New guidance for dentists issued by Pennsylvania health officials
thank you all for joining me. Today. 24 counties moved into the yellow phase of reopening Pennsylvania. This plan prioritizes the health and welfare Pennsylvanians by using a combination of factors to gauge how much movement a location contol a rate before the 2019 novel Corona Virus becomes a threat. And I’d like to emphasize that this plan this reopening plan it’s not a one way route. We’re closely monitoring the 24 counties in the yellow phase, and we will re impose restrictions of danger arises. We’re also watching other counties and are moving them into the yellow phase as soon as we can. So on May 15 13 more counties will move to the yellow phase. Those counties are Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Candrea, Fayette, Fulton Green, Indiana, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland. As with the 24 counties that entered the yellow phase today, thes 13 counties will see an increasing number of businesses and activities reopened. However, residents should be mindful that yellow still means caution. Every contact between two people is a new link in the chain of potential transmission, and if the new case count begins to climb in one area restrictions will need to be imposed to prevent local medical facilities from becoming overwhelmed. Meanwhile, we’re also looking at nearby counties, and if current trends continue, they should be moving to yellow very soon as well. So Pennsylvanians should continue to make good choices. If you have the choice, go to fewer stores to eliminate the number of store employees you contact. If you have the choice, call or video, chat your friends and family instead of risking transmitting the virus. If you have the choice, exercise in a quiet neighborhood instead of a crowded park. If you have the choice, telework instead of potentially transmitting the virus to your colleagues. And this isn’t just for the Yellow Face counties. Residents of counties that are still in the red phase can also make choices that contribute to lowering the case count. And that will help push the county toward reopening more quickly. Last evening, Dr Levin and I signed orders extending the stay at home order in those counties that remain in the red phase and in order for those moving to yellow today, on May 15th and other days in the coming weeks, we have provided additional guidance for businesses, including childcare centers and an F A Q sheet, to help answer questions for for those transitioning to the yellow phase of reopening. Ultimately, though, it will be up to each of us individually to make decisions that help all of us get through. This crisis is safely and efficiently as possible. Pennsylvania’s have done a great job so far choosing activities that reduce the risk of transmitting Cove in 19. And I am optimistic that we will continue on that path. So thank you again. Thank you all for your hard work. Now I’m gonna turn things over to Dr Levin for her daily update. Dr. Levin. Look. Thank you, Governor. And here is our latest update on Cove in 19 in Pennsylvania. As of 12 a.m. This morning, we have 1323 new cases of covert 19. This brings our statewide total to 54,238 Pennsylvanians who have tested positive for Cove in 19 in all 67 counties. This includes 3553 positive cases in health care workers. This includes 2122 positive cases in workers within the food industry and 127 facilities statewide. And it includes 10,919 positive cases among residents of 522 long term care living facilities, which include nursing homes and personal care homes. Tragically, we now have a statewide total of 3616 patients who have tested positive for covered 19 and passed away. To date, all deaths have been among adults. The next phase of reopening also impacts dental providers. This afternoon we have released guidelines for dental health care providers to provide care to patients statewide. This a statewide guidance. Given the nature of how covert 19 is transmitted, extreme care and caution must be used in treating patients in the dental setting. These guidelines are designed to allow access to this important health care while ensuring that the patient and the dental team, the entire dental team, are protected. While performing the treatment providers may perform non aircell izing non urgent to non emergent care Onley if proper personal protective equipment per OSHA guidance is available for the entire dental team. If infection control procedures outlined by the CDC and OSHA cannot be followed, then the procedure should not be done. This isn’t a return to routine dentistry, but a way to ensure that patients who need care can obtain it safely for both the patient and the entire dental team. Now here are my daily reminders. Please wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice. Please use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available, cover and he coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not with your hands, and try not to touch your face, especially after touching surfaces. Clean surfaces frequently. And if you have to go out for life sustaining activities, please wear a mask if you’re going to come into contact with others. If you have questions about your health, please contact your health care provider. And if you need mental health, resource is because you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis. Please contact the crisis text line by texting P. A. 2741741 Recall the statewide support and referral help line at 1855 to 84 2494 again. 1855 284 2494 For the most reliable information related to Pennsylvania’s response, please visit our website and health dot p a dot gov and what is always most important for Pennsylvanians to remember. Stay calm, stay home and stay safe.
New guidance for dentists issued by Pennsylvania health officials
Some elective dental procedures can resume statewide, the state health secretary announced Friday, though cleanings and other routine dental care are still off-limits.Gov. Tom Wolf and Health Secretary Rachel Levine revised their business closure orders to lift the prohibition on “non-urgent and non-emergent” dental procedures.Dentists and staff must have personal protective equipment and use infection control practices that adhere to federal guidance, Levine said. And all patients must be screened for symptoms of the virus before arriving.“This isn’t a return to routine dentistry,” Levine said.
Some elective dental procedures can resume statewide, the state health secretary announced Friday, though cleanings and other routine dental care are still off-limits.
Gov. Tom Wolf and Health Secretary Rachel Levine revised their business closure orders to lift the prohibition on “non-urgent and non-emergent” dental procedures.
Dentists and staff must have personal protective equipment and use infection control practices that adhere to federal guidance, Levine said. And all patients must be screened for symptoms of the virus before arriving.
“This isn’t a return to routine dentistry,” Levine said.