In a press conference March 30, Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine revised the commonwealth’s stay-at-home orders to include Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin and Schuylkill counties, bringing the state total to 26 counties under a stay-at-home order.
This order took effect 8 p.m. March 30 and will continue until April 30.
According to the news release, all Pennsylvania schools will remain closed until further notice.
Non-life-sustaining business closures also remain in effect.
As the state seeks relief to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine added Northampton and Lehigh counties to the stay-at-home order, bringing the state total to 10 counties under the rule.
The order had already included Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Monroe, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.
The stay-at-home orders take effect 8 p.m. March 25 and will continue until April 6.
Bath Borough Mayor Fiorella Reginelli-Mirabito is fiercely advocating to all about the importance of taking the coronavirus threat seriously.
Stressing the highly contagious nature of COVID-19, the mayor posted a safety alert on social media urging residents to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations by washing their hands for 20 seconds, trying not to touch their face, to cough or sneeze into their elbow and to observe social distancing by staying 6 feet away from other people.
Representatives from numerous municipalities met March 3 in North Catasauqua to continue an ongoing effort to address truck traffic in the region.
The concerned townships and boroughs were joined by state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd; representatives from the office of state Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th; and Becky Bradley, executive director of Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, making this the most heavily attended meeting yet.
In the midst of the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, Service Electric Cable TV & Communications has joined the Keep Americans Connected Pledge to help ensure connectivity to its customers, as first proposed by the Federal Communications Commission.
As part of the Keep Americans Connected Pledge, Service Electric pledges for 60 days to:
• Not terminate service to any residential or small business due to the inability to pay a bill
• Waive late fees residential or small-business customers incur because of their economic circumstance related to the coronavirus pandemic
The Pennsylvania Department of Health, on March 24, confirmed 851 positive cases of COVID-19 in 40 counties.
Locally, there are 33 cases in Northampton County and 27 cases in Lehigh County.
There are 8,643 patients who have tested negative.
There are also seven deaths — two in Northampton and Allegheny counties and one each in Lackawanna, Monroe and Montgomery counties.
Carmine Fusco, 55, is the first victim in both Northampton County and the state to be claimed by the COVID-19 pandemic. He died March 18 at St. Luke’s Hospital, Fountain Hill.
Tragically, he is one of four family members who have succumbed to the virus. Fusco’s brother, sister and mother also died recently at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, N.J. Three more family members are infected, with two in critical condition, according to reports.