Pennsylvania COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard Update for Sept. 11-17

first_imgPennsylvania COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard Update for Sept. 11-17 Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today released a weekly status update detailing the state’s mitigation efforts based on the COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard. Updates are released each Monday.The update includes the following:Level of community transmission as a basis for the recommendations for Pre-K to 12 schools to determine instructional models.Data on cases among 5-18-year-olds.Cases that reported visiting a business among potential locations where exposures may have occurred.Updated travel recommendations.The dashboard is designed to provide early warning signs of factors that affect the state’s mitigation efforts. The data available on the early warning monitoring dashboard includes week-over-week case differences, incidence rates, test percent-positivity, and rates of hospitalizations, ventilations and emergency room visits tied to COVID-19. This week’s update compares the period of September 11 – September 17 to the previous seven days, September 4 – September 10.“Our percent positivity decreased significantly this week, showing that we continue to offer COVID-19 testing across the state to everyone who needs it,” Gov. Wolf said. “At the same time, the incidence rate increased, showing that the virus continues to affect Pennsylvanians. We must continue our focus on taking actions to protect ourselves and others, such as wearing a mask, practicing social distancing, washing our hands and avoiding large gatherings. Together, Pennsylvanians can be united to work to prevent the spread of the virus.”As of Thursday, September 17, the state has seen a seven-day case increase of 5,519; the previous seven-day increase was 4.993, indicating a 526-case increase across the state over the past week.The statewide percent-positivity went down to 3.8% from 4.2% last week. Counties with concerning percent-positivity include Centre (12.1%), Indiana (11.6%), York (7.8%), Juniata (7.7%), Mercer (6.7%), Lebanon (6.1%), Berks (6.0%), Chester (5.5%), Crawford (5.5%), and Bedford (5.3%). Each of these counties bears watching as the state continues to monitor all available data.Community TransmissionAs of Friday’s data, Centre and Indiana counties were in the substantial level with known sources of outbreaks contributing to community transmission. The departments of Education and Health will speak with school district representatives in both counties to discuss the implications of this level of transmission.For the week ending September 17, 19 counties were in the low level of transmission, 46 counties in the moderate level, with two with substantial transmission:Low –Cameron, Carbon, Clarion, Elk, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Jefferson, McKean, Montour, Potter, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Venango, Warren, WyomingModerate – Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Chester, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Snyder, Union, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, YorkSubstantial – Centre, IndianaCases Among 5-18-Year-OldsThe Department of Health is providing weekly data on the number of statewide cases of COVID-19 among 5 to 18-year-olds.Throughout the pandemic, there have been 8,928 total cases of COVID-19 among 5 to 18-year-olds. Of that total, 753 occurred between September 11 – September 17. For the week of September 4 – September 10, there were 387 cases of COVID-19 among 5 to 18-year-olds.Cases by demographic group is available on the DOH website.Business VisitsThe Department of Health is providing weekly data on the number of individuals who responded to case investigators that they spent time at business establishments (restaurants, bars, gym/fitness centers, salon/barbershops) and at mass gatherings 14 days prior to the onset of COVID-19 symptoms.Of the 5,188 confirmed cases reported between September 6 and September 12, 38 percent (1,992) provided an answer to the question as to whether they spent time at a business establishment.Of those who did provide an answer, 14 percent, or 272, answered yes, they visited a business establishment 14 days prior to onset of symptoms:50 percent (136) of those who said yes reported going to a restaurant;21 percent (57) of those who said yes reported going to some other business establishment;15 percent (40) of those who said yes reported going to a gym/fitness center;13 percent (36) of those who said yes reported going to a bar; and8 percent (23) of those who said yes reported going to a salon/barbershop.Of the 5,188 confirmed cases, 39 percent (2,007) answered the question as to whether they attended a mass gathering or other large event. Of the 38 percent, close to 12 percent (232) answered yes to whether they attended a mass gathering or other large event 14 days prior to onset of symptoms.Compared to data reported on September 14, this week’s data saw an increase in people going to a gym/fitness center (15 percent vs. 14 percent). Numbers went down for this week’s data for people who reported going to some other business (21 percent vs. 23 percent), going to a restaurant (50 percent vs. 51.5 percent), and going to a bar (13 percent vs. 14 percent). Numbers stayed the same for those who reported going to a salon or barbershop (8 percent vs. 8 percent. The number of those who attended a mass gathering or other large event went down slightly from 12 percent to close to 12 percent.On July 13 contact tracers began asking more specific questions on the types of businesses visited and if individuals attended a mass gathering, defined as more than 250 people in attendance outdoors or more than 25 indoors.The numbers above highlight business settings and mass gatherings as possible sites for transmission. With less than half of those asked about what types of businesses they visited or if they attended a mass gathering responding to the question, the department is reminding Pennsylvanians that it is essential that people answer the phone when case investigators call and to provide full and complete information to these clinical professionals.Travel RecommendationsAlso today, the Department of Health updated its travel recommendations, originally announced on July 2, to add Nebraska and Wisconsin and remove Nevada from the list of states recommended for domestic travelers returning from to quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania.It is important that people understand that this recommendation is in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. A concerning number of recent cases have been linked to travel, and if people are going to travel, we need them to take steps to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community, and that involves quarantining.Gov. Wolf continues to prioritize the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians through the COVID-19 pandemic. Pennsylvanians should continue to take actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, regardless of in what county they live. This includes wearing a mask or face covering anytime they are in public. COVID-19 has been shown to spread easily in the air and contagious carriers can be asymptomatic. September 21, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Trial begins for man accused of hiring hit-man to kill pregnant wife

first_imgThe trial of a man who is accused of hiring a hit-man to kill his pregnant wife is underway.Police say 33-year-old Euri Jenkings is facing a charge of first degree murder with a firearm in the killing of Makeva Jenkins at their home near Lake Worth in June 2017.Court records showed Jenkins paid a friend, Joevan Joseph, $1500 to kill his wife.Joseph pleaded guilty last year to second degree murder and agreed to testify against Jenkins.The jury selection began on Tuesday.last_img

Paige Stoner, Laura Dickinson finish 2019 season with All-American honors

first_imgThe 2019 Syracuse spring athletic season came to an end last night in Austin, TX. Senior Paige Stoner finished her illustrious career in orange and blue with a seventh-place finish in the NCAA Track & Field Championships Women’s 10k. This is her second straight first-team All-American selection, following last year’s fifth-place finish in the steeplechase. Sophomore Laura Dickinson made her mark as the next premiere female runner in Syracuse with a 15th place finish – good for second-team All-American. “I’m really happy with my race and just really excited to be here,” Dickinson said, “And to run with a teammate who’s been so great to me. I’ve learned so much from her this last year.” Stoner hung with the leading pack of six for most of the race but admitted she was late in keeping up with their final push. The senior added that she wished to finish higher but was proud of the way she battled. The now three-time NCAA All-American finishes her career with school records in the 3k, 5k, and 10k, an ACC Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and a number of individual titles in her three years since transferring from Lipscomb.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I wish I could be here longer,” Stoner said, “But I know I’m passing the torch off to some pretty incredible women so I’m pretty excited for the future for Orange women.” Comments Published on June 7, 2019 at 4:10 pm Contact Tim: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Dodgers win

first_imgThey did nothing to improve those rankings.But Kershaw did walk a batter (gasp) – only his sixth in 92 2/3 innings this season.He was called for a balk – by first base umpire Joe West (ah, that explains it) – and was visibly upset. Lip readers with Time Warner Cable (a limited audience, admittedly) could see Kershaw telling West it was “not even close” to a balk.And, he not only hit a batter but it was the opposing pitcher leading off the sixth inning. It was the first time in his career Kershaw has hit an opposing pitcher with a pitch and led to a 27-pitch workout to get through his final inning.“That was Doc’s decision,” Kershaw said of being pulled by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts after the wearying inning. “He obviously saw the sixth. It wasn’t very good regardless of fatigue or not. It wasn’t very good. He obviously saw that.”Maybe Kershaw had spent some of his strength lifting the Dodgers’ offense. On a night when the Dodgers managed just six hits, Kershaw beat out an infield single in the third inning for one of them and came around to score on Justin Turner’s two-out RBI single.That was all the scoring until the Dodgers pushed across three more runs in the eighth inning. By then, the Dodgers’ bullpen had been left with an uncommonly-heavy load to carry on Kershaw’s day. Dodgers relievers Joe Blanton, Pedro Baez and Jansen closed it out – but not without some drama.Jansen walked the first batter he faced in the ninth inning and was so disgusted with himself that he rolled the ball into the dugout while calling for a new ball. Freddie Freeman was advanced to second on the play and Jansen had to strike out Nick Markakis and Tyler Flowers to strand him at third and preserve the shutout.“I just got pissed, man,” Jansen said. “I should never walk the leadoff guy. That’s unacceptable and I just lost my composure.” The Dodgers aimed an elephant gun at an ant. But never really pulled the trigger.Clayton Kershaw didn’t need to be at his best to beat the Atlanta Braves – and he wasn’t. But he still pitched six scoreless innings and scored the first run in a 4-0 victory over the Braves Saturday night.In the most telling set of numbers defining the Dodgers’ season to date, they are now 11-1 when Kershaw starts – 19-26 when he doesn’t.But the six innings of work Saturday night was his shortest start of the season and his four strikeouts were also a season-low for the major-league leader. “He’s a human guy. He’s not a robot,” Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen said. “I know he doesn’t like that. I know he doesn’t think that’s acceptable. But when he is human, we have to pick him up.”The Dodgers’ bullpen did that, completing the combined shutout with three scoreless innings – a favor Kershaw doesn’t like to ask.“I wasn’t great tonight,” he said. “Physically I felt fine but the ball wasn’t coming out great. It was just one of those nights where it’s kind of a grind.“Six innings … is not acceptable. I’ll take it for tonight. But I don’t ever want leave three innings for the bullpen.”The Braves seemed perfect foils for Kershaw to muscle up and finish what he started. The last-place Braves also rank last in the majors in runs scored, home runs, batting average and OPS.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Lawmakers New state education board LGBTQ policy erodes parental rights

first_img Concerned parents, public must be able to stop potential changesA group of House lawmakers today condemned a draft policy initiative by the Michigan State Board of Education that could allow students to use any school restroom they choose and allow male students to try out for girls’ sports teams, all while keeping parents in the dark about their children’s everyday activities.“As the parent of a 15-year-old daughter I am outraged at the Michigan Board of Education. This policy is evidence of a government bureaucracy run amok and goes well beyond their scope of educating our children,” said Rep. Lana Theis, R-Brighton. “The board has no business trying to take away parental rights, and this ill-conceived policy would put the health and safety of our children at risk.”Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, said: “This outrageous policy forcing K-12 girls to share their bathrooms, locker rooms, or showers with boys—and hide that bizarre, radical practice from parents—not only violates parental rights but threatens the privacy, security, and comfort of our public school students.“The state board should drop such attempts at radical left-wing schemes and focus its resources and staff time on actually educating students.”The Michigan Board of Education has proposed a State Board of Education “Statement and Guidance on Safe and Supportive Learning Environments for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Students” that the board is expected to vote on at its May 10 meeting. Public comments are being accepted on the proposal through Monday, April 11.“We strongly encourage all parents and residents of Michigan take time to submit their thoughts to the state board for review,” said Rep. Theis. “It is imperative for parents to let the board know this policy is unacceptable and encourage the board members to reject the proposal.”The board proposes six additional recommendations for schools, which include:Recognizing students by chosen names and corresponding pronouns;Using chosen names on unofficial student records, such as class/team rosters, yearbook and school newspapers/newsletters;Using case-by-case determinations for locker room options;Ensuring school dress codes are gender-neutral without restrictions based on gender identity; andEvaluating all gender-based programs and maintaining only those with clear educational purposes.“As a parent and former foster parent I am committed to protecting my teenage daughter’s safety and privacy,” said Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake. “For safety purposes in public bathrooms, gender should be clearly defined as biological. These considerations are not relevant to career preparation and should not interfere with other children’s privacy rights.”State Rep. Thomas Hooker said: “The American College of Pediatricians recently said that, ‘Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse.’ I, for one, want the MDE’s budget zeroed out until this guidance policy is revoked and an apology issued.”The public can read the draft guidance policy and provide public comment online at the SBE website,, or fax public comments to 517-373-1233.Questions and concerns also can be sent to individual legislators at:Lana Theis, 42nd District, LanaTheis@house.mi.govThomas Hooker, 77th District, ThomasHooker@house.mi.govGary Glenn, 98th District, GaryGlenn@house.mi.govJim Runestad, 44th District, JimRunestad@house.mi.govLee Chatfield, 107th District, LeeChatfield@house.mi.govRay Franz, 101st District, Categories: Theis News 23Mar Lawmakers: New state education board LGBTQ policy erodes parental rightslast_img read more

Rep Rendon discusses protection against elder abuse in longterm care

first_img02May Rep. Rendon discusses protection against elder abuse in long-term care State Rep. Daire Rendon of Lake City last Thursday welcomed representatives from the Michigan Elder Justice Initiative to the Families, Children and Seniors Committee to discuss how the group protects senior citizens against elder abuse.Alison E. Hirschel, director and managing attorney from the Michigan Elder Justice Initiative; Sali Pung, state long-term care ombudsman; and Dan Wojciak, MI Health Link ombudsman, explained that many Michigan families have experienced some type of long-term care issues, personally or within their family. One in 10 Americans age 60 years or older has experienced some form of elder abuse and one in 14 cases of abuse are reported to authorities.“Elder abuse is an enormous problem,” Rendon said. “Abuse can destroy lives and people’s sense of security. There are trusted and confidential resources to protect American citizens and prevent them from becoming victims. Better quality care for Americans results in better quality lives.”The Michigan Elder Justice Initiative is one of several statewide services created by the Michigan Advocacy Program.### Categories: Daire Rendon Newslast_img read more

UK broadcaster Channel 4 has launched a Windows 8

first_imgUK broadcaster Channel 4 has launched a Windows 8 app for its 4oD on-demand service.The app enables users to watch shows from Channel 4, E4 and More 4 as well as archive content from the last 30 years. It can be viewed on PC, laptop and tablet.Sarah Rose, director of commercial and business development at Channel 4 said: “This exciting collaboration has seen various teams at Channel 4 and other key stakeholders work closely together to deliver something that not only showcases our leading commercial VOD platform on Windows 8, but also Channel 4’s ability to deliver a complete pioneering commercial solution.”last_img read more