Public Health Mitigation


Mobilizing public health resources and strategies for Lancaster County businesses to maintain a safe and healthy work environment.

Read an article by Hilda Shirk, PhD, MSW, Retired Lancaster Healthcare Executive, regarding the importance of added focus on public health, especially during this time of COVID-19. This serves as an introduction to the content in this health information hub.

LANCASTER COUNTY, BY THE NUMBERS

Click here for a quick look at the growth trend for new cases of COVID-19, based on cases per 100,000 population for the past 30 days. This chart shows a 14-day rolling count that flattens daily fluctuations for a more accurate picture of where the number of new cases is headed. It also offers a comparison to other counties and the Commonwealth as a whole. We want to see this number go down and stay below 50 new cases per 100,000. Thanks to Penn Medicine LG for sharing the graph.

Maps, statistics and easy access to other resources are available through the link, below, which provides coronavirus-related information specific to Lancaster County. Data includes confirmed and active COVID-19 cases, deaths, and the number of tests performed, along with the percentage of positive and negative test results. 

PENNSYLVANIA, BY THE NUMBERS

The Pennsylvania Department of Health COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard provides statewide data as well as statistics for all 67 counties including Lancaster. Information includes COVID-19 trends related to confirmed cases, hospitalizations, and patients on ventilators. To access the data, click on the link below. To access specific data about Lancaster County, click on its image on the state map or select Lancaster on a drop-down county menu in the upper right-hand corner on the Department of Health dashboard page.

What You Should Know:

COVID-19 is a new coronavirus disease that is the cause of a worldwide outbreak of highly infectious respiratory illness. Symptoms vary; the disease also linked to blood clots, strokes, lesions and full-body rashes. Some infected individuals show mild symptoms, others none at all. There is currently no vaccine to prevent the virus and no approved treatment that targets the virus.

The best way to prevent the illness is to avoid being exposed to COVID-19 which, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, is thought to be spread mainly through human-to-human contact. That means:

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

Contact Tracing: The Details

Contact tracing helps to prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as  COVID-19. Yet this essential process is often misunderstood. Learn the facts, and why it is so critical for employers and employees alike, by reading our Contact Tracing Information Sheet (versión en español).

We also hosted a  Facebook Live with Cindy Stewart from Community First Fund regarding contact tracing in the work environment. Watch now.

Hygiene: Best Practices

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the CDC recommends:

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

Stay Informed: Resources

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Emily Drobnock is passionate about accessories. So much so that she turned a parent-fostered love of flea market finds, family heirlooms and vintage costume pieces into an expanding business. Read the feature spotlight.

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Health News: Why a focus on public health matters

Our new article spotlights the importance of public health and why it matters as we navigate how our economy rebounds.

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