Smart Talk updates the coronavirus in Pa.

Why events are being shutdown and how to prepare

  • Scott LaMar

More than 20 people have been confirmed with or presumed to have contracted COVID-19 or the coronavirus in Pennsylvania. Medical experts say that number is sure to rise as more people are tested.

The response in Pennsylvania and around the country has been akin to what happens after a natural disaster — except that plans to prevent the spread of the illness will impact more people. Already, hundreds of public events have been cancelled or postponed to keep big crowds from coming into contact with one another. Professional, college and High School sports games and tournaments are cancelled or scheduled later, some schools have closed and colleges and universities are extending spring breaks or offering classes online only.

Gov. Tom Wolf outlined “mitigation” plans on Thursday to contain the virus. Montgomery County in southeastern Pennsylvania is the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the state with more than half the cases showing up there. As a result, Wolf ordered schools and day care centers closed and has asked Montgomery County residents to refrain from all non-essential travel. The governor says he may impose statewide restrictions if the illness continues to spread.

On Friday’s Smart Talk, we update the coronavirus in Pennsylvania.

Our guests include Dr. Drew Harris, a population health and health policy educator, presenter, consultant and advocate at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia to discuss why “social distancing” is important. Also, Mark Walters, the Public Information Officer for York County describes how everyone should prepare in the event of an emergency, Mark Ross with the Hospital and Health System Association of PA will talk about hospital preparedness, and finally, Gus Faucher, Chief Economist with PNC Financial Services Group will share his perspective on the market impact of the Pandemic.

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