Dear UCF Community,
This week I’ll be sharing the latest metrics released by Chester County. We continue to be in touch with Dr. Sulieman - see her latest weekly report here. We monitor transmission rates in Chester County and our community daily - key takeaways from this week’s metrics include:
- Chester County positivity rates decreased from 8.7% to 7.2%;
- Chester County has seen a decrease in incidence rate per 100,000 from 175.6 to 148.4;
- The UCF community had a weekly decrease from 31 to 19;
- UCF has seen 130 cases (students and staff) this year with 32 over the past four weeks;
- We have partnered with Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital to provide access to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination to our students 16 years of age and older.
As always, we carefully review the numbers each week and consult with the CCHD and our medical advisors. While we are still in the very high transmission rate category - the numbers are heading in the right direction. So, we stay the course and hope that this trend continues over the next couple of weeks. Of course, if we see increased cases and linked transmission in our schools we will work with the CCHD to reevaluate our position.
We are following the Chester County Health Department recommendation that allows students to be within 6 feet, but not less than 3 feet when socially distancing. While this recommendation has allowed for all students to return to in-person instruction - it has also led to an increase in the number of quarantines when a student tests positive for COVID-19. Since returning from spring break - 224 students have needed to quarantine as a result of contact tracing. While these quarantines have caused a disruption in the lives of students, families, and staff - we follow the CCHD guidance in order to keep everyone safe. It is worth noting that those who have been fully vaccinated are not required to quarantine after an exposure.
As of April 19, anyone 16 and older can receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in the state of PA. Last week we partnered with Penn Medicine at the Chester County Hospital to give approximately 1,000 UHS students who qualify access to the Pfizer vaccine. This is a huge step forward and another important mitigation measure to help protect our students. If you haven’t done so already - we encourage families of students who qualify to consider registering for this opportunity. Having our students who are eligible to receive the vaccine get vaccinated will also help with the number of quarantines at the high school when there is a positive case.
Our community numbers have seen a significant drop this week - which is telling us that our community is doing a good job staying safe. However - as I’ve said before - now is not the time for complacency. There are only seven weeks left in the school year - that’s 36 days! Thirty-six days that we need to do our very best to keep our cases down and our doors open. Our layered mitigation efforts are working and we’ll continue to follow guidance from the Chester County Health Department as we navigate these last few months of school.
Thank you for your commitment to the health and safety of our students and community!