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Pennsylvania’s elementary and secondary schools in yellow and green phase counties are less than a month away from in-person instruction and activities.
The state’s Department of Education announced Wednesday that schools in qualifying counties can begin in-person instruction and activities beginning July 1, providing they develop a health and safety plan based on CDC guidelines.
Updated guidelines can be found here.
Postsecondary institutions and adult basic education programs can begin in-person instruction beginning June 5 with the proper health and safety plan.
“The Wolf administration remains committed to the safety and welfare of students, faculty and staff, and any reopening plan must be rooted in these principles,” Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera said.
“As school leaders resume instruction in the 2020-21 school year, the department recognizes the need for preliminary guidance to aid in planning for a return to in-person instruction, delivery of services and resumption of extracurricular activities.”
School plans must include:
- Identification of a pandemic coordinator or team to lead response efforts;
- Steps to protect high-risk children and staff who may be at higher risk;
- Processes for monitoring students and staff for symptoms;
- Guidelines for hygiene practices;
- Processes for cleaning and disinfecting;
- Guidelines for the use of face masks;
- Protocols for social distancing; and
- Procedures for restricting large gatherings.
Plans must be approved by local school boards and posted on the school or district public website before a school reopens.
Wednesday’s announcement applies to school districts, charter schools, regional charter schools, cyber schools, career and technical centers and intermediate units. Nonpublic schools are strongly encouraged to create plans and post them to their public websites.
“Educators, students and caregivers have done a remarkable job as we all navigate through this pandemic,” Rivera said. “Now we need to direct our energy to focus on how to resume instruction in the 2020-21 school year. We fully expect students to return to classrooms in some capacity and are confident that schools will use this guidance as a framework that best meets the unique needs of their students and communities.”
Also on Wednesday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 511 more coronavirus cases, bringing the statewide total to 73,405.
The death toll stands at 5,742 and to-date, 408,269 people have tested negative for the virus.
Dental cleanings added to services
The state Department of Health released an updated set of guidelines regarding dental health care. This guidance allows dental health care providers to increase their services, including routine cleanings.
“This latest update provides dentists the opportunity to resume non-emergency dental care, including routine care, if they can provide it safely,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said.
“Oral health is a key part to one’s overall health, and we strongly encourage all Pennsylvanians to regularly see a dentist and receive oral healthcare. As more dental procedures are performed during the phased reopening, dentists should prioritize dental care for the highest need, most vulnerable patients first.”
Levine said dental healthcare providers should follow protocols outlined by the CDC, which can be found here.
PLCB speeds up license process
Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is expediting the approval process for restaurant owners who want to temporarily extend their outdoor seating areas.
Restaurants can’t serve alcoholic beverages in unlicensed areas of their property. But until counties enter the green phase, restaurants can only serve to outdoor seating areas. Owners who want to maximize their outdoor space can apply to temporarily extend their outdoor areas.
The PLCB announced Wednesday that application fees and minimum 30-day waiting periods will be waived in this new process.
This expedited process is for clubs, catering clubs, restaurants, retail dispensers, hotels, distilleries, limited distilleries, wineries, limited wineries and breweries.
County breakdown of cases, testing
Here’s a breakdown of the positive and negative tests of the coronavirus in southcentral Pennsylvania as well as the deaths reported in those counties as of June 3:
- Positive: 260
- Negative: 3,421
- Deaths: 8
- Positive: 654
- Negative: 6,316
- Deaths: 53
- Positive: 1,385
- Negative: 10,859
- Deaths: 85
- Positive: 782
- Negative: 5,444
- Deaths: 37
- Positive: 3,267
- Negative: 17,460
- Deaths: 310
- Positive: 994
- Negative: 4,795
- Deaths: 34
- Positive: 1,037
- Negative: 14,563
- Deaths: 27
How many cases of coronavirus does Pa. have?
Here’s a look at the numbers in Pennsylvania:
- Cases: 73,405
- New cases: 511 new cases as of June 3
- Deaths: 5,742
- Patients who tested negative: 408,269
Pa. cases by county
Here are how many confirmed cases and deaths each county in Pennsylvania has as of June 3:
- Adams County: 260 (8 deaths)
- Allegheny County: 1,952 (166 deaths)
- Armstrong County: 64 (5 deaths)
- Beaver County: 594 (74 deaths)
- Bedford County: 41 (2 deaths)
- Berks County: 4,132 (322 deaths)
- Blair County: 52 (1 death)
- Bradford County: 46 (3 deaths)
- Bucks County: 5,137 (519 deaths)
- Butler County: 235 (12 deaths)
- Cambria County: 59 (2 deaths)
- Cameron County: 2
- Carbon County: 239 (24 deaths)
- Centre County: 154 (7 deaths)
- Chester County: 2,863 (287 deaths)
- Clarion County: 27 (2 deaths)
- Clearfield County: 42
- Clinton County: 60 (3 deaths)
- Columbia County: 349 (31 deaths)
- Crawford County: 29
- Cumberland County: 654 (53 deaths)
- Dauphin County: 1,385 (85 deaths)
- Delaware County: 6,548 (576 deaths)
- Elk County: 6
- Erie County: 314 (5 deaths)
- Fayette County: 95 (4 deaths)
- Forest County: 7
- Franklin County: 782 (37 deaths)
- Fulton County: 15 (1 death)
- Greene County: 27
- Huntingdon County: 232 (3 deaths)
- Indiana County: 91 (5 deaths)
- Jefferson County: 14
- Juniata County: 95 (4 deaths)
- Lackawanna County: 1,556 (180 deaths)
- Lancaster County: 3,267 (310 deaths)
- Lawrence County: 83 (8 deaths)
- Lebanon County: 994 (34 deaths)
- Lehigh County: 3,802 (239 deaths)
- Luzerne County: 2,766 (155 deaths)
- Lycoming County: 166 (17 deaths)
- McKean County: 12 (1 death)
- Mercer County: 107 (5 deaths)
- Mifflin County: 59 (1 death)
- Monroe County: 1,326 (102 deaths)
- Montgomery County: 7,242 (702 deaths)
- Montour County: 53
- Northampton County: 3,120 (220 deaths)
- Northumberland County: 199 (3 deaths)
- Perry County: 62 (3 deaths)
- Philadelphia County: 18,785 (1,359 deaths)
- Pike County: 478 (20 deaths)
- Potter County: 4
- Schuylkill County: 646 (36 deaths)
- Snyder County: 45 (1 death)
- Somerset County: 38 (1 death)
- Sullivan County: 3
- Susquehanna County: 111 (15 deaths)
- Tioga County: 19 (2 deaths)
- Union County: 63 (1 death)
- Venango County: 9
- Warren County: 4
- Washington County: 140 (6 deaths)
- Wayne County: 120 (8 deaths)
- Westmoreland County: 453 (38 deaths)
- Wyoming County: 34 (7 deaths)
- York County: 1037 (27 deaths)
Coronavirus symptoms, testing
According to the CDC, reported illnesses from COVID-19 have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death.
Fever, cough and shortness of breath might appear 2 to 14 days after you’ve been exposed to the virus.
If you think you’ve been exposed to the coronavirus and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your primary healthcare provider immediately for guidance, including whether you should be tested.
Testing overall is still about 10 to 14 days behind, meaning the data today shows the rate of infection two weeks ago.
The CDC is now shifting its testing efforts to include new antibody tests that will help determine who was infected and asymptomatic, and may now be immune to the virus.
Preventing the spread
There is currently neither a vaccine nor an approved treatment for the new, or novel, coronavirus. While many people might only get mild symptoms, older adults and those who already have medical issues can end up with more serious complications. There’s concern that a fast spread of the virus could overwhelm the health system to provide care, including the need for respirators in serious cases.
With further spread of the virus and disruptions to everyday life expected, officials remind residents to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
You should also cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow (not your hands), clean surfaces that are frequently touched (such as countertops, light switches and phones), and stay home if you are sick.
People are also asked not to attend large gatherings and to practice “social distancing.” It’s best to keep six feet apart from other people you don’t live with.
Jasmine Vaughn-Hall is a trends reporter in central Pennsylvania. She’s dishing out most-talked about topics, features, and taco fandom. Contact her at email@example.com, 717-495-1789 and follow her on Twitter @jvaughn411.
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