Wolf Places 'Stay-At-Home' Order For All Counties In PA To Fight Coronavirus

All Pennsylvanians are urged to stay at home as much as possible

Andrew Limberg
April 01, 2020 - 1:20 pm
Governor Tom Wolf talking about COVID-19

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HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA/AP) - Governor Tom Wolf is placing all counties in Pennsylvania under a Stay-At-Home order amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

All at once, the governor added 34 counties to his stay-home edict, meaning that residents of all 67 of Pennsylvania's counties must now stay home as much as possible to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

Wolf called it “the most prudent option.”

The order comes on the day that PA has seen the highest one-day surge in coronavirus cases.

"Regardless of where you live in Pennsylvania, you should not leave your home unless obsoletely necessary," said Wolf

The PA Department of Health announced 962 cases on Wednesday for a total of 5,805 in 60 counties.

11 additional people have died bringing the total to 74.

The Stay-at-Home order is currently scheduled to last until April 30 but could be extended if the governor orders it.

Under the order, people may leave their residence only to for the following tasks:

  • 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
  • Anyone performing life-sustaining travel does not need paperwork to prove the reason for travel.

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, emergency medical services personnel, firefighters
  • The federal government
  • Religious institutions

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