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COVID-19 Update: Monday, October 5

The following is the latest COVID-19 information from the state and federal governments as of 2:45 p.m. on Monday, October 5.

Pennsylvania Update

Department of Health

The Department of Health issued a health alert with information on multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) and reporting instructions for suspected cases among patients younger than 21 years of age.

The Department of Health issued a health alert describing the variety of symptoms that may present in COVID-19 patients and recommending that patients who have been exposed should be tested within two to three days of exposure regardless of the presence of symptoms.

Department of Health – by the numbers

  • The number of new COVID-19 cases has been at a higher sustained level in the past week than it has been since the third week of July.
  • The number of new daily deaths has not grown appreciably.
  • For the week ending October 1, the number of new cases rose 20 percent over the previous week.
  • Counties with the highest positivity rates that week were Centre (9.4 percent), Northumberland (9.3 percent), and Snyder (7.8 percent).  Places where community transmission is considered greatest, and is related to specific events, are Centre, Northumberland, Montour and Snyder counties.
  • The number of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 has grown daily since September 23 but is well below the level of previous months.  The number of patients breathing with the help of a ventilator has risen in recent days but it, too, is well below the levels of past months.

Department of State

The Department of State has extended the deadline for practical nurses to renew their licenses for 30 days, until October 31.

Federal Update

Provider Relief Fund

  • HHS has updated its Provider Relief Fund information about the Phase 3 general distribution that was announced last week.  Go here for information on how to apply for Phase 3 funding and here for the terms and conditions for Phase 3 payments.  Today is the first day for providers to apply for Phase 3 funding; the application deadline is November 6.
  • HHS has updated its Provider Relief Fund FAQ with seven changes marked “Modified 10/1/2020.”  The changes, found on pages p. 23, p. 30 (two changes), and p. 31 (four changes), address the eligibility of different types of providers for Phase 3 general distributions.

Department of Health and Human Services

  • HHS Secretary Azar has renewed the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration, which was set to expire on October 23.  With this renewal, the CMS waivers made possible by the declaration will remain in effect until January 21 unless the emergency is renewed again.  View the renewal notice here. In late September HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response held a webinar on optimizing personal protective equipment during the COVID-10 pandemic.  The office prepared this document to support the webinar.  Go here to see the presentation used during the webinar and for links to a transcript and a recording of the webinar.
  • HHS’s Office of the Inspector General has updated its work plan for audits, evaluations, and inspections that are under way or planned in October.  Among the subjects of audits will be HHS’s program for paying for care for uninsured COVID-19 patients and COVID-19 testing data for federal programs.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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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