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    Pennsylvania Health Officials Fear Rise In Coronavirus Cases Due To Large Protests

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    REPORTING LIVE FROM SPRING GARDEN ALICEA REID CBS3 "EYEWITNESS NEWS" ♪♪ THERE ARE NOW NEW WARNINGS FROM LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS FOR THE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN PROTESTING THEY COULD BE FACING AN INCREASED RISK OF CONTRACTING THE VIRUS HEALTH REPORTER STEPHANIE STAHL IS HERE WITH THE NEW UPDATE OUT TODAY STEPHANIE

    THAT'S RIGHT, UKEE, THE PHILADELPHIA HEALTH DEPARTMENT SAYS THE PROTESTERS POTENTIALLY EXPOSED TO COVID-19 SHOULD STAY AWAY FROM OTHER PEOPLE FOR TWO WEEKS AND WATCH OUT FOR SYMPTOMS LARGE GROUPS CROWDED TOGETHER HAVE BEEN CONGREGATING ACROSS THE PHILADELPHIA REGION FOR DAYS THAT HAS PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS WORRIED ABOUT A POTENTIAL INCREASE OF THE CORONAVIRUS WHICH HAS BEEN ON THE DECLINE WE WOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT AN INCREASE OF NEW CASES GIVEN THE CIVIL UNREST THAT HAS BEEN IN A NUMBER OF CITIES IN PENNSYLVANIA

    Reporter: IN A PHONE BRIEFING THE SECRETARY OF HEALTH SAYS PENNSYLVANIA PROTESTERS LOOTERS SHOULD MONITOR THEMSELVES FOR SYMPTOMS OF THE CORONAVIRUS THAT INCLUDE FEVER COUGH AND SHORTNESS OF BREATH IF SOMEONE WAS INVOLVED WITH A DEMONSTRATION AND PROTEST AND FIVE TO 14 DAYS LATER THEY HAVE SYMPTOMS, YOU CERTAINLY SHOULD GET TESTED Reporter: AND PHILADELPHIA HEALTH OFFICIALS ISSUED NEW GUIDANCE FOR PROTESTERS SAYING THEY MAY HAVE AN INCREASED LIKELIHOOD OF HAVING BEEN EXPOSED TO COVID-19 EVEN IF THEY WERE WEARING A MASK IT SPREADS THROUGH CLOSE PERSONAL CONTACT BUT USUALLY NOT OUTSIDE STILL, PROTESTERS ARE ADVISED TO STAY AWAY FROM OTHER PEOPLE FOR 14 DAYS WHICH IS HOW LONG IT CAN TAKE FOR THE SYMPTOMS TO DEVELOP

    WE WILL BE WORRIED ABOUT INCREASES WE HAVE NO PLANS TO CHANGE THEIR DESIGNATION FROM GOING FROM RED TO YELLOW ON FRIDAY, HOWEVER Reporter: SHE'S TALKING ABOUT THE PLANNED GRADUAL REOPENING WHEN SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA IS SCHEDULED TO MOVE INTO THE YELLOW PHASE ON JUNE 5TH DR LEVINE SAYS THERE'S UNDERSTANDABLE UNCERTAINTY WITH THE VIRUS STILL BEING A THREAT ALONG WITH THE CIVIL UNREST

    NATURAL FOR PEOPLE TO BE ANXIOUS I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE TO TRY TO STAY AS CALM AS POSSIBLE Reporter: ALSO HEALTH OFFICIALS TELL ME MANY TESTING SITES IN PHILADELPHIA ARE TEMPORARILY CLOSED BECAUSE OF THE PROTESTS THOSE COULD BE DIFFICULT TO GET A TEST FOR THE CORONAVIRUS

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