Nine more Pennsylvania counties, including York and Lancaster, have received stay at home orders—bringing the total number of counties to 19.
Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine announced on Friday that they would be issuing new stay at home orders to help staunch the spread of COVID-19 in Berks, Butler, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Luzerne, Pike, Wayne, Westmoreland and York counties.
Individuals living in the counties given stay at home orders are asked to only do tasks that are essential to maintain their health and safety or the health and safety of their family, household members and pets.
Businesses already deemed as life-sustaining by the state are exempt from the orders. Pennsylvania’s law enforcement has been tasked with ensuring that residents are aware of the order and will continue to cite any non-life-sustaining businesses who fail to comply with the order.
As of Friday afternoon, Pennsylvania’s positive cases of COVID-19 jumped 531 cases to 2,218 positive cases statewide.
The newest stay at home orders are part of a continued effort by the state to slow the spread of the virus in order to keep hospitals from being inundated with patients and to keep the spread away from older Pennsylvanians and individuals with compromised immune systems.
The 19 counties now included in the Governor’s order include: Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, Wayne, Westmoreland and York counties.