PA Health Secretary calls on College Students to help Stop Spread of COVID-19

“We need your help!”  That’s the message Pennsylvania’s Health Secretary had for college students. The state is reporting a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in 19 to 24 year old’s in Pennsylvania.

“College and university students are uniquely positioned to help change the course of the spread of this virus by changing and adapting your actions to protect yourself, your friends and others in the community”, said PA Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine.

The Health Department reports North Central and Northeast Pennsylvania are 2 areas of the state that have seen the biggest increases since students have returned to campus this fall.  The Health Department reports a hike in cases in the rest of the state in that age bracket as well.

Levine said college students are welcome guests in the community where their school is based but what happens on campus directly impacts everyone off campus and in the community.

“An increase in COVID-19 cases can impact local children and their ability to go to school in person.  An increase in COVID-19 cases can impact local businesses and their ability to stay open”, said Levine.

Levine said college students who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate according to public health orders.  If a college student comes in contact with someone who tested positive, they’re advised to quarantine for 14 days. Levine also reminded students to wear masks on campus, practice social distancing, avoid large crowds and wash your hands often.

“We must stop be united in our efforts to stop this virus from doing more damage to our communities, our families and our friends”, said Levine.