HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine and acting Secretary of Education Noe Ortega held a virtual press conference Monday to give an update on COVID-19 in Pennsylvania.
They encouraged Pennsylvanians to stay vigilant and continue taking precautions to keep themselves and their families safe, including social distancing and wearing masks.
In addition, Dr. Rachel Levine announced that, with parental or guardian permission, Pennsylvanians age 13 to 17 can now add their phone to the fight and download the COVID Alert PA app on the Apple App Store, or the Google Play Store to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
“While the app has been available to Pennsylvanians 18 and older, we wanted to ensure more residents had access to these resources and can be notified if exposed to COVID-19,” Dr. Levine said. “By expanding the age range, we can hopefully increase the number of individuals who download the app, increasing its effectiveness to help control the spread of this dangerous virus, especially in school settings. I encourage everyone to download COVID Alert PA and answer the call to wash your hands, social distance, and wear a mask so we can unite together against COVID-19.”
Cases have been surging across the state, and experts are worried that people who traveled for Thanksgiving will lead to an increase in more cases..
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