INDIANA COUNTY, PA.—November 23, 2020 – A group of local community leaders has formed REACH (Resources, Education, Announcements, Communication, Help) – a collective voice and official source for news and information around emerging concerns and opportunities for the citizens of Indiana County. The concept for REACH evolved from the COVID-19 Recovery Task Force spearheaded by the Indiana County Board of Commissioners. The first county-wide concern REACH will address is the impact of COVID-19 on Indiana County residents.
REACH created the website www.IndianaCountyPaREACH.org for residents to access critical and up-to-date information about COVID-19. The site provides a single source for information, including the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests, local statistics, risk factors, prevention measures, and testing site locations.
“With COVID-19 cases on the rise across Indiana County and the holidays quickly approaching, we know it is critical that our residents have the most current information so that they can keep themselves and their loved ones safe,” said Indiana County Commissioner Gorman, speaking on behalf of the Indiana County Board of Commissioners.
“We want the REACH website to help to increase our residents’ understanding of the risks and preventions of the virus and that REACH will continue to be a trusted source for accurate and timely information that meets the needs of the 85,000 Indiana County residents we serve.”
REACH brings together a diverse representation of the many neighborhoods, boroughs and townships of Indiana County and has partners from organizations including: ARIN Intermediate Unit, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana Regional Medical Center, Indiana County Boroughs and townships, Chamber of Commerce, Emergency Management Agency, Department of Human Services, Office of Planning and Economic Development, and Tourist Bureau, Westmoreland Community College, White Township, YMCA of Indiana County, and federal, state and county officials.
In addition to COVID-19, REACH will address emerging issues and opportunities and is dedicated to maintaining physical, emotional and economic health for Indiana County residents, businesses and organizations.