The following is the latest information from Pennsylvania’s state government as of 4:00 p.m. on Monday, July 20.
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 is no longer recommended except as noted in the alert because it can result in prolonged isolation of patients who continue to shed detectable COVID-19 RNA but are no longer infectious.
Department of Health – by the numbers
- In the past three days Pennsylvania’s new case count has continued to be in the low to mid 700s. The new death count remains relatively modest.
- On Monday Allegheny County reported 172 new cases.
- 7545 Pennsylvania health care workers have now contracted COVID-19.
- Due to the increases in COVID-19 cases among younger age groups, the department sent an alert to health care providers about the changes to the case demographics. The following regions have seen significant increases among 19-24 year-olds in each month from April to July (to date):
|Pennsylvania Regions||Percent of cases in 19-24-year olds in April 2020||Percent of cases in 19-24-year olds in July 2020 (to date)|
Resources to Consult
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
Pennsylvania Department of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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