Gov. Tom Wolf recommends no high school sports in Pennsylvania until Jan. 1
Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday his guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic recommends that high school sports be delayed until Jan. 1 because of the virus.
Wolf made the statement as he ended a briefing on the disease while answering a reporter’s question about allowing parents to attend high school sporting events.
“The guidance from us, the recommendation is we don’t do any sports until Jan. 1,” Wolf said.
He also said people need to avoid congregate settings because large gatherings allow the virus to spread into the community.
The announcement about sports followed a new conference on Walmart adding new COVID-19 drive-up, self-testing locations in Pennsylvania, including stores in West Brownsville and Uniontown.
The downside is the commercial laboratory Walmart uses can take up to two weeks to deliver results due to a national backlog of tests, state Health Sec. Rachel Levine said.
“That’s too long,” Levine said.
Pennsylvania announced 38 new deaths from the virus Thursday, bringing the statewide total to 7,282 since March.
Levine said there were 807 new cases Thursday in the state, including 100 from Allegheny County.
Fayette County’s death toll grew by one bringing its total to five.
Washington County’s case count grew to 808 after 23 new cases of the virus were announced Thursday. Greene County’s total held again at 110.