What to know
- Governor Tom Wolf is brushing aside the question of whether he will issue further shutdown orders as cases of the omicron variant of COVID-19 spread rapidly and leave unvaccinated hospitals in the country. Pennsylvania filled with hospitals.
- Wolf, speaking on Pittsburgh radio station KDKA-AM, reiterated Tuesday that a vaccine is his administration’s strategy to combat COVID-19. He says everyone needs to get vaccinated.
- Wolf’s Department of Health expects the number of new cases to peak in January, followed by a peak in hospital admissions in February and a peak in deaths in late February to early March.
Governor Tom Wolf on Tuesday dismissed questions about whether he would order further shutdowns as cases of the omicron variant of COVID-19 spread rapidly and left Pennsylvania’s hospitals unvaccinated. overflowing hospitals.
Wolf, speaking during a regularly scheduled appearance on radio station KDKA-AM in Pittsburgh, reiterated that vaccines are his administration’s strategy to combat the spread of COVID-19.
“Vaccines are our strategy and everyone needs to get vaccinated,” says Wolf.
Wolf’s Department of Health expects the number of new cases to peak in January, followed by a peak in hospital admissions in February and a peak in deaths in late February to early March.
Hospitals and nursing homes affected by severe staffing shortages have sounded the alarm as the majority of unvaccinated COVID-19 patients fill their beds. Wolf’s administration says it is working to bring in health care workers from abroad to help.
At the start of the pandemic in the spring of 2020, Wolf ordered schools to close for face-to-face instruction, issued a widespread stay-at-home order, and closed businesses deemed “unable to sustain.” live” and require masks to be worn indoors and in public places where social distancing is not possible.
Since then, however, he has seen that power curtailed amid protests from Republican lawmakers.
Voters gave lawmakers more power to declare disaster emergencies, and the state Supreme Court ended Wolf’s order to wear masks in schools and childcare centres, saying that it lacks legal justification after the Republican-controlled Legislature in June ended Wolf’s COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration.
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