PITTSBURGH -- The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed there are 165 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 644 in 34 counties.
Governor Tom Wolf has issued a stay-at-home order beginning at 8 p.m. Monday for Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe and Montgomery counties.
Philadelphia County was already under a stay-at-home order.
The governor said this stay-at-home order will continue for two weeks.
School closures and other mitigation efforts in those counties will also be extended for another two weeks as the Pennsylvania Department of Education announced Monday that all schools in the commonwealth will remain closed through at least April 6 as a result of the COVID-19 response efforts.
“I remain deeply concerned about this public health crisis and we must continue to take careful but critical steps now to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Gov. Wolf said.
“We are issuing these orders because Pennsylvanians’ health and safety remains our highest priority.”
According to the Wolf Administration release, individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following allowable individual activities and allowable essential travel:
- Tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as obtaining medicine or medical supplies, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from home
- Getting necessary services or supplies for themselves, for their family or household members, or as part of volunteer efforts, or to deliver those services or supplies to others to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences
- Engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running if they maintain social distancing
- To perform work providing essential products and services at a life-sustaining business
- To care for a family member or pet in another household
- Any travel related to the provision of or access to the above-mentioned individual activities or life-sustaining business activities
- Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons
- Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services
- Travel to return to a place of residence from an outside jurisdiction
- Travel required by law enforcement or court order.
- Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the commonwealth
The following operations are exempt:
- Life-sustaining business activities
- Health care or medical services providers
- Access to life-sustaining services for low-income residents, including food banks
- Access to child care services for employees of life-sustaining businesses that remain open as follows: child care facilities operating under the Department of Human Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning waiver process; group and family child care operating in a residence; and part-day school age programs operating under an exemption from the March 19, 2020 business closure Orders.
- News media
- Law enforcement
- The federal government
- Religious institutions
Individuals experiencing homelessness are not subject to this order but are strongly urged to find shelter and government agencies are urged to take steps needed to provide shelter for those individuals, according to the release.
International students, foster youth, and any other students who would otherwise experience displacement or homelessness as a result of campus closures are exempt and may remain in campus housing.
Statewide, there are 644 cases of COVID-19 reported from commercial, hospital and state labs according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
There are 6,595 patients who have tested negative and 3 total deaths.
County-specific information and a statewide map are available here.
(Map courtesy: Pennsylvania Department of Health)
The Wolf Administration stresses the role Pennsylvanians play in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
- Clean surfaces frequently.
- Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.
For the latest news and information related to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, stay up-to-date with the Pennsylvania Department of Health online.
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