Jul. 13, 2020 / Newspaper Columns

By State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) 


The Pennsylvania Department of Health has launched an online early warning monitoring dashboard that provides information on the prevalence of COVID-19 on a statewide and county basis to track increases in the disease in the community. The dashboard can be accessed through the department’s website, www.health.pa.gov.

The dashboard shows data points being used to assess the spread of the virus in the state and in each county, including:
  •   Difference in confirmed cases (last seven days vs. previous seven days).
  •   Incidence rate (last seven days and previous seven days) per 100,000 residents.
  •   Polymerise chain reaction (PCR) positivity rate (last seven days and previous seven days).
  •   Difference in the average daily number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the last seven days and the previous seven days.
  •   Difference in the average daily number of COVID-19 patients on ventilators in the last seven days and previous seven days.
  •   Percent of hospital emergency department visits in the last seven days and previous seven days due to COVID-like illness.

The dashboard will be updated on a weekly basis to assist in providing information regarding the prevalence and severity of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania.

Recent increases in the number of cases in some parts of the state have shown the need for all residents to continue to take simple steps to prevent the spread of the virus: wear a mask, wash hands frequently, maintain social distancing and stay home if sick.

Representative Tarah Toohil
116th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
717.260.6136
RepToohil.com / Facebook.com/RepToohil
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