Wearing a surgical mask, Melissa Hall checks out of a Wegmans supermarket, Friday, March 13, 2020 in King of Prussia, Pa., Gov. Tom Wolf ordered schools, community centers, gyms and other venues in Montgomery County, a Philadelphia suburb, to shut down for two weeks amid a concentration of novel coronavirus cases there. (AP Photo/Michael Rubinkam)
Smart Talk is a lively and thoughtful conversation on a wide range of issues and ideas relevant to Central Pennsylvanians.
The Pennsylvania Attorney General wants Pennsylvanians to be on the lookout for price gouging and scammers.
Merchants have been warned to not use the coronavirus public health emergency as a “business opportunity.” There are state rules that bar sellers from charging for goods or services that are more than 20 percent of the average price for those same things in the seven days preceding the declaration of the state of emergency.
Attorney General Josh Shapiro joins us on Tuesday’s Smart Talk to discuss what that means for Pennsylvanians.
Also, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reports 76 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in 14 Counties. Montgomery County is the current epicenter of the state’s exposure map, but other counties are seeing the number of presumed positives increase, as well.
A Cumberland County man who recently returned from Spain is one of the latest to test positive for the virus. The Carlisle-native is a student at the University of Pennsylvania and spent a week in Spain on spring break, along with nine fraternity brothers.
Within forty-eight hours of returning from Spain two of the students became symptomatic and tested positive for the virus. The Carlisle man also developed symptoms but encountered conflicting guidance when he arrived in the mid-state and sought testing.
The 21-year-old student and his mother appear on Tuesday’s Smart Talk.
Finally, dental service providers and patients are also grappling with how to manage care, and if they should seek dental services during the coronavirus emergency. Appearing on Smart Talk is Dr. Charles Incalcaterra, DMD, President of the Pennsylvania Dental Association, to share the industry’s latest guidance.