PAH Update

We are closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19
Amy

At Punxsutawney Area Hospital, the health and safety of our patients, families, and our staff members is our top priority. We are closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19 and are committed to providing comprehensive care and support while also lowering the risk of transmission among our patients and staff members.
As Jefferson County sees an increase of COVID-19 positive cases, the Punxsutawney Area Hospital has experienced an increase in patients. Throughout the course of the pandemic, Hospital leadership, staff, and emergency preparedness teams have been preparing for an influx. We remain open for business and are committed to patient safety. We continue to have the ability to provide care for our community but you will see we’ve made some changes to our processes and our facility. Amy Brehrendt, Infection Preventionist at Punxsutawney Area Hospital states, “Our laboratory, rehabilitation, radiology and other departments remain open.”.
 In conjunction with the PA Department of Health, the Punxsutawney Area Hospital continues to follow the current visitor policy based on the community level of transmission. Jefferson County is currently in the substantial level of transmission, which means that essential visitors are only permitted. For a detailed description of the visitor policy, please visit www.pah.org. The Punxsutawney Area Hospital is working toward providing patients the opportunity to see their loved ones with a video visit option.
“To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 we are asking the community to continue wearing masks and face covers and limit the size of gatherings both indoor and outdoor. With the holiday season approaching, we know and understand that our loved ones want to celebrate as normal as possible but we are asking our community to help protect our 400 vital employees and the entire community at large with these efforts,” said Behrendt. For informational resources and our current visitation policy, please visit www.pah.org