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News Release: HAP Statement on PA's First Presumptive Positive Cases of COVID-19

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf today announced the commonwealth’s first presumptive positive cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Governor Wolf also signed a COVID-19 disaster declaration to support the state's response.

Mark Ross, CHEP, vice president, emergency management of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP), released the following statement:

“HAP and Pennsylvania’s hospital community extend our appreciation to Governor Wolf and Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Levine for their continuing partnership and support as we prepare for the challenges ahead.  

“Pennsylvania does not have a public hospital system, so HAP’s emergency management team works hand-in-hand with the Department of Health through the Healthcare Coalition Partnership. This program helps us fully coordinate the health care community’s preparation and response to any emergency that may arise, including infectious diseases like the flu and COVID-19.

“Pennsylvanians should know that our hospitals and health care facilities have been preparing for this and are ready. Our main priority is making sure that we deliver care to patients who have COVID-19 while prioritizing the health and safety of the patients, staff, and members of the community.

“We continue to encourage all Pennsylvanians to take the recommended steps to avoid illnesses, including COVID-19: wash your hands, cover your coughs, stay home if you are sick, and contact your primary care provider if you do not feel well or if you have questions. Your primary care provider is the best person to determine whether you need to seek hospital-level care—or if you can get treatment from another facility or in your home.”

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