Susquehanna County Commissioners hold press conference with healthcare officials


SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY  (WBRE/WYOU) – As Susquehanna County prepares to reopen tomorrow in the yellow phase, county commissioners and area health officials held a conference to take a look at what medical facilities have been doing to protect citizens and what to expect for the next phase.

“You can’t stop living your life. Now life is a little bit different right now. But we don’t want people to stop living, we want people to enjoy life and not be paralyzed by fear.”

Healthcare officials from NEPA Community Health Care, Barnes-Kasson Hosptial, and Endless Mountains Health Systems, joined county commissioners in a conference on Wednesday. Their message: just because the county is reopening doesn’t mean that the virus is gone.

“We have to be careful. It’s not a complete leap into what it was before. We’re not going to normal.”

Doctors say hospitals are facing personal protective equipment shortages.

“We both in this time are in reuse mode, which is not the reccomendation during this situation. So we are actually reusing n95 masks and other things.”

The health officials urged people to follow guidelines, highlighting the importance of masks, social distancing, and telehealth services in the yellow phase. Officials say there is also confusion about medical resources available which they hope to clarify.

“Primary care is available. Testing is available. And we also thought it was important to show solidarity.”

Doctors also strongly encourage people to use health facilities for non-COVID related illnesses and to not wait until it’s too late.

“You know if you’re just gonna hunker down and completely wait for all of this to end, you’re gonna be waiting a long time.”

Herschel says she has faith that the majority of community members understand how important it is to follow guidelines.

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