Wear masks, political leaders urge
Pennsylvania’s political leaders are urging their constituents to wear masks to reduce the spread of COVID-19. State Health Secretary Rachel Levine signed an order July 1 mandating mask-wearing.
“As we increasingly resume public activities in our commonwealth, we need to remain vigilant about taking precautions, especially wearing a mask that covers our noses and mouths while around other people,” Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement. “This is an easy, yet important action that has been shown by research to reduce the spread of COVID-19.”
U.S. Sens. Bob Casey and Pat Toomey touted research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that shows wearing a mask reduces the chances of the novel coronavirus getting into the air.
“When you wear a mask, you are sending a clear message to others in your community that you care about them and their well-being as much as your own. I know that if we each do our part, we will beat this virus and be able to start safely rebuilding together,” Casey said in a statement.
Toomey said he’s been a proponent of mask-wearing throughout the pandemic.
“As the commonwealth continues to re-open, mask-wearing has taken on increased significance, as studies continue to affirm that masks help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Put simply, wearing a mask is an important step that we, as Pennsylvanians, can take to protect one another. My mask protects you, and your mask protects me,” he said in a statement.
State Sen. Pam Lovino and State Rep. Melissa Shusterman said wearing masks is key to reopening the economy.
“As our state moves back to the green phase, it is the most important step we can take to preserve the progress we’ve made as a state through this crisis. As Pennsylvanians, we all need to participate in wearing masks to care for our neighbors, and so that our economy and state can continue to make a strong recovery,” Shusterman said in a statement.
Pa. issues PSA on how to ride-share safely
Pennsylvania health officials are advising residents on how to use Uber and Lyft ride-sharing services safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The state released a public service announcement on social media Wednesday asking riders to wear a mask and to wash hands or use hand sanitizer after touching surfaces.
If possible, the state advises, riders should use touchless payment options. Avoid rideshares that include other customers, sit in the back seat, and ask the driver to open the window for ventilation, the PSA recommends.