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Pennsylvania Hospitals Ask Pennsylvanians: Help Us Stop the Spread of COVID-19

January 05, 2021

This week, HAP released the second in a series of public service announcements (PSA) to strongly urge Pennsylvanians to do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Featuring frontline clinicians, many from hospital COVID-19 units, throughout the commonwealth, Pennsylvanians were urged to continue to wear a mask, avoid large gatherings, wash their hands often, and stay home when sick.

With all 67 Pennsylvania counties continuing to experience substantial community spread of COVID-19, and hospitals challenged by this surge of cases and hospitalization rates, it has never been more important to follow the public health guidance recommended by public health and medical experts.

“We know that, just because the vaccine is rolling out across the country, it will be some time before all of us get vaccinated and our lives return to normal. Until then, we must continue to protect the people you see in this video, as well as hundreds of thousands of other hospital and health care workers across the state,” said Andy Carter, HAP president and CEO.

“These brave individuals have done extraordinary work during the pandemic, and they need all of us to stay the course to keep this dangerous virus from spreading out of control. Please: follow their simple advice and continue to wear masks, wash your hands, keep your distance from those outside your household, stay home if you are sick, and call your health care provider if you have questions.”  

This PSA is a part of HAP’s ongoing campaign to educate the public about slowing the spread of COVID-19, and about the importance of the vaccine. During December, HAP released a PSA to encourage Pennsylvanians to protect health care workers and their communities. A social media toolkit is available for hospitals and community partners to utilize statewide.

With public distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine still months away, the Wolf Administration has encouraged all health systems, providers, and similar associations to promote community mitigation strategies through earned and paid media.

HAP thanks the following individuals for sharing their voice:                              

  • Dr. Eric Sachinwalla, Einstein Medical Center
  • Dr. Robert Czincila, Einstein Medical Center Montgomery
  • Dwight Kloth, Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Dr. Samuel Hammerman, Select Medical
  • Ben Reynolds, UPMC
  • Dr. Sean McVeigh, Wayne Memorial Hospital
  • Casey, Nichole, Ashley, Mount Nittany Medical Center

For more information please contact Sarah Lawver, HAP’s director, advocacy activation, or Rachel Moore, HAP’s director, media relations.