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Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh said they’re moving to what’s called a “community-spread” model. Based on advice from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, they will no longer pursue contact-tracing, in which officials follow up with a patient and ask him or her to try to remember everyone they have come in contact with and everywhere they have been.
With so many cases — and even more quarantines — Arkoosh said, “we are assuming there is community spread, meaning you might get it just from normal activity.”
This move means the average healthy person doesn’t need to get tested, and officials would rather utilize the scarce resources for critical workforce personnel.
“Who, if we can determine they are negative and they’re asymptomatic, we can get them back to work,” Arkoosh added.
In addition to paramedics, hospital workers and first responders, critical workforce personnel also includes grocery store or pharmacy workers, along with people keeping those supply lines open.
Montgomery County also has its second pediatric case: a 1-year-old from Royersford, who is hospitalized.