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Dr. Rachel Levine: A ‘fall resurgence’ of coronavirus has arrived in Pennsylvania
Pennlive ^ | 14 October A.D. 2020 | Sue Gleiter

Posted on 10/14/2020 12:05:01 PM PDT by lightman

Health Department Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine cautioned on Wednesday Pennsylvania is facing a fall resurgence of coronavirus.

“It’s very hard to predict what the future will bring, but we have been talking for months that we were concerned that as we entered the fall season, as the weather started to change, that we would see a resurgence in terms of the numbers of COVID-19,” she said during a news conference at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency offices.

Over the past nine days, Pennsylvania has reported more than 1,000 daily new cases after its latest update said that there were 1,276 new ones as of 12:01 a.m. on Wednesday. In addition, the number of hospitalizations in the state has nearly doubled in the past month with 773 patients currently hospitalized.

“Also, Pennsylvania is clearly not an island, and we are reflecting what the rest of the country is seeing,” Levine added.

She noted across the nation, especially in the Midwest and parts of the West, cases are rising and there is no way to know when the peak will occur or how it will compare to spring.

Fall and winter is traditionally a time when respiratory viruses spread as people spend more time indoors, Levine said, adding the recent spikes have been among younger people, and not just the college age group, but those in their 20s, 30s and 40s.

In recent weeks, several colleges have reported outbreaks with some schools including Temple University resorting to full-time remote classes. Penn State University has seen about 3,355 positive cases to date at its main campus.

The Health Department Secretary said that there are more hospitalizations and a rise in the statewide percent positivity now compared to recent weeks months. She also said that the numbers still do not match what was seen in the spring, and added that a rise in the number of daily testing results is playing a role in the case increases, too.

Compared to the spring, Levine noted Pennsylvania has more resources in its arsenal to fight the spread of COVID-19, including increased testing and more robust case investigation and contact tracing. In addition, she stressed the healthcare system is better prepared with more personal protection equipment.

In the past month, the state also launched a COVID app to track cases and help with contact tracing.

Starting this week, the state will have another tool in the form of weekly shipments of 250,000 COVID-19 antigen “rapid” test kits from the federal government. The test kits will be distributed by need through the end of December to K-12 schools and teachers, colleges, day care workers, health care organizations and drug and alcohol treatment providers, among others.

Pennsylvania is being allocated 3.8 million of the tests, which provide results within 15 minutes. The first ones will be prioritized to counties deemed at high to moderate risk including Bradford, Centre, Lebanon, Montour, Northumberland, Schuylkill and Snyder.

“Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 testing goals remain, ensuring testing is accessible for all Pennsylvanians with symptoms of COVID-19,” said Michael Huff, Commonwealth’s testing and contact tracing director.

At this juncture, Levine said the state has no plans “at this time to change the mitigation orders that are already in place." Also, there are no further plans for business restrictions or stay-at-home orders, she said.

While Levine couldn’t link the recent uptick to large gatherings such as President Donald Trump’s rally at Harrisburg International Airport in late September, she said the virus can spread at both large and small events.

“The director of the CDC has said that it really is small gatherings that tend to be driving that and I think we are seeing that in Pennsylvania,” she said.

As far as fans gathering at NFL stadiums for football games such as the Philadelphia Eagles game this weekend, Levine stressed her department has been in communication with Pennsylvania’s two pro teams including the Pittsburgh Steelers. Data from previous NFL games where limited fans were in the stands and followed social distancing and mask use showed no evidence of an increase in cases, she said.

“I think fans should feel safe. I think the Philadelphia Eagles have really robust protections in place for the fans that will be entering,” she said.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: chinavirus; chinavirustests; fearmonger; levine; paping; pennsylvania; rachellevine; rapidtests; tomwolf
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Dr. (Dickless) "Rachel" Levine.
Born Richard Levine; self mutilation could not remove that pesky "Y" chromosome.

1 posted on 10/14/2020 12:05:01 PM PDT by lightman
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To: fatima; Fresh Wind; st.eqed; xsmommy; House Atreides; Nowhere Man; PaulZe; brityank; Physicist; ...

Pennsylvania Ping!

Please ping me with articles of interest.

FReepmail me to be added to the list.

2 posted on 10/14/2020 12:06:10 PM PDT by lightman (I am a binary Trinitarian. Deal with it!)
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“I think fans should feel safe. I think the Philadelphia Eagles have really robust protections in place for the fans that will be entering,”

At an Eagles game you need protection from the other Eagles fans, not the virus.


3 posted on 10/14/2020 12:06:11 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog (Patrick Henry would have been an anti-vaxxer.)
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To: lightman

That’s a shock. Just in time for the general election.

Yes. He doesn’t just sport the mark of the beast. He is the beast. Apparently.


4 posted on 10/14/2020 12:06:36 PM PDT by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept? Vive Deo et Vives)
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To: lightman

Its RICHARD.....not RACHEL.


5 posted on 10/14/2020 12:06:54 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion....... The HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: lightman

May I be the first to call BS on this?


6 posted on 10/14/2020 12:07:01 PM PDT by chuckb87
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To: Buckeye McFrog
At an Eagles game you need protection from the other Eagles fans, not the virus.

Truth.

7 posted on 10/14/2020 12:07:50 PM PDT by cschroe (Veritas est lux)
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To: lightman

Influenza Death rate .10%
COVID death rate .13%


8 posted on 10/14/2020 12:07:55 PM PDT by eyeamok
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Pretty much applies to ANY sporting event in Filthydelphia, the city of brotherly thugs.


9 posted on 10/14/2020 12:08:21 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (The politicized state destroys aspects of civil society, human kindness and private charity.)
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To: lightman

It’s all bullshit!! Show me how many were hospitalized and how many died along with detailed demographics.

Trump is putting the fear of God in the libs and this is a way to keep folks from voting. The problem is it is the Libs who are in panic mode and nit our side.


10 posted on 10/14/2020 12:08:57 PM PDT by billyboy15
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To: Vigilanteman

If you can go to an Eagles game and dodge fists and snowballs, you can vote in person.


11 posted on 10/14/2020 12:09:51 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog (Patrick Henry would have been an anti-vaxxer.)
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To: lightman

COVID= AUTOMATIC DEATH

Thanks to an irresponsible media.


12 posted on 10/14/2020 12:11:39 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (Socialism- Institutionalized Deprivation)
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To: lightman

Right on queue, a manufactured second wave just a couple of weeks before the election.


13 posted on 10/14/2020 12:12:45 PM PDT by pepsi_junkie (Often wrong, but never in doubt!)
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To: lightman
Why can't it be this Rachel Levine? Duck duck tried to save my eyes!

14 posted on 10/14/2020 12:12:52 PM PDT by Phillyred (Kieran Hussie)
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To: lightman

I don’t believe a word this ASSHAT SAYS!! I PRAY the freedom loving people of Pennsylvania dont either!! From the looks of Trump’s rally last night America has had ENOUGH!!{


15 posted on 10/14/2020 12:13:16 PM PDT by Trump Girl Kit Cat (Yosemite Sam raising hell)
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To: lightman

So, the yearly flu season has begun. Ho hum.


16 posted on 10/14/2020 12:13:34 PM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: Ann Archy

You can’t call someone Richard when they are Dickless. That would be transphobic. Or whatever.


17 posted on 10/14/2020 12:13:38 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (The politicized state destroys aspects of civil society, human kindness and private charity.)
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To: lightman

18 posted on 10/14/2020 12:14:10 PM PDT by Phillyred (Kieran Hussie)
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To: lightman

Is anyone really listening to these mental patients anymore?


19 posted on 10/14/2020 12:15:18 PM PDT by Antoninus (The press has lost the ability to persuade. They retain the ability to foment a panic.)
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To: lightman

To the demented, perverted and vile scum that make up the Demonic Party and its constituency, behold... this is the picture of credibility.


20 posted on 10/14/2020 12:15:32 PM PDT by Common Sense 101
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