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Author: Kierra Cotton
Published: 1:42 PM MDT April 28, 2020
Updated: 8:31 AM MDT April 29, 2020
Reposted: April 30, 2020

As the world continues to adjust to the rules of social distancing, the Center of Disease Control and Prevention has added a another layer of precaution.

The CDC is now recommending that pet owners also exercise social distancing guidelines when it comes to their pet's interactions-- in addition to their own with other humans amid the global pandemic.

While officials believe the primary transmission of COVID-19 is person-to-person, the transmission from animals to humans, or vice versa, cannot be eradicated as more testing is needed.

While several animals have tested positive for the disease, the organization reaffirms there is "no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading the virus that causes COVID-19."

The CDC recommends treating pets as you would other family members, "do not let pets interact with people or animals outside the household. If a person inside the household becomes sick, isolate that person from everyone else, including pets," their website reads.

A tiger at a zoo in the Bronx was the first animal to test positive for COVID-19 in the United States.
For answers to frequently asked question regarding the coronavirus and the pets, click here.

Coronavirus Philadelphia: ‘Deeply Disappointing’ To See Residents Ignoring Social Distancing Guidelines, Officials Say

By CBS3 Staff

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — City officials are not happy with video showing residents ignoring social distancing guidelines. The stay-at-home order didn’t seem to matter on Saturday as people flocked outside to enjoy the weather.

Video shows people packed into Rittenhouse Square, some were wearing masks but many were not. It also shows many were not at least six feet apart.

More than 12,000 people have now tested positive for the COVID-19 in Philadelphia. On Saturday, 452 new cases were reported.

Under Gov. Tom Wolf’s reopening guidelines, Philadelphia would have to report 50 cases per 100,000 people for 14 straight days. Based on the past two weeks of data, that rate is currently 398 per 100,000.

Keeping that in mind, CBS3 asked the city for its response to seeing so many out and about Saturday.

“It’s deeply disappointing to see Philadelphians out socially and recreationally and not adhering to the city and state’s social distancing guidelines,” a city spokesperson said in a statement. “We understand it will get increasingly difficult as the weather improves, but we’re at a critical period of this crisis.

“The better we follow the public health guidance, the sooner we will get out lives back to normal. The opposite is also very true. Ignoring the guidance will only prolong our current circumstances.”

Pennsylvania officials say the state now has more than 40,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases. In addition to seeing a drop in cases before reopening, testing has to ramp up too.
Coronavirus Latest: NJ Man Arrested After Saying He Was ‘Gonna Run You All Over With My SUV If I See Anyone Getting Tested’ For COVID-19, Police Say

BARRINGTON, N.J. (CBS) — Barrington police say a 30-year-old man has been arrested after posting on Facebook that he was “gonna run you all over with my SUV if I see anyone getting tested” for coronavirus at a new testing site. Jacob Carr, of Barrington, was arrested on Sunday and has been charged with second-degree terroristic threats during an emergency and other related offenses.

Police say after learning a COVID-19 testing site was opening at the Rite Aid on Clements Bridge Road in Barrington, Carr posted the threat on the Barrington Parent’s Page on Facebook.

One of the comments read, “I’m gonna run you all over with my SUV if I see anyone getting tested,” according to Barrington Borough Police.

Residents and members of the page alerted police to the post.

Police say Carr used a Facebook account using a fake name to post the messages. However, police were able to trace the account to Carr.
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