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Berks COVID-19 update on recent increase, impact on children and athletes

From County of Berks / COVID-19 Leadership Team

Oct 20, 2020

Reading, PA — The Berks County Commissioners will host their Weekly Media and Public Update on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 3:30PM on Microsoft Teams Live Event. Click here to find the link to this meeting. This week’s update will focus on the recent increase in COVID-19 cases locally and throughout the county, with specific attention on the virus’ impact on children and athletes. The panel will include the chairman of the Berks County COVID-19 Medical Advisory Panel and two local doctors. This Press Event will also be streamed Live to the Berks County Facebook and YouTube pages.

Welcome – Commissioner Christian Leinbach
Comments – Commissioner Michael Rivera
Comments – Commissioner Kevin Barnhardt
Introductions of the Panel – Commissioner Leinbach
• Dr. Johanna Kelly – Pediatrician, Reading Pediatrics, Inc.
• Dr. Tom Kohl – Family and Sports Medicine Physician, Tower Health Medical Group
• Dr. Michael Baxter, MD – Chairman of the Berks County COVID-19 Medical Advisory Panel, Past Chair of Berks County Medical Society, Past Chair of Tower Health Family and Community Medicine

The Panel will address the following questions and topics:

1) Overview of current COVID-19 situation in Berks County: [Dr. Baxter]
– Case numbers, trends, etc.
– What is the outlook for Berks County as we head into the colder months?
– Can you speak about “COVID fatigue” and the impact the pandemic is having beyond those who are ill?

2) COVID-19 and Athletes: [Dr. Kohl]
– How does COVID-19 affect athletes?
– What is the risk of transmission when playing a sport?
– What precautions can athletes and teams take to stay safe?

3) COVID and Kids: [Dr. Kelly]
– What is the risk of infection and severity for children? What types of symptoms do they present?
– What is the risk for transmission to others for children?
– What prevention efforts are in place and what types of responses have schools taken to the virus?

4) What steps can we do as a community to continue to fight the virus and stay safe?

5) Question and Answers – Facilitated by Commissioner Leinbach

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