Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has ordered K-12 schools throughout the state to remain closed indefinitely as part of ongoing efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
The announcement was made this afternoon along with the expansion of Stay at Home orders to include Carbon, Schuylkill, Dauphin, and Cumberland Counties, bringing the statewide total of counties under the order to 26.
Carbon County now has a total of 13 cases and Schuylkill County has a total of 30 cases.
This order takes effect at 8 p.m., Monday, March 30, and will continue until April 30.
This comes after a large spike in Luzerne County cases from 65 total cases in Luzerne County two days ago to a total of 150 cases today. Confirmed cases represent how many people were sick up to three weeks prior without showing symptoms.
Locally, a petition started recently on change.org calls for Amazon AVP1 in Hazleton to close for cleaning after multiple confirmed cases of coronavirus among employees. sources say hand sanitizer and protective equipment is not available and Amazon has not closed to sanitize after confirmed cases. Employees state they were not even properly made aware of confirmed cases or what area these individuals worked in.
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