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COVID-19 Update: Thursday, July 30

The following is the latest information from the state and federal governments as of 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 30. Pennsylvania Update The Wolf Administration The Wolf administration issued a news release reminding Pennsylvanians about the importance of wearing masks, the circumstances under which masks must be worn, exceptions to those requirements, and the roles various state and local agencies play in enforcing mask guidelines and requirements.  It invites Pennsylvanians to report violations of these standards and presents the statutory foundation for the state’s actions. Department of Community and Economic Development Friday, July 31 is the deadline for businesses, including health care organizations, to apply for grants to support hazard pay for workers in life-sustaining occupations during the COVID-19 pandemic. … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: Wednesday, July 29

The following is the latest information from the Pennsylvania state government as of 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29. The Wolf Administration The Wolf Administration announced the availability of 24/7 call centers to provide clinical and operational support to long-term-care facilities as they seek to protect residents and staff from COVID-19.  The call centers are run and staffed by health systems participating in the Regional Response Health Collaboration Program (RRHCP), an education and clinical support network launched for long-term-care providers earlier this month.  The announcement, found here, includes contact information for long-term-care facilities seeking assistance. Department of Health The department announced that all 693 nursing homes in the state have completed testing all residents and staff for COVID-19 at least … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: Monday, July 27

The following is the latest information from the Pennsylvania state government as of 3:30 p.m. on Monday, July 27. Department of Health The Department of Health updated the Frequently Asked Questions for COVID-19 and Treatment Drugs issued on May 11, 2020.  Changes are shown in red. The department shared contact information for the Regional Response Health Collaboration Program call centers.  Long-term-care facilities may reach out for direct support and assistance 24/7 from the program that covers the county in which the facility is located. Department of State The Department of State has extended the registration deadlines for charitable organizations whose deadlines fall between July 15 and September 20 by three months, with new renewals required to be postmarked by the … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: Friday, July 24

The following is the latest information from Pennsylvania’s state government as of 2:45 p.m. on Friday, July 24. Department of Health With much Department of Health staff working remotely with limited access to mail, the department has requested that all communications to its Division of Acute and Ambulatory Care be made electronically to RA-DAAC@pa.gov with no additional copies sent via regular mail. Department of Health – by the numbers The number of new COVID-19 cases reported today is the highest in more than two months. Philadelphia and Allegheny County together account for 35 percent of those new cases but the number of non-Philadelphia, non-Allegheny County cases remains very high. The number of new deaths reported remains in line with recent figures. As … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: Wednesday, July 22

The following is the latest information from Pennsylvania’s state government as of 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22. Department of Health The Department of Health issued a news release describing its recent efforts to develop the state’s capacity to perform contact tracing for individuals diagnosed with COVID-19. In the face of COVID-19-related challenges to making routine visits to doctors’ offices, the department has suspended for two months its regulation that children have certain vaccinations before they can attend public school or participate in early childhood education programs. See the department’s notice here. The department has issued updated guidance on the discontinuation of isolation for persons with COVID-19 not in health care settings. Department of Health – by the numbers The … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: Monday, July 20

The following is the latest information from Pennsylvania’s state government as of 4:00 p.m. on Monday, July 20. Governor Wolf Last week Governor Wolf announced new mitigation efforts to attempt to stem the rising numbers of new COVID-19 cases in the state.  A new FAQ document on these targeted mitigation efforts is now available online. Department of Health The department updated its previous health alert on return-to-work criteria for health care personnel. Changes reflect new CDC guidance, including a move away from a test-based strategy to determine when to allow personnel to return to work. Another updated health alert provides guidance for transmission-based precautions in health care facilities, to reflect the move away from a test-based strategy. A test-based strategy … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: Friday, July 17

The following is the latest information from Pennsylvania’s state government as of 4:00 p.m. on Friday, July 17. Department of Health The Department of Health has introduced a Hand Hygiene Toolkit that consists of a  memo,  poster,  and  audit  tool,  tracking,  and  guidance  documents. Department of Health – by the numbers Today’s new COVID-19 case count is the highest since the virus’s resurgence in Pennsylvania late last month. Nearly 40 percent of yesterday’s new cases came from Philadelphia and Allegheny counties. The growing number of new cases is not resulting in significant increases in the number of Pennsylvanians hospitalized for COVID-19 or breathing with the help of a machine although both of those numbers are very slowly rising. Pennsylvania now … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: Wednesday, July 15

The following is the latest information from the state and federal government as of 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15. Pennsylvania Update SNAP Advocacy SNAP has endorsed a federal House bill, HR 7606, that would delay implementation of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Medicaid fiscal accountability regulation (MFAR) until the Government Accountability Office has an opportunity to assess its impact on individual states and identify the Medicaid transparency issues that need to be addressed.  SNAP called on CMS to withdraw this proposed rule in a January letter.  The MFAR Transparency Act, sponsored by representatives Roger Williams (R-TX) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), also would prevent implementation of MFAR without specific authorization from Congress.  See SNAP’s letter to the … Read More

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Coronavirus Update for Monday, July 13

The following is the latest information from the state and federal government as of 2:45 p.m. on Monday, July 13. Pennsylvania Update Governor Wolf Governor Wolf has signed an executive order authorizing state agencies to conduct administrative proceedings remotely.  Several state agencies conduct administrative proceedings, including meetings and disciplinary hearings of the 29 occupational licensing boards and commissions under the Department of State.  The order took effect immediately. Department of Health The Department of Health has revised its guidance for hospitals responding to COVID-19. Department of Health – by the numbers After a week of continued large numbers of new COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania, the new case count announced today was less than half of each of the three previous … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: Friday, July 10

The following is the latest information from Pennsylvania’s state government and the federal government as of 3:00 p.m. on Friday, July 10. Governor Wolf Governor Wolf has signed an executive order that protects homeowners and renters from evictions or foreclosure until August 31 if they have not received assistance from a new program administered by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency or are not already receiving relief through one of several federal foreclosure moratorium programs or judicial orders.  While the first order of this kind in early May extended protections to businesses, it is unclear whether the provisions protecting businesses will be permitted to expire or whether they were also extended under this new order.  See a news release explaining the … Read More

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