PHILADELPHIA, Penn. — Pennsylvania physicians praised Gov. Tom Wolf’s new statewide protections against COVID-19 announced today as critical to minimizing disease spread and preventing more deaths. Wolf announced new safety measures that include a suspension of indoor dining at restaurants, limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings, and a pause on activities in theaters, arcades, casinos, etc. Wolf himself tested positive for the virus yesterday.
“As an ER physician who sees every single day how rapidly this pandemic is spreading and destroying the health of my patients, I wholeheartedly believe that Gov. Wolf’s actions will save countless lives,” said Dr. Max Cooper, MD, Pennsylvania Co-Lead of the Committee to Protect Medicare and an emergency physician in Southeast Pennsylvania. “The facts tell us repeatedly that avoiding indoor gatherings, social distancing and wearing masks help stop the spread, so it’s quite clear that Gov. Wolf’s new protocols will help keep more people out of the emergency room and flatten the curve. I empathize deeply with those impacted financially by these actions: and I urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to finally pass some much-needed financial relief to give them the support they deserve while we do all we can to save lives during this time of crisis.”
Pennsylvania reported 248 new deaths from COVID-19 today, pushing the statewide toll to date past 12,000. The state is currently averaging and astounding 10,000 new confirmed cases per day.
“My fellow health care workers and I, who are putting our lives on the line each and every day, are grateful for Gov. Wolf’s protections,” said Dr. Meaghan Reid, DO, Pennsylvania Co-Lead of the Committee to Protect Medicare and an emergency physician in Southeast Pennsylvania. “We see the waning number of hospital beds and shortage of staff to care for the sick, and so, to us, these measures are a literal life-saver to our patients. Gov. Wolf’s decisive actions will help my colleagues and me to better care for those with severe cases of COVID-19 and ultimately eliminate this pandemic. I hope Pennsylvanians will follow these protocols and fulfill their personal responsibilities to keep themselves and each other safe until we are sufficiently vaccinated and able to resume some normalcy. And, of course, we wish for a speedy recovery for Gov. Wolf and all those living with COVID-19 or its after-effects at the moment.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, December 10, 2020