Pa. sees 14% rise in cases, state health secretary urges residents to don masks, avoid places not following state guidelines

Written by on July 14, 2020

Pa. sees 14% rise in cases, state health secretary urges residents to don masks, avoid places not following state guidelines

By Jen Rehill

July 14, 2020

Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 cases have risen more than 14 percent in the last week, and case counts are up in 43 counties, including Lehigh and Northampton. 

As WLVR’s Jen Rehill reports, officials want Pennsylvanians to do more now to halt that trend. 

State Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says the recent rise in cases reflects a pattern seen at the beginning of the pandemic — a high percentage of new cases are among younger people, and then a spread to older residents, including nursing homes and long term care facilities. 

She says what happens next depends on how residents respond. 

“There are things we can do right now to stop this cycle. First, please, wear a mask when you’re going out.” 

Levine says Pennsylvanians should avoid situations where people are not following state guidelines on masking and social distancing.

“If you feel uncomfortable with how close people are at for instance, a restaurant, make the choice to leave. If you are at a store where people are not following the mandatory mask order, then make a choice to leave that store.” 

Pennsylvania reported just 328 new cases Monday – a drop from recent daily highs. Levine says that likely reflects a testing backlog, as states with larger outbreaks are straining resources and delaying results across the country. 

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