February 25, 2022
Pennsylvania is showing encouraging signs of a new phase in the COVID-19 pandemic, as the winter surge of cases and hospitalizations from the Omicron variant recedes, Acting Secretary of Health Keara Klinepeter said today.
During a press briefing, Klinepeter outlined the state’s next steps in its pandemic response and what to expect in the months ahead. She emphasized the importance of COVID-19 vaccinations and continued monitoring of the virus to ensure the state can quickly respond.
While the virus remains in its pandemic phase, case counts and hospitalizations are trending in a positive direction, she said.
“COVID-19 is not going away, but Pennsylvania is well-positioned with the tools, knowledge, and resources that we have to prioritize prevention in everyday life and manage future outbreaks when they occur,” Klinepeter said.
Among the takeaways from the press briefing:
Klinepeter said it will be important for everyone to understand the level of COVID-19 transmission and assess the risk of COVID-19 in their communities. She said the state would remain nimble “to quickly respond to any changes in the COVID-19 landscape.”
“We really want to focus on maintaining a state of readiness and that our activities are commensurate with the risk to Pennsylvanians,” Klinepeter said.
HAP will continue to provide updates on the public health response to COVID-19 to members and the general public.
A replay of today’s briefing is available online.
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