Pa. top health official recommends all Thanksgiving gatherers quarantine

Written by on December 1, 2020

Pa. top health official recommends all Thanksgiving gatherers quarantine

By Tyler Pratt

December 1, 2020

The state’s top health official is advising anyone who gathered inside over the past week to quarantine. 

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“We are very concerned about the potential impact of the Thanksgiving holiday and in particular those people who despite our advice traveled,”  Pennsylvania’s Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said Monday. 

Levine said people who gathered should assume they were exposed and is recommending they isolate and monitor for symptoms. While people can schedule a COVID-19 test, a current backlog has delayed results.

Levine says there is substantial coronavirus spread in nearly every Pennsylvania county and the statewide percent positivity for testing has risen to nearly 12%. 

The Monday coronavirus update from the State Department of Health also showed hospitalizations are at all-pandemic high.

More than 4,200 people are in the hospital, nearly thousand more than a week ago 

Of the patients hospitalized, one in five is in the ICU. 

Levine said she’s concerned the impact of Thanksgiving travel will impact these numbers in the coming week 

“December, January, February – this looks like it’s going to be the peak time in terms of transmission for this global pandemic,” Levine said. 

Levine is once again advising people not to travel over the next set of holidays. 

“This winter is the key time and we all need to stand united, we need to stay home and prevent the spread of this virus.”

She said Monday she was hopeful for new vaccines that may be approved soon, but she doesn’t expect them to be available for the general public until the late spring or summer. 

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