Gov. Wolf says Pennsylvanians may be required to wear masks until a vaccine is developed for COVID-19

Written by on July 7, 2020

 Gov. Wolf says Pennsylvanians may be required to wear masks until a vaccine is developed for COVID-19

By Jen Rehill

July 7, 2020

Pennsylvanians may be required to wear masks in public, and the workplace, until a vaccine is found for COVID-19.  That’s according to Governor Tom Wolf.

In a news release, Governor Wolf said a recent uptick in cases in southwest Pennsylvania have been traced to people not wearing masks in public places like bars and restaurants. 

He says he’s thinking universal masking needs to stay in place until there’s a vaccine for the virus. 

“Models out there suggest that states, areas, where people wear masks, the infection rate is actually lower. So this is something as we get into infectious disease era, and who knows when this is going to end, we probably ought to be thinking about this just to keep each other safe,” said Wolf.

State officials reported 450 new cases Monday, a small decline from last week. Nearly half were in the Pittsburgh area. 

In the Lehigh Valley, increases remain low, but not insignificant, with 110 new cases in Lehigh and Northampton counties reported since July 1. 

To date, as of 7/7/20 at 12:00 am, Pennsylvania has 995 additional positive cases of COVID-19, 91,299 total cases statewide, 6,787 deaths statewide, and 758,803 patients tested negative.


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