Gov. Wolf extends stay-at-home orders to three additional counties: Beaver, Centre, Washington

Amid climbing numbers of coronavirus cases, Gov. Tom Wolf on Saturday extended stay-at-home orders to three additional counties.

Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine revised the orders to include Beaver, Centre and Washington counties, bringing the state total to 22 counties under a stay-at-home order. The order takes effect at 8 PM Saturday and continues until April 6.

The 22 counties under stay-at-home orders now include: Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Centre, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland and York counties.

There were 533 new confirmed coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania on Saturday, raising the statewide total to 2,751.

The first deaths in central Pennsylvania were reported in Cumberland and Lancaster counties, as well as the first confirmed case of coronavirus in Perry County.

The state Department of Health says 34 patients have died due to the virus statewide, including 12 new deaths reported today. The department released new numbers Saturday.

Under stay-at-home orders, individuals may leave their homes only for essential activities and allowable essential travel, which include: tasks essential to maintaining health and safety, or the health and safety of family; shopping for supplies and food; volunteer efforts to deliver services or supplies to others; and travel to care for elderly, minors or persons with disabilities.

Outdoor activities such as walking, hiking or running are permissible as long as individuals maintain social distancing.

Coronavirus cases have been reported in 56 of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties.

All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.

“Our notable increase in cases over the past week indicate we need everyone to take COVID-19 seriously,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Pennsylvanians have a very important job right now: stay calm, stay home and stay safe. We have seen case counts continue to increase and the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home.”