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Carbon, Schuylkill counties added to Pennsylvania ‘stay-at-home’ orders

Four more counties, including Cumberland and Dauphin have been given stay at home orders until April 30, and Pennsylvania’s schools and non-life-sustaining businesses are to stay closed until further notice, Gov. Tom Wolf said during a press conference on Monday.

Residents of Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin and Schuylkill counties will be joining the state’s 22 counties already covered by the order, which has been expanding as positive cases of COVID-19 continue to.

“If you are living in one of the 26 counties in my stay at home order, you should only leave your house if it is absolutely necessary,” Wolf said.

Wolf also announced that Pennsylvania schools and non-life-sustaining businesses will remain closed until further notice. Previously Wolf had suspended operations for the entities for two weeks.

“Our business and school closures will no longer have a set date to resume operations,” Wolf said. “I am going to leave the date indefinite. We will keep our schools and businesses as long as we need to keep them closed.”

While the stay-at-home orders were previously set to end on April 6, Wolf said that he is extending the order until April 30, to coincide with President Donald Trump’s extension of the country’s social distancing guidelines to the same date.

On Saturday, Wolf announced that Beaver, Centre and Washington counties would be added to the list.

The 26 counties now included in the Governor’s order include: Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland and York counties.

As of Monday afternoon, Pennsylvania’s positive cases of COVID-19 are at 4,087.

Ioannis Pashakis
Ioannis Pashakis covers health care, the gig economy, cannabis and technology. Email him at ipashakis@bridgetowermedia.com.

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