Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Well being Dr. Rachel Levine at this time launched a weekly standing replace detailing the state’s mitigation efforts based mostly on the COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard evaluating the seven-day interval of August 7 – August 13 to the earlier seven days, July 31 – August 6, together with knowledge on instances that reported visiting a enterprise amongst potential exposures, and age-specific knowledge for 19-24-year-olds.
The dashboard is designed to supply early warning indicators of things that have an effect on the state’s mitigation efforts. The information obtainable on the dashboard contains week-over-week case variations, incidence charges, check percent-positivity, and charges of hospitalizations, ventilations and emergency room visits tied to COVID-19.
“Our % positivity decreased for the third week in a row, which is a testomony to the testing occurring, and that testing is broadly obtainable all through the state,” Gov. Wolf stated. “Nevertheless, with elevated testing comes elevated case counts. The virus continues to be circulating, and we should proceed to put on masks, observe social distancing and keep away from giant gatherings to maintain our numbers low, cease the unfold and permit extra freedom.”
As of Thursday, August 13, the state has seen a seven-day case enhance of 5,530, the earlier seven-day enhance was 5,030, indicating a 500-case enhance throughout the state over the previous week.
The statewide percent-positivity went right down to 4.0% from 4.1% final week. Counties with regarding percent-positivity embody Fayette (10.4%), Armstrong (8.9%), Cameron (8.7%), Huntingdon (7.1%), Dauphin (6.5%), Northumberland (6.4%), Mercer (6.3%), Erie (5.9%), Crawford (5.8%), Forest (5.8%), York (5.6%), Indiana (5.5%), Franklin (5.4%), Lawrence (5.3%), and Berks (5.0%). Every of those counties bears watching because the state continues to watch all obtainable knowledge.
The Division of Well being is now offering knowledge on the variety of people who responded to case investigators that they hung out at enterprise institutions (eating places, bars, health club/health heart, salon/barbershop) and at mass gatherings 14 days previous to the onset of signs.
Of the 24,468 constructive instances reported between July 13 and August 11, lower than half of the people offered a solution to the query as to whether or not they hung out at a enterprise institution. Of those that did present a solution, 6 %, or 1,499 answered sure, they visited a enterprise institution 14 days previous to onset of signs:
- 47 % of those that stated sure reported going to a restaurant;
- 24 % of those that stated sure reported going to a bar;
- 19 % of those that stated sure reported going to another enterprise institution;
- 10 % of those that stated sure reported going to a health club/health heart; and
- 9 % of those that stated sure reported going to a salon/barbershop.
Of the 24,468 instances, 52 % answered the query as to whether or not they attended a mass gathering or different giant occasion. Of the 52 %, almost 12 % (1,648) answered sure to whether or not they attended a mass gathering or different giant occasion 14 days previous to onset of signs.
Case investigator notes included frequent mentions of visits to bars and eating places amongst constructive case. To higher perceive this rising development, on July 13, contact tracers started asking extra particular questions on kinds of companies visited and if people attended a mass gathering, outlined as greater than 250 individuals in attendance outdoor or greater than 25 indoors.
The numbers above spotlight enterprise settings and mass gatherings as potential websites for transmission. With roughly half of these requested about what kinds of companies they visited or in the event that they attended a mass gathering responding to the query, the division is reminding Pennsylvanians that it’s important that folks reply the cellphone when case investigators name and to supply full and full data to those medical professionals.
Additionally at this time, the Division of Well being up to date its journey suggestions, initially introduced on July 2, to take away Nebraska, North Carolina, Utah and Wisconsin from the checklist of states beneficial for home vacationers coming back from to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania.
It will be significant that folks perceive that this advice is in place to forestall the unfold of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. A regarding variety of current instances have been linked to journey, and if persons are going to journey, we want them to take steps to guard themselves, their family members and their neighborhood, and that entails quarantining.
As well as, the division has seemed on the % change in instances amongst 19-24-year-olds from April by way of July 14, in comparison with April by way of August 14 after the newest mitigation efforts have been put in place:
- The % of instances amongst 19-24-year-olds within the SW are down by 12 % (24 % as of July 14 to 12 % as of August 14);
- The % of instances amongst 19-24-year-olds within the NC are down 5 % (14 % as of July 14 to eight % as of August 14);
- The % of instances amongst 19-24-year-olds within the NW are down three % (12 % as of July 14 to 9 % as of August 14);
- The % of instances amongst 19-24-year-olds within the SC are down one % (13 % as of July 14 to 12 % as of August 14);
- The % of instances amongst 19-24-year-olds within the SE remained the identical (17 % as of July 14 to 17 % as of August 14); and
- The % of instances amongst 19-24-year-olds within the NE remained the identical (17 % as of July 14 to 17 % of as August 14).
Declines on this age group, the place we noticed vital case will increase previous to July 15 mitigation efforts, point out the actions are working, however should proceed to see additional declines throughout the state.
Gov. Wolf continues to prioritize the well being and security of all Pennsylvanians by way of the COVID-19 pandemic. Pennsylvanians ought to proceed to take actions to forestall the unfold of COVID-19, no matter in what county they reside.. This contains carrying a masks or face masking anytime they’re in public. COVID-19 has been proven to unfold simply within the air and contagious carriers could be asymptomatic.
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