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November 19, 2020

Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan Unveiled

During a press conference today, Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, MD, announced that the state had made its COVID-19 Interim Vaccination Plan available for public review. The document outlines the logistics that will guide the state’s vaccination efforts, once the vaccines are ready.

November 16, 2020

Mask Wearing and Flu Shots Protect Yourself and Others

As the Pennsylvania Department of Health continues to report record daily increases in COVID-19 cases across the state, preventing the spread of the illness remains a critical step in ensuing that hospitals continue to have the capacity and resources they need to treat every patient who needs care.

November 12, 2020

We All Play a Role in Our Cybersecurity

This year has brought tremendous challenges to how we live, so that we can do our part to slow the spread of COVID-19. We are increasingly relying on a virtual world to complete everyday activities. Many of our children are completing their schooling remotely—causing a delicate balancing act as we try to work from home, as well—which can and has caused additional vulnerabilities when it comes to protecting information and ourselves and loved ones. 

October 30, 2020

Risks in the Health Care and Public Health Sector During Civil Unrest

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania’s (HAP) Emergency Management (EM) Team has been actively monitoring information related to the potential for civil unrest leading up to, during, and after next week’s elections. 

October 30, 2020

Ransomware Activity Targeting the Health Care and Public Health Sector

The American Hospital Association (AHA) and HAP’s Emergency Management (EM) Team has been actively monitoring information being shared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding increased and imminent cyber threats to the health care community. 

October 29, 2020

Hospital Community Closely Monitoring New Health Care Cybersecurity Threat

Hospitals across the country and within Pennsylvania are closely monitoring a new credible cybersecurity threat issued by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. The threat is through ransomware known as “TrickBot” and “Ryuk” and could impact hospitals and health care providers. The American Hospital Association is in close communication with federal agencies and is serving as a source of information and support to the hospital community.

October 22, 2020

COVID-19 Cases Increasing in PA and Across the U.S.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today reported one of the highest numbers of single day positive cases (2,063) for COVID-19 since the pandemic began. It was noted by the department that a faulty data file sent by a laboratory earlier this week may have prevented positive cases from being recorded earlier in the week, which may have added to the high number today. But, with 75 percent of the country seeing increasing cases of COVID-19, Pennsylvanians are urged to continue with their mitigation efforts.