toolkit that offers specific guidelines for the County’s residents and businesses. Additional information can be found on the Governor’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania website.
We’re still fighting COVID-19. Our residents should be aware that the lift on restrictions doesn’t mean the risk of COVID-19 has diminished. Pennsylvania’s lockdowns weren’t ever meant to be long-term solutions to the pandemic. They were intended to give hospitals a chance to prepare for an influx of patients, give researchers time to learn more about the new coronavirus, and slow the spread of COVID-19.
However, the reopening of businesses, parks, and beaches in some areas have led many people to return to unsafe behaviors, such as gathering in large crowds, potentially contributing to a surge in cases. More than 20 states are reporting an increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases as businesses and public facilities begin to reopen. Experts say the behavior of individuals as communities start to open up is a major factor in whether COVID-19 cases rise or fall.
Schuylkill Township’s Board of Supervisors strongly advises continued caution as we try to move forward and urges everyone to keep in mind that they’re still at risk, no matter what reopening phase Chester County is in.
Venturing Out? Be Prepared and Stay Safe. The Centers for Disease Control recently released updated guidance on venturing out and staying safe. The guidance states that the more people you interact with and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread. The guidance talks about the need to keep 6 feet of space between yourself and others and that indoor spaces are more risky than outdoor spaces. The guidance stresses the importance of wearing a cloth face covering, looking for the presence of physical barriers, like plexiglass screens, and choosing outdoor locations. The guidance walks through the considerations for many different scenarios, from traveling overnight to visiting the library and going to the gym. Click here for more.
COVID-19: Nasal Swab Testing. Chester County is currently offering PCR (nasal swab) tests for individuals with symptoms or who have had a known close contact with a positive case in the last 14 days. Testing will be offered at multiple sites throughout the week. Click here to learn more and to register: https://www.chesco.org/4514/Coronavirus-COVID-19-Nasal-Swab-Testing.
For statistics on the COVID-19 impact regionally and worldwide, please visit the following sites: Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CCSE) at John’s Hopkins University (world-wide) PA Department of Health (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania) Chester County Health Department (local) For more information resources on COVID-19, please visit Chester County’s Coronavirus information website: https://www.chesco.org/4376/Coronavirus-COVID-19