Public Health COVID-19 Updates
The Montgomery County Office of Public Health (MCOPH) aligns with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) guidance for COVID-19. Aggregate COVID-19 case and death data reporting has been discontinued with the end of the Public Health Emergency (PHE) on May 11, 2023. The Montgomery County COVID-19 Data HUB will no longer be updated, but can still be referenced for historical data. For more information on COVID-19 data, please visit CDC’s COVID Data Tracker.
The COVID Public Health Emergency declaration ended on May 11, 2023. If you have Medical Assistance (MA) or Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP), you must complete a renewal each year to continue your coverage. Click here for more information.
Recommendations for K-12 School and Early Care and Education (ECE) Programs
For K-12 Schools and Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs that identify a significant increase in cases or an outbreak of COVID-19, MCOPH is available for consultation. During times of significant increase in cases or outbreaks, K-12 Schools and ECE programs should consider the following prevention strategies:
- Encouraging staff and families to stay up-to-date on vaccinations
- Encouraging everyday prevention including staying home when sick, getting tested, improving ventilation, hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, and cleaning and disinfection.
- Communication with the school/program community
- “Masking Sprint” for a week (5 days) for the outbreak setting per Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Policy Lab, Guidance for Updated COVID-19 School Mitigation Plans for Academic Year 2022-23
- Temporarily stopping high-risk activities
For additional guidelines for ECE Programs see PA Department of Education - Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) and Early Learning Resource Center Region 17.