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COVID-19 Update for Monday, April 12

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from Pennsylvania state government as of 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 12th. Governor Wolf Effective Tuesday, April 13, all Pennsylvania adults will be eligible to schedule an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine.  This is six days earlier than the administration previously stated.  Learn more from this Wolf administration news release.  The announcement does not affect the city of Philadelphia, which intends to follow to its plan to broaden eligibility next Monday, April 19. Department of Health The Department of Health has updated its infection prevention and control recommendations for health care settings that was last revised in September of 2020.  Changes and additions are noted in red throughout the document. The Department of … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: Wednesday, April 7

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from Pennsylvania’s  state government as of 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7.. Governor Wolf Effective last Sunday, April 4, Governor Wolf and the Department of Health lifted the mandate that businesses operate through telework when possible.  Even so, the revised orders “highly encourage” continued use of telework if possible.  Learn more from the governor’s revised order, the revised Department of Health order, and this FAQ about this change. This week Pennsylvanians in Phase 1B of the state’s vaccination plan became eligible to schedule COVID-19 vaccinations appointments, the Wolf administration announced in a news release.  Phase 1B eligible people include those living in congregate settings not otherwise specified as long-term-care facilities, people receiving home … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: Wednesday, March 31

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from Pennsylvania’s state government as of 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 31. Department of Health The Department of Health announced an initiative to vaccinate targeted industry workers and accelerate the vaccination timetable for people in Phases 1B, 1C, and 2.  All Pennsylvanians will be eligible to schedule vaccination appointments beginning April 19.  The new timetable is as follows: March 31 – workers in four previously targeted industries:  law enforcement, firefighters, grocery store workers, and food and agriculture workers. April 5 – all residents in Phase 1B will be eligible to start scheduling vaccinations. April 12 – all residents in Phase 1C will be eligible to start scheduling vaccinations. April 19 – all residents … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: Friday, March 26

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from Pennsylvania’s state government as of 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 26. Governor Wolf According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Gov. Tom Wolf indicated Thursday the state might move straight to opening eligibility to all adults by May 1, as President Joe Biden directed, and skip over phases 1B and 1C, which include different tiers of essential workers. Asked when the state would move to 1B, the governor said Biden’s plan “sort of throws out the whole 1A, 1B, 1C thing.” Department of Health Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam signed an amended order stating that “certain vaccine providers” must work with local Area Agencies on Aging and Medical Assistance managed care organizations to … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: Wednesday, March 24

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from Pennsylvania’s state government as of 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 24. Department of Health The Department of Health announced that beginning Tuesday, March 23, a week-long free drive-through COVID-19 testing site will open for the general public in Luzerne County.  Go here for information about the location and hours. Department of Health – by the numbers The daily number of new COVID-19 cases has risen over the past ten days.  Today’s total was the highest since February 5 and the figures in the preceding days were also higher than in the recent past. Despite the rising number of new COVID-19 cases the daily death totals are not rising. For the week from … Read More

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COVID Drives Major Increase in PA Medicaid Enrollment

Medicaid enrollment in Pennsylvania has risen nearly 14 percent in the past year as rising unemployment resulting from COVID-19 drives people to turn to the state for health insurance. As a result, Pennsylvania has added nearly 400,000 people to its Medicaid rolls in the past year.  Today, 3.2 million Pennsylvanians are enrolled in the state’s program, although among them are approximately 250,000 who would have been dropped from the program except for a federal requirement that the state not drop people from the program in exchange for a major increase in federal aid for the state’s program. As a result of the increase, the state’s Department of Human Services, which runs its Medicaid program, has asked the legislature for nearly … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: Monday, March 22

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from Pennsylvania’s state government as of 2:30 p.m. on Monday, March 22. Department of Health The Department of Health has amended the state’s universal face coverings order to align with updated federal CDC guidelines.  The amended order went into effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 17, 2021 and will remain in effect until further notice.  The new state order addresses activities that fully vaccinated people can resume now, as low risk to themselves, while being mindful of the potential risk of transmitting the virus to others.  For further information, see the following resources: the Department of Health announcement of the new policy the amended Department of Health order the updated CDC guidelines The … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: Tuesday, March 16

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the state and federal government as of 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16. Pennsylvania Update Governor Wolf Governor Wolf announced that he is easing some of the state’s restrictions on businesses that were imposed to mitigate against the spread of COVID-19.  Effective April 4, limits on participation will partially be eased for restaurants, bars, gyms, entertainment facilities (casinos, theaters, malls, personal service facilities), indoor facilities, and mass gatherings.  Mask and social distancing requirements will still apply.  Learn more from this Wolf administration news release. Governor Wolf and members of the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force announced a bipartisan effort to complete COVID phase 1A vaccinations first, set up mass vaccination clinics with regionally … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: Wednesday, March 10

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from Pennsylvania’s state government as of 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10. Department of Health The Department of Health issued guidance on the detection of multisystem inflammatory disease in adults (MIS-A) and instructions for providers to report suspect cases of MIS-A that meet all of the case definition criteria with onsets on or after January 1, 2021 by faxing a case report form to 717-772-6975 or the local health department or by emailing the form to radhcovidcontact@pa.gov. The Department of Health announced that it is establishing a COVID-19 testing site in Delaware County.  The site, requested by the county, is located in Upland and will be open Tuesday through Saturday until at least … Read More

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COVID-19 Update: Thursday, March 4

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from Pennsylvania’s state government as of 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 4. Governor Wolf Governor Tom Wolf and the COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force announced that Pennsylvania will use the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) single-dose COVID-19 vaccine to vaccinate teachers and school staff members.  Learn more from this news release from the governor’s office and a Department of Education web page on the new vaccination program. Governor Wolf has signed House Bill 326, which permits the Pennsylvania National Guard, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, to develop plans for the establishment and operation of regional sites for community distribution and administration of pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and supplies, and vaccines for COVID-19.  See … Read More

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