A voting session of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives was cancelled yesterday after an unnamed representative tested positive for COVID-19. The member of the house was last present in the capitol on Tuesday September 29th and has self quarantined while working with contact tracers. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania surpassed its three-millionth test for the disease yesterday and has officially detected more than 160,000 cases leading to 8,000 deaths while infection rates remain steady between 500 and 1,000 new cases per day.
If you want to help the state track cases of COVID-19, there is an app for that! The free application named COVID Alert PA was released last week on the Google and Apple application stores and already has around 170,000 users. The application has a daily check-in feature where users can check-in as healthy or sick and uses bluetooth detection to track whether you’ve been in close contact with another user of the app who later tested positive for the infection within the last two weeks. COVID Alert PA does not use location services nor collect any user data aside from whether the user is infected or not infected.