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An important update to the revised guidance announced last week by the Pennsylvania departments of Health and Education is the requirement for schools in counties with high COVID-19 rates to fill out and submit an attestation form.
Lancaster County has reached the “substantial” level of community transmission of COVID-19, according to an update to the state’s weekly early monitoring dashboard.
The state is not releasing the number of cases by school district in Pennsylvania, leaving each school district to decide whether the community should know about a student or employee testing positive for COVID-19, and schools might not be notified in some cases.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health, which has been responsible for sharing COVID-19 data across the state, says it’s still working on protocols to track cases by school district, raising questions over how quickly parents will learn about cases that could impact their families.
Lancaster County schools aren’t recommended to offer full-time, in-person instruction under the newest reopening guidance issued Monday by the state departments of education and health.
The state Department of Health’s order requiring all Pennsylvanians to wear masks adds another twist to the already convoluted plot of reopening schools this fall.
County nursing homes were recently fined $33,500 for violations that occurred last year, before the coronavirus pandemic.
As the COVID-19 situation develops, experts encourage people to stay informed by getting information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Contro…