DBHIDS + PDPH Provider Townhall with Health Commissioner Dr. Bettigole - Speaker view
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should one use those masks more than once?
Are the cloth masks with the replaceable Hepa filters any good?
Do you expect another variant within the next few months?
Is Philadelphia Dept of Health considering adding a Booster mandate on top of the Base vaccination mandate? If so, when might we hear details?
Given the fact that so many at-home Rapid tests are being used (and likely more now than in early January since they are becoming more available), how do we know that the positive case numbers are actually coming down?
Will providers of the programs have to provide the N95 mask to the participants and of so, how can the providers fund them?
Can you please put the number in the chat
Mary K. Doherty
Home test kits have expiration dates only a few months after the purchase - are they still able to be used beyond those dates?
There are situations where staff are continuing to test positive after initial diagnosis for several weeks (but asymptomatic). Should those staff continue to quarantine and not return to work until they receive a negative tests.
My apologies. So it is 10 days Isolation and 10 days quarantine. total of 20 days?
Dr. Kelley White
quarantine vaccinated vs. unvaccinated?
Does this apply to fully vaccinated individuals?
Mary K. Doherty
This was published 10 minutes ago in the Inquirer: https://www.inquirer.com/health/coronavirus/covid-test-expire-binax-carestart-quickvue-rapid-20220121.html?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=ios&utm_campaign=app_ios_article_share&utm_content=ZYG6O5KTYNG3NB4XOO5M7ZFFGY.
at this time????
So if you come in contact with someone who tested positive for Covid or Omircon but you already fully vaccinated & have the booster shot was is the isolation period
So, if you've been exposed to COVIS its 10 days isolation not 5?
If you tested positive with COVID-19 before you could get your booster, is there a recommended wait time.
before you should get your booster shot
Why not? Isn't natural immunity better than the vaccination?
could we please go over the booster information. I was kicked off. I only heard the question and "total of 4 shots"
So much contradicting info. How do we know what to trust?
For providers that toggle between virtual and in-person programming especially for teenagers, what is the guidance for allowing these services to return to in person programming? Is there a positivity rate that is being used as best practice to allow safe gathering amongst populations that are unvaccinated?
Are we expecting another variant in the next couple of months?
Can behavioral health workers do once a week testing instead of twice a week testing?
So if working with a COVID positive individual, it is ok to reuse N95/KN95 masks? I thought there was guidance to dispose of those masks after each use when working with a COVID positive individual.
Is there a variant known as the Flurona?
Could you repeat the current positivity rate for Philadelphia? The updated statistic on PA DOH says 24.7% this afternoon, but I thought I heard you say something much less.
Would you repeat, that staff with approved for exemption do not need to 2x week test for 90 days after a positive result?
yes it did, and thank you
In congregate care, we've seen a lot of spread among fully vaccinated and boostered residents. Is there consideration to changing guidance related to quarantine for exposures?
The NCAA just recognized natural immunity as equivalent to vaccinations? Where basis did they make this decision off of?
Is there a simple answer to why vax and boosted people contract exposure despite their status
Why have other cities in PA not taken the same actions as Philadelphia?
Can you explain why there is no need to test an exempt employee for 90 days after having a Positive test?
However if you are vaxxed and boosted, you can still transfer to others, correct or not?
Will there be a FAQ and this presentation following todays presentation be made available to us?
As a follow up to Kathy's question - even though fully vaccinated/boosted people are "safe" - we can still spread the virus and cause serious illness for unvaccinated people (particularly our vulnerable clients). Do fully vaccinated/boosted staff who experience an exposure need to quarantine in order to protect our vulnerable members?
My job has moved to a 5 day quarantine and we must use our personal time if we get Covid more than once
I don't have questions for Dr. Bettigole but I would love to hear from DBHIDS about the systemic support for the crisis providers are in related to staffing on top of the pandemic
It literally says "equivalent to fully vaccinated" in the article
Is there a written notice from Philadelphia mandate that states an exempt staff who has a positive test does not have to test twice a week for 90 days
A person who has had a documented COVID-19 infection in the past 90 days is considered the equivalent of "fully vaccinated."
Thank you Dr. Bettigole!
For congregate settings, what is the prevailing wisdom for positive individuals being permitted to isolate in place (in private room) vs lifting to a separate cohorted unit/space, if available?
Will this recording be available for later viewing? I'm still a little unclear about quarantining😕
has there been any clear indication of efficay (long term protection) between MNRA/J&J vaccination?
What criteria is the school district using to move some schools to virtual and not others?
We are always weighing what makes the most sense in our homeless programs during winter/especially during the code blue we have been in. Our Providers have been continuing to bring in admissions and isolate people that are positive as best they can, understanding staffing challenges. We absolutely appreciate this information.
Our Providers are doing a fantastic job! We appreciate our Providers !!
This was extremely helpful! Thank you Dr. Bettigole.
Thank you Dr. Bettigole - this townhall was helpful. Appreciate your time and information during such difficult times!
Thank you for answering all the questions.
I'm sorry and I don't mean to take us back, but can you please shed more light on what you do for Isolation vs what you do for Quarantine please
Thank you Dr. Bettigole. This was very helpful to hear accurate information and thank you for answering our questions.
If you have a school student that lives with you and attends in person, and they come in contact with a COVID positive student, do you need to quarantine with them as well, even if you did not come in contact?
Thanks Dr. Bettigole!
please submit questions to DBHIDS.COVIDInfo@phila.gov
Thank You Dr. Bettigole
Yes, especially in congregate settings when that link can keep going,
Thank you for this information today!
Thank you for doing a great job!
Thank you for this information
Thank you this was very helpful