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The state has issued a universal testing order Monday that will require nursing home facilities to finish baseline testing no later than July 24.
In addition, updated testing guidance has been issued for all long-term care facilities through the Health Alert Network.
“Our goal … is to rapidly detect asymptomatic positive residents, manage their care and prevent further transmission of COVID-19 in these living settings,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said in a news release. “
The Pennsylvania Department of Health says the updated testing guidance for long-term care facilities brings a renewed focus to:
- Keeping COVID-19 out of the facility by testing all staff and residents;
- Detecting cases quickly with facility-wide testing when a new case in a resident or health care professional is found; and
- Stopping the spread by continuing weekly testing of all residents and staff through at least 14 days since the most recent positive result.
Pennsylvania tacked on 351 additional coronavirus cases on Monday, raising the statewide total of positive cases to 75,943. To-date, 451,387 people have tested negative for the virus, and 5,953 people have died after contracting it.
And, the number of confirmed cases in the United States is nearing 2 million.
12 COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania traced to New Jersey shore
Health officials in eastern Pennsylvania have traced 12 new coronavirus cases to a person who attended recent beach house gatherings at the New Jersey shore, the Bucks County Department of Health said.
The department said 11 cases on Saturday were linked to a New Jersey resident who was present at multiple gatherings during the past two weeks. One case reported on Friday also was traced to that person.
“There are likely to be additional infections among family members of the new cases,” said Dr. David Damsker, director of the county health department.
He did not provided additional details or disclose the town where the gatherings took place.
“This is exactly why we can’t let our guard down now, even if it feels `safe’ to be at the beach,” Damsker said. “One unlucky exposure can lead to a large cascade of cases down the line.”
Damsker said it’s important to wear face coverings when attending small gatherings involving people who are not members of the same household.
Nearly 5,000 Bucks County residents have tested positive for the coronavirus.
County breakdown of cases, testing
Here’s a breakdown of the positive and negative tests of the coronavirus in southcentral Pennsylvania as well as the deaths reported in those counties as of June 8:
- Positive: 273
- Negative: 3,644
- Deaths: 8
- Positive: 669
- Negative: 6,879
- Deaths: 57
- Positive: 1,434
- Negative: 11,098
- Deaths: 91
- Positive: 795
- Negative: 5,690
- Deaths: 39
- Positive: 3,461
- Negative: 18,680
- Deaths: 318
- Positive: 1,062
- Negative: 5,381
- Deaths: 37
- Positive: 1,082
- Negative: 15,598
- Deaths: 29
How many cases of coronavirus does Pa. have?
Here’s a look at the numbers in Pennsylvania:
- Cases: 75,943
- New cases: 351 new cases as of June 8
- Deaths: 5,953
- Patients who tested negative: 451,387
Pa. cases by county
To see the full list of the county-by-county breakdown, visit health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus.
Coronavirus symptoms, testing
According to the CDC, reported illnesses from COVID-19 have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death.
Fever, cough and shortness of breath might appear 2 to 14 days after you’ve been exposed to the virus.
If you think you’ve been exposed to the coronavirus and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your primary healthcare provider immediately for guidance, including whether you should be tested.
Testing overall is still about 10 to 14 days behind, meaning the data today shows the rate of infection two weeks ago.
The CDC is now shifting its testing efforts to include new antibody tests that will help determine who was infected and asymptomatic, and may now be immune to the virus.
Preventing the spread
There is currently neither a vaccine nor an approved treatment for the new, or novel, coronavirus. While many people might only get mild symptoms, older adults and those who already have medical issues can end up with more serious complications. There’s concern that a fast spread of the virus could overwhelm the health system to provide care, including the need for respirators in serious cases.
With further spread of the virus and disruptions to everyday life expected, officials remind residents to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
You should also cover coughs and sneezes with your elbow (not your hands), clean surfaces that are frequently touched (such as countertops, light switches and phones), and stay home if you are sick.
People are also asked not to attend large gatherings and to practice “social distancing.” It’s best to keep 6 feet apart from other people you don’t live with.
The Associated Press and USA Today contributed to this article.
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