READING, Pa. - A scroll through Pennsylvania's new COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard can help you and your family more closely monitor case numbers county by county during seven-day periods, including information about hospital patients and ventilator use.
"This is not over, and an early warning system can help Berks County understand we're going the wrong direction in several numbers, albeit it's a little bit above flat," said county Commissioner Christian Leinbach.
Cases are ticking up in certain parts of the state, and some counties are re-evaluating their approaches, even within the least-restrictive green reopening phase.
"There are only two areas that have shown a slight decline," Leinbach said. "My takeaway from the dashboard is it's doing its job. It's saying, 'Look, there's an early warning. You need to watch these areas that are ticking up.'"
Berks County is also in the process of establishing a task force to help gather more data and information about the virus.
"With the help of Berks County Medical Society to get regular input, that's in the process right now," Leinbach said. "And these are the kind of things we are going to ask them, 'What do we need to do locally.'"
County officials continue to urge caution and continued use of masks, social distancing and hand-washing.
"We need to understand: We are not out of the woods," Leinbach said. "There is no vaccine. There is no long-term effective treatment. We need to be smart."