Pennsylvanians Urged To ‘Answer the Call,’ Complete the Connect & Protect Form, and Download the COVID App

Pennsylvanians Urged To ‘Answer the Call,’ Complete the Connect & Protect Form, and Download the COVID App

Harrisburg, PA – The Division of Well being (DOH) right this moment shared its weekly replace on Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 case investigation and call tracing knowledge and inspired Pennsylvanians to obtain the COVID Alert PA app, as greater than 790,00zero have already finished to help involved tracing efforts. There are 40 counties within the substantial degree of COVID-19 transmission price.

“Thanks to all residents who’re collaborating of their case investigation, each via the normal means and thru the Join & Shield Type digital case investigation in addition to the general public well being professionals who’re working tirelessly to achieve as many residents as doable every week,” Appearing Secretary of Well being Alison Beam mentioned. “Bear in mind, if you’re identified with COVID-19 and are between the ages of 19 and 64 residing inside a county with out its personal well being division, you’ll obtain a name from a contact tracer and shall be requested to finish and return your type as part of the case investigation course of. By collaborating on this confirmed public well being follow, you’ll be able to assist public well being professionals to successfully contact hint with a purpose to anonymously inform and monitor your shut contacts who’ve been uncovered.”

The contact tracing process shouldn’t be doable with out a case investigation by a public well being skilled. Throughout the commonwealth, there are 200 case investigators who attain out to incoming circumstances who’re youthful than 19 and older than 64 to seek out out the place they went and with whom they got here into contact with a purpose to stop outbreaks whereas infectious. This case investigation sometimes takes between 30 and 60 minutes to finish. For many who are between 19 and 64 years previous and reside in an space with out their very own county or municipal well being division, they are going to be contacted by a contact tracer to finish a Connect & Protect Form to provoke a digital case investigation in effort to hook up with extra folks. 

For this reporting week between Saturday, February 13 – Sunday, February 13, there have been 23,492 COVID-19 circumstances statewide. Of these circumstances reported inside that week, 28 %, or 6,578 circumstances, had a case investigation began inside 24 hours of receiving the optimistic report. Public well being professionals will proceed calling to finish the case investigation after the 24-hour interval. A further eight %, or 1,879 circumstances, had a case investigation began inside 48 hours.

Though public well being professionals could name to start out the case investigation, the person could not reply the decision on the primary try. The Division of Well being leaves voicemails, texts, and sends a letter to the house requesting a return name. There have been 5,781 folks, or 25 % of circumstances, on this reported week that have been efficiently contacted by a public well being skilled statewide.

Along with the normal case investigations, contact tracers will name to achieve and share a Join & Shield Type to provoke a digital case investigation. There at the moment are a complete of 325 contact tracers working to help this course of particularly. For this reporting week between January 31 to February 6, contact tracers made 7,455 calls to achieve 67 %, or four,957 people, efficiently. Of the four,225 that have been despatched types, 36 %, or 1,523 have been returned. Because the implementation of the shape on December 21, 2020 till February 13, now we have obtained over 10,366 accomplished types.

Due to this fact, there have been 7,304 people, or greater than 31 % of circumstances, for whom a case investigation has been efficiently accomplished this week.

After the preliminary case investigation is full, contact tracing begins. Throughout the similar time interval of February 6 – 13, there have been 1,538 contact tracing employees working with native and county well being entities, accomplice organizations in addition to volunteers from Co-County Wellness in Berks County and Penn Drugs Lancaster Common Well being. These employees monitored 5,262 contacts who have been recognized through the case investigations.

At present, all the allotted 1,090 folks have been employed via Perception International. A few of these employees have been promoted to carry out case investigations to fulfill the speedy wants of elevated caseloads. There are 50 case investigators, 40 supervisors, and 10 useful resource coordinators who additionally assist to refer Pennsylvanians to providers throughout quarantine throughout the commonwealth.

Because the implementation of the Contact Tracing Administration System in early October via February 13 in these areas of the state the place Pennsylvania Division of Well being is accountable for contact tracing, 82,400 of 108,00zero contacts, or 76 % of the entire contacts recognized, have been successfully reached to speak their quarantine standing and supply ongoing symptom monitoring.

Between February 6 and February 13 there have been:

·         four,637 contacts have been processed for areas the place PA DOH has jurisdiction; 

·         three,251 folks, or 70 % of the entire contacts recognized, have been successfully reached to speak their quarantine standing and supply ongoing symptom monitoring; 

·          1,386 folks, or about 30 % of the entire contacts, weren’t reached.

On September 22, the division launched COVID Alert PA, a free cellular app that makes use of Bluetooth know-how to let an individual know that they’ve been uncovered to COVID-19 with out compromising the id or location of both the particular person utilizing the app, or of the particular person to whom they might have been uncovered.

The Division of Well being has made updates the COVID Alert PA app to permit 13- via 17-year-old residents with parental consent to obtain the app and 4 new languages. This app is interoperable with 16 other states that additionally make the most of the identical notification publicity app know-how.

Along with the normal case investigations and call tracing course of, there have been 1,592 circumstances that confirmed their positivity and uploaded their random IDs via the app. These uploads generated 763 publicity alerts to individuals who’ve downloaded the app on their telephones and who have been in shut contact (six ft for 15 minutes or extra) to the case. Of those that obtained the alerts, 105 people requested a name again for additional help from a educated contact tracer.

Because the contact tracing program expands, the Division of Well being continues to work in partnership with over 150 organizations, along with the county and municipal well being departments, via regional partnerships to assist collect and reply questions, determine issues and discover options to enhance contact tracing efforts inside the area. Every regional partnership has met a minimum of as soon as, and contains public well being employees, well being suppliers, tutorial establishments, neighborhood organizations, and different stakeholders excited by serving to to coordinate and have interaction round contact tracing efforts.

Organizations and entities excited by partnering in these efforts ought to attain out to RA-DHCONTACTTRACING@pa.gov.

You could find extra info on the state’s contact tracing efforts on the Division of Well being’s web site here

Whereas vaccine provide from the federal authorities stays restricted, the Division of Well being is working to make sure the vaccine is offered in a means that’s moral, equitable and environment friendly.

·         The Your Turn software gives a option to register to be alerted when it’s your flip to be vaccinated.

·         A commonwealth COVID-19 vaccination guide explains the present course of for getting one. Pennsylvanians with questions in regards to the vaccination course of can name the Division of Well being hotline at 1-877-724-3258.

·         Vaccine provider map to discover a COVID-19 vaccine supplier close to you.

·         All the areas that obtained vaccine and the way a lot they’ve obtained may be discovered on the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution webpage.

·         Vaccine dashboard data may also be discovered on the web site to seek out extra info on the doses administered and showcase demographic info.

·         Pennsylvanians can present suggestions on the Pennsylvania COVID-19 Interim Vaccination Plan by clicking on the Plan Suggestions Type sq. below Well-liked Vaccine Subjects here.

·         Often requested questions may be discovered here.

The Wolf Administration stresses the position Pennsylvanians play in serving to to cut back the unfold of COVID-19:

·         Wash your palms with cleaning soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if cleaning soap and water will not be out there.

·         Cowl any coughs or sneezes together with your elbow, not your palms.

·         Clear surfaces incessantly.

·         Keep residence to keep away from spreading COVID-19, particularly if you’re unwell.

·         For those who should exit, you might be required to put on a masks when in a enterprise or the place it’s tough to keep up correct social distancing.

·         Obtain the COVID Alert PA app and make your telephone a part of the combat. The free app may be discovered within the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store by trying to find “covid alert pa”.

Up to date Coronavirus Hyperlinks: Press Releases, State Lab Pictures, Graphics

·         Daily COVID-19 Report

·         Press releases regarding coronavirus

·         Latest information on the coronavirus

·         Photos of the state’s lab in Exton (for obtain and use)

·         Coronavirus and preparedness graphics (positioned on the backside of the web page)

Community preparedness and procedures materials

MEDIA CONTACT: Barry Ciccocioppo – ra-dhpressoffice@pa.gov

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