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Friday, April 3, 2020

During a COVID-19 press briefing today Governor Tom Wolf recommended that all Pennsylvanians wear a mask any time they leave their homes

Harrisburg, PA – During a COVID-19 press briefing today Governor Tom Wolf recommended that all Pennsylvanians wear a mask any time they leave their homes for life-sustaining reasons. As COVID-19 cases steadily rise in the state, Gov. Wolf stressed the need to intensify all measures to help stop the spread of the virus.

“Two days ago, I amplified our social distancing efforts by instituting a statewide stay-at-home order, and today I am asking all Pennsylvanians to wear a mask any time they leave their houses,” Gov. Wolf said. “Masks help prevent people from sharing illnesses. But, they don’t do a great job at keeping people from getting sick; and, they’re not foolproof, so it is critical that our first act is to ask ourselves if we really need to leave our house. If we don’t really, truly need to leave, then we shouldn’t.”

“Staying home is the most effective way to protect yourself and others against COVID-19,” Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “But, if you must go out because you are out of food or medication, then wearing a mask, or even a bandana across your nose and mouth, could be an extra layer of protection.

“You don’t need a surgical mask – we need those for our health care workers and first responders. We have guidance on universal masking on our website, including instructions on how to make your own mask using materials you have at home.”

As of midnight, Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 cases stand at 8,420 in 63 counties with 102 deaths. Gov. Wolf’s statewide stay-at-home order asks Pennsylvanians in all 67 counties to not leave their homes unless it’s for life-sustaining reasons. Today, he asked that wearing a mask during those life-sustaining trips becomes the norm.

“Wearing a mask will help us cut down the possibility that we might be infecting an innocent bystander, like the grocery store cashier, the pharmacist, or someone stocking shelves,” Gov. Wolf said. “These people are keeping us alive by getting us the supplies we need. We owe it to them to do everything we can to keep them safe. Right now, that means wearing a mask.”

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should visit: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Staying home is the best way not to catch anything except maybe cancer. All of this does not seem to have slown the virus down and now we have non stop conflicting recommendations and news stories people out of work etc

Anonymous said...

Mmmmmk. Anyone know where I might purchase one.

Anonymous said...

Seems the people that own camps think this is a vacation as they are flooding into the area. Sure hope they don’t drag any of the sickness up here

Anonymous said...

Key word here is ASKS

"asks Pennsylvanians in all 67 counties to not leave their homes unless it’s for life-sustaining reasons. Today, he asked that wearing a mask during those life-sustaining trips becomes the norm."
This is not a socialist country...yet.... Use common sense people. Stay at home when possible. You cant say stay at home and not work and you wont get paid or promise unemployment that isn't coming.. Not too much more of this and people are going to rise up for their freedoms. I will not wear a mask but I will continue to stay at home unless I need groceries etc. I do not need Big Brother watching over me thinking he knows best.

Anonymous said...

@1:15am - Ignorance like this will get even more people killed. This is not a power grab or an attack on your freedom. In the absence of a proven treatment or vaccine, staying home is by far the best way to prevent the spread of this virus. If that's not possible and you must go in public, a mask is the next best thing. In this case, "Big Brother" (CDC) does know best. Please heed their advice for your own sake and everyone else's.

Anonymous said...

If you can’t find a mask, use a scarf, throw it in your washer when you get home besides you should only wear a mask for only 15 min, a mask is one of the biggest source of contamination, using a cloth made mask is safer

Anonymous said...

when will the Governor postpone the start of fishing season ? he has closed state parks and camping areas,down state mentor fishing. the camp are filling up. who will enforce these vacationer ??? STAY HOME is a bait shop an essential business ??

Anonymous said...

If the god damn over buyers would stop their hoarding of the groceries we all could make one trip to the stores per week

Anonymous said...

Shame on you, God doesn’t damn you so why would you ever damn our God !!

Anonymous said...

As far as mask, you can make them out of quilted cloth