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> From CNN Health: Tracking Covid 19
Event Cancellations due to COVID 19:
** The City of Washington Annual Christmas Parade
** Santa’s Arrival Celebration & Parade @ Washington Crown Center
** Canonsburg’s Old Fashioned Christmas
** Downtown Pittsburgh’s Light-Up Night
** The Pennsylvania Farm Show, January in Harrisburg
(WJPA News) – Governor Announces New Mitigation Efforts
Gov. Tom Wolf and Pa. Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine held a press conference Monday to announce new measures as coronavirus cases continue to surge across the state. Levine issued several advisories, including a statewide stay-at-home advisory and the suspension of alcohol sales at all bars and restaurants between 5 p.m. Nov. 25th and 8 a.m. Nov. 26th. Pa.’s positivity rate has climbed to 11.1% with its seven-day case increase of over 36,000 new cases and 63 of the state’s counties with substantial transmission status, health officials said. Wolf and Levine said during the press conference that the state strongly recommends residents stay home when possible. The stay-at-home advisory was expanded from individual counties to the entire state. Below is a brief list of some of the other statewide restrictions:
- Indoor dining capacity remains capped at 50%
- Employees must telework when possible starting Nov. 27
- Retail businesses can remain open at 75% capacity
- Indoor events with more than 500 people prohibited
- Outdoor events with more than 2,500 people prohibited
- Stay-at-home advisory statewide
(WJPA News) – Washington County Adds 63rd COVID-19 Related Death
The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced Monday that they have added 11,837 new cases of the coronavirus over the past 48 hours, bringing the statewide total to 314,401. County-specific information and a statewide map are available here. There are 9,870 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, reflecting an increase of 69 new deaths over that same period. In nursing and personal care homes, there are 32,198 resident cases of COVID-19, and 6,407 cases among employees, for a total of 38,605 at 1,224 distinct facilities in 64 counties. Out of our total deaths, 6,270 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 14,070 of our total cases are among health care workers. Washington County added 173 new infections for a total of 3,886 cases of COVID-19. There was one new death reported, bringing the county’s death toll to 63. Allegheny County added 962 new cases for a total of 24,083, and since there were no new deaths, the county’s death toll stands at 482. Greene County added 34 new cases for a total of 614. Deaths remain at two. Across the United States, COVID-19 cases have now surpassed twelve-point-two-million and more than two-hundred-and fifty-six-thousand people have died.
Mask wearing is MANDATORY in all businesses until further notice and residents are REQUIRED to wear a facial covering in public places. Employees of those businesses are REQUIRED to wear a mask as well.
(WJPA News) – “Stay At Home” Advisory Issued For Allegheny County
A stay-at-home and stop social gatherings advisory has been issued for Allegheny County as COVID-19 cases continue to rise. Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen is asking people to stay home unless they are going to work, school or need essentials, like groceries or medical care. She is also asking residents to not have guests in their home, unless they are essential workers like childcare or home healthcare workers, and to cancel any Thanksgiving plans they have with people outside of their household. “For the past few weeks, I’ve asked people to follow the rules, curtail gatherings and parties, stay home except for essentials, and wear masks. I’m done asking and today, I’m telling you that these are things we must all do to bring down the level of spread and keep our community safe,” Bogen said. Bogen said if cases increase, she can issue an order.
(From CDC) – Considerations for who should get tested
Protect yourself and others. Wear a mask, wash hands often, stay 6 ft from others.
- People who have symptoms of COVID-19
- People who have had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more) with someone with confirmed COVID-19.
- People who have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider, local external icon or state health department.
Not everyone needs to be tested. If you do get tested, you should self-quarantine/isolate at home pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional.