COVID-19 in Pa.: As cases mount, top health official underlines need for masks

    Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine speaks to journalists during an online briefing on Thursday, 3/19/20 about the latest on the COVID-19 outbreak in the Keystone State (Screen Capture).

    Pennsylvania’s top public health official said Saturday that she’s seen “no evidence” that the pace of COVID-19 infections are slowing down, as she underlined the need for people to wear masks when they go out in public.

    “We are relying on Pennsylvanians to do the right thing; to protect themselves, their families and their communities,” state Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said in an online briefing.

    Health officials reported 10,017 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, with the illness now present in 64 of 67 Pennsylvania counties. So far, 136 Pennsylvanians have died as a result of the pandemic.

    The latest on COVID-19 in Pa.: 10,017 confirmed cases in 64 counties

    On Friday, Gov. Tom Wolf urged state residents to wear a mask when they went out in public, adhering to an updated recommendation from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    On Saturday, Levine stressed that need again, repeating a maxim that’s spread across social media: “My mask protects you; your mask protects me,” she said

    John L. Micek
    John L. Micek is the Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. He's been covering Pennsylvania politics for more than 20 years and most recently served as Opinion Editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. Micek's commentary is syndicated to more than 800 newspapers nationwide by Cagle Syndicate. And he's a regular contributor to a host of broadcast outlets in Pennsylvania and abroad.