Pennsylvania Announces New Efforts Against COVID-19
November 30, 2020
This year has been one of the most challenging times in modern history. So many of our lives have changed so dramatically that this pandemic will shape how we see viruses and germs for many years to come. With the flu season in full effect and a huge wave of new COVID-19 cases, experts say this winter season could potentially be one of the deadliest of our times. On November 23rd, Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine announced their new efforts in the fight against the virus in their latest plan to mitigate cases
. Together we can help stop the spread of COVID-19 and bring the great state of Pennsylvania back to its feet.
The Mitigation, Enforcement and Immunity Order discusses the need for cleaning and disinfecting–especially for high-touch areas. Businesses maintaining in-person operations should clean and disinfect high-touch areas routinely, in accordance with the CDC guidelines, in spaces that are accessible to customers, tenants, employees, or other individuals. Businesses with checkout counters and registers must take the appropriate steps to stagger lines at the register and counter so that those areas may be cleaned appropriately at least once an hour without causing customers to gather in large groups and be unable to practice physical distancing.
Some mitigation measures include temperature screenings. Businesses must implement temperature screenings before employees enter the business, prior to the start of each shift, and send employees home that have an elevated temperature or fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher. Any meetings, training or gatherings of employees must be conducted virtually which could be done on the phone or via computer. Employees must have access to handwashing stations with soap, hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes, and must wash their hands much more frequently throughout the day.
Last but certainly not least, is "Contact Tracing." This strategy has been used around the states, including New York and Massachusetts and they are achieving promising results using these methods.
Employees and customers alike must identify if they were in close contact with an infected COVID-19 individual within 48 hours before symptom onset or 48 hours prior to the test date if asymptomatic. Upon request, they would have to provide the names and contact information to the Pennsylvania Department of Health or a local health department.
To read the complete Mitigation, Enforcement and Immunity Order, please click here: Pennsylvania Announces New Efforts Against COVID-19