York County issues declaration of disaster emergency

The York County Commissioners issued a declaration of disaster emergency in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

This was presented during a press conference held Monday, March 16, in the commissioners meeting room. The declaration authorizes temporary suspension of the formal requirements pertaining to the performance of public work, entering into contracts or agreements required for the emergency, York County President Commissioner Julie Wheeler explained. 

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"We are still able to say that as of today, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in York County," Wheeler said. "This has allowed the county and community stakeholders the opportunity to prepare more effectively as COVID-19 spreads throughout the Commonwealth."

In addition to the commissioners, the press conference included top officials from WellSpan and UPMC Pinnacle as well as public health strategist Dr. Matthew Howie, York County President Judge Joseph Adams, York County District Attorney Dave Sunday and county Administrator Mark Derr.

What we're trying to do is slow the spread of this infection through the community," said Dr. Matthew Howie, public health strategist for the county and physician physician with York City Bureau of Health. "A brisk uptick can overwhelm oru health resources, so controlling the spread is really important."

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And collaboration of those health resources has been outstanding, according to Michael Gaskins, senior VP of UPMC Pinnacle.

"Today, we are one community with one goal," said John Porter, executive vice president and COO of WellSpan Health.

While the county is still open for business, there are some changes to note, which can be reviewed here.



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