Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all non-life sustaining businesses to close amid the coronavirus pandemic.
All non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania must close their physical locations as of 8 p.m. Thursday (today) to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Enforcement actions against businesses that do not close physical locations will begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21.
“To protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians, we need to take more aggressive mitigation actions,” said Gov. Wolf. “This virus is an invisible danger that could be present everywhere. We need to act with the strength we use against any other severe threat. And, we need to act now before the illness spreads more widely.”
The governor has directed the following state agencies and local officials to enforce the closure orders to the full extent of the law:
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., March 19, that there are 52 additional positive cases of COVID-19 reported, bringing the statewide total to 185. The state also reported one death, an adult from Northampton County. All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.
“Our notable increase in cases over the last few days and our first death in Pennsylvania indicate we need everyone to take COVID-19 seriously,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Pennsylvanians have a very important job right now: stay calm, stay home and stay safe. We have seen case counts continue to increase and the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home.”
Counties impacted to date:
Statewide, there are 185 cases of COVID-19 reported from commercial, hospital and state labs. There are 1,608 patients who have tested negative, and one death. With commercial labs being the primary testing option for most Pennsylvanians, data is not available on the total number of tests pending.
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