Pa. health secretary stands behind recommendation of suspending youth sports until 2021

Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine speaking to reporters.
Photo credit The Office of Governor Tom Wolf via Flickr
By KYW Newsradio 1060

“I think it’s really important to take the same lessons about COVID-19 that Penn State took, that the Big Ten took, that the Pac-12 took and that school sports be postponed as well at recreational sports until Jan. 1,” she said. 

Levine said they’ve seen an increase in children under 19 getting COVID-19. There are 43 children in the state hospitalized because of the pediatric disease MIS-C, which is associated with the coronavirus.

“So the idea that children don’t get COVID-19 is incorrect, and the idea children can’t get very sick from COVID-19 is incorrect. They can,” Levine said. 

If the PIAA votes to allow fall sports to go forward, individual school districts will decide how to proceed. 

The PIAA said they were tremendously disappointed after Gov. Tom Wolf announced his recommendation, especially in the timing, as they’d put out guidance on each fall sport at the end of July which they say gave schools flexibility.

Levine said if the PIAA were to vote to allow sports to go forward, the governor has been very clear in that he would not issue any mandates shutting down sports.