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Posted on: August 28, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Should poop be tested in county sewers to help avoid 2nd wave? ...masks on buses

An interesting idea implemented elsewhere in the nation- test sewers for COVID
Some people are not wearing masks correctly on buses or not even wearing masks

Although COVID-19  numbers in Greenburgh and  Westchester are very low - many of us are concerned about the possibility of a second wave.  I have asked the county to consider sewer testing for COVID 19 as a means of determining the level of community spread. This could also help schools determine whether it is safe for schools to reopen.  This initiative could also be considered state-wide or even nationally.Some students and faculty who attend school may not have fever but carriers could be asymptomatic. 

Sewer testing, on the other hand, does not rely on individual compliance,  would account (on a collective level) for asymptomatic carriers, and could be a relatively inexpensive way to track the status of the virus in communities to help inform critical decisions about public safety during the pandemic.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-york-city-considers-testing-sewage-for-coronavirus-11593634254

How the University of Arizona stopped a COVID-19 outbreak before it even started
School reopenings during the coronavirus pandemic have generally been disastrous, but the University of Arizona is an example of how it can be done somewhat safely. The University of Arizona is testing the wastewater from every dorm, and when signs of the virus were discovered, every student in that dorm was tested. Two asymptomatic students...

Read in BGR: https://apple.news/AZXnavC8xT3SsY5wCRwemNw



BUSES--COMPLAINTS  RESIDENTS NOT WEARING MASKS OR INCORRECTLY WEARING MASKS

 

Getting complaints from bus riders that people are not wearing masks (or wearing masks incorrectly) on the buses even though they are supposed to and there is a county requirement that people must wear masks while on buses. .  Am reaching out to Liberty Bus Company and the county. 

People are worried about the spread of COVID.

Can the buses play recorded messages and air them at each stop advising riders to wear masks or not to take the bus?  The recorded message could remind people how they can wear masks correctly.


MORE COMPLAINTS ABOUT PEOPLE GETTING CONFIDENT THAT COVID 19 IS BEHIND US 

SUPERMARKETS - STORES - BIKE PATHS/TRAILS - SPORTS -

  Getting a number of complaints from residents who advise that employees/residents are not wearing masks or social distancing when in close proximity to others.   Remember, if we are not careful a second wave could happen this fall and we could all be locked in again.  Better to be careful than sorry later on .


PAUL FEINER

Greenburgh Town Supervisor

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