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Updates from Pennsylvania Department of Health Press Conference

November 17, 2020 Tags: Covid

As a result of dramatic increases in Covid-19 cases in Pennsylvania, the state’s Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today announced targeted control efforts impacting the entire state.  

These changes include a strengthened masking order.  Masks are still required. Indoors: masks now required anytime you’re with people outside of your household, even if you’re socially distant. Applies to all indoor facilities and if you have people in your home not part of your household and is effective beginning November 18 at 12:01 am.  For students, this means for the remainder of the semester there are to be no more small study groups, riding in vehicles or gathering, in general, without masks.  

The state is also issuing an order requiring anyone who visits Pennsylvania from another state to get tested w/in 72 hours before entering PA. Pennsylvanians who traveled to other states must follow the same rules when coming home. The testing order will not impact the conclusion of our fall academic schedule, more details to follow as the Spring semester gets closer.      

The Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Education are asking colleges and universities to evaluate their testing strategy.  The University will begin evaluating our strategy with our health partner UPMC for the spring 2021 semester. 

 You will find the full announcement on the targeted efforts here: https://bit.ly/3lFtcLb

All Saint Francis University communications, information and resources related to the Coronavirus can be found at www.francis.edu/coronavirus.  Specific questions and concerns that may arise should be directed to covid19@francis.edu.   

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