Governor Tom Wolf and Performing Secretary of Well being Alison Beam as we speak launched a weekly standing replace detailing the state’s mitigation efforts primarily based on the COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System dashboard, highlighting a seven-day case enhance of 20,204, a statewide p.c positivity of 8.6% and 59 counties with substantial transmission standing.
The replace contains the next:
The dashboard is designed to offer early warning indicators of things that have an effect on the state’s mitigation efforts. The information out there on the Early Warning Monitoring dashboard contains week-over-week case variations, incidence charges, take a look at percent-positivity, and charges of hospitalizations, ventilations and emergency room visits tied to COVID-19. This week’s replace compares the interval of January 29 – February 4 to the earlier seven days, January 22 – January 28.
“That is the primary week in lots of, many weeks that we’re seeing counties with decrease than 5 p.c positivity charges in addition to all 67 counties reporting decrease than 20 p.c positivity charges – that is excellent news for mitigating the unfold of this virus in our communities throughout the commonwealth,” Gov. Wolf stated. “We will proceed to battle this virus by carrying a masks, avoiding gatherings, washing arms, downloading the COVID Alert PA app, answering the decision when public well being professionals name and lastly, getting vaccinated when it’s your flip.”
As of Thursday, February 4, the state has seen a seven-day case enhance of 20,204 circumstances; the earlier seven-day enhance was 25,985 circumstances, indicating 5,781 fewer new circumstances throughout the state over the previous week in comparison with the earlier week.
The statewide percent-positivity went down to eight.6% from 9.3% final week. We now are seeing three counties who’ve a positivity fee decrease than 5 p.c. There are not any counties reporting over 20 p.c positivity fee.
“We recognize all residents who’ve taken steps to mitigate the unfold in our communities and, whereas this battle just isn’t over, our resilience in masking up, washing up and downloading the app are nonetheless as vital as ever,” Performing Sec. of Well being Beam stated. “We proceed to get vaccines into arms and guarantee these in part 1A who’re taking good care of others and are essentially the most susceptible obtain their vaccine. Whereas we look ahead to extra vaccine, we’d like Pennsylvanians to be affected person and proceed practising these confirmed well being practices and mitigation efforts to unite towards COVID-19.”
As of Friday’s knowledge, 59 counties had been within the substantial degree of neighborhood transmission, the very best degree of transmission.
There are three ranges of transmission: low, average and substantial. For the week ending February 4, there was one county within the low degree of transmission, seven counties within the average degree of transmission, and 59 counties had been within the substantial degree of transmission.
- Low – Cameron County
- Average – Armstrong, Bedford, Cambria, Elk, Indiana, Westmoreland, Wyoming
- Substantial – Adams, Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Butler, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Jefferson, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montour, Montgomery, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Wayne, York
The Division of Well being is offering weekly knowledge on the variety of statewide circumstances of COVID-19 amongst 5 to 18-year-olds.
All through the pandemic, there have been 75,095 complete circumstances of COVID-19 amongst 5 to 18-year-olds. Of that complete, 3,210 occurred between January 22 – January 28. For the week of January 22 – January 28, there have been 4,321 circumstances of COVID-19 amongst 5 to 18-year-olds.
Instances by demographic group is available on the DOH website.
The Division of Well being gives weekly knowledge on the variety of people who responded to case investigators that they frolicked at enterprise institutions (eating places, bars, health club/health facilities, salon/barbershops) and at mass gatherings 14 days previous to the onset of COVID-19 signs.
It is very important be aware that as a result of variety of circumstances, the division is prioritizing case investigations to stop outbreak. Along with the necessity for individuals to reply the decision, the numerous variety of circumstances helps contribute to the low percentages in case investigation knowledge. All of this reinforces the necessity for Pennsylvanians to take steps to stop the unfold of COVID-19.
Of the 37,757 circumstances reported between January 24-30 and excluding Philadelphia County residents and those that answered the digital case investigation, 9.7 p.c (3,676) offered a solution to the query as to whether or not they frolicked at a enterprise institution.
Of those that did present a solution, 1 p.c, or 384, answered sure, they visited a enterprise institution 14 days previous to onset of signs:
- 38 p.c (147) of those that stated sure reported going to a restaurant;
- 34 p.c (131) of those that stated sure reported going to another enterprise institution;
- 12 p.c (47) of those that stated sure reported going to a bar;
- 15 p.c (56) of those that stated sure reported going to a health club/health heart; and
- 8 p.c (30) of those that stated sure reported going to a salon/barbershop.
Of the 37,757 circumstances, 9 p.c (3,426) answered the query as to whether or not they attended a mass gathering or different giant occasion. Of the 9 p.c of circumstances, 7.3 p.c (271) answered sure to whether or not they attended a mass gathering or different giant occasion 14 days previous to onset of signs.
In comparison with knowledge reported on February 1, this week’s knowledge noticed a rise for individuals who reported going to a restaurant (38 p.c vs. 35 p.c final week), going to the bar (12 p.c vs. 10 p.c final week), going to the health club (15 p.c vs. 14 p.c final week) and people going to a salon/barbershop (8 p.c vs. 7 p.c final week). The information noticed a lower for individuals who reported going to another enterprise (34 p.c vs. 37 p.c final week).
The variety of those that attended a mass gathering or different giant occasion remained the identical at 7.3 p.c in comparison with final week.
Along with the normal case investigation, the Division of Well being launched the new Connect & Protect Form as a method to finish a digital case investigation. In the course of the week of January 24-30, there have been 1,422 kinds accomplished and returned. Of the 99 p.c, or 1,400 individuals, who answered whether or not they frolicked at any enterprise institution two days earlier than symptom onset or constructive assortment date if asymptomatic, 12.9 p.c, or 184 people, answered sure:
- 54 p.c (99) of those that stated sure reported going to a restaurant;
- 6 p.c (11) of those that stated sure reported going to another enterprise institution;
- 23 p.c (42) of those that stated sure reported going to a bar;
- 16 p.c (30) of those that stated sure reported going to a health club/health heart; and
- 11 p.c (21) of those that stated sure reported going to a salon/barbershop.
The numbers above spotlight enterprise settings and mass gatherings as doable websites for transmission. It is very important be aware that presently Pennsylvania is experiencing widespread neighborhood transmission. With lower than 10 p.c of these requested about what forms of companies they visited or in the event that they attended a mass gathering responding to the query, the division is once more reminding Pennsylvanians that it’s important that they reply the cellphone when case investigators name and to offer full and full info to those scientific professionals or on the Join & Shield kind the case investigator gives.
In November, the Division of Well being offered an updated travel order requiring anybody over the age of 11 who visits from one other state to offer proof of a unfavourable COVID-19 take a look at or place themselves in a journey quarantine for 14 days upon getting into Pennsylvania. Journey quarantine steerage was modified to 10 days on Dec. 5 primarily based on new CDC steerage.
This order doesn’t apply to individuals who commute to and from one other state for work or medical remedy, those that left the state for lower than 24 hours, or these complying with a courtroom order, together with youngster custody.
It is necessary that individuals perceive that this Order is in place to stop the unfold of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. A regarding variety of circumstances have been linked to journey, and if individuals are going to journey, we’d like them to take steps to guard themselves, their family members and their neighborhood, and that includes having both a unfavourable take a look at, or putting themselves in a quarantine.
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 stop the unfold of COVID-19, no matter in what county they stay. This contains carrying a masks or face masking any time they’re in public. COVID-19 has been proven to unfold simply within the air and contagious carriers might be asymptomatic. Pennsylvanians are inspired to scrub their arms, social distance, keep away from gatherings and obtain COVID Alert PA.