HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health held a news conference on Wednesday to discuss efforts in place for a fall resurgence in COVID-19 cases.
Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine highlighted the steps the department is taking to protect the commonwealth from a resurgence of COVID-19 during flu season.
“We have seen more than 1,000 cases a day for the past nine days, which shows that we are at the start of a fall resurgence of COVID-19,” Dr. Levine said. “While we are working to expand testing, prepare for a vaccine and prevent outbreaks, Pennsylvanians have an important role to play.”
The department is working to nail down where outbreaks are coming from, including long-term care facilities, college and university campuses and prisons. Resources are being given to areas where outbreaks are occurring.
When a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, the department has been working with the CDC on how to distribute the vaccine effectively. The department says that when one is approved, it may be limited and will be given in a phased approach to the highest priority populations.
The state department of health has been working with a number of stakeholders, within and outside the Wolf Administration, including county and municipal health departments, educators, pharmacists, physicians and the Veterans Administration in preparation for vaccine distribution.
In the news conference, the department pushed for Pennsylvanians to get their seasonal flu vaccines and highlighted its importance during the pandemic.