Only friends and family at Heinz Field games, due to new Pennsylvania...

Only friends and family at Heinz Field games, due to new Pennsylvania restrictions

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FOR JOINING ME TODAY HERE WITH DR. LEVINE TO ANNOUNCE THAT PENNSYLVANIA IS PUTTING INTO PLACE SEVERAL NEW OPEN MITIGATION MEASURES. I THINK YOU KNOW THE COMMONWEALTH IS A PRECARIOUS PLACE RIGHT NOW. WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT HOW WE HAVE BEEN ANTICIPATING THIS REALLY BIG OUTBREAK AND UPSURGE AS WE GOT INTO THE FALL SEASON AND COLDER WEATHER. THAT HAS IN FACT HAPPENED. WE HAVE GOTTEN INTO A PLACE WHERE WE HAVE MORE CASES NOW THEN WE HAVE HAD YET, TO GO BACK TO THE EARLY SPRING. YESTERDAY WE HAD OVER 7000 CASES EACH IS WAY ABOVE WHERE WE WERE EVEN AT THE WORST PART OF SPRING. WE HAVE BEEN TRACKING OUR HOSPITALIZATION RATE AND THAT IS GOING UP, MORE PEOPLE IN THE HOSPITAL NOW THEN WE HAD AT A HIGH POINT IN THE SPRING, OVER 3000 THEN. A LOT OF THINGS ARE POINTING TO IN PENNSYLVANIA THE FACT THAT WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF AN UPSURGE. THE REST OF THE COUNTRY, THE IN FACT THERE HAS BEEN ONLY ONE STATE WHERE THERE HAS NOT BEEN AN UPSURGE, THE ISLAND TO STATE OF HAWAII. THE REST OF THE WORLD HAS SEEN THE SAME UPSURGE. IT IS IMPORTANT TO KNOW WE ARE IN A DIFFERENT SITUATION THAN BACK IN THE SPRING. WE MADE A LOT OF EFFORT TO MEDICATE — MITIGATE THE DISEASE, WHEN WE KNEW NOT A LOT — NOT MUCH ABOUT THE DISEASE. THAT WAS IMPORTANT, IT SAVED LIVES. WE KNOW MORE ABOUT THE DISEASE NOW, WE HAVE MORE THINGS WE CAN DO. WE HAVE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, VENTILATORS NOW, AND WE ARE IN A DIFFERENT POSITION IN THAT REGARD THEN WE WERE IN THE SPRING. — THAN WE WERE IN THE SPRING. WE HAVE A DIFFERENT STRATEGY NOW TO MAKE SURE WHAT WE DO IS ALSO EFFECTIVE IN SAVING LIVES. WE ARE IN A SIMILAR SITUATION IN TERMS OF THE UPSURGE WE ANTICIPATED. INSTEAD OF COLDER WEATHER, WE HAVE TO START THINKING MUCH MORE FOCUSED, AND A MUCH MORE FOCUSED WAY ON MEASURES THAT WILL PROTECT OUR HOSPITALS, HEALTH CARE WORKERS, AND OUR OWN PENNSYLVANIANS. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO SAVE LIVES. WE KNOW OR ABOUT COVID THEY WE DID IN THE SPRING, WE HAVE MORE TOOLS IN PLACE THAN WE DID IN THE SPRING, THAT ALLOWS US TO DO WHAT WE ARE DOING RIGHT NOW, AND A MORE TARGETED AND FOCUSED WAY. WE WANT TO PROTECT OUR PUBLIC HEALTH, BUT OUR VERY FRAGILE ECONOMY. MITIGATION AND FOCUS IS TO — REDUCING LARGE GATHERINGS. WE ARE ALSO ADVISING, I CONCENTRATE ON THE WORD ADVISEMENT, ALL PENNSYLVANIANS WHO WANT TO STAY SAFE THOUGHT TO STAY HOME. IT IS VITAL EVERY PENNSYLVANIAN TAKE THESE — TAKES THESE MITIGATED STEPS. THE NUMBER IS NOT JUST A NUMBER, IT REPRESENTS A PERSON, FAMILY MEMBER, FRIEND, NEIGHBOR, WHO GET SICK, WHO DIES. IN A FEW MINUTES, YOU’RE GOING TO HEAR FROM NICOLE. NICOLE IS GOING TO SHARE WITH US HEARST FAMILIES STORY — HER STORY –. BEHIND EVERY PATIENT AND EVERY DIAGNOSIS IS A GROUP OF PEOPLE DOING EVERYTHING IN THEIR POWER TO HELP THAT PATIENT RECOVER AND STOP THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS. INCLUDING NURSES, DOCTORS, ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF, LAB TECHNICIANS, JANITORIAL STAFF, CONTACT TRACERS, AND MANY MANY OTHERS. PEOPLE WHO WORK THESE JOBS ARE FAMILY MEMBERS, FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, THEY HAVE BEEN PUSHED TO THE LIMIT BY MORE THAN EIGHT MONTHS OF FIGHTING ON THE FRONT LINES AGAINST THIS VIRUS. OFTEN THEY EXPOSE THEMSELVES TO GREAT RISK, TO TEST, TREAT, AND SUPPORT THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN STRICKEN BY THIS DISEASE. OUR ABILITY TO PROTECT THE PUBLIC HEALTH IS ONLY AS GOOD AS OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. THAT IS WHY IT IS CRITICAL THAT WE PROTECT THE CAPACITY OF THAT SYSTEM. WE INCLUDE IN THAT THE HEALTH CARE WORKERS WHO MAKE THAT SYSTEM — KEEP IT RUNNING. MODELING FROM THE — MODELING AVAILABLE FROM THE INSTITUTE OF HEALTH METRICS IN SEATTLE PROJECTS THAT PENNSYLVANIAN THAT — PENNSYLVANIA WILL RUN OUT OF HEALTH CARE BEDS. IF OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS COMPROMISED, IT IS NOT ONLY COVID BASED — COVID PATIENTS WHO WILL SUFFER. IF WE RUN OUT OF HOSPITAL BEDS, STAFF, IF THEY ARE OVERWORKED TO THE BREAKING POINT, HERE IS GOING TO SUFFER FOR EVERY PATIENT WHO NEEDS CARE, INCLUDING THOSE WHO NEED EMERGENCY CARE FOR ILLNESSES, ACCIDENTS, CONDITIONS RELATED TO COVID. WE CANNOT LET OUR HOSPITALS, OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS BE OVERWHELMED. WE CANNOT LET OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM CRACK UNDER THE STRAIN OF COVID-19. WE ALL NEED TO BE MORE CAREFUL. WE ALL NEED TO COMMIT TO WEARING A MASK AND STAYING HOME WHENEVER POSSIBLE. THAT IS THE ONLY WAY TO RELIEVE THE STRAIN ON HER HEALTH CARE — ON OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM. IT IS THE ONLY WAY TO STOP OUR FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, RELATIVES FROM BECOMING SICK. COVID IS TOUGH. BUT TOGETHER, WE PENNSYLVANIANS ARE TOUGHER. IF WE ALL UNITE TO STOP THE SPREAD OF THIS VIRUS, WE ARE GOING TO SUCCEED. ENFORCEMENT OF ALL PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS WILL BE — WE PUT IN PLACE, BUT I AM BETTING WE ALL RECOGNIZE OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO DO WHAT WE CAN TO PROTECT ONE ANOTHER. IN THE END, THAT IS WHAT IS GOING TO DEFEAT THIS DISEASE. I KNOW THAT THIS YEAR HAS BEEN HARD, FRUSTRATING. WE ALL WANT TO CELEBRATE SOMETHING AFTER ALL THE HARDSHIP AND FATIGUE AND SORROW OF THIS YEAR. BUT RIGHT NOW, ALL OF US NEED TO BE VIGILANT ABOUT TAKING SAFETY PRECAUTIONS AND FOLLOWING COVID MITIGATION MEASURES. THAT INCLUDES FOLLOWING THE CDC GUIDELINES TO STAY HOME AND NOT TRAVEL FOR THE HOLIDAYS. I KNOW IT IS PAINFUL, TO MISS SEEING OUR LOVE ONES, BOAT WE CAN KEEP THEM SAFE BY KEEPING OUR DISTANCE THIS YEAR — BUT WE CAN KEEP THEM SAFE BY KEEPING OUR DISTANCE THIS YEAR. BACK — WE ARE NOT OUT OF THE WOODS YET. AS OF TODAY WE ARE IN A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. WE NEED TO WORK TOGETHER TO STOP THE SPREAD OF COVID-19. EACH AND EVERYONE OF US NEEDS TO FOLLOW MITIGATION MEASURES TO STAY SAFE. THAT IS THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT OUR FAMILIES. THE BEST WAY TO PROTECT OUR COMMUNITIES, OUR HEALTH CARE WORKERS WHO DO SO MUCH TO KEEP US SAFE. YOU MATTER AS PENNSYLVANIANS. SO DO YOUR ACTIONS. IF WE MAKE GOOD CHOICES AND FOLLOW MITIGATION MEASURES, WE ACTUALLY GET GOOD RESULTS. SO LET’S WORK TOGETHER, ALL OF US, TO STOP THE SPREAD. THANK YOU, NOW I WILL TURN THIS OVER TO SECRETARY RACHEL LEVINE, DR. LEVINE. >> GOOD AFTERNOON, THANK YOU GOVERNOR. TODAY, WE ARE REPORTING 3000, 379 — 3379 INDIVIDUALS ARE HOSPITALIZED WITH COVID-19. 371 OF THE INDIVIDUALS HOSPITALIZED WITH COVID-19 ARE ON A VENTILATOR. THE TREND IN THE 14 DAY MOVING AVERAGE OF THE NUMBER OF HOSPITALIZED PATIENTS PER DAY HAS INCREASED BY MORE THAN 2100 SINCE THE END OF SEPTEMBER. TODAY WE ARE REPORTING 4762 NEW CASES AND THEN YESTERDAY, ON SUNDAY, WE ARE REPORTING 7075 NEW CASES. THIS BRINGS THE TOTAL NUMBER OF COVID-19 CASES IN PENNSYLVANIA TO 314,000, — 314,401. IT HAS BEEN MORE THAN 30 DAYS PAST THE PATIENT’S POSITIVE TEST , TRAGICALLY 28 NEW DEATHS WERE REPORTED IN OUR DATA TODAY AND 41 FROM SUNDAY. FOR NOW A TOTAL OF 9870 DEATHS ATTRIBUTED TO COVID-19. THAT MEANS IN THE LAST WEEK WE HAVE REPORTED ACTUALLY 545 NEW DEATHS ACROSS PENNSYLVANIA FROM THIS VIRUS. THE STATEWIDE PERCENT POSITIVITY AS REPORTED TODAY ON THE EARLY MODERN — EARLY MORNING MONITORING DASHBOARD IS NOW UP TO 11% STATEWIDE. THERE’S ONLY ONE COUNTY, CAMERON COUNTY, IN THE STATE WITH A POSITIVE OR DO — POSITIVITY RATE BELOW 5%. THERE BEEN NEARLY 24,000 CASES AMONG CHILDREN FIVE-18 — 5-18 YEARS OF AGE. 700 THE — 700 OF THEM IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS ALONE. WE ARE ADDING ADDITION IN — ADDITIONAL SAFEGUARDS FOR PENNSYLVANIA AS WE HEAD INTO THE HOLIDAY SEASON. AS HE SECRETARY OF HEALTH, I HAVE ISSUED A SERIES OF ADVISORIES AND ORDERS INTENDED TO HELP STOP THE SPREAD DURING THIS CRITICAL TIME TO PROTECT OUR HOSPITALS, OUR HEALTH CARE WORKERS, AND THE LIVES OF OUR FELLOW PENNSYLVANIANS. THESE MEASURES INCLUDE, TARGETED PROTECTIONS FOR BUSINESSES AND GATHERINGS. AN ADVISORY THE GOVERNOR — AS THE GOVERNOR HAS DISCUSSED FOR PENNSYLVANIANS TO PLEASE STAY-AT-HOME. A COMMITMENT, BY SCHOOLS, TO PROTECT STUDENTS AND STAFF. STEPS TO PROTECT OUR HOSPITAL — EMPOWERING LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO COMMUNITIES AND A NEW ENFORCEMENT PLAN THAT INCLUDES LIABILITY PROTECTION FOR BUSINESSES, AND FORCING THE NOW STRENGTHENED MASKING ORDER. I HAVE ISSUED AN ORDER TO SUSPEND ALCOHOL SALES IN ALL BARS AND RESTAURANTS AT 5 P.M. ON JUST ONE NIGHT, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25 UNTIL 8 A.M. ON THURSDAY NOVEMBER THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26. THAT IS A ONE NIGHT SUSPENSION OF ALCOHOL IN ALL RESTAURANTS AND BARS FOR ONE NIGHT — STARTING WEDNESDAY. IF EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER — EFFECTIVE NOVEMBER 27, IS THIS IS MUST ALLOW EMPLOYEES TO TELEWORK IF POSSIBLE. WE HAVE REINFORCED CLEANING STANDARDS WHERE EMPLOYEES ARE NOT TELEWORKING. RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS ARE REQUIRED TO VIRGINIA TO OPERATE — REQUIRED TO CONTINUE TO OPERATE AT 75% CAPACITY. SALONS AT 50% CAPACITY. LARGE GATHERINGS AND EVENTS ARE REDUCED. EVENTS WITH MORE THAN 500 PEOPLE INDOORS ARE PROHIBITED. EVENTS WITH MORE THAN 2005 HUNDRED PEOPLE OUTDOORS ARE ALSO PROHIBITED. I’VE ALSO ISSUED AN ADVISORY FOR PENNSYLVANIANS TO AVOID LEAVING THEIR HOMES UNLESS IT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. PLEASE, STAY AT HOME. THE STAY-AT-HOME ADVISORY IS NOT A SHUTDOWN ORDER. BUT TRANSMISSION OF COVID-19 IS REACHING NEW HEIGHTS THAT WE HAVE NOT YET ENCOUNTERED. THE GOVERNOR SAID, YOU ARE MUCH SAFER AT HOME. THIS ADVISORY GOES INTO EFFECT TODAY. WE ARE ALSO ADVISING GUESTS GATHERINGS WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT PART OF YOUR IMMEDIATE HOT — HOUSEHOLD. THE GOVERNOR AND I KNOW THIS IS VERY CHALLENGING WITH THANKSGIVING THIS WEEK AND OTHER HOLIDAYS COMING LATER. BUT HAVINGSOMEONE IN YOUR HOME WHO DOES NOT LIVE WITH YOU, NOT A PART OF YOUR HOUSEHOLD, EVEN IF THEY ARE PART OF YOUR EXTENDED FAMILY, OR CLOSE FRIENDS, IT PUT YOUR ATTIRE — ENTIRE HOUSEHOLD AT RISK. IT PUTS YOUR HEALTH AND YOUR FAMILY’S HEALTH AT RISK. FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS, IT IS STILL OUT PRIORITY TO HAVE IT MAINTAIN IN PERSON INSTRUCTION WHEN POSSIBLE, HOWEVER THERE ARE 59 COUNTIES THAT HAVE A SUBSTANTIAL — THAT HAVE BEEN AT THESE SUBSTANTIAL — AT THE SUBSTANTIAL LEVEL FOR TWO WEEKS NOW, OUR RECOMMENDATION FOR THEM TO RETURN TO VIRTUAL. DECISION ON INSTRUCTIONAL MODELS IS STILL A LOCAL ONE, PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE COUNTY THAT IS IN THE SUBSTANTIAL LEVEL RANGE FOR MORE THAN TWO WEEKS WILL BE REQUIRED TO SIGN A FORM TO CONFIRM THAT ALL SAFETY PHOTOCALL’S ARE IN PLACES SUCH AS UNIVERSAL MASKING, RESPONDING TO CASES OF COVID-19 IN THE SCHOOL SETTING, IF THEY WISH TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE IN PERSON OR BLENDED INSTRUCTIONAL MODELS. THIS IS AN AT TEST STATION FORM. — ATTESTATION FORM. SCHOOLS WHO DO NOT PROVIDE THIS FORM OR — WILL SUSPEND ALL EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AS LONG AS THE COUNTY REMAINS INSUBSTANTIAL TRANSMISSION OR UNTIL THE SCHOOL COMPLIES WITH SAFETY PROTOCOLS. SINCE THE START OF THE PANDEMIC, WE HAVE WORKED VERY CLOSELY WITH HEALTH CARE COALITION REGIONS AND THE ENTIRE HEALTH CARE COMMUNITY TO MAKE SURE THAT PENNSYLVANIA IS PREPARED TO CARE FOR PATIENTS. THE GOVERNOR AND I ARE VERY PROUD OF THE WORK THAT HAS BEEN DONE WITH THE HEALTH CARE COALITIONS AND HOSPITALS AND HEALTH CARE REGIONS TOGETHER. WHILE THESE COALITIONS CONTINUE TO WORK TOGETHER, WE HAVE BEEN CLOSELY MONITORING THE POTENTIAL FOR STAFFING SERVED — SHORTAGES, AND SHARP REDUCTIONS IN HOSPITAL BED AVAILABILITY IN EACH OF THE HEALTH CARE COALITION REGIONS TO DETERMINE WHEN AN INTERVENTION WILL NEED TO BE TRIGGERED. AS A SAFEGUARD, WHEN A REGION MEETS THESE QUANTIFIABLE TRIGGERS, THESE SPECIFIC TRIGGERS, HOSPITALS WILL BE REQUIRED TO TEMPORARILY REDUCE ELECTIVE PROCEDURES TO IN ORDER — IN ORDER TO ENSURE CAPACITY AND MEET THE STRAIN OF THE COVID-19 SURGE. THIS WILL BE DONE ON A REGIONAL BASIS, NOT STATEWIDE. REGIONS WILL BE NOTIFIED DAILY WHEN THE TRIGGERS ARE NO LONGER MET AND THEREFORE FULL ELECTIVE PROCEDURES CAN RESUME AT A FULL SCHEDULE. ORDERS ALREADY IN PLACE, AND THOSE ANNOUNCED TODAY WILL BE ENFORCED. LAW ENFORCEMENT AND STATE AGENCIES WILL BE STEPPING UP THEIR ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS IS SUING CITATIONS AND FINES AND POSSIBLE LET — POSSIBLE REGULATORY ACTIONS FOR REPEAT IN OFFENDERS — REPEAT OFFENDERS. IT IS OUR RESPONSE ABILITY TO PROTECT OUR HEALTH CARE WORKERS AND VULNERABLE CITIZENS OF COVID-19. THAT IS OUR RESPONSE ABILITY. NICOLE’S FAMILY KNOWS THIS FIRSTHAND, AND NICOLE WANTED TO SHARE HER FAMILY STORY WITH YOU. >> GOOD AFTERNOON. THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE MY FATHER-IN-LAW’S STORY. I’M SPEAKING TODAY ON BEHALF OF HIS FAMILY, HIS WIDOW, HIS DAUGHTER, AND HIS SON, MY HUSBAND. THIS IS JACK. HE IS MORE THAN A COVID STATISTIC. HE WAS — HE IS LOVED AND HE IS MISSED. RUGGED, BUT SWEET, WISE, BUT WITH A SPLENDID SENSE OF HUMOR. HE LOVED FLYFISHING AND GARDENING. HE WAS A KOREAN WAR VET. WHEN HE WAS 16, HE TRIED TO JOIN THE ARMY IN WORLD WAR II SO HE COULD FIGHT ALONGSIDE HIS BROTHER. FOR 40+ YEARS HE WAS AN IRONWORKER. AT 92, HE HAD BEEN THOROUGH — THROUGH A LOT. LIKE MANY OF THOSE WITH FAMILY MEMBERS IN NURSING HOMES, WE WERE FEARFUL FROM THE BEGINNING. IN JUNE, OUR FEELS — FEARS BECAME REALITY. WHEN JACK’S NURSING HOME BECAME INFECTED. FIRST IT WAS A FEW STAFF, THEN RESIDENTS. WE MADE SOME CALLS, THEN THE DEPARTMENT OF AGING CONNECTED US WITH AN ORGANIZATION CALLED — THEY OFFERED HELP WITH THEIR DISASTER RELIEF PROGRAM. THEY OFFERED? SOMETHING WE NEVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE, A PATHWAY HOME. JACK HAD TESTED NEGATIVE THOSE FIRST FEW DAYS, AND WE WERE FEELING VERY HELPFUL — HOPEFUL. UNFORTUNATELY, COVID IS PERSISTENT. THE DAY HE TESTED POSITIVE, WE — OUR HEART SANK. THE SITTER SAID HE COULD STILL BE SENT HOME IF HE WAS PROPERLY QUARANTINE AND CONTINUED TO SHOW MILD SYMPTOMS. ON THE DAY HE WAS SUPPOSED TO COME HOME, HE WAS ADMITTED TO THE COVID ICU. WE WERE FORTUNATE AT THE TIME THAT THE ICU WAS NOT OVERWHELMED AND JACK COULD GET EXCEPTIONAL CARE. PARAMEDICS DID NOT THINK HE WOULD MAKE IT HONESTLY, BUT AFTER A FEW DAYS IT SEEMED HE HAD BEAT THE VIRUS. HIS SHORT HOMECOMING WAS HER SWEET SINCE HE HAD TO BE QUARANTINED. OUR WEEK AFTER HE WAS DISCHARGED HE HAD TO RETURN TO THE COVID ICU BECAUSE HE COULD NOT BREATHE AND FELT LIKE HE WAS DYING. IT TURNS OUT, HE HAD A BLOOD CLOT IN HIS LUNG. SOMETHING VERY COMMON WITH COVID. THANKFULLY, IT WAS CAUGHT EARLY. HE RETURNED HOME ONCE AGAIN, THIS TIME THEY RECOMMENDED HOSPICE CARE BECAUSE HIS LUNGS CAP FILLING UP WITH FLUID. — LUNGS KEPT FILLING UP WITH FLUID. THE GOOD NEWS, HE HAD CLEARED QUARANTINED. WE SPEND THE AFTERNOONS TAKING HIM FOR WALKS AND LETTING HIM HOLD HIS GRAND PUPS. HE WAS AN INCREDIBLE PAIN TOWARDS THOSE FINAL DATES COMP — DAYS AND HIS BREATHING WAS HIS OFFICIAL DEATH WAS NOT NOTED AS COVID, BUT WE KNOW THAT IT TOOK ITS TOLL ON HIS BODY AND ORGANS. WE ARE FOREVER WILL GREAT — FOREVER GRATEFUL THAT WE COULD BRING JACK,, SPEND PRECIOUS TIME WITH HIM, AND BE THERE WHEN IT WAS HIS TIME TO SAY GOODBYE. SOMETHING WE CANNOT TAKE GRANTED IN A PANDEMIC. FOR THOSE WHO YOU THINK — FOR THOSE THAT THINK THIS PANDEMIC IS A HOSTS — HOAX, THAT IS HURTFUL. THAT WILL LEAD TO MORE PEOPLE NEEDLESSLY DYING. IF NOT FOR COVID, WE BELIEVE JACK WOULD STILL BE WITH US. THIS PHOTO WAS TAKEN NOT LONG BEFORE THE PANDEMIC STARTED AND HE WAS DOING REALLY WELL. WE HAVE FRIENDS IN THE MEDICAL FIELD WHO ARE CARING FOR COVID PATIENTS, FRIENDS WHO HAVE LOST LOVED ONES DURING THIS PANDEMIC, AND FRIENDS WHO HAVE STRUGGLED WITH THE VIRUS THEMSELVES. WE ARE TAKING EVERY PRECAUTION WE CAN SO OTHER FAMILIES DO NOT HAVE TO EXPERIENCE THIS LOSS. I WISH MORE PEOPLE WOULD HAVE HEATED THE WARNINGS BECAUSE MAYBE JACK WOULD STILL BE HERE. THE EMPTY CHAIR AT THE KITCHEN TABLE IS NO MORE PROFOUND THEN AT THIS TIME DURING THE HOLIDAYS. WEARING A MASK AND SOCIAL DISTANCING IS SUCH A SMALL SACRIFICE TO KEEP OUR LOVED ONE SAFE. >> NICOLE, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING YOUR STORY WITH US AND YOUR FAMILY STORY. CERTAINLY, OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU AND OUR CONDOLENCES. THEY HAVE IN HER AND I ARE PLEASED TO ANSWER QUESTIONS. — THE GOVERNOR AND I ARE PLEASED TO ANSWER QUESTIONS. IF YOU MEET YOURSELF AFTER ASKING YOUR FIRST QUESTION, WE ASSUME YOU DO NOT HAVE A FOLLOW-UP. FIRST, JAN MURPHY FROM PENN LIFE — PIN LIVE — PENN LIVE. >> YEP, I WILL CIRCLE BACK AROUND. ONE NOTE FOR EVERYONE, PLEASE MAKE SURE WE ARE COVERING QUESTIONS ON THIS TOPIC. ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE, WE WILL FOLLOW UP AFTERWARDS. JAN, ARE YOU STILL WITH US? OK, NEXT STEP IS HAYDEN. — NEXT UP IS HAYDEN, GO AHEAD HAYDEN. OK, HAYDEN SAYS FEEL FREE TO PASS. NEXT IT — UP IS JAMIE. >> THANK YOU AGAIN DR. LEVINE. CAN YOU GET US SOME MORE DETAILS ON THE DATA POINTS THAT WOULD STRIP THE HOSPITAL CUTBACKS ON ELECTIVE PROCEDURES AND ARE ANY OF THE REGIONS CURRENTLY EXCEEDING THOSE DATA POINTS RIGHT NOW? NONE OF THE REGIONS ARE — THAT TRIGGER THE 50% DECREASE IN ELECTIVE ADMISSIONS AT THIS TIME. THE TRIGGERS INCLUDE STAFFING SHORTAGES, THAT 33% OR MORE OF THE HOSPITALS IN THE REGION ANTICIPATE STAFFING SHORTAGES WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK. THE SECOND METRIC IS COVID-19 SEARCH — SURGE OR GREATER THAN 50% INCREASE IN THE MOVING AVERAGE OF COVID-19 ADMISSIONS IN THE REGION IN THE LAST 48 HOURS. DETERRENT — THIRD IS IN TERMS OF BED AVAILABILITY, THAT LESS THAN 10% OF THE TOTAL STAFF MEDICAL SURGICAL BED — SURGICAL BEDS ARE ANTICIPATED TO BE AVAILABLE FOR PATIENT CARE IN THE NEXT 72 HOURS. A REGION WOULD HAVE TO BE VERY CHALLENGED FROM A BED AVAILABILITY POINT OF VIEW, AND HAVE MORE COVID ADMISSIONS AND STAFF SHORTAGES TO TRIGGER THE ELECTI — WE CALLED FOR LAST WEEK WE WANT TO PARTNER WITH AND COLLABORATE WITH THE HOSPITALS HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS AND COALITIONS TO WORK TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE ADEQUATE HOSPITAL CAPACITY FOR COVID-19 PATIENTS AND NON-COVID-19 PATIENTS, AS THE GOVERNOR HAS MENTIONED. >> IF I MAY FOLLOW UP ON THAT, IN THE RELEASE FROM EARLIER TODAY THAT OUTLINES SOME OF OUR STATEWIDE DATA POINT, THERE IS A QUOTE FROM YOU IN THERE THAT REFERENCED THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON PROJECTIONS NOTING THAT WE COULD RUN OUT OF ICU BEDS WITHIN A WEEK. HOW CLOSE ARE WE IN SOME REGIONS, OR IN ANY OF THE REGIONS, IF YOU CAN BE SPECIFIC TO REACHING THOSE DIRE CHECKPOINTS THAT YOU JUST OUTLINED? >> WE ARE NOT THERE, PROBABLY MOST OF THE REGIONS ARE DOING VERY WEARABLE — WELL. THE NORTHEAST REGION IS THE MOST CHALLENGED. WE HAVE NOT HAD THE COVID-19 SURGE. WE ARE NOT THERE. BUT, YOU ARE RIGHT, WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON MODEL, AND IT IS VERY CONCERNING. RIGHT NOW WE HAVE UP TO 7000 NEW PATIENTS A DAY. HAVE UP TO 70 — 7000 NEW PATIENTS TODAY. THEY ARE PROJECTING THAT WE COULD HAVE UP TO 20,000 OR MORE NEW PATIENTS EVERY DAY. WE ARE SEEING UP TO 100 OR MORE DEATHS A DAY. THEY PROJECT WE COULD SEE ON HUNDRED 50 DEATHS TODAY. SO VERY, VERY CONCERNING MODELING. AS YOU POINTED OUT, CONCERNS ABOUT ICU CAPACITY. SO WE’RE GOING TO WATCH THAT VERY CLOSELY THROUGHOUT ALL OF OUR REGIONS AND EVERY DAY, AND WE WILL SEE IF THIS IS TRUE. >> NEXT UP IS RON SELFW — SOUTH WICK. >> GOOD AFTERNOON, I WANT TO GET INFORMATION ABOUT THE SCHOOLS AND THE ATTESTATION. CAN YOU OUTLINE THE STEPS SCHOOLS WILL HAVE TO TAKE, AND IS THERE A POINT WHERE THE STATE WILL BE MAKING THE DECISION TO SHIFT INSTRUCTION? DR. LEVINE: THERE IS AN ATTESTATION FORM THAT BASICALLY THEY ARE GOING TO BE FOLLOWING THE RULES, HAVE UNIVERSAL MASKING AND ATTEMPT AS BEST AS POSSIBLE TO BE DOING SOCIAL DISTANCING. IF THEY ATTEST TO THAT, THEY CAN MAINTAIN LOCAL CONTROL IN TERMS OF THEIR DECISIONS. IF THEY DO NOT ATTEST TO THAT OR IF THEY ATTEST TO IT AND ARE IN VIOLATION OF THAT, THAN THE STATE WOULD STEP IN AND THE SCHOOL WOULD GO REMOTE. GOVERNOR, ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD? OK. >> RON, ANY FOLLOW-UP? >> YES, HOW WILL YOU DETERMINE IF THE SCHOOLS ARE FOLLOWING UP OR DOING WHAT YOU WANT? DR. LEVINE: THE COLLABORATION, AS ALWAYS, BETWEEN THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND, THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE, AND WE HAVE VERY GOOD KNOWLEDGE WITH WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS, SO WE WILL BE OBSERVING. >> NEXT IS PAUL FROM THE PITTSBURGH’S NEST TIMES. — BUSINESS TIMES. >> FIRST, WHAT RESOURCES WILL BE BROUGHT TO BEAR FROM THE STATE LEVEL IF, WHEN ICU BEDS ARE FILLED, AND HOW WILL CAPACITY BE INCREASED? DR. LEVINE: THE GOAL IS THAT THE ICU’S ARE NOT OVERWHELMED AND NOT FILLED, PARTICULARLY WITHIN A WHOLE REGION. THAT WILL INVOLVE COLLABORATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, THE HEALTH CARE COALITIONS, AND HOSPITALS AND HEALTH SYSTEMS THEMSELVES. INSTEAD OF ONE HOSPITAL IS BEING CHALLENGED AND THEY ARE FILLING UP, THAN OTHER HOSPITALS IN THE REGION WILL MAKE SURE THEY HAVE CAPACITY AND THAT THERE ARE ADEQUATE TRANSFERS. AGAIN, ONE HOSPITAL — YOU KNOW, HAVING DIFFICULTY WITH IN TERMS OF SURGE, THAN OTHER HOSPITALS THEN ARE ABLE TO TAKE THAT LOAD. SO IT REALLY NEEDS TO BE DONE ON A REGIONAL BASIS, AND WE NEED THAT COLLABORATION. AND WE HAVE ASSURANCES FROM THE HOSPITALS AND THE HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION THAT THEY WILL BE COLLABORATING IN TERMS OF STAFFING AND BED AVAILABILITY, IN TERMS OF PPE, ETC. AND THAT COLLABORATION IS GOING TO BE KEY. >> THANK YOU. SECOND, HOSPITALIZATIONS HIGH GAS LAG BY ABOUT TWO WEEKS OR SO — HIGH GAS LAG BY ABOUT TWO WEEKS OR SO. ARE YOU REPAIRED TO TAKE FURTHER STEPS, AND WHAT MIGHT THEY BE AS EASY RISES NOW OR HOSPITALIZATIONS TWO WEEKS FROM NOW? DR. LEVINE: YOU ARE CORRECT, HOSPITALIZATIONS LIKE INCREASES IN NEW CASES BY ABOUT TWO WEEKS OR MORE, SO THAT IS WHAT WE ARE PROJECTING AND TALKING ABOUT THE STEPS WE ARE TAKING TODAY, AS WELL AS THE COLLABORATION WE TALKED ABOUT LAST WEEK. AS TIME GOES BY, IF WE SEE THAT OTHER STEPS NEED TO BE TAKEN, WE WILL TAKE THEM. BUT THESE ARE THE STEPS WE ARE TAKING NOW. YES, GOVERNOR, OF COURSE. GOV. WOLF: SO THAT IS EXACTLY WHY WE ARE LOOKING AT — HOSPITALIZATION IS A BIT OF A LAGGING INDICATOR, BUT THE AVAILABILITY OF STAFF IS NOT. AND THE AVAILABILITY OF ICU BEDS , THAT IS A DAILY INDICATOR. SO WE’RE LOOKING AT THINGS AND HAVE BEEN THROUGHOUT THIS WHOLE PROCESS, AT THINGS THAT ARE CONTEMPORANEOUS. SO UNDERSTANDING HOW MUCH OF A LAG THERE MIGHT BE IN CERTAIN THINGS, THAT HAS LED US TO WHAT WE THINK ARE APPROPRIATE CUSHIONS IN THIS MODEL. SO BY THE TIME WE SEE HOSPITALS TRIGGERING TWO-THIRDS OF THESE THINGS, WE SHOULD BE IN A SITUATION WHERE THEY CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT IN A TIMELY BASIS, AGAIN, REDUCING THEIR ELECTIVE PROCEDURES. >> NEXT IS JOHN FROM PENN CAPITAL STAR. >> THANKS. DR. LEVINE, CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE REASONING FOR THE 5:00 P.M. SHUT DOWN TIME FOR RESTAURANTS THE WEDNESDAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING? IT IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST EVENINGS OF THE YEAR. THEN A FOLLOW-UP FOR GOVERNOR WOLF ON THE SAME MATTER. DR. LEVINE: HE IS GOING TO TAKE THAT. GOV. WOLF: YEAH, I WILL TAKE THE FOLLOW-UP, TOO, BUT IT TURNS OUT THAT THE BIGGEST DAY FOR DRINKING IS THE WEDNESDAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING. I DO NOT LIKE THAT ANY MORE — ADDRESSING THAT ANY MORE THAN ANYBODY ELSE DOES, BUT IT IS A FACT. AND WHEN PEOPLE GET TOGETHER IN THAT SITUATION, IT LEADS TO AN INCREASE IN THE EXCHANGE OF THE FLUIDS THAT LEADS TO INCREASED INFECTION. AND SO THIS IS ONE OF THE MANY STEPS THAT WE ARE TAKING TO SAY, LET’S — IF WE ALL DO THIS TOGETHER, WE ARE GOING TO DEFEAT THIS VIRUS. THAT IS WHAT WE SHOULD BE FOCUSED ON, NOT WHETHER WE WANT TO GIVE TRANSITORY BENEFIT WITH GOING OUT WITH FRIENDS DAY AFTER TOMORROW AND HAVE SOME DRINKS. LET’S FORGO THAT THIS ONE TIME, AND IF WE DO THAT AND ALL THESE OTHER THINGS, THEN WE’RE GOING TO GET BACK TO LIFE AS WE REALLY WANT TO LEAD IT AND CAN GO TO BARS ANY TIME WE WANT. BUT LET’S JUST DO THIS, DO THE THINGS WE’RE TALKING ABOUT HERE, AND IF WE DO THIS AND WE ARE SUCCESSFUL, THEN WE ARE GOING TO MAKE IT THROUGH THIS REALLY ROUGH PATCH TO THE POINT WERE WE DO HAVE THE VACCINES, THE THINGS THAT ARE REALLY GOING TO TAKE US THROUGH THIS PANDEMIC, THEY WILL BE AVAILABLE TO US. WE HAVE TO MAKE IT THROUGH THIS TOUGH PATCH. WHAT IS YOUR FOLLOW-UP? >> OBVIOUSLY, THE INDUSTRY IS TAKING IT ON THE CHIN THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE PANDEMIC. YOU HAVE SEEN SHUT DOWN NUMBERS ON THESE BUSINESSES. I WONDER WHAT YOU WOULD SAY TO THE BAR AND TAVERN OWNERS OR RESTAURANT OWNERS, FOR THAT MATTER, WHO ARE FEELING — AGAIN, VERY IS A BOTTOM LINE? GOV. WOLF: WE ARE NOT DOING ANYTHING EXCEPT THIS DAY AFTER TOMORROW ORDER TO CHANGE WHAT HAS BEEN THE WAY RESTAURANTS HAVE BEEN OPERATING. IT HAS BEEN TOUGH. I MEAN, LET’S GET BACK TO — WHICH IS THE REASON, BY THE WAY, STARTING IN JULY AND AUGUST, I ADVOCATED PUTTINGMONEY INTO A SYSTEM THAT WOULD ACTUALLY GIVE FINANCIAL RELIEF TO THESE BUSINESSES. BECAUSE THERE IS NO QUESTION THEY HAVE BEEN HIT HARD, AND WE OUGHT TO DO SOMETHING. THE THING WE CANNOT DO IS IGNORE REALITY AND SAY, YEAH, YOU FOLKS, FOR NO FAULT OF YOUR OWN, HAVE BEEN HIT HARDEST THROUGH THIS — BY THIS VIRUS, BUT THE VIRUS IS WHAT IS DOING THIS. IT IS NOT ME, NOT THE ADMINISTRATION, NOT THE GOVERNMENT. THIS IS HAPPENING ALL OVER THE COUNTRY COME ALL OVER THE WORLD, AND IT IS HAVING THE SAME IMPACT. THE MORE WE LEARN ABOUT IT, THE MORE WE KNOW THIS IS THE KIND OF THING, THE KIND OF PLACE THAT ACTUALLY SPEEDS UP THE TRANSMISSION OF THIS DISEASE. SO WHAT WE’RE TRYING TO DO IN SYLVANIA IS SAY LET’S ACKNOWLEDGE REALITY — IN PENNSYLVANIA IS SAY LET’S ACKNOWLEDGE REALITY. WE HATE IT. THERE IS FATIGUE. ALL THE THINGS WE’RE FORCED TO DO ANOTHER PAINFUL THINGS WE HAVE HAD TO DO, INCLUDING NOT GOING OUT TO A BAR ON WEDNESDAY. WE HAVE GOT TO RECOGNIZE THAT AS TOUGH AS THAT IS, IT IS EVEN TOUGHER IF PEOPLE DIE. BACK TO WHAT NICOLE SAID ABOUT HER FATHER. WE CANNOT HAVE THAT HAPPEN. WE CANNOT LOOK BACK ON THIS AND SAY MAYBE WE COULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING TO SAVE SOME LIVES HERE. WE HAVE SOME BAD CHOICES, AND A QUESTION ABOUT IT, BUT WE HAVE GOT TO MAKE THOSE CHOICES WE CANNOT IGNORE THEM. AND THAT IS WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO HERE. >> NEXT IS FLOR. GO AHEAD AND UNMUTE. >> THANK YOU. GOVERNOR, CAN YOU HEAR ME? >> WE CAN. GOV. WOLF: LAST WEEK — >> LAST WEEK, THE SECRETARY HAD SAID WE WERE NOT GOING TO BE GOING BACK TO A RED, YELLOW, GREEN SITUATION. THAT WAS LAST WEEK. A LOT HAS CHANGED. HAVE YOU RETHOUGHT THAT AT THIS POINT? AND IF WE ARE NOT, AT THIS POINT, GOING BACK TO RED, YELLOW, GREEN, IS THERE A TIPPING POINT — DOES SOMETHING HAVE TO OCCUR THAT YOU WOULD SHUT DOWN THE STATE AND WE WOULD GO BACK TO STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS? GOV. WOLF: I HAVE NOT THOUGHT OF ANYTHING THAT WOULD ACTUALLY DO THAT. I THINK WE’RE DOING EVERYTHING WE POSSIBLY CAN TO MAKE SURE WE NEVER GO BACK TO THAT. WE HAD TO DO THINGS BACK IN MARCH AND APRIL, AND IF YOU THINK BACK TO THAT TIME, WE WERE JUST TRYING TO BUY TIME. WE DID NOT HAVE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT, DO NOT HAVE THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE DISEASE, DID NOT HAVE THE THERAPEUTICS THAT WE HAVE RIGHT NOW. WE HAVE A LOT OF THINGS THAT WE STILL NEED TO DO TO DEFEAT THIS VIRUS, THAT WE HAVE A LOT MORE IN TERMS OF RESOURCES THAN WE DID BACK THEN. AND I THINK THAT IS THE REALITY. SO WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO MAKE SURE THAT WE NEVER HAVE TO GO BACK TO THAT RED, YELLOW, GREEN DRACONIAN SET OF STEPS WE TOOK BACK THEN. THAT IS WHY THESE TARGETED MITIGATION EFFORTS ARE WHAT WE’RE PROPOSING RIGHT NOW. >> BUT IF THESE MITIGATION EFFORTS DO NOT WORK AND CASES CONTINUE TO GO UP, WILL THERE BE A POINT WHEN WE HAVE TO GO BACK TO THAT SITUATION? GOV. WOLF: WELL, AS I SAY, I CANNOT FORESEE EVERY POSSIBLE EVENTUALITY, BUT I CANNOT THINK THAT THAT WOULD MAKE ANY SENSE WE ARE TRYING TO BALANCE THE NEEDS OF A FRAGILE ECONOMY WITH THE NEED FOR ALL OF US TO KEEP SAFE. AND WE KNOW MORE AND WE HAVE MUCH MORE IN THE WAY OF RESOURCES RIGHT NOW, MORE IN THE WAY OF KNOWLEDGE, AND THERE IS LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL WITH THE VACCINES. SO I AM GOING TO DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO KEEP FROM TRASHING OUR ECONOMY THE WAY WE DID BACK IN MARCH AND APRIL AND AT THE SAME TIME KEEP PEOPLE SAFE. SO I CANNOT FOR SEE, CANNOT CONCEIVE, AND WE DO NOT HAVE ANY TENTATIVE STEPS TO GO BACK TO THAT OLD MARCH, APRIL SYSTEM. >> NEXT IS HANNAH FROM ABC 27. >> HI, THIS COULD BE FOR EITHER OF YOU. YOU HAVE TALKED ABOUT STEPPING UP LAW ENFORCEMENT EFFORTS. WHAT DOES THAT LOOK LIKE? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? IS THIS NOT SOMETHING THEY HAVE ALREADY BEEN DOING? IS THIS NEW OR IS IT JUST RAMPING UP OF EXISTING EFFORTS? GOV. WOLF: IT IS A GOOD QUESTION. IN MOST CASES, WE HAVE ALREADY BEEN DOING THIS. STATE LAW ENFORCEMENT AND EVEN LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT HAVE BEEN WORKING TO ENFORCE THE DIRECTIVES THAT ARE IN PLACE. WHAT WE’RE DOING HERE IS ADDING A STEP THAT HAS BEEN TRIED IN OTHER STATES, INCLUDING OHIO, AND IT IS BASICALLY A PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE, AND ATTEMPT TO DO A BETTER JOB AT PROTECTING CUSTOMERS AND EMPLOYEES IN RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS. TOO OFTEN WE WILL HAVE SOMEBODY WHO DOES NOT WEAR A MASK, SO THAT BASICALLY THROWS OUT SAFETY PROCEDURES FOR EVERYBODY. WE ARE NOW SAYING WE’RE ARE GOING TO ACTUALLY ENFORCE THIS — PUT THE ENFORCEMENT ON THE BACKS OF THE STORE OWNER, THE STORE AND EDGER, TO SAY — STORE MANAGER, TO SAY THAT YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE WHO COME INTO YOUR STORE ABIDE BY THE MASKING REGULATION. IF THEY HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THAT, YOU CAN SERVE THEM OUTSIDE. THE STATE STORES ARE ALREADY DOING THAT. BUT IF YOU COME INSIDE, THEY NEED TO FOLLOW THE PROCEDURES. WE HAVE THOSE SIGNS THAT SAY NO SHIRT, NO SHOES, NO SERVICE. SAME THING WITH NO MASK, NO SERVICE. AS THEY DO IN OHIO, THE FIRST TIME YOU VIOLATE THAT, YOU GET A WARNING. SECOND TIME, YOU HAVE TO CLOSE FOR 24 HOURS. THIRD TIME, YOU HAVE TO CLOSE FOR 24 HOURS AND YOU GET A FINE. THOSE ARE THE KINDS OF THINGS THAT WE FIND HAVE WORKED IN OTHER STATES AND I THINK THEY CAN WORK HERE. AGAIN, WE HAVE BEEN ENFORCING THESE REGULATIONS. IF EMPLOYEES OR CUSTOMERS FEEL UNSAFE IN A STORE, WE HAVE A HOTLINE THROUGH THE — I THINK DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH — THAT THEY SHARE WITH OTHER AGENCIES AT THE STATE SO THAT LABOR AND INDUSTRY, STATE POLICE, WHOMEVER CAN INTERVENE TO HELP PROTECT AND TRY TO KEEP WORKERS AND CUSTOMERS SAFE. THIS JUST REALLY ADDS TO THAT, BUT IT DOES NOT CHANGE THE ORDER THAT SAYS WE NEED TO WEAR MASKS. WE ARE JUST TRYING TO DO A BETTER JOB OF ENFORCING THAT. >> THANKS, AND I DID HAVE ONE MORE QUESTION ON SORT OF A DIFFERENT TRAIN OF THOUGHT HERE. FOR BUSINESSES THAT ARE FOLLOWING THESE HEALTH RULES, THERE WAS RECENTLY A BILL PASSED OFFERING THEM LIABILITY PROTECTION. ARE YOU PLANNING TO SIGN IT, AND WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THAT% AND HOW IT MIGHT HELP BUSINESSES? GOV. WOLF: YES, IN THIS — I SHOULD ACTUALLY DIRECT YOU TO THE OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL FOR FULL LEGAL, BECAUSE I’M OT A LAWYER, BUT IT IS A GREAT POINT THAT COMPANIES THAT ARE ENFORCING THIS IN THEIR STORES, THAT IF THERE IS ALTERCATION OR SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS THAT MIGHT PUT THEM AT SOME JEOPARDY, THERE IS A LIMITED RISK IMMUNIZATION — IMMUNITY THAT WOULD ACCRUE TO THE OWNER OR MANAGER OF THAT ESTABLISHMENT. SO YEAH, AND I’M NOT AS CLEAR ON EXACTLY HOW THIS COMPARES TO THE BILL, THE SAME IDEA. >> NEXT IS JOHN FINNERTY. >> YEAH, THANK YOU. COULD YOU ARTICULATE SORT OF WHAT YOUR POSITION IS REGARDING SCHOLASTIC SPORTS? I KNOW YOU MENTIONED THAT IN A LOT OF PLACES, THAT EXTRACURRICULARS WOULD BE BANNED IF THE SCHOOLS GO REMOTE, BUT FROM THE STANDPOINT OF BASKETBALL AND WRESTLING AND KIDS WEARING MASKS AND PLAYING SPORTS — IF IT IS THAT BAD RIGHT NOW, DO YOU FEEL LIKE IT SHOULD BE JUST CUT OFF? WHERE IS YOUR POSITION ON THAT? GOV. WOLF: POSITION RIGHT NOW IS WITH THIS ATTESTATION WE ARE ASKING SUPERINTENDENTS AND SCHOOL BOARDS TO SIGN. AS LONG AS THEY DO THAT AND FOLLOW THE RULES OF MASKING — WHEN IT COMES TO SPORTS, EACH SPORT IS DIFFERENT. WE HAVE EXEMPTED FOOTBALL FROM WEARING MASKS, AND I THINK THERE ARE OTHERS, TOO. LOOK, WE WANT A COMMONSENSE APPROACH HERE, BUT IF YOU ARE JUST GOING TO VIOLATE THE RULES OR IGNORE THEM, THEN EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ARE GOING TO BE OFF THE TABLE. SO JUST SIGN THE ATTESTATION, HAS TO BE IN BY NOVEMBER 30, AND EACH SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL CONTINUE TO BE IN CHARGE OF ITS OWN EXTRACURRICULARS AND RUN THEM THE WAY THEY SHOULD. AGAIN, I THINK THIS IS COMMON SENSE. WE UNDERSTAND THERE ARE CERTAIN SPORTS WERE YOU JUST CANNOT WEAR A MESS, BUT TO THE EXTENT YOU CAN, WEAR A MASK. IT MAKES THINGS SAFER. EVEN BASIC — EVEN BASEBALL PLAYERS WEAR MASKS, BASKETBALL, WEAR MASKS. THOSE ARE THE KINDS OF THINGS WE SHOULD BE DOING TO KEEP OUR SP

Steelers: Fans now limited to friends and family only at Heinz Field, due to new Pa. restrictions


Fans at Steelers games will now be limited to family and friends of players and the organization, due to new restrictions on gatherings in Pennsylvania.Below is the full statement issued by the Steelers on Monday evening.Today, Governor Wolf’s Office and State Health Director Dr. Levine issued new orders and advisories which will affect our games in December, starting with the game against Washington on December 6. That order will now limit Heinz Field to no more than 2,500 people in the building, including players, coaches, stadium staff, etc. Consequently, we will have to restrict fans in the seating bowl to family and friends of players and the organization. Fans who have selected seats for the December 6 game will receive communication directly from our Ticket Office regarding credits or refunds.Today’s new orders and advisories from the State of Pennsylvania do not impact the Steelers game vs. the Baltimore Ravens game this Thursday, Thanksgiving night. Fans holding tickets to Thursday’s game will again be required to adhere to already published protocols, including requirements for wearing a mask and social distancing. Additional information concerning protocols for safely attending the game on Thursday can be found at www.HeinzField.com.Our priority remains the health and safety of our players, coaches, staff, gameday workers, and our fans. We will adhere to the original protocols for games with fans at Heinz Field and expect approximately 5,500 fans in attendance for Thursday’s game versus the Ravens.

Fans at Steelers games will now be limited to family and friends of players and the organization, due to new restrictions on gatherings in Pennsylvania.

Below is the full statement issued by the Steelers on Monday evening.

Today, Governor Wolf’s Office and State Health Director Dr. Levine issued new orders and advisories which will affect our games in December, starting with the game against Washington on December 6. That order will now limit Heinz Field to no more than 2,500 people in the building, including players, coaches, stadium staff, etc. Consequently, we will have to restrict fans in the seating bowl to family and friends of players and the organization. Fans who have selected seats for the December 6 game will receive communication directly from our Ticket Office regarding credits or refunds.

Today’s new orders and advisories from the State of Pennsylvania do not impact the Steelers game vs. the Baltimore Ravens game this Thursday, Thanksgiving night. Fans holding tickets to Thursday’s game will again be required to adhere to already published protocols, including requirements for wearing a mask and social distancing. Additional information concerning protocols for safely attending the game on Thursday can be found at www.HeinzField.com.

Our priority remains the health and safety of our players, coaches, staff, gameday workers, and our fans. We will adhere to the original protocols for games with fans at Heinz Field and expect approximately 5,500 fans in attendance for Thursday’s game versus the Ravens.



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