Even as testing is increasing state wide, Pennsylvania’s Department of Health is reporting a decrease in new COVID-19 cases and a decrease in overall cases as more Pennsylvanians begin to recover. According to the Department of Health testing has so far confirmed a little more than 64,200 cases in total which have resulted in 4,418 deaths and the statistics tracking website WorldOMeter estimates about 6,720 individuals have recovered from the disease, which is the first time the recovery rate has surpassed the death rate in the state.
On Friday Governor Tom Wolf announced 12 more counties that should be moving to the yellow aggressive mitigation phase on May 22nd, including Beaver County, which is the only Western Pennsylvania county to remain red in two rounds of reopening. So far it seems the remainder of the state will remain home until at least June 4th, when the Governor’s stay at home orders are projected to end.
As a reminder, some PennDOT Driver’s license and photo centers in yellow counties are open for business, but with limited services. Non-commercial driver’s tests, Pennsylvania Real ID applications, and anything that can be completed online are not yet available.
As of today we are two weeks away from the 2020 Primary Elections scheduled for June the 2nd. The window to register as a voter in time for the primaries is now closed and anyone planning to vote by mail or by using an absentee ballot has one week to fill out an application. You can find out more about mail in voting by checking out our May 15th report online or by visiting votes pa dot com.
Mass COVID-19 testing for long term care facilities will be commonplace by the end of the week according to Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine. Residents and staff members at facilities like nursing homes will find themselves being tested as often as once a week according to the secretary, who said the frequency of tests will depend on the number of cases of the disease that were previously discovered in the building.
With the current state of upheaval, schools being closed, and unemployment rates high, it’s a sad fact that children are at greater risk of abuse. If you suspect that a child you know is the victim of abuse you can contact the Pennsylvania ChildLine by calling (1-800) 932-0313.