July 10, 2020
Dashboard Data Confirms Need for Masking, Social Distancing
Governor Tom Wolf released a weekly status update detailing the state’s mitigation efforts based on the COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard comparing the seven-day period of July 3 – July 9 to the previous seven days, June 26 – July 2.
The dashboard is designed to provide early warning signs of factors that affect the state’s mitigation efforts. The data available on the dashboard includes week-over-week case differences, incidence rates, test percent-positive rates, and rates of hospitalizations, ventilations and emergency room visits tied to COVID-19.
“By looking at both statewide status and individual county status, we can take steps to stop increases before they become critical,” Gov. Wolf said. “One thing we know for certain is that we must continue to wear masks and practice social distancing. Risky behavior such as going out without a mask and congregating at a bar or in a crowded setting where social distancing isn’t being practiced are leading to spikes in cases and higher percent-positive rates.”
As of Thursday, July 9, the state has seen a seven-day case increase of 4,914; the previous seven-day increase was 4,359.
While the statewide percent-positivity rate is at 4.4%, counties with concerning percent-positivity rates include Allegheny (7.9%), Beaver (6.3%), Butler (5.5%), Clarion (14.6%), Fayette (5.2%), Greene (5.4%), Lawrence (5.8%), Lebanon (5.6%), Philadelphia (5.1%), Washington (7.2%), Westmoreland (5.4%) and York (6.3%). Each of these counties bears watching as the state continues to monitor all available data.
Today, the Department of Health updated its travel recommendations and frequently asked questions, originally announced on July 2, to include Delaware, Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma on the list of states recommended for domestic travelers returning from to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania.
Gov. Wolf continues to prioritize the health and safety of Pennsylvanians through the COVID-19 pandemic. Pennsylvanians should continue to take actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, regardless of the status of their county. This includes wearing a mask or face covering anytime they are in public. COVID-19 has been shown to spread easily in the air and contagious carriers can be asymptomatic. Source
July 10, 2020
Pa. coronavirus recovery: Wolf makes an economic plea for masks in businesses
Updated 4:15 p.m.
On Friday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 93,876 coronavirus cases since the coronavirus pandemic began, and 6,880 deaths.
Philadelphia’s Department of Public Health has reported 27, 341, cases and 1,629 deaths as of Friday.
Wolf makes an economic plea for masks in businesses
Gov. Tom Wolf is once again imploring Pennsylvanians to wear face masks, this time as a means of keeping local businesses healthy.
“Pennsylvania businesses have made significant sacrifices over the past few months and now they are relying on us as consumers to help keep their doors open,” Wolf said in a statement released Friday. “Wearing a mask protects everyone from the virus and shows our respect and support for businesses and their employees.”
An order signed by the state’s health commissioner on July 1 made it mandatory for residents to wear masks outside of the home.
Wolf and his deputies are asking any business offering in-person services to follow those rules, and steering them to a comprehensive set of recommendations for how different industries can help mitigate virus risks. The state has laid out operating protocols for businesses ranging from banks to barbershops, spelling out what is permitted and best-practices for reducing transmission.
“Workers and customers must wear a mask when working, shopping, and dining, and employers should provide workers with masks who need them,” the release states.
State officials stress that in order for small and local businesses to safely operate, customers have to feel safe and healthy patronizing them. Source