Mar. 13, 2020

HARRISBURG – Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne) today issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s decision to close all Pennsylvania schools for two weeks, starting Monday, March 16, over coronavirus concerns.

“I had urged the governor to take this necessary action and am pleased he has now done so. This step will allow us to better evaluate the situation and help to ensure the health and welfare of our students.

“While medical evidence is showing that young people are largely unaffected, they may also be carriers. Our community has many grandparents raising grandchildren, who are more susceptible to contracting the virus and to fatalities.

“The Hazleton area also has a high population of international travelers, college students coming home from closed universities, and visitors from New York City and Philadelphia.

“Other countries have suffered from high numbers of fatalities due to a poor response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We must not make the same mistakes.”

Representative Tarah Toohil
116th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
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