Gov. Tom Wolf issues stay-at-home order for Pa. counties

The order will go into effect for the seven counties at 8 P.M. this evening.

Gov. Tom Wolf announced a stay-at-home order for Philadelphia, Montgomery, Delaware, Bucks, Chester, Monroe and Allegheny counties amid the COVID-19 outbreak on Monday, Spotlight PA reported. The governor also announced that schools will remain closed until April 6.

The stay-at-home order which will last for two weeks begins Monday at 8 P.M. and requires residents to stay in their homes with exceptions for getting medical help or going to buy food, Spotlight PA reported.

What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a disease caused by a new coronavirus which was first discovered in Wuhan, China in December 2019. It causes respiratory illnesses. The disease has since spread to dozens of countries, and on March 11, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of coronavirus a pandemic.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Symptoms of COVID-19 include a high fever, cough and shortness of breath. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that symptoms can be mild or severe and appear 2-14 days after being exposed to the disease.

As of Monday afternoon, there are 644 confirmed cases in Pennsylvania and there have been 6 deaths from the virus, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. There are 128 cases in Philadelphia County, 129 cases in Montgomery County, 54 cases in Delaware County, 43 cases in Bucks County, 40 cases in Chester County,  48 cases in Allegheny County and 43 cases in Monroe County.

What to do if you are sick?
Stay home, avoid public areas and avoid public transportation if you feel sick. You should isolate yourself from people as much as possible and limit contact with pets and animals. You should call your doctor and schedule an apointment before visiting a doctor’s office, urgent care, etc. You or your doctor should alert a health department of your illness.
If you are sick, you should wear a facemask around other people. Cover your coughs and sneezes and wash your hands often for 20 seconds with soap and water.

Wolf’s stay-at-home order comes a day after Philadelphia banned outdoor gatherings and asked residents to stay indoors with exceptions for the same essential trips.

What can you do prevent the spread of COVID-19?
The virus is mainly spread from person to person. This includes between people have been within six feet of each other or through respiratory droplets created when an infected person coughs or sneezes. To limit the spread, avoid close contact with people who are sick. Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough. Wash your hands often with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 perecent alcohol. If you cough or sneeze, wash your hands immediately after.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Clean high-touch surfaces, like tabletops, doorknobs, toilets, keyboards and tablets. Use a household cleaner to disinfect the surfaces.


  1. I just wanna thank you Guys for your relentless effort to bring “clean”news to us. I never find easy and official news writing like yours. I’m gloat to be part of it. 🥰

  2. What about people in the hospital? Will they be able to come back home? What about elder family members that need to be checked on. I need to be able to visit my family, etc. I’m a nurse and work, are you forcing me to stay home?? What about medical delivery people who deliver meds to nursing homes? Will they be able to do their jobs? People have so many needs. If people would stay home when they’re sick, wear masks when they’re sick, wash their hands, etc. a lot of this would never happen! Get right with God, get on your knees and start praying! This is the main factor of what’s going on. You try to remove God from everything, you’re gonna be in trouble! This is His wrath unleashing on this world.

  3. Curious as to the Constitutionality of an order from any leader, Mayor, Governor, or President, forbidding me from leaving my house? If I go out, what crime am I committing? What stature am I breaking?

  4. Are we allowed to go thru drive thru banks pharmacies,Swiss Farms and the like,doc offices etc

  5. I have to drive through Monroe county to get to my home today. Will I be able to do that?

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