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Berks Commissioners’ Update Program To Recognize Departments That Stepped Up During Pandemic

by County of Berks / COVID-19 Leadership Team

Apr 21, 2021

The Berks County Commissioners will host a Media and Public Update program on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 3:30 PM on Microsoft Teams Live Event. Click here to find the link to this meeting. This Press Event will also be streamed Live to the Berks County Facebook page, YouTube channel and BCTV. This week’s program will recognize April as National County Government Month and this year’s theme of ‘Counties Matter.’ The program will highlight several County departments and services that have stepped up throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to either offer new services or make adjustments to adopt to the new virtual reality. The program will also provide information about NACo’s Live Healthy program that offers residents discounts on prescriptions and health costs and services.

Welcome – Commissioner Christian Leinbach
Comments – Commissioner Kevin Barnhardt
Comments – Commissioner Michael Rivera
Introduction and brief explanation of National County Government Month –Commissioner Leinbach

  1. NACo Live Healthy Program – John Losh, Associate Membership Director, NACo:
    • Overview of the program
    • What services are available
    • How can residents sign up?
  2. Department of Emergency Services – Matthew Stairiker, Assistant Director for Emergency Management
    Summary of the important role DES has taken on throughout the pandemic and the
    various adjustments that have occurred as needs changed.
    • Initial emergency response in March 2020
    • PPE needs
    • COVID-19 testing
    • Vaccine
  3. Information Systems Department – Justin Loose, Chief Information Officer
    • Pivot to virtual meetings
    • Use of technology in Courts and Row Offices
    • Deployment of hardware
    • The impact the pandemic had on software projects
  4. Area Agency on Aging – Jessica Jones, Director
    • Overview of the need that developed as the COVID-19 vaccine became available
    and how the Area Agency on Aging responded
    • Partnerships and cooperation with local vaccine providers
    • Homebound vaccination effort with the Berks Community Health Center
  5. Berks County Library System – Alison Trautmann, Outreach Services Coordinator
    • Summary of the problems and needs the Library System saw as the pandemic
    hit our community
    • Overview of the Mobile Job Lab
    • Feedback from residents who have utilized the Mobile Job Lab
  6. Commissioner Comments/Other Efforts
    • Facilities and Operations
  7. Questions and Answers – Facilitated by Commissioner Leinbach

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