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Clearfield County organizes COVID-19 task force

Clearfield County, PA – Clearfield County Commissioners have announced that the county has formed a COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) Task Force.

The task force consists of the county commissioners, Emergency Management Agency Director Joe Bigar, EMA Deputy Scott Mignot, 911 Director Dave McClure, 911 Deputy Jeremy Ruffner and County Medical Command Physician David Jaslow.

When the press release was issued on Thursday, there are not currently any known or suspected cases of COVID-19 in Clearfield County.

 

The task force recently met and noted that:

County EMA has had protocols in place for many years in case of a widespread illness, and those protocols are being reviewed and implemented as a precaution.

County EMA/EMS officials are planning a video conference with local fire/EMS responders to discuss proper protection and sanitization of personnel and equipment.

County officials will soon be hosting a video conference to discuss workplace protocols and safety for all county departments. Business leaders will be invited to participate, and an Internet link will be provided to the press by early next week.

The public can help slow the spread of the virus by:

Washing your hands often with soap and hot water; covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze; and sanitizing shared areas (keyboards, desks, etc.) with disinfectant often.

Leaving work and seeing your doctor or an urgent care facility if you feel sick — particularly if you are feverish, short of breath or coughing. It was noted that contagious people remaining in public/shared spaces is one of the quickest ways to spread the virus.

They recommend that citizens not meet in larger groups for the time being. Large group meetings can rapidly accelerate the spread of the virus. If you do decide to meet in large groups, practice good hygiene and try to keep separation between each person.”

The elderly are particularly at risk when exposed. Please refrain from nursing home/personal care facility visitation for the time being in order to protect the residents there.