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Coronavirus in Pennsylvania

The Latest Guidance

The following counties will move to the yellow phase on May 29:
Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lebanon, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, and
Schuylkill. 17 counties will move to green on May 29: Bradford, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Montour, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango and Warren.



Counties currently in yellow include: Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Potter, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Westmoreland, Wyoming, Wayne, and York.

Pennsylvania is utilizing a three-phase matrix to determine when counties and/or regions are ready to begin easing some restrictions on work, congregate settings, and social interactions. View Governor’s Wolf’s
phased reopening plan for Pennsylvania. View
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How dentists are handling the coronavirus.

Two dentist chairs, kept at a distance.

Photo illustration by Slate. Images via AlexLMX/iStock/Getty Images Plus.

This article is part of Reopenings, a series about how businesses are operating during the pandemic.

Fillings, extractions, and cleanings are no longer relics of the Before Times. Dental practices in more than half the United States are reopening for business. But as one of the professions most susceptible to an illness that mainly spreads from one breather to the next, dentists have to rethink many of their practices in order to function during the coronavirus pandemic. Book an appointment now and you’ll immediately see the difference—if you can get one. “We’ve delayed treatments, which could lead to an emergency, so there’s a huge backlog of patients who need to be seen,” said Richard Nagy, a periodontist in Santa Barbara and the president of the California Dental Association. “Protocols will be different. Patients will be asked questions that they’ve never

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Washington ER doctor loses job after criticizing hospital’s coronavirus response

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A Washington state emergency room doctor has been fired after going on Facebook and TV and publicly accusing the hospital where he worked of a slow response to the coronavirus that exposed staff to danger.

Ming Lin showed up for work at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center on Friday and was told he had been terminated before the start of his shift, The Seattle Times reported.

“I got a message that said, ‘Your shift has been covered,’” Lin told the paper.

The hospital employed Lin for 17 years under a contract with TeamHealth, a national health care staffing company.

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TeamHealth told The Associated Press in an email Saturday that it would try and find Lin a job somewhere else. The company

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California doctors’ dubious coronavirus claims condemned by health experts

A widely shared local television video of last week’s news conference, which was posted on YouTube, reached more than 5 million views and was amplified by Elon Musk and Fox News, where Dr. Dan Erickson and Dr. Artin Massihi appeared on primetime shows two nights in a row.

The video has since been taken down by YouTube for violating the platform’s policy on misinformation, a YouTube spokesperson said.

The doctors, who are not epidemiologists and who own and operate urgent care centers in the Bakersfield area, held the news conference on April 22 to share their conclusions about the results of 5,213 coronavirus tests at their clinics, extrapolating their findings to the California population as a whole.

“Do we need to still shelter in place? Our answer is emphatically no. Do we need businesses to be shut down? Emphatically no. Do we need to test them and get them back … Read More

Popular heartburn medicine being studied as treatment for coronavirus

Over the past few weeks researchers have been discreetly studying a new potential treatment for COVID-19 — and it might not be what you expect.

The treatment in question is called famotidine, and it’s the active ingredient in Pepcid, an over-the-counter medication commonly used to alleviate heartburn.

Since March 13, researchers at Northwell Health, a network of hospitals in New York, have been enrolling patients hospitalized with COVID-19 into their study of famotidine, which is being delivered through an IV in megadoses nine times greater than the typical over-the-counter dose. The drug is being given in combination with the much-touted antimalarial hydroxychloroquine.

Researchers said some data on safety will be available “in a few weeks,” but did not say when data will be available showing whether the drug combination is effective.

Dr. Kevin Tracey, CEO and president of the Feinsteins Institute for Medical Research at Northwell Health, says the study

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Dentist creates 3D masks to fight coronavirus shortages

CUMMING, Ga. — A Georgia dentist spent the weekend brainstorming with friends that had a background in engineering and medicine to help fill the shortage of face masks for those on the front line.

Dr. Mark Causey runs a 3D capable orthodontic office that can scan patients and create full models of their teeth.

As dental offices close during the coronavirus outbreak, Causey has found a way to help the rest of the medical community. 

“There have been nurses in OR’s that have written my staff messages saying they were crying because they weren’t being given the proper equipment,” explains Causey.

He started by creating a 3D design for a mask that, when adding a filter and seal, can make potential substitutes for medical professionals. 

3D Printing Mask

Dr. Mark Causey

Causey has made over 80 in the past few days and says it’s “better than a bandanna, a scarf

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Dentist says coronavirus crisis is a ‘disaster’ for dental care in Cornwall

A dentist in Cornwall says that the coronavirus crisis has created a “major problem for dentistry in Cornwall, in fact it’s a disaster”.

Jason Smithson, on behalf of the British Association of Private Dentistry, has hit out that there is only one emergency Urgent Dental Care Centre operating for the whole of Cornwall, offering only limited treatment.

The dentist says that people in the county are in agony and not receiving the treatment they desperately need and that many dental businesses could be bankrupt within weeks leaving patients without access to care.

Dr Smithson says that the situation is exceptionally disastrous for Cornwall as it already has well-documented access problems for patients, which are being exacerbated by the current situation.

“We now have perhaps the most major problem in the history of dentistry in Cornwall,” said Dr Smithson. 

“We only have one urgent dental care centre offering emergency treatment for

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New Jersey man stole 1,600 masks intended for hospital fighting the coronavirus outbreak, officials say

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A New Jersey electrical contractor is being charged with theft and conspiracy after swiping up to 1,600 respirator masks intended for a state hospital fighting the coronavirus outbreak, officials say.

Kevin Brady, of Point Pleasant Beach, is accused of stealing eight cases of the N95 masks from the Prudential Financial building in Iselin between March 27 and April 1, the office of state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said Thursday.

“Prudential Financial had intended to donate the masks to a local hospital,” the office said in a statement, adding that each case had 200 masks each.

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Brady, 49, was able to obtain the masks because he had access to storage areas in the Prudential Financial facility, officials say.

He was caught after multiple law enforcement agencies acted on

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Mexico could force businesses to close if they violate coronavirus rules

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico could force the closure of companies in non-essential sectors if they refuse to suspend operations during a state of emergency to curb spread of the coronavirus, a top health official said on Wednesday.

FILE PHOTO: Health workers wearing protective gear test people for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a drive-through testing station, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, in Monterrey, Mexico April 11, 2020. REUTERS/Daniel Becerril

The announcement comes after a group representing U.S. manufacturers told President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador that an economic shutdown over the virus could weaken North America’s response to the pandemic.

Mexico reported 448 new infections and 43 deaths, taking its tally to 5,847 cases and 449 deaths on Wednesday, although Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell said last week as many as 26,500 people could be infected.

From April 3 until Tuesday, 15% of companies with non-essential activities

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Princess Sofia of Sweden volunteers at hospital amid coronavirus outbreak

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Princess Sofia of Sweden started volunteering this week at a Stockholm hospital where she serves as the honorary chair amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The princess, 35, is among 80 people a week who have completed the three-day emergency online training course from Sophiahemmet University created to help the hospital, which has been overwhelmed during the outbreak, according to People magazine.

“In the crisis we find ourselves in, the Princess wants to get involved and make a contribution as a voluntary worker to relieve the large workload of health care professionals,” the Royal Court said in a statement.

Meghan Markle, Prince Harry deliver free meals in Los Angeles amid coronavirus crisis

She won’t be working directly with patients, but rather supporting doctors and nurses through kitchen shifts, disinfecting instruments and cleaning, Pia Hultkrantz, spokeswoman

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