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Scranton Chamber offers reopening businesses #reviveNEPA as Lackawanna County enters yellow phase

Scranton Chamber offers reopening businesses #reviveNEPA as Lackawanna County enters yellow phase
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From a press release:

The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce wants to ensure businesses are prepared to reopen as Lackawanna County moves into the yellow phase this Friday, June 5. Both Geisinger and the Scranton Chamber have released several important resources for Northeastern Pennsylvania companies to use as they prepare to get back to business.

The Scranton Chamber’s #reviveNEPA website, recently launched in support of the Lackawanna County Regional Recovery Task Force, is filled with information regarding state and county guidance, employer guidance, safety and disinfecting resources, financial resources, local PPE vendors, a #reviveNEPA pledge, safety signs, and more.

“The chamber wanted to provide one concise online location for NEPA businesses to find the most relevant and important information they need when preparing to reopen,” said Bob Durkin, president of the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce.

“This includes guidelines from a safety and disinfecting perspective, but also labor laws, industry-specific guidance, and communications. The health and safety of our community comes first, and we’re happy to share local resources from Geisinger, a Scranton Chamber member.”

As part of its resources for employers, the #reviveNEPA page includes a link to Geisinger’s business resources, which have been launched in conjunction with webinars the health care organization is hosting for regional chambers.

“Launching an online resources hub, Geisinger has partnered with local chamber organizations to provide educational webinars to ensure employers have the opportunity to ask questions as well as the right tools, resources, and information they need as we navigate the coronavirus pandemic together,” said Allison Hess, vice president of health at the Geisinger Steele Institute for Health Innovation.

Geisinger’s second “Back to Business” webinar will be held on Thursday, June 4 at 11 a.m. Register here.

The Scranton Chamber, which will host its annual dinner virtually for the first time on Wednesday, June 17, encourages the community to regularly visit #reviveNEPA for timely updates and additional information.

According to the Pennsylvania National Electronic Disease Surveillance System, Lackawanna County currently has 1,556 documented cases of COVID-19, causing 180 deaths. As Governor Tom Wolf’s plan to reopen Pennsylvania states, “After a county transitions to the yellow phase, we will closely monitor for increased risk, such as significant outbreaks. If overall risk remains mitigated for 14 days, we will transition the county to the green phase.”

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