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COVID-19 Update: May 28, 2020

Coronavirus update for Thursday, May 28 as of 2:30 p.m. Pennsylvania Update State Budget Today the Senate passed the interim state general fund budget bill, House Bill 2387, by a vote of 44-6.  The Senate also approved a package of supplemental appropriation bills for the 2020-21 state fiscal year.  The bills will be signed in the House and the governor is expected to add his signature.  The Senate also passed an amended House Bill 2510, a fiscal code bill appropriating a portion of the $3.9 billion in federal CARES Act funding for COVID-19 relief.  The House is expected to concur in the amended fiscal code bill and the governor is also expected to sign.  Another fiscal code bill appropriating state … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: May 27, 2020

Coronavirus update for Wednesday, May 27 as of 2:30 p.m. Pennsylvania Update State Budget The General Assembly is working on a five-month stop-gap budget bill to fund the state’s government through November.  This proposal, HB 2387, uses the enacted state FY 2020 budget as its foundation and makes a 58 percent cut across the board, funding most budget line-items at 42 percent of their enacted FY 2020 level.  The exceptions to this cut are education and the state’s pension obligations, which would be funded in full.  The legislature would need to return to Harrisburg in the fall to fund the remainder of the 2021 fiscal year.  HB 2387 passed in the House on Tuesday evening and is moving through the … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: May 26, 2020

Coronavirus update for Tuesday, May 26 as of 2:30 p.m. Pennsylvania Update The Wolf Administration Last Friday Governor Wolf announced that eight more counties would move to the yellow phase of reopening on May 29; 17 counties that were already in the yellow phase would move to green that same day; and the remaining counties still in the red phase would move to yellow on June 5.  That latter group includes Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. Department of Health Late last Friday the department announced that on the previous day it shipped 8928 doses of remdesivir to 81 Pennsylvania hospitals. This news release is the announcement and it includes a link to a list of the recipient hospitals. … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: May 22, 2020

Coronavirus update for Friday, May 22 as of 3:30 p.m. Pennsylvania Update Budget Update The House and Senate will return next Tuesday to begin the FY 2020-2021 budget process.  Their current plan is to enact a budget that funds the first five months of the fiscal year and then return in the fall after the November elections to fund the remainder of the fiscal year.  SNAP understands that the General Assembly will use the current fiscal year funding amounts as a baseline and fund most line-items at 42 percent of their current levels (a 58 percent cut).  Some areas, such as education, will be funded at or close to 100 percent.  We will provide updates as developments warrant when they reconvene … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: May 21, 2020

Coronavirus update for Thursday, May 21 as of 3:30 p.m. Pennsylvania Update Department of Health The Department of Health has issued revised guidance for home care agencies, home health agencies, and hospices during the COVID-19 emergency. Department of Health – Daily Briefing Pennsylvania’s new COVID-19 case count remains under 1000 a day but its death count remains more than 100 a day. More than 14,000 residents of long-term-care facilities and more than 2300 employees of such facilities have contracted COVID-19 and such facilities account for two-thirds of all COVID-19 deaths in the state. Nearly 5000 health care workers have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Secretary Levine reported that the state now has about 300 testing sites that performed more than 13,000 … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: May 20, 2020

Coronavirus update for Wednesday, May 20 as of 3:00 p.m. Pennsylvania Update Department of Human Services DHS has published a Medical Assistance Bulletin advising providers of the diagnosis coding guidance issued by the CDC for health care encounters related to COVID-19. DHS has updated its FAQ on CHIP program coverage of COVID-19 testing and related services. Department of Health The Department of Health has published an FAQ on its strategy for universal COVID-19 testing in long-term-care facilities. As of 4:15 on Wednesday afternoon the department had not published its usual news release with a summary of new case and death statistics and other matters and did not provide a daily briefing. Federal Update Department of Health and Human Services HHS … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: May 19, 2020

Coronavirus update for Tuesday, May 19 as of 2:30 p.m. Pennsylvania Update Governor Wolf Governor Wolf has vetoed three COVID-19-related bills. Senate Bill 317 would have authorized counties to develop and implement their own mitigation plans and decide when businesses within their county could reopen and would have prohibited state agencies from promulgating regulations until 90 days after the COVID-19 emergency declaration is terminated except with permission from the legislation House Bills 2388 and 2412 would have permitted various industries to reopen in red phase counties. See the governor’s news release announcing the vetoes and also find links to his veto messages for each of the bills. Department of Health The department announced that the CDC has sent three teams … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: May 18, 2020

COVID-19 update for Monday, May 18 as of 2:30 p.m. Pennsylvania Update Department of Health The Department of Health issued revised guidance for health care providers that have not already received guidance on how to reopen elective procedures.  The guidance would not apply to hospitals, ambulatory surgical facilities, dental practices, and any others operating under separate department guidance. The department issued additional clarification late Friday about Secretary Levine’s order for nursing homes to report information about COVID-19 patients to the Department of Health. Because of the serious implications that COVID-19 has had and is having for the residents and staff of nursing homes, and the surrounding communities, and because of the need for the most timely and accurate data the … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: May 15, 2020

COVID-19 update for Friday, May 15 as of 2:30 p.m. Pennsylvania Update Governor Wolf Governor Wolf announced that 12 more counties will move to the yellow phase and begin reopening next Friday, May 22.  This will bring 49 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties into the yellow phase of partial reopening. Department of Health The Department of Health has issued an order requiring nursing homes to report to the department daily beginning on May 16 the same information CMS requires these facilities to report to the CDC under the interim final rule issued on May 8.  Click here for a letter from CMS to states explaining these requirements. Department of Health Daily Briefing Nearly 1000 new cases of COVID-19 brings Pennsylvania’s total … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: May 14, 2020

COVID-19 update for Thursday, May 14as of 2:30 p.m. Pennsylvania Update Governor Wolf The Wolf administration released an updated Carnegie Mellon University Risk-Based Decision Support Tool report for May 12.  The support tool is used when making decisions about which Pennsylvania counties to reopen. Department of Health On its message board for licensed entities (go here and click “message board”), the Department of Health sent the following reminder to skilled nursing facilities: As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds, the Department is aware that some skilled nursing care facilities may struggle with adequate staffing.  Despite this challenge, the facility remains responsible for providing adequate care and maintaining a safe environment for residents.  The Department will continue to uphold its regulatory responsibilities but … Read More

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