News Live 365: June 26th, 2020

The Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, and Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine both talked about COVID-19, masks, and the possibility of a second wave of the disease this week as at least 30 other states saw major increases in infection rates. Governor Wolf remarked that he believes Pennsylvania is better prepared to handle a theoretical second wave of COVID than most states are and discussed the state’s transition to having one of the lowest infection rates in the country. Dr. Levine spoke against the politicization of wearing masks, pointing out that study after study is revealing the effectiveness of mask wearing in the prevention of spreading the disease. Mask wearing, social distancing, and handwashing statistically reduces the chance of catching or spreading COVID-19 by as much as 85% according to most studies.
Starting today all of Pennsylvania with the exception of Lebanon County is now in the green phase of the reopening and recovery plan. Nearly 80% of the 81,000 COVID patients in Pennsylvania have recovered, but more than 6,500 have died of the disease across the state; around 14,000 new daily tests detect between 300 to 500 new cases per day.