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M e d i c a l R ec o r d F e a t u r e

Berks County COVID-19
Health Advisory Panel
by Michael Baxter, MD
September 1, 2020

T

he Berks County Commissioners have requested the
assistance of the Berks County Medical Society to form an
Advisory Panel that would recommend Policy guidelines
and best Practices regarding COVID-19. In particular, the
Commissioners (Christian Leinbach, Chair; Kevin Barnhardt and
Michael Rivera) were concerned about sending the correct public
health messaging to county residents and to taking appropriate steps
which would promote the health and safety of all residents while
supporting efforts to preserve business activity in the county. Under
BCMS leadership the following Advisory Panel has been formed:
*	Michael Baxter, MD: Chair
	 Immediate Past Chair of the BCMS Executive Council
*	Jeffrey Held, MD
	 Vice President of Medical Affairs, Penn State Health St.Joseph's
	 Medical Center
*	Mary Kelleher, MD
	 Chief Medical Officer, Berks Community Health Center
*	 Debra Powell, MD
	 Chief, Section of Infectious Disease, Reading Hospital/Tower 	
	Health
*	Monica Reyes
	 Health and Human Services Program Officer, Berks County 		
	 Community Foundation

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*	Ex Officio:
	 Brian Gottschall, Director, Berks County Department of 		
	 Emergency Services
	 T.J. Huckleberry, Executive Director, Berks County Medical 		
	Society
The Panel meets monthly as well as responding as requested
to questions and issues presented by the Commissioners. The
Panel also works closely with Carolyn Bazik, Executive Director
of the Co-County Wellness Services, and her staff, who have the
county contract for case contact tracing. As of this writing, Berks
County case numbers are stable with a daily count of 20-40 and
Berks remains in the "Green" open status with restrictions as per
Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, MD.
The Commissioners, with the Panel's support, have been clear
in promoting recommendations based on the best public health
guidelines for: protective masks, social distancing and limiting social
engagements, frequent hand washing and other hygiene measures.
Although effects of the pandemic have appeared to stabilize
in Berks County, the SARS-CoV-2 Virus remains among us.
Particular concerns at this time: school openings and Fall sports,
onset of cooler weather with activities moving indoors, concern
for virus fatigue and relaxing our public health practices, and
an active influenza season which coincides with a resurgence of
COVID-19. The Advisory Panel reminds all of us to remain vigilant
and to "preach" and practice the public health guidelines of the
Pennsylvania Department of Health.


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