One person in Huntingdon County has tested positive for COVID-19. This is the first case of COVID-19 confirmed for Huntingdon County.
The person affected is not in a Penn Highlands Healthcare facility, but Penn Highlands is in touch with the state Department of Health regarding all COVID-19 cases in its service area.
“We encourage everyone to remain vigilant to the practices of good hand hygiene, disinfecting high-touch areas and self-isolation. These precautions can help curb the spread of the virus and keep people healthy,” Dr. Shaun Sheehan, Medical Director of Emergency Medicine for all of PHH and leader of the PHH COVID-19 Task Force, said.
Penn Highlands Healthcare, itself, is prepared to care for COVID-19 patients and has taken many precautions to limit the exposure of COVID-19 to patients, visitors and staff. To date, it has restricted visitors in its hospitals and nursing homes.
Hospitals and other buildings have one public entrance open at each location, and all visitors who enter have their temperature checked and verbally screened for symptoms of COVID-19.
Employees have been have been monitored for COVID-19 and are following protocols for correct protective gear. PHH sends daily updates about COVID-19 from the PHH Task Force, the Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control, and Prevention.
Anyone who has symptoms of COVID-19 - cough, fever, sore throat and shortness of breath - are encouraged to stay home. They may call for a free verbal screening through their primary care provider offices, or they may call the PHH Call Center at 814-375-6644. From that phone call, the process starts to determine if a test should be performed.