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January 15, 2021

Four Enduring Lessons from 2020

Twenty-twenty was an incredibly difficult year for everyone. Just weeks into the year—on January 27—the HAP emergency management (EM) team activated for the COVID-19 event. As we approach the anniversary of our activation, and look back on the year that was, we see the ways that COVID-19 changed how we do things, as well as some essential lessons that will guide us as we plan for future emergencies.

January 07, 2021

Summary of COVID-19 Treatments

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a large number of Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA). The FDA uses its EUA authority to strengthen the response during public health emergencies. EUAs have ranged from in vitro diagnostic products, personal protective equipment and related devices, ventilators and other medical devices, and drug and biological products. The two newest EUAs include the COVID-19 vaccines by Moderna (December 18, 2020) and Pfizer-BioNTech (December 23, 2020).

December 30, 2020

Wolf Administration Impresses Importance of Ongoing Mitigation Efforts and Vaccine Access for All Health Care and Emergency Workers

During a press conference today, the Wolf Administration reviewed the current status of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania and reinforced ongoing mitigation efforts, while confirming the time-limited order put into place on December 12 will expire on January 4. Officials also provided an update about progress in administering the COVID-19 vaccine and reinforced the priority of ensuring access to the COVID-19 vaccine for health care and emergency workers.

December 10, 2020

New Temporary COVID-19 Restrictions Announced for Pennsylvania

During a press conference this afternoon, Governor Tom Wolf highlighted the continuing surge in COVID-19 cases across the state, adding that new temporary restrictions are necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19 and avoid overwhelming the state’s hospitals and health care delivery system. Governor Wolf also stressed that the new restrictions are being put into place to help keep Pennsylvanians as safe as possible during the upcoming holidays.

December 01, 2020

Five Tools Health Care Emergency Managers Can Use to Boost Situational Awareness

As health care emergency management professionals, it is important to stay on top of what is happening and be in the know. The ability to continuously understand what is happening within our facility, in our region, or across the commonwealth is key to taking advantage of precious minutes during unplanned or “pop-up events.”