Gov. Wolf: Masks Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19

first_img June 23, 2020 Gov. Wolf: Masks Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19 Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf today noted that research confirms the importance of wearing masks to stop the spread of COVID-19 and that Pennsylvanians are required to wear masks when entering any business in all counties in both yellow and green phases of reopening.“As most counties are in or will soon be in the green phase of reopening, mask-wearing is a vital measure to help stop the spread of COVID-19,” Gov. Wolf said. “Pennsylvania has emerged as a leader among states for reduced cases amid increased reopening and we want that to continue to keep people safe and healthy while returning to many of the activities we enjoyed before COVID.”The mask requirement is part of Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel’s Levine’s order, “Directing Public Health Safety Measures for Businesses Permitted to Maintain In-person Operations,” which pertains to all counties regardless of the phase of reopening. The order requires businesses to enforce mask-wearing unless someone has an underlying health condition that prevents them from wearing a mask. Children two or younger are not required to wear masks.According to a recent study in the Institute of Physics, wearing simple medical masks or improvised facial coverings reduces community exposures from asymptomatic, but unknowingly infectious, individuals.The study concludes that while people may perceive them to be ineffective or burdensome to wear, “wearing some form of exhaled barrier (mask) out in public during pathogen outbreaks is an altruistic act serving not only as a form of enhanced cough or sneeze etiquette, but also to reduce the aerosols emitted from normal breathing or when talking. Without daily testing, nobody can be certain that they are not an asymptotic disease vector. Scientifically, this is a positive step towards helping combat the current COVID-19 pandemic.”U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams took to twitter on Sunday to advise that mask-wearing is contributing to and not infringing on freedom, tweeting in part, “Some feel face coverings infringe on their freedom of choice- but if more wear them, we’ll have MORE freedom to go out.”In addition to mask wearing, Gov. Wolf and Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine have advised that robust testing and contact tracing in green counties are keys to safe, phased reopening.The state continues to increase testing and ramp up contact-tracing efforts. As of June 18 (the most recent data available), there are a total of 518 contact tracers, and a total of 4,161 contacts being monitored.The Department of Health received a total of 89,350 test results in the past seven days, an average of 12,764 a day. The 30-day average of test results received is more than 13,934.There were 2,763 total cases added to investigations for the week of June 12 through 18.“Mask-wearing needs to be a part of our everyday routines,” Gov. Wolf said. “When you leave the house, grab your keys, your wallet and your mask. Mask-wearing has proven to be an important deterrent to the spread of the virus and keeping Pennsylvanians safe and healthy is the goal as we reopen and continue our mitigation efforts.”The state’s business guidance outlines mask-wearing requirements and additional safety parameters for both employees and customers.Read more on Gov. Wolf’s Process to Reopen PA here.Ver esta página en español.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

ISIS Claims Responsibility For Deadly Sri Lanka Easter Bombings

first_imgSri Lanka’s defense minister says the bombings were carried out to avenge the deaths of Muslims in attacks at two mosques in New Zealand.The defense minister told Sri Lanka’s parliament that investigations show the attacks on Catholic churches and hotels popular with Westerners were “in retaliation for the attack against Muslims in Christchurch,” though no evidence was provided for that claim.As ISIS claims responsibility for Sri Lanka serial bombings, footage of bomber surfacesThe “liberals” will fall silent now. The lives lost won’t matter anymore https://t.co/LTyNoMDJG6— Nupur J Sharma (@UnSubtleDesi) April 23, 2019 ISIS is claiming responsibility for the Easter Sunday bomb attacks at Christian churches and hotels popular with Westerners in Sri Lanka.The terrorist group made the announcement today about the attacks killed at least 320 people and injured hundreds more. ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka, but offered no evidence to support the claim, and there is no direct evidence yet that the terror group was involved. Some of their claims have been false in the past. https://t.co/Ql0pwqTpc8— CNN International (@cnni) April 23, 2019last_img read more