Updates on PA Weddings, nursing homes, and County reopenings

Written by on May 21, 2020

Updates on PA Weddings, nursing homes and County reopenings

May 21, 2020

Screenshot of Gov. Wolf’s COVID-19 update press conference.

The month of June is traditionally peak wedding season. But if you’re looking for a big ceremony, the coronavirus pandemic isn’t the best time to “put a ring on it”.

Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine says that for “red counties” like Philadelphia — where non-essential functions are still mostly shut down — it’s a no-go, because of community spread.

When a county moves into the yellow phase, some formal ceremonies can be held. 

“Weddings could occur with less than 25 people, in the yellow zones… although we still would recommend social distancing and the wearing of masks, hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer,” said Levine.

Under the Governor’s three-tier plan, a larger wedding could be possible when counties reach the Green phase. But the state hasn’t yet announced the specific criteria for that to happen.

The novel coronavirus also affects immunocompromised and elderly people most severely, which is why we’ve seen a number of outbreaks in nursing homes around the nation.

In Pennsylvania, Coronavirus deaths at long-term care facility deaths were combined together for a county total. 

Dr. Levine says we’ll now know where these deaths are happening.

“We are also posting on our website… number of staff cases, number of resident cases, number of deaths at facilities regulated by both the dept of health and the dept of human services.”

For facilities with less than 5 cases the specific numbers will be redacted to protect patient privacy. And Levine says that it’s still primarily the responsibility of each facility to inform families about their cases.


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