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Pennsylvania Departments of Health, Education give COVID-19 update – WTAE Pittsburgh

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Dec 1, 2020

Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine and Acting Secretary of Education Noe Ortega held a press conference Monday morning to provide an update on COVID-19 in the commonwealth.Click the video player above to watch a replay of the briefing. Pennsylvania’s 2-month-old coronavirus exposure notification app can now be used by mobile phone users as young as 13 as health officials work to stop the virus’ spread in schools around the state, officials said Monday.The app, named COVID AlertPa, had been limited to people 18 and over.“By expanding the age range, middle- and high-school students will be able to add their phones to the fight and help in contact tracing that occurs in their schools if a positive case is identified,” state Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine told a virtual news conference.A parent or legal guardian must approve the minor’s use of the app, she said. State officials said they are recommending school districts in high COVID-19 transmission areas move to remote learning, however it remains their decision. The state is now requiring districts in areas with substantial transmission to submit an attestation form, confirming their choice to teach online or in person.

Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine and Acting Secretary of Education Noe Ortega held a press conference Monday morning to provide an update on COVID-19 in the commonwealth.

Click the video player above to watch a replay of the briefing.

Pennsylvania’s 2-month-old coronavirus exposure notification app can now be used by mobile phone users as young as 13 as health officials work to stop the virus’ spread in schools around the state, officials said Monday.

The app, named COVID AlertPa, had been limited to people 18 and over.

“By expanding the age range, middle- and high-school students will be able to add their phones to the fight and help in contact tracing that occurs in their schools if a positive case is identified,” state Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine told a virtual news conference.

A parent or legal guardian must approve the minor’s use of the app, she said.

State officials said they are recommending school districts in high COVID-19 transmission areas move to remote learning, however it remains their decision.

The state is now requiring districts in areas with substantial transmission to submit an attestation form, confirming their choice to teach online or in person.

 

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