The Times Herald (Norristown, PA)

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Gov. Tom Wolf said the state’s COVID-19 dashboard is designed to provide early warning signs of factors that affect the state’s mitigation efforts.

The statewide percentpos­itivity rate as of Jan. 21 was 10.5 percent, down from the 12.8 percent positivity rate recorded the previous week, according to the dashboard.

As of Jan. 21, the state recorded a seven-day increase of 31,140 cases of the virus. The previous seven-day increase was 40,088 cases, indicating 8,948 fewer new cases across the state over the past week compared to the previous week.

According to state health officials, 66 counties currently remain in the substantia­l level of community transmissi­on, the highest level of transmissi­on. Cameron County is the only county to move to the low level of community transmissi­on.

“After six straight weeks of all 67 counties reporting in the substantia­l level of transmissi­on, we now have one county moving into the low level of transmissi­on category – a great sign of progress,” Wolf said on Monday. “But there is still more work for us to do and we must not become complacent.

“I believe we can keep up these best public health practices to continue to bring the transmissi­on of COVID-19 down in our communitie­s, keep each other safe, and move forward with rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine,” Wolf added.

To flatten the surge of COVID-19 cases, state and local health officials continue to urge residents to wear a mask, to avoid social gatherings, to abide by handwashin­g recommenda­tions,

to fully cooperate if they receive a call from a contact tracer, and to download the free COVID Alert PA app onto their phone.

COVID Alert PA is a free mobile app, offered by the Pennsylvan­ia Department of Health, that uses Bluetooth low energy technology and the Exposure Notificati­on System, created jointly by Google and Apple, to notify and give public health guidance to anyone who may have been in close contact with a person who also has the app and has tested positive for COVID-19.

“The department of health continues to monitor all cases across Pennsylvan­ia to best prevent outbreaks and mitigate the spread of COVID-19, but while we continue these efforts, we need residents to wear a mask, social distance, avoid gatherings and do the right thing to

stop the spread,” state Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said on Monday.

“Throughout the pandemic, the Wolf administra­tion has expanded resources and tools for residents. We encourage Pennsylvan­ians to download the COVID Alert PA app to receive exposure notificati­on alerts and see

data in the palm of your hand as well as using the newest vaccine eligibilit­y tool as we continue to get vaccine into arms across the state,” Beam added.

Additional informatio­n about vaccine eligibilit­y can be found at www. pa.gov and clicking on “Getting the COVID Vaccine.”

“I believe we can keep up these best public health practices to continue to bring the transmissi­on of COVID-19 down in our communitie­s, keep each other safe, and move forward with rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine.” — Gov.Tom Wolf

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