Pennsylvania’s health secretary begs college students to quarantine after positive COVID tests as cases swell among young people

Written by on September 15, 2020

Pennsylvania’s health secretary begs college students to quarantine after positive COVID tests as cases swell among young people

By Jen Rehill

September 15, 2020

Pennsylvania colleges, like others across the nation, have a rampant COVID-19 problem. State officials say rapid spread of COVID-19 among students is swelling infection rates and will spill out into local communities.

Pennsylvania’s health secretary is begging college students to follow social distancing guidelines. 

Across the state, COVID-19 infections are up nearly 20 percent among young people. But in the northern part of the state, including the Lehigh Valley, the numbers are much higher. In the northeast, 40 percent of new cases are among 18-24 years olds. In north central PA – it’s nearly 70 percent.

Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says that puts local residents at risk.

“Increases in COVID-19 cases impacts local children, and their ability to go to school in person.”

Levine is calling on college students to step up – asking them to wear masks, and quarantine when they test positive. But she stopped short of saying schools should close – noting that sending students home could worsen the community spread in other places.

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