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Department of Health Information on Coronavirus - Updated*

CoronavirusThe Office of Developmental Programs has created a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates webpage for stakeholders to stay up to date with updates and resources from ODP.

Also visit the Department of Health website to stay up to date and access general resources about coronavirus.

- On March 16, the Office of Developmental Programs issued Announcement 20-022 containing important information about facilities licensed under 55 Pa. Code Chapters 2380 and 2390 and 6 Pa. Code Chapter 11; including provisions for the redeployment of direct support professionals for essential health and safety functions.

- On March 14, Governor Wolf Offers COVID-19 Community Preparedness and Procedures Materials

- On March 13, Deputy Secretary, Kristin Ahrens and Medical Director, Dr. Gregory Cherpes hold a webinar update on coronavirus (COVID-19)

- On March 12, In response to growing concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and its potential impact on the delivery of services to individuals with an intellectual disability or autism, the Department of Human Services (DHS), Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has developed operational guidance and recommendations for providers of intellectual disability and autism services.

- On March 6, Governor Wolf and Secretary Levine confirmed the first two presumptive positive cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Pennsylvania and the governor signed an emergency disaster declaration to provide increased support to state agencies involved in the response to the virus.

A resource developed by DOH entitled, “Long Term Care Facility Visitation Guidance” contains guidance on important strategies to prevent the introduction of respiratory germs through the monitoring of visitors and healthcare workers.

- On March 2, an ODP Health Alert on Coronavirus was released to all stakeholders; which provided valuable information and links to resources. 

A resource developed by DOH entitled, “Long Term Care Facility Visitation Guidance” contains guidance on important strategies to prevent the introduction of respiratory germs through the monitoring of visitors and healthcare workers. 

Updated: March 16, 2020 18:10