CUMBERLAND COUNTY, Pa. — Governor Tom Wolf and members of his administration gathered at Weis Market in Camp Hill on Jan. 14 to discuss their efforts to combat the spike of COVID-19 cases.
Wolf’s administration says the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency are launching regional support sites and sending strike teams to support hospitals facing staffing shortages.
“This is a stressful time of year anyway, and then [with] this big pile of COVID cases on top of it just complicates an already complicated situation," said Governor Wolf. "It’s tough. They’re struggling."
Wolf and his administration say they are grateful for the support and resources the federal government has provided to Pennsylvania.
“The federal government heeded our call," said Wolf. "At the start of January, federal strike teams began deploying to hospitals and EMS centers in York and Scranton to help fight COVID-19 in our communities."
The Wolf administration is also launching a new initiative to help long-term care facilities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Long-term care resiliency, infrastructure support and empowerment program[ming] provides resources, consultation and expertise to help facilities battle COVID-19 to recover and to rebuild," the governor said.
Another step the administration is taking is continuing to open additional testing sites.
Weis Market says so far, it has administered more than 350,000 COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.
“I want to thank the nearly 8.5 million Pennsylvanians who have stepped up to do the right thing and get fully vaccinated," said Acting Secretary of Health Keara Klinepeter.