Wolf signs Alzheimer’s, dementia ‘toolkit’ bill into law | Five for the Weekend

BY: - February 12, 2022

“Our state’s aging population is one of the largest in the country, and it will only continue to grow. Legislation like this, which directly addresses the needs of Pennsylvania residents and establishes a foundation for future collaboration and intervention, are really where we see promise in Pennsylvania’s ability to address, and hopefully, curtail this public health crisis," Jennifer Ebersole, director of state government affairs for the Alzheimer’s Association said.

With Pa. Facing ‘critical shortage,’ state physician general issues call for donations

BY: - February 3, 2022

Speaking to reporters from the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank in suburban Harrisburg, state Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson said the commonwealth is experiencing a shortage in its blood supply and urged eligible residents to donate blood. 

COVID-19 still a ‘serious’ situation, Pa. Health Secretary Klinepeter says

BY: - February 2, 2022

As of Monday, the daily average number of COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania was 11,405 with Tuesday case counts totaling more than 6,600 confirmed cases and more than 200 deaths.

Health Dept. adds regional long-term care sites to COVID-19 hospital support initiatives

BY: - January 31, 2022

In a briefing with reporters on Monday, acting state Health Secretary Keara Klinepeter said the addition of four regional long-term care support sites will “relieve pressure from hospitals and skilled nursing facilities” with a high number of patients with COVID-19. 

As flu cases increase, state health officials urge Pennsylvanians to get vaccinated

BY: - January 20, 2022

Speaking to reporters in Montgomery County on Thursday, local leaders and officials from the state Health Department urged Pennsylvanians to get the flu vaccine to combat the growing number of cases this flu season. 

Health experts worry CDC’s COVID-19 vaccination rates appear inflated | Analysis

BY: - December 31, 2021

Getting an accurate figure on the proportion of residents vaccinated is difficult for several reasons. The CDC and states may be using different population estimates. State data may not account for residents who get vaccinated in a state other than where they live or in clinics located in federal facilities, such as prisons, or those managed by the Veterans Health Administration or Indian Health Service.

Pa. Health Dept.: 2,639 hospitalized, 75 new deaths attributed to COVID-19

BY: - November 2, 2021

An unspecified “technical issue” has delayed the reporting of new COVID-19 case counts in Pennsylvania by the Department of Health.  Due to the technical issue, the department did not report new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, but did provide updates on other COVID-19 statistics in Pennsylvania.  As of Tuesday afternoon, 2,639 people were hospitalized with […]

Amid nationwide injectable Naloxone shortage, Pa. entities rely on Narcan supply

BY: - October 27, 2021

Naloxone, an injectable, intramuscular drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the rapid reversal of opioid overdoses, has been in scant supply since Pfizer, the drug’s maker, ran into manufacturing issues in 2020, causing the price of the Naloxone to soar even as demand for the drug increased during pandemic-fueled shutdowns, The Guardian reported earlier this month. 

Pa. Health Dept.: 3,500 new COVID-19 cases; More than 3K hospitalized

BY: - October 20, 2021

The department also confirmed 134 new deaths attributed to COVID-19, bringing the total number of deaths attributed to the virus to 30,721 since the start of the pandemic. 

Health Department responds to ‘bullying’ accusation, says lawmaker took information out of context

BY: - October 7, 2021

“The letter in question has been used since the beginning of the pandemic — nearly 20 months — and is sent to close contacts — or their parent [or] guardian with quarantine instructions only in situations where the individual is uncooperative and refuses to quarantine."

Pa. Health Dept.: More than 5K COVID-19 cases; More than 2,800 hospitalized

BY: - October 6, 2021

As of Wednesday, there were 2,891 people hospitalized with COVID-19, according to state health data. Of that number, 675 patients with COVID-19 are in the intensive care unit.

Pa. Health Dept: More than 4,939 new COVID cases; 2,386 hospitalized

BY: - September 21, 2021

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 4,939 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to more than 1.38 million cases of the virus. Hospitalizations due to the virus also continued to climb, increasing from 2,337 on Monday to 2,386 on Tuesday, according to state data.   Of those hospitalized with the virus, 602 are […]