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Erie Times E-Edition Article – Strike Team preps for COVID safety

Posted by M. C. on August 29, 2020

What do think of when you hear STRIKE TEAM!?

Spec ops forces parachuting in with ghostbuster backpacks ready to decimate any virus that crosses their path?

Not in Erie County. It’s painters tape, dots and pool noodles.

Where else but a government agency would you hear pool noodles instead of sunshine, zinc, vitamins C & D to fight a virus.

Here I thought school age children were the least likely to get COVID. Or is it they get COVID and develop immunity, another word you never hear.

Immunity means no control, no power, no mandatory vaccine/digital tattoo/travel passport, no government jobs for those otherwise unoccupied.

Anti-social distance, mask up, keep the fear alive, stifle herd immunity until that 50% or less effective/side effect laden vaccine is swirling through your system.

Next time you hear about a SEAL team performing a mission think, I’ll bet they’re carrying pool noodles.

The Erie County Strike Team has visited 11 schools this summer

Dan Loewenheim looked down at the floor of an Iroquois Elementary School first-grade classroom Friday morning, then made a suggestion to the administrators and teachers gathered around him.

Visiting 10 other Erie County schools in recent weeks has given Loewenheim some perspective on what districts can do to prepare their buildings for class during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“You can put down some painter’s tape on the floor at the corners of each desk, so you don’t have to remeasure them 6 feet apart each day after the rooms are cleaned,” said Loewenheim, who is an Erie County emergency management specialist. He has toured schools as a member of the new Erie County Department of Health Strike Team.

The team, which consists of employees from the health department and the Erie County Department of Public Safety, was created specifically to help schools reduce the risk of COVID-19 outbreaks.

“This is a unique combination of departments brought together to help schools prepare,” said Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper, who attended the strike team’s visit to Iroquois Elementary on Friday morning.


Erie County and Iroquois School District officials show off a classroom Friday at Iroquois Elementary School in Lawrence Park Township that has been prepared for safe COVID-19 protocols. From left are: Karen Barringer, the district’s assistant pandemic coordinator; Dan Loewenheim, emergency management specialist with the Erie County Department of Public Safety; Veronica Will, assistant principal of IES; and Jennifer Foutz, principal of IES. [CHRISTOPHER MILLETTE/ERIE TIMES-NEWS]

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