Coronavirus News & Updates

5/12/2021

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COVID Cases Across Pennsylvania – Including Washington, Allegheny & Greene Counties
The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced Wednesday that over the past twenty-four-hours, there were 2,179 new cases of the coronavirus reported, bringing the statewide total to 1,179,251.  County-specific information and a statewide map are available here.  Pennsylvania reported 52 new deaths, bringing the statewide death toll to 26,659.  In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 71,294 resident cases of COVID-19, and 15,003 cases among employees, for a total of 86,297 at 1,590 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of total deaths reported, 13,198 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.  Approximately 28,120  of our total cases are among health care workers.  Washington County added 45 new infections for a total of 17,358 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19. The county’s death toll remains at 295.  Allegheny County added 183 new cases for a total of 99,567 confirmed and probable infections.  The county’s death toll rose by four for a total of 1,912.  Greene County added eleven new COVID cases, bringing the countywide total to 3,196 confirmed and probable cases.  The county’s death toll remains at 39.  To date, fifty-two-point-seven-percent of Pennsylvania residents have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine and forty-five-point-six-percent of residents have been fully vaccinated.  Across the United States, COVID-19 cases have now surpassed thirty-two-point-seven-million and more than five-hundred-and-eighty-two-thousand people have died.

*The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have released new guidance regarding the wearing of masks. U.S. health officials say fully vaccinated Americans don’t need to wear masks outdoors anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers, and unvaccinated people can drop face coverings in some cases, too.  The change comes as more than half of U.S. adults have gotten at least one dose of coronavirus vaccine, and more than a third have been fully vaccinated.

**Under the new guidelines issued by the CDC, Pennsylvania residents who are fully vaccinated may now visit with other fully vaccinated people indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing, visit with unvaccinated people from a single household who are at low risk for severe COVID-19 disease indoors without wearing masks or physical distancing and refrain from quarantine and testing following a known exposure, if asymptomatic.

The state’s mask mandate in businesses is still REQUIRED – EVEN IF FULLY VACCINATED.  Consistent mask-wearing and hand-washing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

***Governor Wolf Lifting COVID-19 Mitigation Orders

 

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday, May 4th, that his office would be lifting the COVID-19 mitigation orders, except the masking order, on Memorial Day.  According to a news release, Wolf said the current order requiring state residents to wear a mask will be lifted once 70% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older were fully vaccinated. Right now, masks are required to be worn indoors and outdoors when away from your home. Requirements such as testing and reporting new cases will remain in place for hospitals and long-term care facilities. Maintaining requirements for hospitals and long-term care facilities will allow Pennsylvania to continue to closely monitor COVID-19 spread while lifting other restrictions. The Department of Health recommends that Pennsylvanians refer to CDC guidance and recommendations regarding ongoing COVID-19 safety measures and procedures. These updates will not prevent municipalities and school districts from continuing and implementing stricter mitigation efforts.

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