Social distancing is working. So is only leaving the house for essential trips, working from home and limitations on non-essential businesses. And as we think about gradually reopening components of our society and ramping up some of the clinical services in our hospitals and clinics, it will be important to remember that this doesn’t – and shouldn’t – happen at the flip of a switch. As many have suggested, it truly needs to be more like a dimmer. Doing this deliberately and thoughtfully, without getting complacent in our precautionary efforts, will be keys to protect against a COVID-19 resurgence in our communities.

It is not lost on us that COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges in Pennsylvania and beyond.

Dr. Jaewon Ryu is President and CEO of Geisinger. Kendra Aucker is President and CEO of Evangelical Community Hospital.

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