LIVE UPDATES: 38 new COVID-19 cases in Allegheny Co., 14 of them in long-term care facilities

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UPDATE 1:30 p.m.: Gov. Wolf, the head of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and the head of the Pennsylvania National Guard held a news conference to discuss the Guard’s role in helping nursing homes deal with COVID-19.

The National Guard has been supporting mass testing sites and has assisted 10 nursing homes throughout the state, including Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Beaver County.

“Teams were built to include physician assistants, nurses, medics and general purpose forces to provide staffing assistance as well as any training on use of PPE, don and doff procedures, and decontamination measures as needed,” said Colonel Frank Montgomery, director of Military Support for the Pennsylvania National Guard.

Montgomery said the agency is still supporting five facilities.

UPDATE 12:37 p.m.: Parking meter enforcement will start back up on Wednesday, according to city officials.

With businesses resuming under Gov. Wolf’s yellow phase, parking meter enforcement downtown will allow for more customers for shops and restaurants, officials said. Since the city shut down in mid-March, parking tickets were not being issued leading to complaints from businesses of vehicles staying parked all day.

Temporarily, the first 30 minutes of parking will be free.

Warnings were being issued starting Monday downtown. Parking garages will also stay open for workers looking for longer-term parking.

UPDATE 12:00 p.m.: Pennsylvania has more than 63,056 positive cases of coronavirus, according to the Department of Health. There are 822 additional positive cases.

The total number of people who have died of COVID-19 across the state to 4,505. To date, 277,553 tests have come back negative.

Locally there are 3,341 cases in western Pennsylvania, and 294 deaths. Here is the break down by county:

  • Allegheny Co.: 1,603 cases, 143 deaths
  • Armstrong Co.: 58 cases, 5 deaths
  • Beaver Co.: 517 cases, 83 deaths
  • Butler Co.: 203 cases, 6 deaths
  • Clarion Co.: 24 cases, 1 death
  • Fayette Co.: 89 cases, 4 deaths
  • Forest Co.: 7 cases, 0 deaths
  • Greene Co.: 27 cases, 1 death
  • Indiana Co.: 84 cases, 6 deaths
  • Lawrence Co.: 72 cases, 7 deaths
  • Mercer Co.: 91 cases, 2 death
  • Venango Co.: 8 cases, 0 deaths
  • Washington Co.: 131 cases, 4 deaths
  • Westmoreland Co.: 427 cases, 32 deaths

#COVID19 Update (as of 5/18/20 at 12:00 am):
• 822 additional positive cases of COVID-19
• 63,056 total cases statewide
• 4,505 deaths statewide
• 277,553 patients tested negative to date

County-specific information statewide map:

— PA Department of Health (@PAHealthDept) May 18, 2020

UPDATE 11:00 a.m.: The Allegheny County Health Department reported since March 14, there are now 1,641 cases as of Monday. That’s an increase of 38 coronavirus cases over Sunday. This breaks down to 1,553 positive confirmed cases and 88 probable cases.

Of the newly reported cases, 14 are associated with long-term care facilities. Testing dates range from May 12 to May 15.

Here is a breakdown of cases by age group:

  • 0-4 years: 6 (less than 1%)
  • 5-12 years: 5 (less than 1%)
  • 13-18 years: 17 (1%)
  • 19-24 years: 105 (7%)
  • 25-49 years: 543 (34%)
  • 50-64 years: 389 (28%)
  • 65 years: 395 (31%)

This is the COVID-19 Daily Update from the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) for May 18, 2020.
The data reflected in these updates include information reported in the past 24 hours as well as data since March 14 when the first case was reported in the county.

— Allegheny County Health Department (@HealthAllegheny) May 18, 2020

There are 294 past or present hospitalizations related to COVID-19.

There have been no additional deaths, bringing the total number coronavirus deaths to 143. Of reported deaths, 132 are confirmed or had a positive test and 11 are probable.

UPDATE 10:30 a.m.: Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday that providers of COVID-19 testing and treatment services will be reimbursed for providing services to uninsured patients.

As part of the Family First Coronavirus Relief Act and CARES Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will reimburse to health care providers generally at Medicare rates for testing uninsured individuals for COVID-19 and treating uninsured individuals with a COVID-19 diagnosis.

“All Pennsylvanians should have access to necessary testing for COVID-19 and this federal funding will help eliminate any financial burden on those both providing and receiving tests,” Gov. Wolf said.

The Department of Human Services is reminding uninsured Pennsylvanians that health coverage is available through through the state’s Medicaid program, known as Medical Assistance (MA), or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

UPDATE 9:30 a.m.: For 20 million kids across the country, including kids in the Pittsburgh area, summer camp plans are up in the air.

Each summer camp will be different, and decisions will be made on a local basis because each state is open in various stages.

The American Camp Association Monday released their operation guidelines for this summer because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Officials with the American Camp Association said most day camps will operate, with some changes that include:

  • Shortened, smaller in-person sessions.
  • Screening campers and counselors for symptoms.
  • Frequent handwashing, and disinfecting of surfaces.
  • Campers and counselors wearing masks.

Officials with the American Camp Association said safety of the campers and counselors is the top priority.

UPDATE 7:00 a.m.: The Pennsylvania Department of Health will start releasing information Monday on COVID-19 cases at specific nursing homes and long-term care facilities across the state.

Until now, the Health Department has only released that information at the county level.

The Pennsylvania National Guard has been at Brighton Rehabilitation and Wellness Center in Beaver County since May 11. That center has had more than 70 COVID-19 deaths, which is the most in the state.

New management was brought in to temporarily Run the center, and Congressman Conor Lamb has called for a federal investigation into the facility.

Pittsburgh to begin issuing parking tickets again Monday

UPDATE 6:30 a.m.: Pittsburgh police will start handing out parking tickets again beginning Monday.

Restrictions were relaxed back in March because of the stay-at-home orders.

Parking meters enforcement handled by the Pittsburgh Parking Authority and that is still suspended.

Police say that does not meal illegal parking will be tolerated.

City to start enforcing parking restrictions starting Monday

Coronavirus in Pennsylvania: Monday morning

UPDATE 4:30 a.m.: Coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania have passed 62,000.

As of Sunday, there was a total of 62,234 COVID-19 cases and 4,418 deaths statewide, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. There have been 270,670 people who tested negative for the virus.

Of the state’s 62,234 COVID-19 cases, 3,341 have been in western Pennsylvania.

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