Large Number Of Coronavirus Cases In PA Are Healthcare workers

PA's Health Secretary says it's important to protect those on the front lines

Andrew Limberg
April 01, 2020 - 3:25 pm
Tom Wolf speaks during a coronavirus briefing on April 1, 2020

Office of the Governor

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - On Wednesday it was announced that nearly 1,000 people were diagnosed with COVID-19 in one day in Pennsylvania.

Of the total 5,805 known cases in the state, 286 are in health care workers and about 200 cases are in 92 nursing homes across the state.

Coronavirus has now spread to 60 counties in the commonwealth.

Also on Wednesday, Governor Tom Wolf ordered a state-wide Stay-at-Home order until April 30.

“This is the most prudent option to stop the spread of COVID-19 across our commonwealth, where cases continue to grow daily,” Gov. Wolf said. “We appreciate the shared sacrifice of all 12.8 million Pennsylvanians; we are in this together and this statewide stay-at-home order is being made after many discussions with multiple state agencies; Dr. Rachel Levine; and state, county and local officials as we continue to monitor the most effective ways to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19.”

PA Health Director Dr. Levine says it is crucial that people stay at home as much as possible in order to protect first responders.

“Our doctors, our nurses, our police officers, our fire officials and emergency medical technicians . . . need us to do this,” said Levine. “We can’t afford for them to get sick and we certainly can’t afford for them to spread the virus to the people that they are caring for.”

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