Pennsylvania Health Secretary Holds Coronavirus Briefing On Monday, April 27

GOOD AFTERNOON AS OF THIS MORNING WE HAVE 885 NEW CASES OF COVID-19 THIS BRINGS OUR TOTAL TO 42,050 PENNSYLVANIANS WHO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 IN ALL 67 COUNTIES APPROXIMATELY 2,394 OF OUR TOTAL CASES ARE IN HEALTHCARE WORKERS APPROXIMATELY 7,037 OF OUR TOTAL CASES ARE ASSOCIATED WITH 441 DISTINCT LONG TERM CARE LIVING FACILITIES INCLUDING NURSING HOMES, PERSONAL CARE HOMES, AND ALL CONGREGATE SETTINGS WE’VE HAD 5,197 DEATHS OF COVID-19 AND ALL OF THEM HAVE BEEN IN ADULT PATIENTS AS OF NOON TODAY, HOSPITALS ARE REPORTING APPROXIMATELY 2,799 PATIENTS ARE CURRENTLY HOSPITALIZED DUE TO COVID-19ED 615 OF THOSE HOSPITALIZED REQUIRE THE USE OF A VENTILATOR OR A BREATHING MACHINE ACROSS OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM, APPROXIMATELY 47% OF HOSPITAL BEDS, 40% OF OUR INTENSIVE CARE UNIT BEDS, AND NEARLY 70% OF OUR VENTILATORS ARE STILL AVAILABLE TODAY, WE RELEASED GUIDANCE TO PROVIDE A PROCESS FOR HOSPITALS IN SURGICAL FACILITIES TO RESUME ELECTIVE SURGERIES, PROCEDURES, AND ADMISSIONS THIS GUIDANCE IS IN LINE WITH THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE AMERICAN HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION, THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF SURGEONS, THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OFSOOLOGISTS, AND THE ASSOCIATION OF PERRY OPERATIVE — PERIOPRATIVE RNS IT IS IN LINE WITH THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED STATES WE KNOW THAT MANY PENNSYLVANIANS HAVE HAD TO DELAY IMPORTANT ELECTIVE PROCEDURES AND OPERATIONS BUT IT WAS NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM HAD ENOUGH CAPACITY IN CASE PIT BECAME OVERWHELMED WITH PATIENTS WITH COVID-19 USING THIS GUIDANCE, THESE PROCEDURES IN ADMISSIONS COULD MOVE FORWARD AS LONG AS DOING SO WON’T JEOPARDIZE THE SAFETY OF PATIENTS AND STAFF OR HAMPER A HOSPITAL OR SURGICAL CENTER’S ABILITY TO RESPOND TO A COVID-19 EMERGENCY IN THAT AREA IN ORDER TO START ELECTIVE PROCEDURES, FACILITIES SHOULD ENSURE THAT THERE IS ENOUGH PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT TO BE PREPARED FOR A SURGE IN COVID-19 CASES FACILITIES ALSO HAVE TO BE ABLE TO SAFELY TREAT PATIENTS WITHOUT RESORTING TO CRISIS STANDARDS OF CARE WHERE THEY WOULD HAVE TO PRIORITIZE CARE DURING A SURGE AND FACILITIES HAVE TO HAVE ENOUGH TRAINED AND EDUCATED STAFF TO HANDLE THE PROCEDURES THEMSELVES BUT A POTENTIAL SURGE IN HOSPITAL PATIENTS WE’VE BEEN WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH OUR HOSPITAL PARTNERS TO SAFELY ENSURE THAT PENNSYLVANIANS WHO NEED TREATMENT NOT RELATED TO COVID-19 CAN GET IT THIS GUIDANCE PUTTED FORTH WAYS FOR HOSPITALS AND SURGICAL FACILITIES TO DO THAT WHILE MAKING SURE THAT WE STAY PREPARED FOR ANY POSSIBLERY AS YOU ARE GENERALS OF COVID-19 IN — RESURGENCE OF COVID-19 IN THOSE AREAS PLEASE WASH YOUR HAND WAYS SOAP AND WATER FOR AT LEAST 20 SECONDS OR THE TIME IT TAKES TO SING HAPPY BIRTHDAY TWICE USE HAND SANITIZER IF SOAP AND WATER ARE NOT AVAILABLE COVER ANY COUGHS AND SNEEZES WITH YOUR ELBOW NOT YOUR HANDS DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE ESPECIALLY AFTER TOUCHING SURFACES AND CLEAN SURFACES QUICKLY AND IF YOU HAVE TO GO OUT FOR LIFE SUSTAINING ACTIVITIES, PLEASE WEAR A MASK IF YOU’RE GOING TO COME INTO CONTACT WITH OTHERS THESE EVERYDAY PREVENTION MEASURES CAN HELP SLOW THE SPREAD OF THE DANGEROUS VIRUS COVID-19 AND GIVE HOPE TO OUR FAMILIES AND OUR COMMUNITIES

THAT WE WILL RECOVER TOGETHER IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR HEALTH, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IF YOU NEED MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES BECAUSE YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS EXPERIENCING A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS, PLEASE CONTACT THE CRISIS TEXT LINE BY TEXTING PA TO 741741 OR CALL THE STATE WIDE SUPPORT AND REFERRAL HELP LINE AT 8{555}284-2494 WENT, {855}284-2494 FOR THE MOST RELIABLE INFORMATION RELATED TO PENNSYLVANIA’S RESPONSE, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT HEALTH.PA.GOV WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT FOR PENNSYLVANIANS TO REMEMBER IS STAY CALM, STAY HOME, AND SAY STAVE — AND STAY SAFE NOW I’M PLEASED TO ANSWER QUESTIONS THANK YOU, SECRETARY FROM THE CITIZENS VOICE OF THE COVID-19 TESTS GIVEN IN WILL BINGSBURY TOWNSHIP, HOW MANY HAVE COME BACK POSITIVE? APPROXIMATELY 5 TO 7% OF THOSE TESTS HAVE COME BACK POSITIVE IT’S A RELATIVELY LOW PERCENTAGE BUT BRINGS OUT A POINT WE WANT MORE PEOPLE TO COME TO THAT TESTING SITE WE HAVE THIS MASK TESTING — MASS TESTING SITE AVAILABLE EITHER REGISTER ONLINE NOW OR CALL 877-PA-HEALTH AND YOU CAN REGISTER TO GET A TEST DONE IT’S A DRIVE THROUGH SITE YOU CAN GET IT TO EASILY OFF THE HIGHWAY AND THEN BE ROUTED RIGHT BACK ON THE HIGHWAY AND SO I WOULD ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO COME AND GET TESTED WE ARE TESTING REALLY ANYBODY NOW THAT HAS SYMPTOMS CONSISTENT WITH COVID-19 IN THE PAST, WE HAVE PRIORITIZED HEALTHCARE WORKERS, SENIORS, THOSE IN LONG TERM CARE LIVING FACILITIES, ET CETERA BUT REALLY WE HAVE THE ABILITY NOW TO TEST MORE PEOPLE AND WE’D LIKE MORE PEOPLE TO COME TO THAT SITE WE’VE A QUESTION ABOUT TARGET REOPENING METRIC IS THE AVERAGE FOR THAT METRIC A COUNTY OR THE AVERAGE OF THE REGION SO WHEN DETERMINING WHAT REGION WILL REOPEN WILL THE STATE AVERAGE ALL THE COUNTY NUMBERS? IT WILL BE IN THE COUNTIES AND THEY FORM A REGION BUT I DON’T WANT TO EMPHASIZE THIS METRIC TOO MUCH HOW TO CALCULATE THE METRIC IS ON OUR WEBSITE WE’LL BE LOOKING THAT — IN THOSE COUNTIES AND LOOKING AT THE REGIONS THOSE ARE OUR HEALTHCARE REGIONS FOR THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WE’RE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT THAT METRIC AND MANY OTHER THINGS WE’RE LOOKING AT IF ABILITY TO DO TESTING IN THE AREA AND LOOKING TO EXPAND TESTING WE’RE LOOKING INTO OUR AVAILABILITY TO DO CASE INVESTIGATIONS AND CONTACT TRACINGS WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THE HOSPITALS AND HEALTH SYSTEMS IN THOSE AREAS CAN TAKE CARE OF ANY OUTBREAK OF COVID-19 THEN OF COURSE WE’LL BE LOOKING AT THE MODELING DONE BY CARNEGIE MELLON MANY THINGS ARE UNDER INVESTIGATION AS WE DETERMINE WHO CAN GO FROM RED TO YELLOW FROM WGAL, WHAT ASK ENOUGH TESTING AND ENOUGH CONTACT TRACING ARE THERE SPECIFIC NUMBERS OR METRICS TO DETERMINE WHAT IS ENOUGH AND TO MOVE FROM RED TO YELLOW TO GREEN? THAT’S A GOOD QUESTION I DON’T HAVE A SPECIFIC NUMBER WE’RE GOING TO BE LOOKING GLOBALLY AT OUR ABILITY TO DO TESTING WE’RE GOING TO LOOK TO EXPAND TESTING THROUGH HOSPITALS, HEALTH SYSTEM ISES, AND OTHER MEDICAL PROVIDERS IN THAT AREA WE HAVE HAD DISCUSSION WAYS RITE AID ABOUT TESTING IN THEIR FACILITIES WE’VE DISCUSSED THE POSSIBILITY OF A MASS TESTING SITE OR MAYBE MOBILE VANS AND WE’RE GOING TO HAVE MORE DETAIL ABOUT THAT LATER THIS WEEK BUT WE WANT TO EXPAND THAT TESTING AS WELL AS THE CONTACT TRACING WE’RE GOING TO BE — WE HAVE PLANS FINALIZED ABOUT THAT AND WE’RE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT WORKING WITH OUR FANTASTIC COMMUNITY HEALTH NURSES AS LEAD IN THOSE COUNTIES WE’LL WORK WITH THE HOSPITALS AND HEALTH SYSTEMS TO BE HELPFUL WE’RE GOING TO HAVE SOL TIERS AND HIRE SOME EXTRA PEOPLE TO DO THOSE CASE INVESTIGATIONS AND THE CONTACT TRACING I’VE CALLED THOSE SPECIALISTS OUR DISEASE DETECTIVES SO WE NEED TO HAVE THOSE IN PLACE AS WELL AND THEN WE’RE GOING TO BE READY TO GO FORWARD BY MAY 8TH FROM WNEP, WE’VE HEARD FROM SEVERAL COUNTIES AND THE FORMAL REQUEST TO BE MOVED TO A DIFFERENT REGION FOR REOPENING PURPOSES

HOW WOULD THE STATE HANDLE THOSE REQUESTS WE’D BE GLAD TO DISCUSS ALL OF THOSE DIFFERENT OPTIONS BUT WE’RE NOT GOING TO BE SPECIFICALLY HELD TO THE REGIONS ON A MAP WE’RE GOING TO MAKE SOME INFORMED CHOICES ABOUT REGIONS AND THE COUNTIES FROM WGAL, I’M WONDERING IF THE SECRETARY OR GOVERNOR CAN SAY HOW MANY BUSINESS COMPLAINT FORMS HAVE BEEN FILED SINCE ITS LAUNCH AND THE RESPONSE TO CRITICISM FROM SOME STATE LAW MAKERS IN THAT IT’S TOO MUCH OF GOVERNMENT BIG BROTHER PUNISHING BUSINESSES I DON’T HAVE A SPECIFIC NUMBER OF THE NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS I BELIEVE THAT A LOT OF THE INFORMATION THAT WE HAVE RECEIVED HAS BEEN RATHER POSITIVE IN TERMS OF OUR MITIGATION EFFORTS BUT WE AT IN TIME WANT TO BE BIG BROTHER IN THAT REFERENCE WE REALLY HAVE BEEN WORKING ON DURING THE LAST SIX, SEVEN WEEKS ON MITIGATION OF THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 AS WE HAVE SEEN, WITH NUMBERS TODAY, THIS IS A VERY DANGEROUS VIRUS WE HAVE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF RESIDENTS THAT HAVE CONTRACTED COVID-19 WE HAVE ALMOST 1,600 INDIVIDUALS THAT HAVE PASSED AWAY FROM COVID-19 YOU CAN SEE THE IMPACT IT’S HAD ON OTHER COUNTRIES AND STATES NEW YORK CITY AND NEW JERSEY, ET CETERA AND SO THE WAY TO PREVENT THE SPREAD WAS THE MITIGATION TECHNIQUES, THE CLOSURE OF SCHOOLS AND NONESSENTIAL BUSINESSES AND THE STAY AT HOME ORDERS BUT NOW STARTING ON MAY 8TH WE’LL BE READY TO START THE REOPENING GOING FROM RED TO YELLOW OF SPECIFIC REGIONS IN PENNSYLVANIA FROM WKOK, AS PART OF IF STATE HEADS INTO YELLOW NEXT WEEK, HOW WILL OUR HOSPITALS FACTOR INTO THIS AND PLEASE DETAIL WHAT ROLES HOSPITALS PLAY HOSPITALS PLAY A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT ROLES FIRST, WE HAVE TO HAVE — THEY HAVE TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO TAKE CARE OF PATIENTS WITH COVID-19 AND RESPOND TO AN OUTBREAK IF WE FIND THAT IN ADDITION, WE ARE GOING TO BE WORKING WITH SOME HOSPITAL PERSONNEL ON THE CASE INVESTIGATIONS AND THE CONTACT TRACING SO VERY IMPORTANT ROLES FOR OUR HOSPITALS AND HEALTH SYSTEMS AS THIS PROCESS PROCEEDS FROM WNEP, THE TEMPORARY HOSPITAL AT EAST STRASSBURG UNIVERSITY HAS BEEN OPEN NEARLY TWO WEEKS SO FAR IT’S NOT TREATED ANY PATIENTS HOW LONG DOES THE STATE PLAN TO KEEP IT OPEN? I DON’T HAVE SPECIFIC INFORMATION ABOUT THAT BUT WE’RE SO PLEASED THAT THE HOSPITALS AND THE NORTHEAST HAVE BEEN ABLE TO TAKE CARE OF THE NUMBERS OF PATIENTS THAT HAVE COME ANDNA WE HAVE NOT HAD TO USE THIS ALTERNATIVE CARE SITE THE ALTERNATIVE CARE SITE IN PHILADELPHIA HAS SEEN A NUMBER OF PATIENTS BUT NOT THAT MANY AND SO REALLY WHAT IT SHOWS IS THAT THE MITIGATION EFFORTS UNDER THE GOVERNOR’S LEADERSHIP HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO FLATTEN THAT CURVE SO THAT TO DATE THE SURGE HAS NOT OVERWHELMED ANY OF OUR HOSPITALS AND HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS AND THAGS A SUCCESS EXACTLY HOW LONG WE’LL KEEP IT OPEN, I CAN’T GIVE YOU A DATE FROM WESA, ON SATURDAY THE STATE SAID IT WOULD NOT USE THE AVERAGE NUMBERS OF NEW COVID-19 CASES TO DETERMINE WHEN AN AREA COULD BE CONSIDERED FOR REOPENING THIS WAS THREE DAYS AFTER THE PROCESS TO REOPEN PENNSYLVANIA PLAN CAME OUT SAYING THE METRIC WOULD USE AN AVERAGE WHAT HAPPENED BETWEEN WEDNESDAY AND SATURDAY TO MAKE THE ADMINISTRATION DECIDE NOT TO USE AN AVERAGE DAILY CASE COUNT BUT A TOTAL CASE COUNT? SO WE HAVE WORKED TO REFINE THAT METRIC BUT I DON’T WANT TO CONCENTRATE ON THAT METRIC IT IS SOMETHING THAT WE PUT DOWN SO THAT WE WOULD HAVE SOME QUANTITATIVE DATA TO LOOK AT BUT THIS WILL BE A QUALITATIVE DECISION WITH SOME SUBJECTIVITY AS WELL ABOUT HOW WE’RE GOING TO GO HAVE COUNTIES AND REGIONS GO FROM RED TO YELLOW ALSO FROM WESA, THE ADMINISTRATION — WILL THE ADMINISTRATION BE RELEASING A MAP OR LIST OF EACH COUNTY OR REGION WITH ITS 14-DAY NEW CASE COUNT IF NOT, IS THERE ANOTHER WAY FOR THE PUBLIC TO ACCESS THIS HISTORICAL INFORMATION WITHIN THE PAST 15 DAYS? FOR THE REGIONS THAT WE OPEN, WE HAVE NOT MADE THAT OFFICIAL DECISION BUT THAT’S REASONABLE FOR THOSE REGIONS AND AREAS THAT ARE GOING FROM RED TO YELLOW THERE YOU GO BUT I THINK THAT YOU MEAN WE’RE NOT GOING TO GIVE A STATEWIDE COUNTY SPECIFIC MAP ABOUT THAT PEOPLE CAN ACTUALLY CALCULATE IT OFF THE DATA ON OUR WEBSITE FROM 6 ABC, UNDER THE GOVERNOR’S PLAN WE’RE LOOKING AT REGIONS AS A WHOLE TO REOPEN SHOULD WE BE TALKING ABOUT AREAS, CASES IN AREAS NOT PART OF THE GENERAL POPULATION LIKE NURSING HOMES AND PRISONS? I’M SORRY, SHOULD WE BE TAKING OUT THE CASES IN AREAS THAT ARE NOT PART OF THE GENERAL POPULATION LIKE NURSING HOMES AND PRISONS? DO YOU BELIEVE WE WOULD MEET THE NUMBERS QUICKER HERE IN THE SOUTHEAST REGION BY DOING SO AND

WHAT ARE YOUR OVERALL THOUGHTS ON WHY THIS MAY OR MAY NOT WORK? WE DON’T WANT TO TAKE OUT THE CASES INVOLVED WITH LONG TERM CARE LIVING FACILITIES OR CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS, ET CETERA THAT IS PART OF THOSE COUNTIES AND ALL OF THOSE FACILITIES HAVE STAFF THAT OFTEN LIVE IN THOSE AREAS OR NEARBY AND SO THAT IS INVOLVED IN TERMS OF THE BURDEN OF ILLNESS OF COVID-19 SO I KNOW IT WILL BE CHALLENGING IN THE SOUTHEAST ARE IT’S THE SOUTHEAST WILL BE ABLE TO GO EVENTUALLY FROM RED TO YELLOW, ET CETERA BUT IT’S CLEARLY NOT GOING TO BE AT THIS TIME BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE WE’RE SEEING MOST OF THE CASES BUT I’VE SAID BEFORE I’M A POSITIVE PERSON AND WE’LL GET THERE I KNOW THAT THINGS COULD GO QUICKER BUT WE WANT TO BE ACCURATE AND WE WANT TO BE SAFE AND THAT’S BETTER THAN JUST BEING QUICK FROM WESA, IF THE PANEL UNANIMOUSLY DECIDES THAT ALL BUT ONE COUNTY IN A REGION ARE SAFE TO REOPEN WILL THOSE COUNTIES HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE ONE COUNTY BECOMES ELIGIBLE TO REOPEN AS WELL? I THINK THAT’S UNLIKELY WE’RE GOING TO BE LOOKING AT COUNTIES AND REGIONS. I THINK THIS WILL BE CLEAR AS WE MAKE OUR DECISIONS LATER IN THE WEEK IN TERMS OF HOW WE’VE CALCULATED IT WE’LL BE LOOKING AT THE METRIC, AT MANY OTHER FACTORS AS I’VE POINTED OUT IN TERMS OF MAKING THOSE DECISIONS FROM THE SCRANTON TIMES TRIBUNE, IS PART OF THE STRATEGY BEHIND THE 50 CASE PER HUNDRED THOUSAND THRESHOLD TO REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF CONTACT TRACING AND TESTING YOU’LL HAVE TO DO ONCE YOU START OPENING UP A REGION, IN OTHER WORDS, IF YOU DON’T HAVE THE RESOURCES TO DO WIDESPREAD CONTRACT TRACING BUT IF YOU’RE UNDER TO A — DOWN TO FEWER CASES IT’S EASIER TO DO CONTACT TRACING AND TESTS? OVERALL WE WANTED A METRIC THAT WOULD HELP US LOOK — COMPARE DIFFERENT COUNTIES AND REGIONS SO IT WAS JUST PICKED AND CALCULATE SOD THAT WE WOULD HAVE SOME QUANTITATIVE DATA TO LOOK AT FROM WESB, DR. LEVINE, PLEASE ADDRESS ANY CONCERNS YOU HAVE ABOUT REOPENING NORTHERN COUNTIES BORDERING THE SOUTHERN TIER OF NEW YORK WHICH HAS MANY MORE CASES OF COVID-19 WELL, SO WE HAVE CONCERNS AS WE START TO REOPEN AT ALL AND WE’RE GOING TO BE WORKING REALLY HARD TO PREVENT ANY POTENTIAL OUTBREAKS IN THOSE AREAS PEOPLE DO — CAN IN THE UNITED STATES GO BETWEENED DIFFERENT STATES IN PENNSYLVANIA BETWEEN DIFFERENT COUNTIES BUT WE’RE GOING TO BE WATCHING REALLY CAREFULLY FOR POTENTIAL OUTBREAKS IN ANY COUNTY 23R RED TO YELLOW NEW YORK IS TAKING THE APPROACH TO REOPEN LOOKING AT DATA ON DECLINES IN HOSPITALIZATION RATES IS PENNSYLVANIA LOOKING AND TAKING THAT INTO ACCOUNT AND HOW DOES THAT FACTOR IN? WE’RE GOING TO LOOK AT ALL OF OUR DATA AND THAT’S AN INTERESTING POINT OF DATA THAT WE’D BE PLEASED TO LOOK AT AS WELL BUT MANY DIFFERENT FACTORS WILL GO INTO THAT DECISION WHETHER A COUNTY GOES FROM RED TO YELLOW YOU’VE SAID THE QUANTITATIVE CASE COUNT BENCHMARK IS JUST ONE OF SEVERAL FACTORS CONSIDERED WHEN IT COMES TO REOPENING DO YOU HAVE PLANS TO RELEASE A FULL LIST OF THESE FACTORS? I THINK WE’VE ALREADY RELEASED IN TERMS OF THE PATH FORWARD WHAT THE DIFFERENT FACTORS WOULD BE BUT I’VE OUTLINED THEM ALREADY TODAY PBS 39 THE NATIONAL GUARD IS STEPPING IN TO HELP WITH STAFFING AT NORTH HAMPTON COUNTIES NURSING HOME GRACEDALE WHICH HAS 700 EMPLOYEE CALLOUTS ALONE OVER COVID-19 FEARS DO YOU THINK THERE’S SUCH — DO YOU THINK THERE’S SUCH A — WHY DO YOU THINK THERE’S SUCH A LARGE NUMBER AND IS THAT A PROBLEM AT OTHER PRIVATE OR PUBLIC NURSING HOMES STATEWIDE? WELL, WHAT I’VE SAID BEFORE IS THAT OUR BIGGEST RISK FACTOR AND OUR MOST VULNERABLE POPULATION ARE SENIORS AND OTHER PATIENTS IN CONGRESS GRE GAIT LIVING — CONGREGATE LIVING FACILITIES PATIENTS ARE AT RISK OF GETTING COVID-19 MANY ARE SENIORS WITH OTHER COMORBIDITIES AND IT PUTS THEM AT SEVERE RISK AS WELL AS THE VERY BRAVE AND COURAGEOUS STAFF WORKING IN THOSE FACILITIES AND SO AT TIMES WE HAVE HAD SUCH CHALLENGES IN THOSE SETTINGS THAT THE NATIONAL GUARD MEDICAL PERSONNEL HAVE GONE IN TO HELP AND SO IT IS A CHALLENGE AND WE HAVE OUR GREAT DISEASE DETECTIVES DOING EPIDEMIOLOGY THEN IF NECESSARY, THE NATIONAL GUARD HAS STEPPED IN TO TRY TO HELP AS WELL

FROM WBRE, WE’RE GETTING A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT PET GROOMERS REOPENING SOME ASK WHEN THESE BUSINESSES WILL REOPEN SAYING MOST OF THESE DOGS AND CATS ARE NOW GOING SIX WEEKS WITHOUT HAIR CUTS OR — NOW IN THEIR EYES CAUSING EYE PROBLEMS THEIR NAILS ARE GETTING LONG AND COULD CURL AROUND TO THE PAD AND CAUSE AN INFECTION SO WITH BUSINESSES LIKE THAT WE’RE GOING TO BE FOLLOWING THE RED YELLOW GREEN SKI MA DSCHEMA CAN YOU CLARIFY WHICH BUSINESS LAYS BE PERMITTED TO OPEN IN THE YELLOW PHASE? SO MANY BUSINESSES WILL BE ABLE TO OPEN BUT SOME BUSINESSES WILL NOT SO WE’RE NOT GOING TO BE OPENING RESTAURANTS OUTSIDE OF CURB SIDE DELIVERY WE’RE NOT GOING TO BE OPENING BARS OR OPENING SORT OF LARGE VENUES LIKE MOVIE THEATERS OR CONCERTS BUT MANY OTHER BUSINESSES AND YOU MENTIONED THE PET GROOMERS, ET CETERA, WILL BE ABLE TO OPEN AND SO WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT STEP GOING FROM RED TO YELLOW AND THEN WE’LL BE IMPLEMENTING OUR MEASURES TO MAKE SURE THAT THERE ARE NO OUTBREAKS AND I THINK THAT PEOPLE IN THOSE AREAS OF PENNSYLVANIA ARE GOING TO BE PLEASED TO BE ABLE TO BE LIFTING OF THE STAY AT HOME ORDERS BUT WE NEED REMAIN VIGILANT COVID-19 IS NOT GONE FROM PENNSYLVANIA WE’RE GOING NEED TO BE REALLY CAREFUL ABOUT THE SPREAD SO WE STILL WANT PEOPLE TO WEAR MASKS AND TO PRACTICE AS MUCH SOCIAL DISTANCING AS THEY CAN WE WANT PEOPLE TO WASH THEIR HANDS AND GO THROUGH THE OTHER MEASURES THAT WE TALK ABOUT IN MY DAILY REMINDERS AND WE STILL HAVE TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT ANY POTENTIAL SPREAD OF COVID-19 FROM THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRIER ACCORDING TO — RELATIVES OF NURSING HOME RESIDENTS CAN ALWAYS GET ACCURATE INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR LOVED ONES HEALTH STATUS PATIENT PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY AND THE FUNCTIONING OF THE FACILITY VERSUS THE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO KNOW IT’S THE RESPONSIBILITIES TO BE NOTIFYING THE LOVED ONES OF PATIENTS IN THOSE FACILITIES AND THAT’S WHERE THE PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY LIES WE’LL BE CONSIDERING OTHER MEASURES TO MAKE SURE THAT FAMILIES GET THE INFORMATION THAT THEY NEED ALSO THE INQUIRER ASKS DO YOU HAVE UPDATES OR LEADS INVOLVING COVID-19 TESTING CHEMICALS AND SUPPLIES NEEDED TO REOPEN BUT IN SHORT SUPPLY? WE’RE DOING SOMEWHAT BETTER IN TERMS OF OUR SUPPLY OF THE CHEMICALS AND REAGENTS TO DO TESTING THAT INCLUDES THE ABILITY TO DO MORE TESTING AT OUR LAB IT IS DOING ALL THE TESTING FOR THE SITE AT THE MOHEGAN SUN ARENA PARKING LOT WE WANT A CONSISTENT SUPPLY CHAIN SO WE KNOW THAT WILL CONTINUE WE HAD DISCUSSIONS WITH THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT YESTERDAY ABOUT THAT AS WELL AS WORKING WITH THE MANUFACTURERS OF THE TESTING SUPPLIES THEMSELVES TO TRY TO MAKE SURE THAT’S A CONSISTENT, RELIABLE SUPPLY CHAIN SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO EXPAND TESTING FROM WESA, THE PROCESS TO REOPEN PENNSYLVANIA PLANS SAYS BUSINESSES MUST FOLLOW CDC AND DOH GUIDANCE FOR SOCIAL STAININGS AND CLEANING IS THE GUIDENINGS PUBLICALLY AVAILABLE ONLINE AND WHERE AND WHAT IS THE PAGE OR DOCKMENTED CALLED IT’S ON OUR WEB SITED IT’S CALLED GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES FROM 6 ABC, PHILADELPHIA IS NEARLY 7.5 TIMES THE BENCHMARK SET FORTH TO REOPEN IN YELLOW WHEN DO YOU ANTICIPATE PHILADELPHIA REOPENING? PEOPLE DESERVE TO KNOW SOME ESTIMATE BASED ON THE DATA YOU HAVE WELL, SO I DON’T HAVE AN ESTIMATE BUT I THINK HOPE IS REALLY IMPORTANT AND I FEEL CONFIDENT THAT IN THE FUTURE THAT PHILADELPHIA WILL BE ABLE TO GO FROM RED TO YELLOW BUT AS IT’S BEEN SAID THE VIRUS DETERMINES THE TIMELINE WE DON’T DETERMINE IT

WE’VE DISCUSSED THIS EXTENSIVELY WITH THE HEALTH COMMISSIONER OF PHILADELPHIA WHO I’M SPEAKING WITH THIS AFTERNOON WE DON’T KNOW WHEN PHILADELPHIA WILL BE ABLE TO GO TO YELLOW BUT IT’S VERY IMPORTANT TO HAVE HOPE FOR THE FUTURE AND WE’LL GET THERE FROM WQKY GOVERNOR WOLF ISSUED A TWEET REGARDING THE CLASS OF 2020 IS HE SAYING NO IN PERSON GRADUATIONS ARE PERMITTED IN THE STATE? I’M NOT SPECIFICALLY FAMILIAR WITH THAT TWEET BUT WE KNOW THAT THE SCHOOL HAS BEEN CANCELED FOR THE REST OF THE SCHOOL YEAR AND WE’RE NOT GOING TO ALLOW LARGE GATHERINGS EVEN IN YELLOW ZONES SO I THINK THAT’S A FAIR ASSUMPTION, THAT GRADUATIONS WILL HAVE TO BE REMOTE THEY WILL NOT BE LARGE GROUPS OF PEOPLE WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO CONGRESS GAIT FOR THOSE CEREMONIES IT’S A REAL SHAME BUT THIS IS A GLOBAL PANDEMIC AND WE HAVE TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS FROM WESA, THE DEPARTMENT IS NO LONGER COUNTING PROBABLE DEATHS IN ITS TOTALS SIT STILL COUNTING PROBABLE CASES AND IF SO WHAT HAPPENS WITH SOMEONE WHOSE CASE — WE ARE COUNTING PROBABLE CASES IT’S APPROXIMATELY 1% OF TOTAL SO IT’S NOT A VERY LARGE NUMBER SO IF THAT PATIENT WHO IS A POSSIBLE CASE DIES WE’RE INCLUDING THAT IN OUR DEATH TOTAL BUT NOT THE SEPARATE CATEGORY OF PROBABLE DEATHS AND WE HAVE NO INTENT TO DO THAT IF NEAR FUTURE FROM WPXI, WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF TWO OR MORE SIGNIFICANT DAYS — SO WE NEED TO LOOK AT TRENDS OVER TIME EACH DAY’S RESULTS WE TAKE VERY SERIOUSLY BUT IT IS TRENDS OVER TIME THAT WE’RE LOOKING AT AT THE WITH HAVE MANY DIFFERENT STATISTICAL WAYS TO BE LOOKING AT TRENDS OF CASES OVER TIME, TRENDS OF HOSPITALIZATIONS OVER TIME, DEATHS OVER TIME SO CONSISTENT DECREASES IN CASES AND HOSPITALIZATIONS AND DEATHS IS A VERY GOOD SIGN BUT WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO WATCH THE DAILY DATA ALSO FROM WPXI, THERE HAVE BEEN REPORTED DEATHS IN CANE GLEN HAZEL LOCATION NURSING HOME ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT THAT NUMBER AND IS THERE ANYTHING BEING DONE TO HELP SLOW OR STOP THE SPREAD OF DEATHS IN NURSING HOMES? I’M NOT SPECIFICALLY FAMILIAR WITH THAT FACILITY BUT I SPEAK WITH DR. BOGEN TODAY AND WE CAN DISCUSS IT SHE’S THE HEALTH COMMISSIONER FOR ALLEGHENY COUNTY WE’RE VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE CARE OF INDIVIDUALS AND THE NUMBER OF CASES IN LONG TERM CARE LIVING FACILITIES I OUTLINED PREVIOUSLY THAT WE HAVE MANY DIFFERENT MEASURES TO BE ABLE TO ADDRESS THAT BUT PENNSYLVANIA AS REALLY EVERY OTHER STATE AND COUNTRIES HAVE HAD SIGNIFICANT CHALLENGES WITH THOSE FACILITIES AND THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 FROM WLVR NEWS, HOW MUCH DOES THE DISCOVERY THAT RACE DATA HAS ONLY BEEN REPORTED IN A THIRD OF CASES CALL INTO QUESTION ALL PREVIOUSLY REPORTED LAB DATA ABOUT OTHER HEALTH ISSUE MAZE THE STATE AND WHAT IS BEING DONE TO ENFORCE THIS DATA IT HAS BEEN A CHALLENGE TO GET RACE DATA IN TERMS OF OUR REPORTING THAT BECAME VERY EVIDENT WHEN WE WERE REPORTING THE AMOUNT OF LEAD POISONING IN CHILDREN AND WE’VE MADE SOME SPECIFIC EFFORTS TO MAKE SURE THAT WE GET THAT DATA FOR LED TO BEING SISTY ANAND TOXICITY IN THE FEW WHEN YOU ARE WHEN WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY WE’RE IN THE PROCESS OF UPDATING OUR SYSTEM FROM NEDS WHICH REQUIRES MANUAL INPUT TO A MORE COMPUTERIZE SYSTEM I’M HOPING THAT WILL MAKE IT EASIER FOR US TO GET THAT DATA WE WERE IN THE MIDDLE OF THAT PUT IT ON HOLD WHEN WE HAD THE PANDEMIC OF COVID-19 SO WHEN WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO BACK TO THAT I’M HOPING THAT WILL IMPROVE OUR ABILITY TO GET THAT VERY IMPORTANT DATA FROM THE TRIBUNE DEMOCRAT, COUNTY COMMISSIONERS HAVE ASKED THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE TO CONSIDER THE COUNTY SEPARATELY FROM THE SOUTHWEST REGION PART OF THE COUNTY’S REQUEST NOTES THE STAY AT HOME ORDER WAS PHASED IN COUNTY BY COUNTY ADVOCATING FOR THE SAME PROCEDURE FOR REOPENING HAS THE GOVERNOR OR HEALTH DEPARTMENT CONSIDERED CHANGING THE REGION WIDE REQUIREMENTS FOR EASING MITIGATION REQUIREMENTS? WELL, IT’S GOING TO BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION THE COUNTIES IN THE REGIONS IT’S NOT JUST GOING TO BE COUNTY WE’D BE PLEASED TO CONSIDER THEIR REQUESTS WE’RE CONSIDERING ALL OF THOSE REQUESTS AND LAST QUESTION IS FROM 6 ABC, MANY SAY THE REQUIREMENT THRESHOLD IS TOO RESTRICTIVE TO REOPEN SET THERE TALK TO ADJUST THE CRITERIA SDM AS I’VE BEEN SAYING TODAY AND IN THE PAST THIS IS JUST ONE PIECE OF THE PUZZLE THERE ARE MANY OTHER PIECES OF THE PUZZLE THAT WE’LL BE CONSIDERING THANK YOU, SECRETARY THAT CONCLUDES OUR BRIEFING FOR TODAY FOR THE REPORTERS QUESTIONS WE

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