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COVID-19 Update: June 10, 2020

Coronavirus update for Wednesday, June 10 as of 3:00 p.m. Pennsylvania Update General Assembly This week the General Assembly passed a concurrent resolution that seeks to end the governor’s COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration; on June 4 the governor extended that declaration for an additional 90 days.  During a press conference today, Governor Wolf said he will defend in court his right to veto the resolution.  The measure’s proponents believe the resolution, having passed both chambers, is effective and does not require the governor’s consideration. Department of Health The Department of Health has issued an order requiring hospitals to implement measures to protect their staff and patients.  The policies and procedures must, at a minimum, include distribution of respirators to hospital … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: June 9, 2020

Coronavirus update for Tuesday, June 9 as of 4:30 p.m. Pennsylvania Update The Wolf Administration The Wolf administration announced that the Department of Health, working with Quest Diagnostics, will open five new COVID-19 testing sites in Walmart parking lots in areas of the state with limited access to testing.  See the announcement here. Department of Human Services DHS’s Office of Developmental Programs has posted an announcement providing guidance to community and life-sharing home providers about how to apply the Department of Health’s new COVID-19 testing guidance. Department of Health – by the numbers The new COVID-19 case count remains in the general vicinity of where it has been for the past week but the death count, which had declined significantly … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: June 8, 2020

Coronavirus update for Monday, June 8 as of 2:30 p.m. Pennsylvania Update The Wolf Administration The Wolf administration announced the launch of an enhanced dashboard with data on COVID-19 in the state. Find the announcement here and the dashboard here. The Wolf administration has issued a universal testing order requiring all nursing homes to complete initial baseline testing no later than July 24. It also published updated testing guidance to all long-term-care facilities in the state.  See the announcement here, the nursing home testing order here, and the guidance for long-term-care facilities here.  Also released today as part of this initiative:  requirements for testing of residents and staff in skilled nursing facilities and an FAQ about these requirements. The Wolf … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: June 5, 2020

Coronavirus update for Friday, June 5 as of 2:30 p.m. Pennsylvania Update Department of Health The Department of Health and Department of Human Services have issued issued guidance for nursing homes, personal care homes, and other long-term and congregate care facilities as counties enter the green phase of reopening.  To prevent further COVID-19 outbreaks within these vulnerable populations, continuing restrictions in long-term and congregate care facilities will remain in place at least 28 days after an individual facility’s county enters the green phase.  Go here to see the Wolf administration’s announcement, here to see the guidance for nursing homes, and here to see the guidance for personal care homes, intermediate care facilities, assisted living residences, and other providers licensed by … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: June 4, 2020

Coronavirus update for Thursday, June 4 as of 2:30 p.m. Pennsylvania Update SNAP Advocacy Today SNAP wrote to Pennsylvania senators Robert Casey and Pat Toomey to ask them to pursue legislation with five major COVID-19-related policy initiatives that Pennsylvania safety-net hospitals need: A 14-point increase in the federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP). An additional $100 billion for hospitals. Another delay in implementation of Affordable Care Act-mandated cuts in Medicaid disproportionate share (Medicaid DSH) allotments. Prevention of implementation of the Medicare fiscal accountability regulation (MFAR). Reduced interest rates and a longer payback period for Medicare payments advanced to hospitals through the CARES Act’s Accelerated and Advance Payment Program. See SNAP’s letter here. Governor Wolf Governor Wolf announced that the Office of … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: June 3, 2020

Coronavirus update for Wednesday, June 3 as of 12:00 p.m. Pennsylvania Update Department of Health The Department of Health has announced that nursing homes located in green counties will continue operating under restrictions for 28 days after the beginning of the green phase in those counties. Those facilities should continue to follow the department’s operations guidance updated on May 12. The Department of Health issued an update to its dental health care guidance removing the prohibition on non-urgent and non-emergent dental procedures. Department of Health – by the numbers Yesterday’s new case and death figures were slightly lower than those of the previous day. More than 18,300 long-term-care residents and workers have contracted COVID-19. As have more than 5500 health … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: June 2, 2020

Coronavirus update for Monday, June 2 as of 2:45 p.m. The following is the latest information from the state and federal governments as of 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2. Pennsylvania Update Department of Health The Department of Health has updated its guidance on risk assessment and work restrictions for health care personnel that it originally issued in early March.  This update simplifies the determination of risk exposures warranting work restriction. Department of Health – by the numbers Yesterday’s new case count was higher than the previous day and the death count soared. More than 18,300 long-term-care residents and workers have contracted COVID-19. As have more than 5500 health care workers. 1302 Pennsylvanians are currently hospitalized for COVID-19, with 270 … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: June 1, 2020

Coronavirus update for Monday, June 1 as of 3:00 p.m. Pennsylvania Update Department of Health The Department of Health issued updated guidance on testing in long-term-care facilities, including nursing homes, assisted living, and personal care homes. This guidance supersedes the universal testing guidance released on May 12, which applied only to nursing homes. The department released frequently asked questions about reporting requirements for skilled nursing facilities. Department of Health – by the numbers Yesterday’s new COVID-19 case count was the state’s lowest since March 24 and the death count remains low for the third day in a row. More than 18,000 residents and employees of long-term-care facilities have tested positive for COVID-19 and the number of facilities with infected residents … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: May 29, 2020

Coronavirus update for Friday, May 29 as of 2:30 p.m. Pennsylvania Update Wolf Administration The Wolf administration announced that 16 more counties will move to the green phase next Friday, June 5. This includes Allegheny County. Today, eight counties moved from red to yellow, joining 49 others already in the yellow phase, and 18 went from yellow to green. All counties currently in the red phase are still scheduled to move to the yellow phase next Friday. Department of Health – by the numbers Friday’s new COVID-19 case and death counts are similar to Thursday’s. Three more long-term-care facilities now report cases of COVID-19 among patients or staff. Nearly 5300 health care workers have tested positive for COVID-19. 604 people … Read More

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