Pottstown Superintendent Urges Return to Indoor Masking

POTTSTOWN PA – Pottstown schools Superintendent Stephen Rodriguez sent an e-mail to parents, guardians and families early Sunday evening (May 22, 2022) to “strongly recommend all students and staff use masks while indoors” when classes resume for the coming week.

His suggestion followed a Montgomery County Office of Public Health warning issued Friday (May 20) that local community levels for COVID-19 transmissions have now increased to what the national Centers for Disease Control consider as “high” risk. “Although hospitalization and severe disease continues to be low,” Rodriguez wrote, transmission and case positivity is increasing “county-wide.”

His request for indoor masking recognizes “that COVID-19 can spread easily and quickly,” Rodriguez added.

County health officials offered a similar warning two days earlier. “The public is urged to wear a mask indoors in public, stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines, and get tested if you have symptoms,” it said, and noted that “additional precautions may be needed for people at high risk for severe illness.”

“Visitors to all county-owned and -leased facilities are strongly encouraged to wear a mask when indoors,” it reported.

“Wear the most protective mask you can that fits well and that you will wear consistently,” the health department urged. “Wearing a well-fitted mask, along with vaccination, self-testing, and physical distancing, helps protect you and others by reducing the chance of spreading COVID-19.” It directed county residents to find locations offering free masks by visiting the CDC website.

The public can also call 1-800-232-0233 to locate free masks nearby.

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