COVID-19 Risk Assessment Tool Shows Increase

Posted on Thursday December 10, 2020
An update on COVID-19 Risk Factors, showing a substantial increase in recent weeks.

Dear Cheltenham Community,

As predicted, positive COVID cases in our Township and the surrounding communities have continued to increase.  With each positive case, the probability of exposure to the community grows exponentially.  The Georgia Institute of Technology developed a COVID-19 Risk Assessment tool to show the likelihood of coming into contact with someone positive for COVID-19, given varying sizes and locations of events.  As shown by the following charts of data from November 20 (before Thanksgiving) and from yesterday, December 9, increasing COVID-19 cases have substantially increased the risk of infection, even in small gatherings.  Data such as this across the state has led to Governor Wolf's latest mitigation measures, effective Saturday, December 12, limiting indoor gatherings to 10 people.

 2020 12 09 COVID Risk numbers

While we recognize that everyone’s situation is different, we urge an abundance of caution as you consider attending any upcoming holiday events.  We advise following the CDC recommendations, which provide for daily activities such as work, school, banking, and grocery shopping, as well as for events, gatherings, and travel.  Simple safety measures such as washing your hands thoroughly, wearing your mask over both nose and chin in all public places, and frequently disinfecting common surfaces are still effective ways to help stop the spread of the virus.  If you feel sick, please do NOT report to work.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact Kim Kirschner of the Cheltenham Township Emergency Management Agency at [email protected] or 215-887-6200 ext. 339.

Thank you for all your efforts to care for one another. Your help has made it possible for us to continue providing vital Township services to Cheltenham while doing our best to keep each other safe.

Together, we are #CheltenhamStrong.


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