As restrictions expire, Pa. sees surge in COVID cases following the holidays

Written by on January 5, 2021

As restrictions expire, Pa. sees surge in COVID cases following the holidays

By Hayden Mitman

January 5, 2021

Governor Tom Wolf’s temporary COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants, gyms and other businesses expired Monday morning. And Pennsylvania’s health secretary says the commonwealth is seeing some promising numbers in coronavirus case trends. But state officials also say this is no time to let our guard down.

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 Dr. Rachel Levine says the number of coronavirus patients in Pennsylvania hospitals is up by more than 5,000 since September, but it’s dropping. 

Our hospitals and health care centers continue to be significantly challenged but they are maintaining excellent patient services and care,” said Levine.

The most recent round of restrictions on indoor dining and high school sports were aimed at curbing the spread of the virus. But Levine says there still could be a spike in the coming weeks, and is asking people to continue practicing social distancing

“We do know that there were a large amount of people that did travel, so, what we need to do now is to continue all the mitigation efforts i’ve previously discussed and continue to stay home and avoid large gatherings and we will be watching our numbers really closely to see if there’s a holiday bump or not.”

Levine said that Pennsylvania is working to administer COVID-19 vaccine as fast as possible, but federal allocations of the vaccine have limited the state’s response. She says she’s hopeful things will improve in 2021.

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