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|COVID-19 Updates and Resources|
As the world continues to respond to the developing Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) outbreak, officials in Pennsylvania are working closely with in monitoring the outbreak as well as taking steps to protect our communities and public health.
PCNP Resources (Updated on July 29, 2020):
PA Health Alert Network | Alert | Changing Epidemiology of COVID-19 Case Demographics
Click here to review the Department of Health update on the changing epidemiology of COVID-19 case demographics.
PA Health Alert Network | Updated Guidance | Return to Work for Healthcare Personnel with Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 DISTRIBUTION
Click here to review the updated guidance on the return to work of healthcare personnel with confirmed or suspected COVID-19.
PA Health Alert Network | Updated Guidance | Discontinuation of Transmission-Based Precautions for Patients with COVID-19
Click here to review the updated guidance on the discontinuation of transmission-based precautions for patients with COVID-19.
PA Health Alert Network | Update Guidance | Interim Guidance on Discontinuing Non-Healthcare Isolation for Persons with COVID-19
Click here to review the interim guidance on the discontinuing of non-healthcare isolation of persons with COVID-19.
PA Department of Health | COVID-19 Data
Click here to review the updated data on COVID-19 by the Department of Health.
Governor Wolf | COVID-19 Guidance | Businesses
Click here to review the COVID-19 guidance for businesses, employers and workers.
Also, Governor Wolf has identified the following COVID-19 Symptoms:
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Not everyone who has COVID-19 will have bad symptoms. Some may only have mild symptoms or show no signs of being sick. The virus spreads through the natural moisture (respiratory droplets) we breathe out when we talk, cough, or sneeze.
Prescriptive Authority and Other Board of Nursing Approvals or Other Issues Not Related to BON Approvals
Please submit on the PCNP website if you are waiting approval by the State Board of Nursing (BON) for a new application for prescriptive authority or a change to your existing prescriptive writing authority or any other type of approval by the BON such as obtaining a new nurse practitioner license. This link will also provide you the ability to provide feedback on other issues you may be having due to COVID-19 unrelated to the BON.
PCNP has been daily sending to the BON a list of names of PCNP members who are waiting for their various approvals. This measure by PCNP will help to expedite your applications.
State and Global Resources
For all Pennsylvania Department of Health updates: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
For all national CDC updates: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/summary.html
For global updates: https://ncov2019.live/data
CMS posts FAQs on Medicaid.gov:
On March 12, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) posted Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to the Medicaid.gov website to aid state Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) agencies in their response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. CMS is taking this action in its continuing efforts to protect the health and safety of providers and patients, including those who are covered by Medicaid and CHIP.
A press release with further information can be found here: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/cms-publishes-first-set-covid-19-frequently-asked-questions-faqs-state-medicaid-and-childrens-health
The COVID-19 FAQs for State Medicaid and CHIP agencies can be found here: https://www.medicaid.gov/state-resource-center/disaster-response-toolkit/covid19/index.html
These FAQs, and earlier CMS actions in response to the COVID-19 virus, are part of the ongoing White House Task Force efforts. To keep up with the important work CMS is doing in response to COVID-19, please visit the Current Emergencies Website.