PITTSBURGH – The original mask mandate was lifted for civil servants in June.
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But with cases picking up again, Governor Tom Wolf decided it was time to mask himself again.
“Right now we are in a pandemic of the unvaccinated where the Delta variant will find it no matter what, because it is a more contagious version of this virus,” he said.
Starting tomorrow, all Keystone State employees and contract employees will be required to wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status.
This step is in response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases.
In a memo, the governor said the re-masking will help reduce the potential spread to jobs.
Infectious Disease Expert Dr. Amesh Adalja believes that Wolf should go one step further.
“I think Governor Wolf should make the vaccine mandatory for government employees. That would be something that would make a great contribution to controlling the pandemic not only among civil servants, but also among the population, ”said Adalja.
Earlier this month, the governor announced that all government employees employed in health care facilities or other high-risk facilities will need to be vaccinated or have weekly tests for the virus.
Similar steps have been taken here in Allegheny County.
If you want to work for the county, you need to get vaccinated.
“I think we really need to emphasize that we can protect ourselves from this by getting vaccinated as high as possible in the community.”
And starting Tuesday, the Allegheny County Health Department will resume 24-hour updates on COVID-19.