HARRISBURG, PA — The news at Gov. Tom Wolf's Wednesday, July 15 press briefing was not good.
The governor reported that a new "surge" in COVID-19 cases is "in the offing," with cases yesterday coming in just shy of 1,000. And medical experts have warned that PA's new surge could be worse than the first, when the peak hit about 2,000 in a single day in April.
The governor said that officials now understand the virus better than before. As a result, the commonwealth's response to the newest surge will be more precise and focused than the "blunt-instrument approach."
Here's what he's doing to try and mitigate the newest surge:
The governor named three catalysts for case increases:
1) Pennsylvanians ignoring mask requirements and social distancing at bars and restaurants, causing "pockets of super-spreading."
2) Out-of-state travelling, both from visitors and residents who travel out-of-state and coming back.
3) Lack of national coordination.
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