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Gov. Tom Wolf orders state shutdown of non-essential stores as of midnight

Gov. Tom Wolf orders state shutdown of non-essential stores as of midnight

By Megan Lavey-Heaton |


Gov. Tom Wolf has announced that Pennsylvania has ordered a shutdown of non-essential stores, as well as bars and restaurants except for takeout and delivery as of midnight. He anticipates it to continue for two weeks.

This also includes day programs for seniors. He also called for day care facilities to close, but they will not be forced to do so. There is no plans to order a curfew at this time, but Wolf urged people to stay home as much as possible. He also won’t force the dirt racing tracks that remained open over the weekend to close, but urged owners to take the safety of residents into account when scheduling future races.

Wolf emphasized that grocery stores will not be closed, and that people can continue shopping for food as normal. Essential stores include grocery stores, drug stores and gas stations.

Non-essential businesses include community and recreation centers; gyms; hair and nail salons, along with spas; casinos; concert venues; theaters; sporting event venues and golf courses; and retail facilities, including shopping malls.

You can watch the live stream here and below.

As of noon, there are 76 positive cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. Five of them are in Cumberland County.

Dr. Rachel Levine, secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Health, said that there is one or two patients who got the virus via community spread and further investigation into it will continue.

As of this morning, 670 residents have been tested and found negative. Other cases are being handled by local and commercial laboratories. Levine said results from them are being reported the same day. She urged residents to engage in telemedicine. If you have been possibly exposed to COVID-19 or an experiencing a medical emergency, please call 911 and alert them that you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, Levine said.

Wolf said he is not sure of the impact on the state primary on April 28. The special elections scheduled to take place Tuesday will take place.

Levine reiterated the CDC recommendation in avoiding gatherings of 50 people or more. She urged Pennsylvanians to stay calm, safe and at home.

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