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Editor's note: This article will no longer update. For more up to date information on Saturday, you can find the Saturday update post here.


Posted 5 p.m.

Gov. Tom Wolf said the "significant social distancing" announced Thursday in Montgomery County would extend Saturday to Delaware County.

There are 35 presumptive positive cases and 6 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, for a total of 41, according to the state Department of Health

None of the new cases are community spread, according to Dr. Rachel Levine, but as reported earlier today, one case is still under investigation and there is no word yet on if there is community spread.

Two cases in Cumberland are adult; one is a child. 

Counties impacted: 

Bucks (3)

Chester (1)

Cumberland (3)

Delaware (6)

Monroe (3)

Montgomery (18)

Northampton (1)

Philadelphia (3)

Pike (1)

Washington (1)

Wayne (1)


Posted 3:45 p.m. 

Pennsylvania has reported a positive COVID-19 test in Chester County.

It's the first case reported in a county bordering Lancaster. 

Social media posts by the Chester County Health Department say only that "The individual has mild symptoms and is isolating at home."

Officials have reported 32 other coronavirus cases in the state since Friday, March 6, all of them in the eastern part of the state. 


Posted 3:10 p.m.

As of Thursday there were no known cases of COVID-19 in nursing homes, guidance from the state Department of Health says.

It issued the guidance to nursing homes Thursday, and on Friday the Department of Human Services said it’s asking all personal care homes and assisted living residences follow it as well.

In areas where there are known cases of COVID-19, it recommends a no visitor policy except for end-of-life events that require visitation from immediate family, friends, and religious leaders.

It defined that area as Montgomery County and bordering counties.

The guidance also says if a facility is not in a county or are where there are COVID-19 cases but judges a no-visitor policy is in the best interest of residents, the department supports that step.


Posted 2:08 p.m.

Manheim Central announced that it will be canceling school until March 23 due to coronavirus fears.

"The decision to close school is not one that the District takes lightly and we recognize the potential hardships associated with this decision,” district Superintendent Peter J. Aiken wrote. “Nevertheless, the threat of COVID-19 warrants such decisive action for the overall health and well-being of our community.”

The School District of Lancaster closed Friday, though whether the cancellation will continue through to next week is still up for discussion.


Posted 1:50 p.m.

State liquor stores announced that they would not be restricting hours or closing stores yet, but will be taking extra precautions to prevent people from getting, or spreading, the coronavirus.

Indefinitely, all product tastings, educational seminars, bottle signings and all other group events have been canceled.


Posted 12:45 p.m.

Harrisburg Area Community College announced that its spring break will be extended through to March 23, according to its website.

Millersville University and Franklin & Marshall have both announced plans to extend spring breaks. Following break will come online instruction for an indeterminable amount of time.


Posted 12:33 p.m.

Five more cases of coronavirus have been reported, bringing the official state total to 33. 

Two new cases each were reported in Delaware and Philadelphia counties. One more case is presumed positive in Monroe County.

The case in Monroe County has been confirmed as a pediatric case, according to Dr. Rachel Levine, secretary of the state's Dept. of Health.

Pediatric is defined as someone who is under 18. The case is under investigation, and the Pa. Dept of Health is working with the school to investigate, said Levine.

Thirty-two of the 33 cases have known sources. One of the cases is currently under investigation; there is no word yet on if there is community spread, said Levine.

LNP's running case and testing tally and link to an interactive map is here.


Posted 11:58 a.m.

Due to the growing concern surrounding the spread of the coronavirus, the 15th Annual Penryn Fire Co. and Limerock School Mud Sale scheduled for March 20 and March 21 has been canceled. 


Posted 11:54 a.m. 

Six additional cases have been reported, bringing the state total to 28. 

All are in counties where cases were previously reported: Four in Montgomery County, bringing its total to 17, and two in Delaware County, bringing its total to three.


Posted 11:02 a.m.

WellSpan Health's coronavirus page offers an automated online feature called "Coronavirus Assessment Tool." If you are having concerns about COVID-19, it says, "use this tool to get suggested next steps based on the most recent guidance from the CDC." 


Posted 10:40 a.m.

Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area in Stevens has announced that it will be closing its visitor center due to the coronavirus threat.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission issued a statement saying that the visitor center would be closed until the end of March. Recreational trails are still open for the time being, however.


Posted 10:23 a.m.

Capital BlueCross members are being offered free virtual medical visits March 13 through April 15, 2020, as part of the insurer's efforts to address COVID-19. However, those with coverage through an employer should check whether it's included. The service is also being offered at $59, which is a discount, to people who don't have Capital BlueCross insurance.

Here's more information on other online doctor visit options from Lancaster-area health systems & insurers.


Posted 8:57 a.m.

Several schools in southcentral Pennsylvania announced they would close for the day Friday. 

The School District of Lancaster is the only Lancaster County school to announce a closing. Southern York County School District, Wyomissing School District and the Wilson School District are all closed Friday out of precaution.


Posted 7:25 a.m.

As of Thursday night, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that there were 20 presumed positive cases of coronavirus, as well as two confirmed cases, across Pennsylvania.

The coronavirus is not yet in Lancaster County, as of 7 a.m. Friday morning. 

The School District of Lancaster canceled class for Friday for all schools, due to fear of a potential exposure at two of the schools.


Thursday recap

- Gov. Tom Wolf announced that all mass gatherings with 250 people or more should be canceled due to the threat of a coronavirus outbreak.

- Wolf also announced a mass closure of non-essential retail spaces in Montgomery County, the county in Pa. hardest hit by coronavirus. All schools (from pre-K through college), community centers, gyms, entertainment venues and non-essential retail stores will be closed in the county.

- Lancaster County commissioners met Thursday to talk about what would happen if there was the threat of coronavirus in Lancaster. On issuing a disaster declaration, commissioner Josh Parsons said, "We certainly hope we don't have to do things as serious as that." 

- Several sports events in Lancaster County were postponed or canceled, including the PIAA girls and boys basketball state championship tournaments.

- The North Museum canceled its public science fair, though kids were allowed to still present their projects to a small group of judges.

- Zenkaikon, an anime and game convention, was canceled.


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