Pennsylvania COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard Update for Sept. 18-24 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release, Public Health Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today released a weekly status update detailing the state’s mitigation efforts based on the COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard. Updates are released each Monday.The update includes the following:Level of community transmission as a basis for the recommendations for Pre-K to 12 schools to determine instructional models.Data on cases among 5-18-year-olds.Cases that reported visiting a business among potential locations where exposures may have occurred.Updated travel recommendations.The dashboard is designed to provide early warning signs of factors that affect the state’s mitigation efforts. The data available on the early warning monitoring dashboard includes week-over-week case differences, incidence rates, test percent-positivity, and rates of hospitalizations, ventilations and emergency room visits tied to COVID-19. This week’s update compares the period of September 18 – September 24 to the previous seven days, September 11 – September 17.“Our percent positivity and incidence rate for the Commonwealth both decreased this week, a testament to all the work Pennsylvanians are doing to unite against this virus,” Gov. Wolf said. “We must continue our focus on taking actions to protect ourselves and others, such as wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, washing our hands and avoiding large gatherings. Together, Pennsylvanians can be united to work to prevent the spread of the virus.”As of Thursday, September 24, the state has seen a seven-day case increase of 5,070; the previous seven-day increase was 5,551, indicating a 481-case decrease across the state over the past week.The statewide percent-positivity went down to 3.2% from 3.7% last week. Counties with concerning percent-positivity include Centre (12.0%). Northumberland (8.3%), Juniata (6.8%), Indiana (5.9%), Lebanon (5.7%), Snyder (5.2%), York (5.2). Each of these counties bears watching as the state continues to monitor all available data.Community TransmissionAs of Friday’s data, Centre and Northumberland counties were in the substantial level with known sources of outbreaks contributing to community transmission. The departments of Education and Health will speak with school district representatives in both counties to discuss the implications of this level of transmission.For the week ending September 24, 18 counties were in the low level of transmission, 47 counties in the moderate level, with two with substantial transmission:Low – Cameron, Clarion, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Fulton, Huntingdon, Jefferson, McKean, Montour, Pike, Potter, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Venango, Warren, WyomingModerate – Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Carbon, Chester, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Indiana, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Union, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, YorkSubstantial – Centre, NorthumberlandCases Among 5-18-Year-OldsThe Department of Health is providing weekly data on the number of statewide cases of COVID-19 among 5 to 18-year-olds.Throughout the pandemic, there have been 9,552 total cases of COVID-19 among 5 to 18-year-olds. Of that total, 624 occurred between September 18 – September 24. For the week of September 11 – September 17, there were 753 cases of COVID-19 among 5 to 18-year-olds.Cases by demographic group is available on the DOH website.Business VisitsThe Department of Health is providing weekly data on the number of individuals who responded to case investigators that they spent time at business establishments (restaurants, bars, gym/fitness centers, salon/barbershops) and at mass gatherings 14 days prior to the onset of COVID-19 symptoms.Of the 5,747 confirmed cases reported between September 13 and September 19, 42 percent (2.405) provided an answer to the question as to whether they spent time at a business establishment.Of those who did provide an answer, 14.5 percent, or 350, answered yes, they visited a business establishment 14 days prior to onset of symptoms:55 percent (194) of those who said yes reported going to a restaurant;23 percent (82) of those who said yes reported going to some other business establishment;12 percent (42) of those who said yes reported going to a bar;11 percent (39) of those who said yes reported going to a gym/fitness center; and4 percent (14) of those who said yes reported going to a salon/barbershop.Of the 5,747 confirmed cases, 42 percent (2,417) answered the question as to whether they attended a mass gathering or other large event. Of the 42 percent, 11 percent (266) answered yes to whether they attended a mass gathering or other large event 14 days prior to onset of symptoms.Compared to data reported on September 21, this week’s data saw an increase in people going to a restaurant (55 percent to 50 percent) and going to some other business (23 percent vs. 21 percent). Numbers went down for this week’s data for people who reported going to a salon or barbershop (4 percent vs. 8 percent), a gym/fitness center (11 percent vs. 15 percent) and going to a bar (12 percent vs. 13 percent). The number of those who attended a mass gathering or other large event went down slightly from close to 12 percent to 11 percent.On July 13 contact tracers began asking more specific questions on the types of businesses visited and if individuals attended a mass gathering, defined as more than 250 people in attendance outdoors or more than 25 indoors.The numbers above highlight business settings and mass gatherings as possible sites for transmission. With less than half of those asked about what types of businesses they visited or if they attended a mass gathering responding to the question, the department is reminding Pennsylvanians that it is essential that people answer the phone when case investigators call and to provide full and complete information to these clinical professionals.Travel RecommendationsAlso today, the Department of Health updated its travel recommendations, originally announced on July 2, to add Kentucky, Texas and Utah and remove Louisiana from the list of states recommended for domestic travelers returning from to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania.It is important that people understand that this recommendation is in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. A concerning number of recent cases have been linked to travel, and if people are going to travel, we need them to take steps to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community, and that involves quarantining.Gov. Wolf continues to prioritize the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians through the COVID-19 pandemic. Pennsylvanians should continue to take actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, regardless of in what county they live. 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. September 28, 2020
It also revealed it is awaiting the results of 250 retests from the 2012 Olympics in London.“All these measures are a powerful strike against the cheats we do not allow to win,” IOC president Thomas Bach said.“They show once again that dopers have no place to hide. We keep samples for 10 years so that the cheats know that they can never rest.“By stopping so many doped athletes from participating in Rio, we are showing once more our determination to protect the integrity of the Olympic competition.”More than 4,500 tests were carried out at the Beijing Games in 2008 – but just nine athletes were caught cheating.The IOC said the retests were focused on athletes who could potentially take part in Rio.It added 12 affected national Olympic associations would be informed in the coming days.However, the IOC said it would not be revealing the names of athletes who had returned adverse findings until B-samples had been tested and individuals informed.The British Olympic Association said it has not been contacted by the IOC.The organisation also confirmed it is to start re-testing samples from the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.Last week, a whistleblower alleged Russian secret service agents helped to protect drug cheats in Sochi, although the Russian authorities denied the claims.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is now investigating those allegations and yesterday announced it had appointed former Interpol agent and French Gendarmerie major Mathieu Holz to lead the inquiry.The latest measures taken by the IOC come after Russia and Kenya were found to have breached anti-doping rules in recent months.Russia was banned from athletics competition in November after a WADA commission report recommended the sanction.The nation’s athletics federation accepted its ban from international competition, with sports minister Vitaly Mutko saying this week Russia was “very sorry” and “ashamed” of cheating athletes who were not caught by its anti-doping systems.But he argued not lifting the ban for the Rio Games would be “unfair and disproportionate” and that clean athletes should not be punished.Meanwhile, Kenyan Sports Minister Hassan Wario is confident the nation will not be banned from Rio despite being judged to be non-compliant with the global anti-doping code.WADA has written to Kenya, outlining what it must do to meet the anti-doping code.The IOC said it is funding WADA to carry out intelligence-gathering before the Rio Games to make pre-event testing “as efficient and independent as possible”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram AHEAD RIO2016 OLYMPICSUp to 31 athletes from six sports could be banned from competing at the Rio Games, Olympic chiefs have said.The announcement comes after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) retested 454 selected doping samples from the 2008 Games in Beijing.The IOC said the retests were conducted using the very latest scientific analysis methods.