Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding provided an update Wednesday afternoon on efforts to address food insecurity in the commonwealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Gov. Tom Wolf told Your Content the commonwealth remains ahead of neighboring states.
“I’d say Pennsylvania has made great progress and look at surrounding states,” Gov. Wolf told Your Content.
“I think one of the things we can all pat ourselves on the back for is practicing things like social distancing. If you go out now you see a lot of people if not almost everybody wearing masks and people.”
Neighboring states have seen nearly triple the amount of coronavirus fatalities and positive cases. Located just an hour and a half from the current coronavirus epicenter, Pennsylvania has maintained unprecedented available ventilators and hospital beds.
“People have really tried to shelter in place all of those things have led to bending the curve,” Gov. Wolf continued.
“It allowed me to stay ahead of many other states. We’re going to start the reopening process next Friday, and I think we can do that because we have made progress.”
President Donald Trump summoned the elite U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and U.S. Navy Blue Angels to tour the nation, providing a morale boost and show of support for those on the coronavirus frontlines but Philadelphia residents took to the art museum in masses with complete disregard of both President Trump and Gov. Wolf’s request to maintain distance and wear any form of face coverings.
It allowed me to stay ahead of many other states. We’re going to start the reopening process next Friday, and I think we can do that because we have made progress. Tom Wolf » Governor, Pennsylvania (D-Pa.)
Despite tempting weather, Gov. Wolf reminds and asks Pennsylvanians to continue practicing social distancing guidelines while out.
“Until we have a vaccine or a cure every time you go out and you’re with crowds you’re increasing the likelihood that you’re going to catch this very contagious and potentially very deadly disease,” Gov. Wolf told Your Content readers. “I don’t think you want to do that …”
Gov Wolf noted social distancing is critical “no matter who it is — a loved one, a neighbor, some random person — you’re putting yourself and them in harms way.”
However, don’t take it as a memo to remain indoors at all cost. Just last week, Gov. Wolf revealed plans to reopen limited outdoor recreational activities to Help Pennsylvanians maintain positive physical and mental health.
“Pennsylvanians have remained resilient throughout this COVID-19 crisis, and as we successfully continue to flatten the curve to protect our physical health, it is critical that we also focus on our physical and mental health during these extraordinary times. As the weather warms and daylight lengthens, enjoying time outdoors is an important way to manage stress,” Wolf previously said. “As we start to take measured, limited steps to reopen our commonwealth, reopening these industries will help to rebuild our economy and strengthen our mental health.”