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COVID-19 National and Local Updates for Patients

At AFC Urgent Care Warrington, our aim is to ensure that all patients can get the care they need through accessible and affordable local urgent care services. As part of our mission, our provider team can perform COVID-19 swab testing to determine if you have an active coronavirus infection. The provider team also offers COVID-19 antibody testing services to see if patients recovered from coronavirus or had a previous infection.

But as businesses and communities begin to slowly reopen it is crucial for all patients to stay informed, alert, and protected at all times as the coronavirus pandemic is monitored. The risk of spreading, and catching, COVID-19 is still extremely high in the United States. To help keep patients informed, AFC Urgent Care Warrington has taken some of the most recent headlines to provide analysis and takeaways in regard to patient safety, disease prevention, and other lifestyle factors that are impacted by the coronavirus.

Nationally, cases are slowing in the Northeast but are skyrocketing in the South

The lastest counts of COVID-19 (via NPR News) indicate that states in the South and nearby regions have a surge of COVID-19 cases and could pose potential risks for travelers to and from these states. Many states in these regions experienced a rise in cases as they began to re-open businesses, restaurants, bars, and recreational facilities in late May/early June 2020. Massive surges in states like Louisiana, Florida, Kansas, and neighboring states are already rolling back re-opening phases for residents.

“It is clear that COVID is alive and well in Louisiana, and as we see more people testing positive and admitted to hospitals, we simply are not ready to move to the next phase, and ease restrictions further as businesses open widely,” Gov. John Bel Edwards [of Louisiana] said on Monday, noting the state had surpassed 3,000 deaths and 50,000 positive tests.

Credit: National Public Radio

COVID-19 Cases in Pennsylvania Rise above 83,000

The Pennsylvania Department of Public Health announced that COVID-19 cases reached above 83,000 confirmed patients in late June, which continues to show the need for more consistent social distancing and infection control procedures. Governor Wolf stated that the state remains optimistic that re-opening phases will continue as planned, but the current death total of 6,000+ is still enough alarm for patients to maintain effective social distancing efforts.

“As we move closer to having the entire state in the green phase, we must remain committed to protecting against COVID-19,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Pennsylvania has been a model for the country on how to reopen effectively using a careful, measured approach. However, the virus has not gone away. Each of us has a responsibility to continue to protect ourselves, our loved ones and others by wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing and washing our hands frequently. Together we can protect our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians, our essential workers and our healthcare system.”

Source: PA Department of Public Health