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It’s OK to Say No

Aug 3, 2020 12:33:25 PM / by General Healthcare Resources posted in health tips

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It has been proven time-after-time…humans are adaptive creatures.

According to scientists, humans have biological plasticity, better known as the ability to successfully adapt and interact with our environment. It is a trait that will come in handy as we continue to adjust to a COVID-19 reality.

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Summertime Table Treats

Jul 20, 2020 9:10:03 AM / by General Healthcare Resources posted in health tips

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One of the highlights of summer is the abundance of in-season fruits and vegetables. This is the time of year when grocery stores, local farms and backyard gardens offer a wide variety of delicious and good-for-you options.

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Eight ways to boost your overall health this summer

Jul 14, 2020 12:47:05 PM / by General Healthcare Resources posted in health tips

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Warm weather, long days, plenty of sunshine…summer is the perfect time to focus on your overall fitness, health and well-being.

To get you started, here are some healthy tips to consider as you plan your summertime activities:

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Celebrating America’s Birthday

Jul 2, 2020 2:07:40 PM / by General Healthcare Resources posted in health tips

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July 4th is one of the most popular holidays of the year. And while most of us are accustomed to celebrating at neighborhood cookouts and swimming pools, this year we’re finding some seriously fun ways to celebrate Uncle Sam’s birthday at home!

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Some classic ideas for putting more fun in your summer

Jun 22, 2020 10:08:49 AM / by General Healthcare Resources posted in health tips

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It’s summer! Ok, we admit, it feels pretty much the same as the last few months. But honest, summer is here, and with it comes the need to change the pace a little for your stay-at-home kids.

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Pa. will give health systems $175 million to lead coronavirus response inside struggling nursing homes

Jun 19, 2020 10:07:36 AM / by General Healthcare Resources posted in GHR News

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Department of Health Announces Additional Partnerships to Assist with COVID-19 Response

Jun 16, 2020 10:33:00 AM / by General Healthcare Resources posted in GHR News

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Harrisburg, PA – Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today announced a partnership with General Healthcare Resources to assist with the COVID-19 response.

“We are so pleased to have this level of collaboration and assistance from General Healthcare Resources,” Dr. Levine said. “COVID-19 is a particularly challenging situation for congregate settings, particularly our long-term care facilities. These teams are assisting us in our response in the hardest-hit areas as we work to protect the public health and safety of Pennsylvanians.

General Healthcare Resources will be deploying onsite assessment teams to assist with infection control practices, staffing and PPE training needs. The team will also assist with specimen collection and urgent staffing needs. The Department of Health will be funding the 41 individuals that will be deployed for one year.

“We’re honored to be supporting this program and are committed to providing the state of Pennsylvania with the professional, qualified staff they need to meet this challenge within the senior community,” said Laura Magner, President and COO of General Healthcare Resources. “If you’re an experienced RN, LPN, Medical Assistant, CNA, EMT or other healthcare professional interested in joining this effort, please contact us at 800-879-4471.”

In addition to General Healthcare Resource’s support, the department has also been working with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Since May 20, HHS assessment and action teams have been providing onsite support and training to long-term care facilities in the commonwealth.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhea
  • Chills
  • Repeating shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

Symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.

As of 12:00 a.m., June 14, there were 78,798 positive cases of COVID-19 statewide in 67 counties and 6,215­ confirmed deaths. Most of the patients hospitalized are 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 and older. More data is available hereOpens In A New Window.

For the latest information for individuals, families, businesses and schools, visit “Responding to COVID-19” on pa.govOpens In A New Window.

The Wolf Administration stresses the role Pennsylvanians play in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
  • Clean surfaces frequently.
  • Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.
  • If you must go out for a life-sustaining reason, please wear a mask.

Updated Coronavirus Links: Press Releases, State Lab Photos, Graphics

All Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertPA, a text notification system for health, weather, and other important alerts like COVID-19 updates from commonwealth agencies. Residents can sign up online at www.ready.pa.gov/BeInformed/Signup-For-AlertsOpens In A New Window.

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A Roadmap for Reemergence

Jun 8, 2020 12:44:09 PM / by General Healthcare Resources posted in health tips

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For many of our readers, sheltering in place has never been a possibility. For others, it has been a three-month reality. Regardless of our personal sheltering situation, whether directly or through friends and family, the question of how to safely restart daily activities is one we all share. 

To help, we’ve gathered a few helpful hints to keep in mind as we begin the reemergence process.

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Simple tips for a good night’s sleep

May 29, 2020 12:50:00 PM / by General Healthcare Resources posted in health tips

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Few things feel better than a good night’s sleep, right?  Unfortunately, for many people, enjoying a full night’s rest is becoming more and more difficult to accomplish.

Under normal circumstances, it’s estimated that 1 in 3 adults suffer with sleep disorders of one kind or another. With the increased stress and concerns most everyone is facing today, sleep challenges seem to be part of many American’s new reality.

The good news is, there are some things you can do to improve your sleep success.

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Plenty of ways to make Memorial Day memorable!

May 22, 2020 9:48:50 AM / by General Healthcare Resources posted in health tips

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Happy Memorial Day, the day each year for remembering and honoring fallen members of the U.S. Armed Forces. And, for most us, the weekend that signals the official kick-off of Summer! 

Admittedly, this Memorial Day might not see us take part in some of our traditional events and celebrations, but there’s still plenty of ways to honor our military heroes and enjoy ourselves. Who knows, we might even discover a few new traditions that become a mainstay of Memorial Days to come. 

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