West Reading Mayor Andrew Kearney issued an emergency proclamation Wednesday morning as precautionary step to allow for a more efficient flow of resources to address the spread of COVID-19.
“While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community, our primary concern is to keep our residents safe and healthy. Taking this precautionary measure will allow us to be better prepared in the days to come.” Said Mayor Andrew Kearney.
The emergency declaration gives the Borough of West Reading the tools needed to fully respond to the COVID-19 pandemic by freeing up resources, streamlining administrative command, and activating the borough’s Pandemic Response Plan. The proclamation also opens the door to federal and state resources.
“This is the strongest action we can take at this time to ensure the well being of our community. We’re encouraging all residents to continue to exercise precautions laid out by state and federal health agencies. We’re going to get through this together, but we’re all going to have to do our part.” said Council President Jack Gombach.
In a statement, West Reading officials recommend residents should continue to exercise basic precautions; thoroughly washing hands, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.