“We have no plans to go back to Red, Yellow, Green”, says PA Health Secretary

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., November 16, that there were 4,476 new cases, in addition to 5,199 new cases reported Sunday, November 15 for a two-day total of 9,675 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 269,613.

Despite that, PA Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said there are no plans for statewide restrictions or business shutdowns, similar to what occurred earlier this year.

“We have no plans to go back to red, yellow, green or any type of plan like that. Really the best way that businesses can work with us to prevent that is to limit number of people entering a business, we want people to wear a mask and social distance and wash their hands.  The best way to prevent a significant mitigation plan like we had in the spring is to do all of those things right now”, said Dr. Levine.

Dr. Levine also said there are no plans for a statewide shutdown of schools.  She said those decisions will be made by school districts on a local basis.

There are 2,440 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 531 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19. Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

As of Thursday, November 12, the state has seen a seven-day case increase of 26,215 cases; the previous seven-day increase was 16,646 cases, indicating 9,569 more new cases across the state over the past week compared to the previous week.

The statewide percent-positivity went up to 9.6% from 6.8% last week. Every county in the state has a concerning percent positivity above five percent except the following counties: Forest (1.8%); Cameron (2.1%); Union (3.2%), Wayne (3.7%) and Susquehanna (4.6).

“This week’s data, in terms of case increase, percent positivity and other factors is concerning,” Dr. Levine said. We know COVID-19 does not discriminate. It is affecting all Pennsylvanians, no matter your race, ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status or whether you live a rural, suburban or urban area. We need all Pennsylvanians to take the steps they can take to protect one another.”