Pennsylvania to lift order requiring masks on June 28

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced Friday that the commonwealth’s mask order requiring universal face coverings will be lifted statewide at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, June 28.

“We are continuing to make progress toward stopping the spread of COVID-19 throughout the commonwealth, as many Pennsylvanians have taken responsibility for their own health and the health of their communities by getting vaccinated,” Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said. “Even though the universal masking order will be lifted in a few days, businesses, organizations, health care providers and other entities maintain the option of requiring employees, guests or customers to wear a mask, regardless of their vaccination status.”

The department continues to urge Pennsylvanians to follow CDC guidance for wearing a mask where required by law, rule, and regulations, including healthcare, local business and workplace guidance.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccine tracker, as of Friday morning, June 25, 74.9 percent of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older have received their first dose, while 59.4 percent are fully vaccinated.

The commonwealth ranks 8th among all 50 states for first doses administered by percentage of population.

THIS is the state’s original order outlining the COVID-19 mitigation measures.

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Department of Health lifting universal masking order, urging residents to get vaccinated still

WFMZ Allentown 25 June, 2021 - 04:13pm

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HARRISBURG, Pa. | The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced on Friday that the order requiring universal face coverings will be lifted statewide at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, June 28.

“We are continuing to make progress toward stopping the spread of COVID-19 throughout the commonwealth, as many Pennsylvanians have taken responsibility for their own health and the health of their communities by getting vaccinated,” Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said.

“Even though the universal masking order will be lifted in a few days, businesses, organizations, health care providers and other entities maintain the option of requiring employees, guests or customers to wear a mask, regardless of their vaccination status,” she added.

The department says they continue to urge Pennsylvanians to follow CDC guidance for wearing a mask where required by law, rule, and regulations, including healthcare, local business and workplace guidance. For the protection of themselves and others, individuals who have not yet been vaccinated or are partially vaccinated are still encouraged to wear a mask when in public.

The CDC requires individuals to wear a mask on planes, buses, trains, and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States, and in U.S. transportation hubs, such as airports and stations. In addition, all individuals should still follow guidance at workplaces, local businesses, long-term care facilities, hospitals and other healthcare facilities, prisons, and shelters.

“As we shift to wearing masks less often, it is important to remain resilient in the fight against COVID-19, just as we have done together over the last year and a half,” Acting Physician General Dr. Denise Johnson said.

“The COVID-19 vaccines are the best tools we have to defeat COVID-19," Johnson continued. "Pennsylvanians are aware of this and have been getting vaccinated. If you have not already been vaccinated, there are plenty of options available near you. Getting as many Pennsylvanians vaccinated as possible will offer more protection against the virus for everyone and is the fastest and safest way for us to return to our normal activities.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccine tracker, as of Friday morning, June 25, 74.9% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older have received their first dose, while 59.4% are fully vaccinated. The commonwealth ranks 8th among all 50 states for first doses administered by percentage of population.

Additionally, individuals are reminded that public health measures such as isolation and quarantine are necessary to prevent the spread of infection. It is important for individuals who are sick to stay home unless seeking medical care or COVID-19 testing. Individuals who are identified as close contacts of a person with COVID-19 should cooperate with all public health recommendations, including quarantine, so that if they become infected, they will not spread infection to others.

The universal masking order was originally issued on April 15, 2020, updated on November 18, 2020 and again March 17, 2021.

For more information about Pennsylvania’s vaccination program, visit the website.

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COVID-19 numbers continue to fall in Pennsylvania and Erie County

GoErie.com 25 June, 2021 - 12:25pm

Erie County reported 22 confirmed new cases during a seven-day period that ended Thursday, according to the state Department of Health's website. That's two fewer cases than Erie County reported the week before.

The story seems to be the same for most parts of Pennsylvania, according to dashboard statistics provided by the state Health Department.

Statewide, 995 new cases were reported for the week, down from 1,384 the previous week.

There were exceptions to this apparent move in the right direction. Neighboring Crawford County saw the number of new cases climb from 10 to 13.

There are 120,597 Erie County residents who have been fully vaccinated, while another 17,397 have been partially vaccinated.

 Contact Jim Martin at 814-870-1668 or jmartin@timesnews.com. Follow him on Twitter @ETNMartin.

Pa. to lift universal mask mandate on Monday, with 60% of adults fully vaccinated

The Philadelphia Inquirer 25 June, 2021 - 12:22pm

Pennsylvania is the last jurisdiction in the region to lift the longstanding mandate, with mask orders already lifted in Philadelphia and New Jersey. The need to wear masks — the covered faces, their ubiquitous sale in stores, the inability to smile at strangers — was one of the most visible ways the pandemic transformed daily life. It only becomes possible to remove them thanks to the coronavirus vaccines.

Acting Health Secretary Alison Beam said at the end of May that the order would be lifted by Monday, June 28, or earlier if 70% of adult Pennsylvanians became fully vaccinated. But as of Friday, only 59% of residents 18 and up had completed their inoculations.

“We are continuing to make progress toward stopping the spread of COVID-19 throughout the commonwealth,” she said Friday in a statement, “as many Pennsylvanians have taken responsibility for their own health and the health of their communities by getting vaccinated.”

The lifting of the state mask mandate is largely symbolic for vaccinated people, whom the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last month no longer needed to wear masks outdoors or in most indoor settings. Since then, many of the region’s private businesses have made face coverings optional for folks who have gotten their shots, relying on an honor system.

But it means unvaccinated people can also stop wearing masks — though state health officials urged them to continue masking in public. The virus is still circulating, and anyone who is unvaccinated is at risk of contracting it if exposed. Vaccines remain readily available, often on a walk-in basis, at pharmacies, hospitals, and clinics throughout the region.

And all Pennsylvanians must wear masks when required by businesses, hospitals, healthcare facilities, long-term care homes, correctional facilities, shelters, and businesses, which can choose to require everyone to wear them.

Nationwide, about a dozen states still have mandates requiring unvaccinated people to be masked indoors, according to data tracking by the AARP. Some states never imposed mask mandates.

In both Philadelphia and New Jersey, masks remain required in some situations, such as on public transit and in health-care settings.

This spring, Pennsylvania officials held up lifting the mask mandate as an incentive for residents to get vaccinated — when 70% of the state’s adults were vaccinated, health officials would end the requirement.

By the end of May, the state had reached 70% of adults with at least one dose, meaning the same share should be fully vaccinated by the end of June, when everyone with only one dose would’ve had a second appointment.

Instead, the state is just shy of 60% of adults fully vaccinated, which means some residents have skipped their second shots.

Only Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Connecticut have fully vaccinated 70% or more of their adult residents, according to the CDC. New Jersey is nearing 68%.

Philadelphia, which has set its own restrictions throughout the pandemic, had lifted all its mask requirements on June 11. City officials strongly recommend that unvaccinated people continue wearing masks indoors.

Pennsylvania first issued mask guidance on April 15, 2020 when it mandated that businesses require employees and customers to wear them, falling in line with evolving federal guidance about how to curb the spread of the virus. Last July, as cases rose, the commonwealth made masks mandatory whenever anyone left their home and couldn’t maintain social distancing.

Pennsylvania fully reopened on May 31, lifting remaining business and crowd limitations. The mask mandate was the last major pandemic restriction in place.

COVID-19 declines still further in Pa., with 258 new cases, 9 deaths

PennLive 25 June, 2021 - 12:20pm

The state on Friday also registered 258 new COVID-19 infections and nine new deaths, raising Pennsylvania’s death toll to 27,636.

As of Friday morning, 75% of Pennsylvanians 18 or older had received at least a first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 59% are fully vaccinated, the state said.

Pennsylvania ranks eighth in the U.S. for its percentage of residents who have received at least one dose, the health department said, citing figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Pennsylvania’s universal face masking order, in place since the spring of 2020, ends Monday, although businesses and facilities can continue to require masks even for people who are fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations have plummeted as tens of millions of Americans, especially seniors, have become vaccinated.

Still, the pace of vaccinations has dropped off, especially among adults about 40 and younger, who account of a growing share of severe COVID-19 illness.

Now, the most worrisome threat involves variants such as the Delta variant, which is becoming widespread in the United States, and which is far more contagious than earlier versions.

The fear is that variants will spread and mutate further among the unvaccinated, potentially resulting in strains that aren’t blocked by the vaccines.

READ MORE: Face mask mandate ends Monday in Pa., although businesses can still require them

Pennsylvania lifting universal masking order on Monday

WPVI-TV 25 June, 2021 - 11:04am

Pa. sets date to lift mask mandate, even if vaccination goal isn't hit

The order requiring universal face coverings will be lifted statewide at 12:01 am on Monday, June 28. We continue to urge Pennsylvanians to follow @CDCgov guidance for wearing a mask where required by law, rule, and regulations. Read more: https://t.co/rpf9spYvma

Even though the universal masking order will be lifted in a few days, businesses, organizations, health care providers and other entities maintain the option of requiring employees, guests or customers to wear a mask, regardless of their vaccination status. https://t.co/ttwTOdNg78

State lifting mask mandate on Monday

WNEP Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 25 June, 2021 - 09:47am

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Health announced on Friday that the order requiring universal face coverings will be lifted statewide at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, June 28. 

The department continues to urge Pennsylvanians to follow CDC guidance for wearing a mask where required by law, rule, and regulations, including health care, local business, and workplace guidance.

Individuals who have not yet been vaccinated or are partially vaccinated are still encouraged to wear a mask when in public.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) vaccine tracker, as of Friday morning, June 25, 74.9 percent of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older have received their first dose, while 59.4 percent are fully vaccinated. The commonwealth ranks eighth among all 50 states for first doses administered by percentage of population. 

The universal masking order was originally issued on April 15, 2020, updated on November 18, 2020, and again on March 17, 2021. 

The order requiring universal face coverings will be lifted statewide at 12:01 am on Monday, June 28. We continue to urge Pennsylvanians to follow @CDCgov guidance for wearing a mask where required by law, rule, and regulations. Read more: https://t.co/rpf9spYvma

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Pennsylvania's mask order will be lifted Monday

WTAE Pittsburgh 25 June, 2021 - 09:38am

People who are not vaccinated for COVID-19 or partially vaccinated still encouraged to wear masks, Pa. Department of Health says

People who are not vaccinated for COVID-19 or partially vaccinated still encouraged to wear masks, Pa. Department of Health says

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People who are not vaccinated for COVID-19 or partially vaccinated still encouraged to wear masks, Pa. Department of Health says

Pennsylvania will lift the statewide order requiring universal face coverings at 12:01 a.m. on June 28, the Department of Health said Friday.

People who have not been vaccinated for COVID-19 or are partially vaccinated are still encouraged to wear a mask in public, the health department said.

State health officials said 74.9% of Pennsylvania adults had received their first dose of the vaccine as of Friday morning, and 59.4% were fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccine tracker.

"Getting as many Pennsylvanians vaccinated as possible will offer more protection against the virus for everyone and is the fastest and safest way for us to return to our normal activities," said Dr. Denise Johnson, the state's acting physician general.

Last month, Pennsylvania adopted the relaxed CDC guidance that says people who are fully vaccinated don't have to wear masks in uncrowded situations indoors or outside.

"As we shift to wearing masks less often, it is important to remain resilient in the fight against COVID-19, just as we have done together over the last year and a half," Johnson said. "The COVID-19 vaccines are the best tools we have to defeat COVID-19. Pennsylvanians are aware of this and have been getting vaccinated. If you have not already been vaccinated, there are plenty of options available near you."

The health department said Pennsylvanians are urged to continue following CDC guidance for wearing a mask where required, including healthcare, local business and workplace guidance.

Masks are also required on planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation.

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