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Wolf extends “stay-at-home” order to 7 more counties, including Lebanon, Franklin

Gov. Tom Wolf (right) at a recent virtual press briefing

Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday extended the state’s “stay-at-home” order to seven additional counties, including Lebanon and Franklin counties in central Pennsylvania.

As of Wednesday’s update, the state Department of Health reported 36 positive cases of COVID-19 in Lebanon County and 21 in Franklin County. Neither county has reported a fatality from the disease.

The other counties included on Tuesday are in western or northern PA: Cameron, Crawford, Forest, Lawrence and Somerset counties.

On Monday, Wolf extended the stay-at-home order to two other south-central PA counties: Dauphin and Cumberland. Lancaster and York counties are the other two local jurisdictions among 33 counties now under the order, which currently runs through April 30.

As of today, the commonwealth has reported 5,805 positive COVID-19 cases, as well as 74 deaths from the disease.

Under the “stay-at-home” order, people may leave their residences only to perform any of the following allowable individual activities and allowable essential travel:

  • 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

Those experiencing homelessness are not subject to this order but are strongly urged to find shelter and government agencies are urged to take steps needed to provide shelter for those individuals, according to the state.

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