Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
November 23, 2020
As many of us prepare for a smaller than usual Thanksgiving without extended family and friends, we do so armed with the knowledge that the pandemic continues to ravage our communities, our county and our country. Sadly, the greatest proportion of cases being reported in our region is among the 13–24 age group, with the rise in cases attributed to activities taking place outside of the work and school environment. Because cases and hospitalizations continue to increase among this and other age groups in the county, I want to reiterate how important it is that we all continue to follow CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines.
When preparing for the upcoming holiday, we should consider several factors. First, we need to fight pandemic fatigue by remaining vigilant to the very real dangers that the COVID–19 virus presents to all of us, especially for our front-line professionals working in area hospitals and out in the community. Second, we must think before we act—by doing so, we may find that we need to further adjust our normal routines to protect each other and ourselves. And third, we must continue to wear face masks, wash our hands thoroughly and frequently, and physically distance ourselves from others while avoiding large crowds.
Downloading the free COVID Alert PA app is another way we can protect ourselves and those around us. The app is designed to quickly notify individuals who may have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID–19. To protect everyone’s privacy, the app never collects or reveals the identity of any person using the app, and never reveals who has been diagnosed as positive for COVID–19. For more information, please refer to the college’s COVID Alert PA webpage.
The challenges we continue to face during this pandemic are extremely stressful and complex, but we will get through them if we remain focused on abiding by these public health measures and encourage others to do so as well. Thank you for all you are doing to help to keep CCAC a safe place for us all.
Best wishes for a safe and happy Thanksgiving.