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Holly – In
accordance with gubernatorial action, Burlington County Coronavirus Task
Force, led by Health Department Director Dr. Herb Conaway announced today that
organizations in the county should cancel or postpone mass gatherings of more
than 250 people and for organizations that serve high-risk populations, cancel
gatherings of more than 10 people. This recommendation is based upon CDC
guidelines. Organizations may choose to cancel smaller gatherings depending
upon their communities and their populations.
we have not documented community transmissions here in Burlington County yet,
we wish to be proactive in preventing the spread within the county.” stated
Health Department Director Dr. Herb Conaway.
The CDC has issued guidelines for Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities with Local COVID-19 Transmission. The goal of the mitigation strategies is to slow the transmission in the community. The document can be found at the CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/community-mitigation-strategy.pdf
“Using these strategies, we are making the following recommendations regarding mass gatherings and community activities,” said Dr. Conaway. “There are specific guidelines for the individuals and families at home, schools/childcare, assisted living, senior living facilities, adult day programs, workplace, healthcare settings, community and faith-based organizations.”
to the CDC Guidelines:
Things to consider:
Who is considered high risk?
to the CDC and early information from China where COVID-19 first started, some
people are at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness. This
more information about high risk populations, please visit (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html)
for Individuals and Families:
to monitor local information about COVID-19 in your community.
to practice personal protective measures such has handwashing and staying home
at increased risk of severe illness should consider staying at home and
avoiding gatherings or other situations of potential exposures, including
for Schools and Childcare Facilities
• Implement social distancing measures: Cancel large
gatherings (e.g., assemblies), and limit the number of attendees per gathering.
o Alter schedules to reduce mixing (e.g., stagger recess, entry/dismissal times)
o Cancel school trips
o Make preparations for remote education to include those with special educational or medical needs.
o Make preparations to deliver school meal programs in the event of school closure
regular health checks (e.g., temperature and respiratory symptom screening) of
students, staff, and visitors (if feasible).
dismissals for school and extracurricular activities as needed (e.g., if cases
in staff/students) for cleaning and contact tracing.
at increased risk of severe illness should consider implementing individual
plans for distance learning, e-learning.
for Pregnant and Nursing Women:
for Assisted Living/Senior Living/Adult Day Programs
social distancing measures:
large gatherings (e.g., group social events)
o Alter schedules to reduce mixing (e.g., stagger meal, activity, arrival/departure times)
o Limit programs with external staff
o Consider having residents stay in facility and limit exposure to the general community
o Limit visitors, implement screening
and respiratory symptom screening of attendees, staff, and visitors.
closures as needed (e.g., if cases in staff, residents or clients who live
elsewhere) for cleaning and contact tracing.
for Healthcare Settings
for Community and Faith-Based Organizations.