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 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  in monitoring the outbreak as well as taking steps to protect our communities and public health.

PCNP Resources (Updated on July 29, 2020):

Previous Updates:

July 29, 2020

April 20-May 20, 2020 Updates

April 12-18, 2020 Updates

April 5-11, 2020 Updates

March 29-April 4, 2020 Updates

March 22-28, 2020 Updates 

State and Global Resources


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:

 

  • Fever. Anyone with a temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher should not be at work.
  • Chills. Including repeated shaking with chills.
  • Muscle pain or body aches.
  • Headache or confusion.
  • Difficulty staying awake or waking up.
  • Cough.
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing. May have bluish lips or face.
  • Congestion or runny nose.
  • Sore throat.
  • New loss of taste or smell.
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Diarrhea. 

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.

Important Information: 

What is coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others circulating among animals, including camels, cats and bats.  The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

Symptoms of the  COVID-19  can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath 

The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying. 

How can the coronavirus spread?

Human coronaviruses spread just like the flu or a cold:

  • Through the air by coughing or sneezing;
  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it;
  • Occasionally, fecal contamination.

How can I help protect myself?

Prevention:

  • Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands!
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, remotes, and other frequently touched items.
  • Contain: if you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.
In addition, it is recommended that Pennsylvanians take time to prepare now. View the PA Emergency Preparedness Guide.

 

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