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Posted 5:20 p.m.
Erie County issued a "stay-at-home" order Tuesday afternoon, according to its Facebook page.
The order will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, and will continue to April 6.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Erie County has four confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Posted 3:19 p.m.
Most businesses that were ordered to close by Gov. Tom Wolf have, according to the Pennsylvania State Police.
State and local police were authorized to begin enforcing Wolf’s order on Monday morning that all but life-sustaining businesses close.
Statewide, the Pennsylvania State Police issued 27 warnings, including one in Troop J’s jurisdiction, which includes Lancaster, Chester and York counties.
“As expected, we found the overwhelming majority of people and businesses across the commonwealth are voluntarily complying with the order and doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Col. Robert Evanchick, commissioner of the state police. “This process is two phased beginning with warnings to gain voluntary compliance, followed by enforcement as necessary.”
Violators can be issued a summary offense, and technically could face jail time, but the agency doesn’t expect that will be necessary.
Lancaster city police said one businesses closed Monday after initially remaining open based on a directive from its national headquarters.
Posted 2:40 p.m.
Cases of COVID-19 have now been confirmed in Pennsylvania nursing homes, state Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said Tuesday. She did not provide specifics, but Philadelphia reported at least one case in a nursing home there Saturday.
Posted 2:35 p.m.
Two health centers in Lancaster County were awarded federal funding to help them fight COVID-19.
Posted 2:15 p.m.
PennDOT announced that several more rest areas and welcome center statewide will be reopened Tuesday.
Indoor facilities at 23 rest areas in Pennsylvania will be open to all motorists, the department said.
The department opened 13 rest areas March 18 after closing all 30 locations March 17 "in response to Governor Tom Wolf's mitigation guidance regarding COVID-19 to ensure that proper safety and sanitation protocols were in place," PennDOT said.
Open locations now include:
- Interstate 79 northbound in Allegheny County
- Interstate 79 northbound/southbound in Crawford County
- Interstate 79 northbound/southbound in Lawrence County
- Interstate 79 northbound/southbound in Mercer County
- Interstate 80 eastbound/westbound in Centre County
- Interstate 80 eastbound/westbound in Jefferson County
- Interstate 80 eastbound/westbound in Montour County
- Interstate 80 eastbound/westbound in Venango County
- Interstate 81 northbound/southbound in Cumberland County
- Interstate 81 northbound/southbound in Lackawanna County
- Interstate 81 southbound in Susquehanna County
- Interstate 84 eastbound/westbound in Pike County
Posted 1:21 p.m.
The Lancaster Public Library system will remain closed through April 6.
UPDATE: As a result of new guidelines from authorities and the ever-evolving nature of the COVID-19 situation, all Lancaster Public Library locations will be closed through at least April 6.— Lancaster Public Lib (@LancasterPubLib) March 24, 2020
Posted 12:12 p.m.
Pennsylvania is up to 851 confirmed cases of coronavirus, according to the Pa. Department of Health.
This is a jump from yesterday's total of 644.
Lancaster County now has 10 confirmed cases.
There have been seven coronavirus-related deaths in the state. Two in Allegheny and Northampton counties, one in Lackawanna, Monroe and Montgomery counties.
As of Tuesday afternoon, 8,643 patients tested for COVID-19 showed negative results.
Posted 10:41 a.m.
Lancaster Central Market is still open to the public this week, though there are a few changes to the hours of operation.
The market will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Friday. It be closed this Saturday, March 28.
Here are the stands that will still be open this week.
Posted 6:52 a.m.
Pennsylvania has 644 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of Monday afternoon, according to the Pa. Department of Health.
Of those, five are in Lancaster County.
There have been three deaths in the state from complications with the coronavirus; one each in Northampton, Allegheny and Montgomery counties.
- Playgrounds and parks are shut down around the county to protect the public from coronavirus
- Police began to enforce the closure of non-essential businesses across the state
- Non-profits, especially those in the county, are having a hard time
- School closures were extended until at least April 6
- Gov. Wolf issued a "stay-at-home" order for 7 counties in the state