Confirmed cases of COVID-19 continue to be discovered in Pennsylvania. More than 200 cases were added over the weekend including confirmations of the disease in Mercer and Butler Counties and a new case in Erie County, bringing the total number of infections in Northwest Pennsylvania to four, and three individuals died in different parts of the state due to complications of the sickness over the weekend. Local and State Police officers are to begin enforcing the closures of non-essential businesses starting at 8AM this morning and the Yolanda G Barco Oncology Institute of Meadville has banned visitors.
In the face of all this bad news its normal to feel anxious or be scared and we need to look to our mental health, one resource we can use is the Crisis Text Line which you can reach by texting “PA” to 741741. There is also the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration hotline which is available to anyone living in the United States and it’s territories, they can be reached by calling 1-800-985-5990 or you can text TalkWithUs to 66746. The American Psychological Association recommends keeping in contact with friends and family electronically via phone or social media or spending time with pets is a great stress relief that can help many people cope with loneliness. More tips can be found at the American Psychological Association’s website.