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COVID-19 briefs

Gov. Wolf announces $50

million to fight COVID-19

HARRISBURG – Governor Tom Wolf announced that he will spend up to $50 million in transferred state funding to purchase medical equipment and supplies for hospitals, nursing homes, and emergency workers to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic in Pennsylvania.

“We need more beds, more ventilators, more personal protective equipment, and so much more and we need it as soon as possible because the virus is here,” Gov. Wolf said. “I am working to get this funding moving as quickly as I can. We need to do everything we can to support our front-line medical workers to protect them and ensure they have the equipment to care for patients. This funding is a step in the right direction.”

UPMC implements visitor, staff screening

WILLIAMPSORT –To best protect patients and staff, all UPMC hospitals have now implemented a COVID-19 screening questionnaire that must be completed by any persons entering the facility, including patients, visitors meeting guidelines, employees, and essential vendors.

Visitors who do not pass the screening will be sent home and directed on how to obtain care. Staff who do not pass the screening will be instructed to not begin their shift until contacting Employee Health. Patients who do not pass the screening will be given a mask and escorted to a separate area to await care or directed to wait outside or in their vehicle until such an area is identified.

In addition, staff and visitors who pass the screening will be given a surgical mask to wear while they are in our hospitals.

UPMC recognizes Doctors’ Day with food bank

donation

WILLIAMPSORT– Keeping true to its commitment to serve the community, and to recognize the tremendous work of its medical staff, UPMC in the Susquehanna region donated $5,000 to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank in honor of National Doctors’ Day, held annually on March 30.

The funds will be directed to the food bank’s Health Innovations Program which connects its emergency feeding network and consumers served by these programs with members of the medical community to promote health, wellness, and nutrition education.

“The closure of schools and many businesses has created an even greater need to help nourish our community,” said Owrey. “Now more than ever, we want to supply vital services to keep people as healthy as possible and to ensure no one goes hungry in these unprecedented times.”

In a letter to providers, Don Owrey, chief operating officer for UPMC in the Susquehanna region, thanked the organizations’ medical professionals for their dedication and commitment in meeting the diverse health care needs of our community.

“Our providers have adapted to tremendous change this past year as we implemented a new electronic health record and telemedicine services,” said Owrey. “Now they’re working the frontlines of the health care crisis currently affecting our nation. None the less, they stand strong to build a brighter, healthier future for the residents of northcentral Pennsylvania.”

For more information about the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s Health Innovations Program, visit centralpafoodbank.org.

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