As you may be aware, the world is facing a new health crisis — coronavirus, also referred to at COVID-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), officials first identified cases of the coronavirus in China. As this virus spread, the United States issued a PHE or a Public Health Emergency on January 31, 2020. There have been some cases in the country, but according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, to date no one in Pennsylvania has tested positive for the virus. However, should cases begin to emerge in the state, the department has put a plan in place to address it.
In fact, the state has already engaged in the following as a result of this public health crisis:
Activated the Department of Health’s Emergency Operations Center to allow for enhanced response coordination;
Maintained communication and outreach with federal, state and local partners;
Provided symptom monitoring for residents returning to Pennsylvania from China;
Provided information to health care professionals, businesses and educational settings; and
Reviewed and adapted current pandemic flu plans for COVID-19
Currently, Caring Communities has not received any information that specifically addresses anything else that is relative to the HIV or AIDS population and coronavirus. For now, we encourage clients to follow the advice given by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the CDC. When and if new information is available, we’ll do our best to pass it on.
In the meantime, the Department of Health has provided more information on coronavirus including a Fact Sheet which can be accessed here: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/Documents/Diseases%20and%20Conditions/Coronavirus.pdf
And, for more in depth information, refer to the Department of Health’s website dedicated to coronavirus: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx