Remaining vigilant as COVID restrictions ease

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EDWARDSVILLE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf outlined more of the framework Friday to reopen the state’s economy from pandemic restrictions.

With less limitations on the horizon, medical experts have a warning for us all. It’s the news Luzerne, Schuylkill, Monroe, Pike and four other counties have been waiting several weeks to hear. In a matter of days, they will transition from red phase, Pennsylvania’s harshest pandemic restrictions, to yellow phase. 17 other counties including Bradford, Montour, Snyder and Sullivan will shift from yellow to green.

“I just worry that people will lapse into their habits they had before all this began,” Jane Trombetta, Chief Clinical Officer, MedExpress Urgent Care, said.

Habits which this MedExpress Urgent Care official says could undermine all of the hard work to flatten the curve across the Commonwealth.

“So I think that’s our biggest risk is not continuing to have good practices especially when touching high touch surfaces that others have touched,” Trombetta said.

Easing restrictions doesn’t mean COVID-19 is no longer a threat. Quite the contrary, which is why Trombetta is still urging you to frequently wash your hands, use hand sanitizer and keep your hands away from your face. As for face masks…

“I would really encourage people to keep up with those masks when they are within six feet of others,” Trombetta said.

As for potential COVID hotspots, she says think crowds.

“So the grocery store in particular, the Walmart, anywhere that you go that you’re surrounded by other people. You just never know when someone else may have the virus and not have symptoms and I think that’s our biggest risk,” Trombetta said.

Restaurants, gyms, and movie theaters, too, once their home counties enter the green phase. The earliest battles with COVID-19 may be ending but Trombetta says the war against this virus is far from finished.

“Just be aware that things that we may not have thought were COVID in the past in terms of not feeling well could be so your best bet is to get tested. If you’re unsure or if you have a family member that’s not feeling well get tested,” Trombetta said.

The MedExpress Urgent Care in Wilkes-Barre Township has been closed in recent weeks but we are told will reopen on June 1st. The ones in Edwardsville, Williamsport and Selinsgrove remain open seven days a week.

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