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News Release: HAP Statement: Hospitals Prepared for Rise in COVID-19 Cases

November 16, 2020

Andy Carter, president and CEO of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), today released the following statement:

Pennsylvania is experiencing a rise in case counts and hospitalizations across the commonwealth. This uptick is broader than during the spring, resulting in less of that intense activity in a single geographic area. Hospitals are closely monitoring the situation here—and in neighboring states—and are adapting their surge plans with the benefit of drawing on months of pandemic experience.

Today, COVID-19 patients are typically staying in hospitals for shorter time periods, death rates are much lower, and treatments, short of a vaccine, are far more effective. The hospital community enjoys close partnerships with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and public health experts. Regional cooperation among hospitals, medical providers, and the government is at an all-time high.

Patients should not delay important care—scheduled or emergent—due to fears of COVID-19. Delaying medical care could cause serious problems in the long term. Hospitals have precautions in place to protect patients and staff from exposure and are safe places to get screenings, treatment, or emergency services. Patients should contact their provider to get their care on track or if they think they are sick; they should call 9-1-1 if they are experiencing a medical emergency.

Everyone plays a role in slowing the spread of COVID-19. We continue to stress the importance of taking simple public health measures to help hospitals have enough beds and resources to treat all patients, and to protect the health care workers who are helping them:

  • Hand washing, cleaning surfaces
  • Wearing masks
  • Keeping a distance
  • Getting your flu shot
  • Limiting groups