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Pennsylvania’s Urgent Need to Slow COVID-19 Cases

December 07, 2020

Earlier today, during a news conference, Governor Tom Wolf stressed the urgency the entire state is facing to slow down the increasing number of COVID-19 cases. Nearly daily, new cases in Pennsylvania are breaking previous records and posing a significant threat to the state’s hospital and provider community.

According to Governor Wolf, “If we don’t slow the spread of this dangerous virus now, the reality is that COVID-19 will overwhelm our hospitals and our health care workers That’s dangerous for everyone who needs medical care in a hospital for any reason, because it stretches resources and staff to the breaking point.”

He further elaborated that hospitals and staff that are overwhelmed can affect all patients, not only those with COVID-19, posing a critical situation for all Pennsylvanians.

Governor Wolf stressed the importance of mitigation strategies and asked that all Pennsylvanians follow them:

  • Stay home unless you have to go out
  • Do not attend gatherings with persons outside of your immediate household
  • If you leave your home, wear a mask
  • Wash your hands often and use hand sanitizer if you cannot wash your hands
  • Download the COVID Alert PA app
  • Practice social distancing
  • Clean common surfaces often
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Avoid touching your face

More information about stopping the spread is available at the Department of Health’s website.

HAP has implemented a social media campaign with the help of member hospitals and health systems to spread the word via social media channels about the importance of following the mitigation strategies to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Social media graphics also are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Pennsylvania’s Department of Health.

Pennsylvania’s hospitals are closely monitoring the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in their individual hospitals and employ many different strategies to make sure patients—COVID and non-COVID alike—have access to the care they need. Hospitals are actively working together at a regional level to share information with one another through the Health Care Coalitions, organizations that help facilitate mutual aid and collaborative transfers to support hospitals in managing capacity.

For more information, contact Laura Stevens Kent, HAP’s senior vice president, strategic integration, or Robert Shipp, PhD, BSN, RN, NEA-BC, HAP’s vice president, population health and clinical affairs.