Wolf Administration Speaking With Westmoreland Co. School Districts About ‘Substantial’ Level Of Coronavirus Community Transmission


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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA) – For the second week in a row, the Wolf administration says it’s speaking with Westmoreland County school districts because of a “substantial” level of coronavirus community transmission.


The state’s COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard for the week of Oct. 16-22 puts Westmoreland County in the “substantial” category when it comes to the level of community transmission. The county was moved from “moderate” to “substantial” during the week of Oct. 9-15.


The state’s dashboard says Westmoreland County has a 8.4% percent-positivity in the last 7 days. The rest of the state has a 5% percent-positivity.


In weekly updates both this week and last, the Governor’s Office says the departments of health and education would be talking with district representatives in counties with substantial community transmission about what that means for instructional models.


According to the Department of Education’s guidelines, it’s recommended school districts in counties with substantial community spread shift to a full remote learning.


Also in the substantial category for Oct. 16-22 are Berks, Bradford, Centre, Elk, Huntingdon, Lackawanna, Lawrence, Lebanon, Luzerne, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Philadelphia and Schuylkill counties.