Gov. Wolf Considers More Restrictions as Virus Cases Continue to Rise
The governor warns that if the spread of the virus isn't slowed soon, hospitals and health care workers could become “overwhelmed.”
Gov. Tom Wolf said Monday that the state will decide within a few days whether to add more restrictions to slow the spread of COVID-19 because of fears that the state’s health care systems could soon be overwhelmed.
“If we don’t slow the spread of this dangerous virus now, the reality is that COVID-19 will overwhelm our hospitals and our health care workers,” Wolf said. “That’s dangerous for everyone who needs medical care in a hospital for any reason because it stretches resources and staff to the breaking point.”
Wolf said officials are looking closely at data to see if restrictions imposed last month are having any impact and anticipates a decision on further restrictions in the next few days.
“The hope was that what we did a week and a half, two weeks ago was going to work and the numbers would not rise to the alarming levels that they have risen to. We are looking at all sorts of issues right now and very shortly we will come back with decisions.”
In the past six weeks, Pennsylvania has doubled its number of COVID-19 cases with the statewide positivity rate hitting 14.4%. Every county in the state has a positivity above 5%, considered a threshold for positivity being too high.
“We cannot allow our friends, neighbors, and family members to be struck down because of this virus, especially when a widely available vaccine is likely just months away,” Wolf said. “Right now, we all need to take a hard look at our choices and our actions and take every precaution to protect our neighbors, families, and friends, our doctors and our nurses, and every health care worker.
“We can stop the spread of COVID-19 if we work together. So please, stay home unless you need to go out, do not attend gatherings with people outside your household, and if you need to leave your home, wear a mask. We can prevent that worst-case scenario from becoming reality, but that means that all of us need to take this virus seriously because the virus is in control and we need to take back control.”