Smart Talk and coronavirus on Tuesday: Lt. Gov. John Fetterman

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman appears on Tuesday’s Smart Talk to address several questions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fetterman was appointed by Gov. Tom Wolf last week to lead a task force to address the disparity between how African-Americans, Latinos and Asian Pacific Pennsylvanians are affected by the COVID-19 virus. Pennsylvania doesn’t have thorough statistics on the racial and ethnic backgrounds of those who have tested positive for the virus and those who have died from it. Anecdotally, health care workers have said they have seen a higher percentage of minority deaths. New York does have demographic information and has reported more than 60% of the COVID patients who have died were Latino or African-American.

Also, Fetterman has long advocated for the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes and says legal pot could help bring the state’s finances back after the pandemic wanes.

We’ll also discuss the policies established by the Wolf Administration related to the COVID-19 pandemic with the Lieutenant Governor, including plans to re-open.