City reinstates emergency disaster declaration in response to COVID-19 surge

Reading Mayor Eddie Morán announced Wednesday morning the signing of a Declaration of Disaster Emergency in response to a recent surge of COVID-19 cases.

The City of Reading first issued a Declaration of Disaster Emergency to address the COVID-19 outbreak on March 16, 2020.

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“COVID-19 continues to represent an imminent threat to our community’s health, safety, and well-being despite mitigation efforts and limited success in containing the spread of the virus variants” states a media release by the City.

The declaration allows the City’s Emergency Management Coordinator and response team to coordinate emergency response activities and take actions needed to respond to the effects of COVID-19 in the City.

“We understand the fear and frustration that this virus has placed on our City, County, State, and beyond,” said Morán.

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“We continue to look to the experts for guidance – CDC, DOH, and BerksDES and we are committed to our responsibility to serve the public. We will continue to monitor the situation and communicate with our Emergency Management professionals to adjust our operations and practices in a way that promotes the health, safety, and general welfare of the public and our employees.”

Morán added, “we are each other’s neighbors. Please continue to do your part in protecting yourself, your family, and others.”

The order is effective immediately.

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