Masks, Temperature Screenings Required in City Municipal Building Effective Sept. 7

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WARREN, Pa. – Add the City of Warren to the growing list of entities requiring additional COVID-19 safety measures amid a recent surge of cases.

The City posted to its website Thursday that, effective Sept. 7, 2021, visitors to the City Municipal Building are required to take a temperature screening prior to entering and wear a mask while in the building.

“The Municipal Building is open to the public,” the announcement said. “However, due to the current increase in COVID-19 cases within the area, all visitors to the Municipal Building will be required to stop at the Temperature Check Station at the building entrance – individuals whose temperature is above 100.40 F are asked not to enter the building; our staff stands ready to assist you via phone or e-mail. In addition, all visitors are to wear a mask and practice social distancing.”

The move comes as case counts have increased sharply. Warren County has had more than 80 new COVID cases in the last week, more than the county had through June and July combined. Thirteen patients were hospitalized as of 12 a.m. Sept. 2, with none in the ICU or on ventilators.

Cases have similarly surged throughout the state. The state’s average confirmed daily infections has increased 20 percent over early July totals (now over 3,200 per day).

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s daily COVID update, more than 1,800 patients are hospitalized across the state with 481 in the ICU and 229 on ventilators.

On Aug. 31, the DoH announced a statewide indoor mask mandate for all K-12 schools and child care facilities would take effect Sept. 7.

Other businesses, such as Sheetz in North Warren, are asking everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask indoors as well.