Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 death toll passes 6,000
a team this spring’s our statewide total to 75,943 Pennsylvanians who have tested positive for covert 19 in all 67 counties. Tragically, 5953 deaths have now been attributed to Covert 19 in Pennsylvania. Statewide, we are estimating that 71% of individuals with covert 19 have now recovered. We are also estimating that among long term care facility residents, 56% have recovered, and in terms of employees, 78% have recovered. We’re now aware of 20 confirmed cases of the pediatric pediatric condition M I S C. A multi system inflammatory syndrome of Children. 14 cases remain under investigation. The Children impacted range in age from 10 months of age to 18 years of age. With a median age of 9.5 years, we have three key announcements for its day. First, throughout this outbreak, we have worked to ensure that we have accurate in transparent data for Pennsylvanians to look at how covert 19 is impacting our state. Today we are launching a dashboard that provides all of the status in one place. The dashboard includes information at the county in ZIP code level that we had previously shared and has expanded to include hospital preparedness, demographic data related to cases and deaths, testing information and reopening status. We also have created a new page on our website for data specifically about long term care facilities specifically at this time skilled nursing facilities. Included on this page is the cumulative report of facilities by county, the list of cases by facility and graphics that show change in case counts over time in these facilities. Second today, I have initially issued an order to all skilled nursing facilities now requiring them to do universal testing and to complete an initial baseline test of all residents and all staff no later than July 24th. Our goal with implementing this testing and nursing homes is to rapidly detect a symptomatic positive residents and staff in order to manage their care and prevent further transmission of covert 19. If you recall, we issued guidance for facilities on how to conduct universal testing in May, and many facilities have accomplished that. In fact, 75 long term care facilities have completed this widespread testing. As a result, we have increased testing in these facilities 48% in the last two weeks alone, bringing the percent of positive cases in this population to its lowest level since the start of the outbreak. And third. And finally, today we have selected a new vendor for our health care emergency preparedness efforts beginning on July 8th 2020. This vendor is the Public Health Management Corporation of Philadelphia, or often known as pH. EMC. Ph. M. C. Is well positioned to help us move the Commonwealth forward in our preparation efforts for future emergencies, but also, of course, in Cove in 19 and including preparations for a potential resurgence of covert 19 in the fall. This agreement is part of our annual federal preparedness grant. In an integral part of our efforts to contain and mitigate disease spread in Pennsylvania, we look forward to the opportunity to expand our existing hospital preparedness program as well as creating an inclusive environment for all members of our health care system. Now here are my daily reminders. Please wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or the time it takes to sing Happy birthday twice. Please use hand sanitizer If soap and water are not available. Cover and he coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not with your hands. And please don’t touch your face, especially after touching surfaces. Clean surfaces frequently, and if you have to go out, please wear a mask if you’re going to come into contact with others, even in the Green Zone’s. If you have questions about your health, please contact your health care provider. If you need mental health. Resource is because you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis. Please contact the crisis text line by texting P A. 2741741 or by calling the statewide Support and referral Help line at 1855 to 84 2494 again. 1855 to 842494 If you or someone you care about needs help with a substance use disorder, please contact the Department of Drug and Alcohol programs. Get help now hotline at 1 800 66 to help or again 1 806 6 To help for the most reliable information regarded. Pennsylvania’s response to Cove in 19. Please visit our website at health dot p a dot gov and our new dashboard and what is most important for Pennsylvania’s to remember his? Stay calm, stay alert and stay safe. And now I’m pleased to answer questions. Yes, this was one of the pH Embassy contract That means you’ve terminated or one with the Hospital Health System Association. So it was not really a termination. We are. We were up for renewal of that contract, and a decision was not to renew that contract that will be of 30 days to now. So it’ll in order for a time for a transition, which is July 8th. And at that time the contract will be with pH. EMC. Well, this one state effective told, and there will be a There will be no gap in coverage. That’s correct. Yes, surgery. Little leagues, specifically in like home and county are not using dugouts. Do the social distancing guides. Do you have any additional guidance on that for the youth that are going back into baseball softball season here and getting back with the wearing of masks and social distancing? Sure, the governor’s office has been working on that. The governor’s policy office, with many different stakeholders and my understanding is that should be released tomorrow or Wednesday. So this week this week, that guidance will be released. Yes, April from W. I. T. F. In regards to universal testing. Who will conduct this testing? And is it tied to the effort to get health care systems to come in and work with the nursing homes? So we’re looking forward to to that he skipped program that was just authorized by the Legislature and then signed by the governor. The Department of Human Services has lead on that. We don’t know the specific shed is that gets worked through. Of course, we’ll be participating with that in terms of the testing there many different ways. The testing will be accomplished for priority facilities in which there are a lot of cases and they need a lot of help then certainly those tests could be done at our state laboratory in extent, other facilities might be working with health care systems and hospitals in their local areas. Ah, and then others will be working with commercial laboratories such as Quest or LabCorp or others to get the testing done. So there’s not just one way to do that. Testing but we’re gonna make sure that it is. It accomplished by the due date is how is that funded? Are we giving state and federal dollars to health care systems for this purpose? Or? And how about nursing homes have is this one? So in terms of the East get program, there is financing on and and financial resource is authorized by the Legislature and signed by the governor. But though that has not been implemented yet, it’s just being worked on now on. And so again, if facilities need help with testing, we do have testing supplies that we have received from health and human services such as the swabs and viral media will be pleased to push those out if necessary. Onda Again, some of those tests could be done, which is for free at our laboratory. Others will be done in Quester Lab Court hospitals remember, Almost really all of those patients have Medicare. Ah, and so Medicare will cover the testing and finally, from WTF. What ensures that this will happen by July 24th on what will happen to nursing homes that failed to test by then? Well, we will ensure that it happens by July 24th and we’re going to make every effort to make that happen. And I am very confident that every facility, every nursing home facility will be done by that time. Yes. Could you elaborate for us? Victoriana recisions not renew with the hospital system. Well, this was just a non operational decision that we made in terms of our ability Teoh to work with hospitals and health systems to work with the health care coalitions and then to work with other, worked really closely with other health care facilities such as nursing homes and long term care facilities. So this was just an operational decision that we wanted to go forward and work with Ph. EMC thing inappropriate or No, no, no, no. So this was just an operational decision. We wanted to move forward. Yes, April secretary from CBS three. There’s apparently been a cove in 19 transmission to 11 people from Bucks County linked to festivities at the Jersey Shore. What can you tell us about this case? And were these people together, inside or outside, where they wearing masks and what was the interaction? Was the interaction brief for over an extended period of time so I actually don’t have granular information about those cases, as you mentioned there from Bucks County. Bucks County has its own great health department run by Dr Danziger. Andi. I know that he has announced that, but I don’t have any specific, more granular detail. It’s important to remember that in the counties that have county and municipal health departments, they are lead on these type of investigations and you do a great job. And are you investigating other similar clusters of exposure? And what do you think about the Bucks County Jersey Shore case? I’m not. We’re not investigating other any other specific clusters associate that that I know of, but it doesn’t surprise me. And the governor said that he was concerned about people going to the Jersey shore, especially if they weren’t going to practice social distancing with mass and staying six feet apart, etcetera. Wherever people can congregate in close proximity, you can have transfer of covert 19 Yes, secretary, there any number of counties that are already into the green phase, we’re moving into the green face that have already reached out and said that they want to move to the new normal if you will after green ahead of the vaccine. It’s minor thing also, that they’re preparing letters to send to you into governor as well to work on that and work toward that goal. What kind of imported looking for from counties to move into, as you’ve mentioned several times in the new normal and after green, potentially head of the vaccine? Well, eso we’re pleased to review those letters, and we’re pleased always to discuss these issues with county authorities and for those counties that helped to have health departments to discuss it with health departments. I mean, you certainly have to wait at least two weeks or more because the incubation period of the virus is two weeks and then we are working on on. So what adjustments we could make in the future in the green zones if we show that there is no, uh, that there’s certainly no increase in the number of cases and hopefully continued decreases, so we’re pleased to discuss it with them. But we have not come to ground yet on exactly what that new normal will look like. In terms of, for instance, resident um occupancy for for restaurants and things like that. But we’re working on that right now with HMC play a role in that? Oh, not at all. So they agreement with PHC is to is to work in terms of hospital preparedness with hospitals But then other health care facilities such as nursing homes, E. M s, etcetera the distribution of personal protective equipment. Andi, Things like that. It will not influence counties going from red, yellow, green, new, normal, etcetera. Yes, April Secretary, the Citizens Voice has some questions about universal testing. First, can you explain how nursing homes are expected to go about accomplishing this? Will the department me making test kits available to the nursing homes, or will they be responsible for obtaining test kits? Eso We put out guidance in May about how the testing should be done. Um, and for those that need it, we can push out the vials of viral media as well as thesis UAVs that we’ve obtained from health and Human Services for priority facilities. We can arrange for those tests to be done at our laboratory in extent. Others again, we’ll work with hospitals that might be nearby or health systems, and then others will work with LAPD core inquest or maybe even some other other companies that do testing. So it’s going to be eclectic in a number of different ways to do that. If a nursing home doesn’t know how to do it and they’re confused, they call us and it will help them on those lines. Are if nursing homes air having difficulty acquiring test kits? What should they do? Will the Department of of Health assist and has this? Collis will help make sure it happens. Do you believe there’s adequate availability of test kits to nursing homes in Pennsylvania? If not, when do you expect to them to become available? No, we are very confident of our ability to do this testing now. Ah, that is why we started to push it out in May. If you would talk to us in April, we did not have the testing capacity to be able to do this widespread testing in the long term care living facilities. But we certainly do. Now and then one last question from the Citizen’s voice. What if any, plans are in place to assist Pennsylvania nursing homes with future costs associated with treating new patient cases of Kobe 19 and staff replacement. Well, we will certainly work with nursing homes and long term care living facilities in terms of all aspects off caring for. For these for these patients. Um, of course, all of the patients have insurance, predominantly Medicare. Some might have co insurance with Medicare and Medicaid, So the cost of care is born by insurance as it is for in terms of hospital care. But we will work with nursing homes to make sure that they have the the resource is that they need, for instance, personal protective equipment to take care of patients. Thank you, Secretary. I believe that’s all the questions we have for today. All right, well, thank you very much. Good afternoon.
Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 death toll passes 6,000
Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 death toll passed 6,000 as the state Health Department on Tuesday reported 61 additional deaths linked to the disease.Of the state’s 6,014 deaths, over two-thirds have occurred in nursing homes and other facilities that care for older adults.State health officials also said Tuesday that 351 more people have tested positive for the new coronavirus. Since early March, infections have been confirmed in more than 76,400 people in Pennsylvania.The number of infections is thought to be far higher than the confirmed case count because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected without feeling sick.Nearly a half-million people in Pennsylvania have tested negative for the virus.For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up in a couple of weeks. Older adults and people with existing health problems are at higher risk of more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.
Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 death toll passed 6,000 as the state Health Department on Tuesday reported 61 additional deaths linked to the disease.
Of the state’s 6,014 deaths, over two-thirds have occurred in nursing homes and other facilities that care for older adults.
State health officials also said Tuesday that 351 more people have tested positive for the new coronavirus. Since early March, infections have been confirmed in more than 76,400 people in Pennsylvania.
The number of infections is thought to be far higher than the confirmed case count because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected without feeling sick.
Nearly a half-million people in Pennsylvania have tested negative for the virus.
For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up in a couple of weeks. Older adults and people with existing health problems are at higher risk of more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.