by Public Source Reporters
Gov. Tom Wolf announced Thursday that all schools in Pennsylvania will remain closed for the remainder of the school year. During the closure, schools can continue online and remote education. Meal pick-up for students and families will continue, the governor’s office said.
Wolf signed an order Wednesday that allows the state to commandeer medical equipment from any private or public facility or manufacturer in Pennsylvania and reallocate it throughout the state as needed as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise.
“This will allow us to move key equipment like personal protective equipment and ventilators to high-population and high-impact areas,” Wolf said during a press conference. “And it will also allow us to bring resources into lower-population areas that might not have as many available medical resources. This will also prevent sick Pennsylvanians from having to choose which hospital to go to for fear that some have less access to equipment than others.”
The governor and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine also announced a new hospital preparedness dashboard which will let anyone see the county-by-county equipment inventory, showing in-use and available ICU beds, ventilators, non-ICU beds, and more.
“We want to give Pennsylvanians a better idea of what’s happening throughout PA and in their county,” Levine said.
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