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COVID-19 Update: Monday, June 29

The following is the latest information from Pennsylvania’s state government as of 3:30 p.m. on Monday, June 29.

Pennsylvania Update

Governor Wolf

Pennsylvania State MapGovernor Wolf issued a statement expressing support for mitigation efforts launched by Allegheny County in the wake of a recent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in that county.

The governor announced that Lebanon County will move to the green reopening phase on July 3 – the last Pennsylvania county to do so.

Department of Human Services

DHS has updated its interim reopening guidance for personal care homes, assisted living residences, and private intermediate-care facilities during the COVID-19 crisis.  See a Wolf administration news release announcing the updated policies.

Department of Health

Secretary Levine has issued an order that every long-term-care facility in the state must test residents and staff for COVID-19 at least once by August 31.  The order requires that such testing be performed by laboratories approved by the Department of Health and that facilities report all of their results in a timely manner through a system to be designated by the Department of Human Services.  For further information see the order, an FAQ about the order, a list of CLIA-approved labs that are authorized to perform such testing, and the Department of Health’s testing guidelines.

Department of Health – by the numbers

  • The number of new COVID-19 cases remains higher than it was in the middle of the month but declined slightly in the past two days.  The number of newly reported deaths has decreases significantly in recent days.
  • The number of health care workers who have tested positive for COVID-19 now exceeds 6500.
  • Nearly 21,000 residents and employees of 689 long-term-care facilities in 52 of the state’s 67 counties have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • To date, 69 percent of all COVID-19-related deaths in Pennsylvania have been among residents of long-term-care facilities.
  • 634 Pennsylvanians are currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

Resources to Consult

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services

Main COVID-19 Page

COVID-19 Provider Resources

Press Releases

Pennsylvania Department of Health

Main COVID-19 Page

PA Health Alert Network

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Main COVID-19 Page

FAQ

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