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DBHIDS + PDPH Provider Townhall with Health Commissioner Dr. Bettigole - Speaker view
Joyce Sacco
37:49
should one use those masks more than once?
Lin Hammerman
38:14
Are the cloth masks with the replaceable Hepa filters any good?
Jennifer Fenton
39:20
Do you expect another variant within the next few months?
Woody Rosenbach
39:27
Is Philadelphia Dept of Health considering adding a Booster mandate on top of the Base vaccination mandate? If so, when might we hear details?
cherie brummans
39:49
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?
Cherylene Lassiter
40:06
Will providers of the programs have to provide the N95 mask to the participants and of so, how can the providers fund them?
Michele Jackson
41:12
Can you please put the number in the chat
Kate (she/her)
41:20
215-685-5488
Cheryl Bettigole
41:23
215 685-5488
Mary K. Doherty
41:24
Home test kits have expiration dates only a few months after the purchase - are they still able to be used beyond those dates?
Michele Jackson
41:28
Thanks
David Asare
46:24
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.
christelle champagne
46:40
My apologies. So it is 10 days Isolation and 10 days quarantine. total of 20 days?
Dr. Kelley White
47:07
quarantine vaccinated vs. unvaccinated?
Nina Parker
47:10
Does this apply to fully vaccinated individuals?
Mary K. Doherty
49:30
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.
Andrew Ricciardi
49:37
at this time????
Beverly Lucas
49:52
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
Christina Cruz
50:02
So, if you've been exposed to COVIS its 10 days isolation not 5?
Renee Harmon
50:44
If you tested positive with COVID-19 before you could get your booster, is there a recommended wait time.
Renee Harmon
51:05
before you should get your booster shot
Andrew Ricciardi
51:10
Why not? Isn't natural immunity better than the vaccination?
christelle champagne
51:50
could we please go over the booster information. I was kicked off. I only heard the question and "total of 4 shots"
Andrew Ricciardi
51:55
So much contradicting info. How do we know what to trust?
Jeanine Glasgow
52:26
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?
Kleckner Charles
53:17
wanda.sabb@phila.gov
Jennifer Fenton
53:25
Are we expecting another variant in the next couple of months?
Jamie Fenstermaker
54:53
Can behavioral health workers do once a week testing instead of twice a week testing?
David Asare
57:22
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.
Tykeyah Guinn
57:52
Is there a variant known as the Flurona?
Kathi Eichman
58:48
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.
Thad Jackman
01:00:08
Would you repeat, that staff with approved for exemption do not need to 2x week test for 90 days after a positive result?
christelle champagne
01:04:28
yes it did, and thank you
Kathi Eichman
01:05:56
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?
Andrew Ricciardi
01:10:04
The NCAA just recognized natural immunity as equivalent to vaccinations? Where basis did they make this decision off of?
Joyce Sacco
01:12:33
Is there a simple answer to why vax and boosted people contract exposure despite their status
Jennifer Fenton
01:14:12
Why have other cities in PA not taken the same actions as Philadelphia?
Paula Grochowski
01:14:24
Can you explain why there is no need to test an exempt employee for 90 days after having a Positive test?
Chante Smith-Roberson
01:14:36
However if you are vaxxed and boosted, you can still transfer to others, correct or not?
Jeanine Glasgow
01:14:55
Will there be a FAQ and this presentation following todays presentation be made available to us?
Tina Newstead
01:15:19
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?
Corey Jackson
01:15:49
My job has moved to a 5 day quarantine and we must use our personal time if we get Covid more than once
Andrew Ricciardi
01:16:34
https://www.ncaa.com/news/ncaa/article/2022-01-06/ncaa-releases-updated-covid-19-guidance-winter-sports
Claire Ryder
01:18:54
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
Andrew Ricciardi
01:19:02
It literally says "equivalent to fully vaccinated" in the article
Carrie Kontis
01:19:07
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
Cheryl Bettigole
01:19:21
A person who has had a documented COVID-19 infection in the past 90 days is considered the equivalent of "fully vaccinated."
Clayton Moser
01:19:49
Thank you Dr. Bettigole!
Kathi Eichman
01:20:59
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?
Iris
01:21:01
Will this recording be available for later viewing? I'm still a little unclear about quarantiningđŸ˜•
william dahlenburg
01:21:13
has there been any clear indication of efficay (long term protection) between MNRA/J&J vaccination?
Jeanine Glasgow
01:21:52
What criteria is the school district using to move some schools to virtual and not others?
Michele Wexler
01:21:53
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.
Michele Wexler
01:23:31
Our Providers are doing a fantastic job! We appreciate our Providers !!
Stephanie Stackhouse
01:23:31
This was extremely helpful! Thank you Dr. Bettigole.
Chante Smith-Roberson
01:23:38
Thank you Dr. Bettigole - this townhall was helpful. Appreciate your time and information during such difficult times!
Jeanine Glasgow
01:24:17
Thank you for answering all the questions.
Oluwaseun Olagunju
01:24:33
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
Judy Dotzman
01:24:59
Thank you Dr. Bettigole. This was very helpful to hear accurate information and thank you for answering our questions.
Matt Ferry
01:25:21
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?
cherie brummans
01:26:33
Thanks Dr. Bettigole!
Kate (she/her)
01:27:34
please submit questions to DBHIDS.COVIDInfo@phila.gov
Matt Ferry
01:27:39
Thank you.
Thad Jackman
01:27:56
Thank You Dr. Bettigole
Michele Wexler
01:29:39
Yes, especially in congregate settings when that link can keep going,
Jennifer King
01:29:40
Thank you for this information today!
Jeanine Glasgow
01:29:49
Thank you for doing a great job!
Patty Jones
01:29:50
Thank you for this information
Charlotte Wroton
01:29:57
Thanks!
Kevin Breazeale
01:29:57
thanks all!
Kathi Eichman
01:29:58
Thank you!
Carla Tomes
01:30:00
Thank you this was very helpful
Quadriyyah Harris
01:30:00
Thank you