Governor Tom Wolf’s “Stay at Home” order has been expanded to ten counties in the Commonwealth. Lehigh and Northampton counties were added to the list on Wednesday. The list now includes Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, and Philadelphia counties.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded more than $2.8 million ($2,861,609) to 43 health centers in Pennsylvania. The funds were awarded through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) stemming from the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. Health center recipients in the Commonwealth can use funds to address screening and testing needs, acquire medical supplies and boost tele-health capacity in response to COVID-19 pandemic.
PennDOT is reopening indoor facilities at 23 select rest areas across Pennsylvania to all motorists, including thirteen facilities in critical locations that were reopened March 18th with portable restrooms and handwashing facilities. PennDOT’s rest areas were temporarily closed statewide on March 17th in response to Governor Tom Wolf’s mitigation orders. All reopened rest areas will return to normal service with additional cleaning and maintenance. They include rest areas on Interstate 80 in Centre County, and Interstate 81 in Cumberland County.
State Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding is urging Pennsylvanians to return to their normal shopping habits to allow the supply chain to recover. Over-purchasing impacts the food system, particularly the charitable food system that is currently working overtime to meet increased demands as thousands of Pennsylvanians are finding themselves out of work as a result of COVID-19 mitigation efforts.
The Transportation Outreach meeting scheduled for today (Thursday, March 26th) in Huntingdon has been cancelled by PennDOT. Meeting materials will be posted on the PennDOT District 9 website.