Pitt, Penn State, Temple University Presidents Voice Support for Mask-Wearing, Mitigation Efforts

first_imgPitt, Penn State, Temple University Presidents Voice Support for Mask-Wearing, Mitigation Efforts July 22, 2020 Education,  Press Release,  Public Health Presidents of the University of Pittsburgh, Penn State University and Temple University voiced their support today for mask-wearing and mitigation efforts put in place by the Wolf Administration to stop the recent rise in cases of COVID-19 and keep Pennsylvanians safe.“Evidence-based strategies are vital to reducing the spread of COVID-19, and it is critical that we use them to promote the health and safety of residents throughout the Commonwealth,” said University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick D. Gallagher. “The University of Pittsburgh deeply appreciates Governor Wolf’s unwavering commitment to protect the health of all Pennsylvanians.”“If we are to be successful in our plans to return to teaching, learning and working on our campuses this fall, each one of us must take actions now, based on science and public health practices, to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus,” said Penn State President Eric J. Barron. “Penn State is finalizing plans to support the critical aspects outlined by Gov. Wolf – from wearing face masks to maintaining social distancing to testing and contact tracing – in order to do our part to minimize the impact of the virus. It’s crucial that we all work together to help keep our campuses and our communities safe and healthy, and we are grateful for Gov. Wolf’s targeted and decisive actions toward this end.”“The fight against COVID-19 is not over,” Temple University president Dr. Richard M. Englert said. “Temple supports the governor’s efforts to prevent additional spikes in cases and ensure the public’s safety.”Gov. Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine put in place additional mitigation efforts on July 15 when multiple data points indicated the state may be headed for another surge in COVID-19 cases. These health experts and the CDC have noted that limiting indoor activities and wearing masks can have a strong positive effect on curtailing another surge.A recent study by Brigham Young University researchers included a review of over 115 scientific studies on COVID-19. The study concluded that “there is now convincing evidence from multiple controlled experiments and field observations that wearing masks reduces the transmission of COVID-19 for healthcare workers and the public. Cloth masks can stop 90% or more of the dispersal of droplets carrying the virus.”The governor’s most recent order on mitigation efforts can be found here.The secretary’s order on mask-wearing can be found here.FAQs on mask-wearing can be found here.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Koeman hails Schneiderlin coup

first_imgRonald Koeman believes persuading Morgan Schneiderlin to stay at St Mary’s was Southampton’s biggest transfer-window coup. Schneiderlin initially vented frustrations at being denied a transfer, but new manager Koeman has now claimed the 24-year-old decided to knuckle down on the south coast of his own accord. “I hoped, and in the last three weeks I would say yes, him staying has been the best part (of the transfer window) for us,” said Koeman. “He’s a fantastic player and an important player for the team. “That gives the rest of the lads the confidence and ambition that we spoke about. “It was not an easy one because he was disappointed in the beginning, but I think that was a normal reaction. “But after that his behaviour has been professional and the one answer he gave was on the pitch, and that’s always the best answer that you can give. “It’s important for us to keep that kind of player in the team. “I spoke several times with Morgan, but finally the player by himself changed his mind and that’s the most important thing.” Press Association Koeman has tipped new recruits Sadio Mane and Toby Alderweireld to thrive on the south coast, but admitted holding onto Schneiderlin was Saints’ most important move. Mauricio Pochettino fought hard for France midfielder Schneiderlin to follow him from Southampton to Tottenham, only for Saints to rebuff a number of bids. Koeman holding onto Schneiderlin stemmed a summer-long Southampton talent drain, but the former Dutch defender admitted it is too soon to make predictions on whether the club can fend off suitors again in January. “I don’t know about that, we will just have to wait and see in January,” he said. “I’m not thinking about January at the moment, I’m just preparing our team for Saturday’s Newcastle match. “That’s the most important thing at this moment.” last_img read more