Wolf expands stay-at-home order to entire Pennsylvania as COVID-19 cases go up; limited liquor sales available online

Gov. Tom Wolf announced a statewide stay-at-home order to go into effect at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Previously, 33 counties were under such orders, including Allegheny. The statewide stay-at-home order will be in effect until April 30.

Pennsylvania’s Department of Health announced 962 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, bringing the state total of confirmed cases to 5,805. The latest number represents an increase of approximately 20% from Tuesday. Eleven new deaths were reported, bringing the statewide total to 74.

“Every day we wait, the coronavirus spreads further and becomes more difficult to suppress,” Wolf said in a press conference Wednesday afternoon. “So we need to act now.

“Some of you might think that a month is too long to go without seeing your friends or family. But if we don’t do everything we can to slow the spread of COVID-19, there are some people who you will never see again. Seventy-four people in PA have already lost their lives to COVID-19, and it’s up to us to decide if we’re going to let that number skyrocket.”

Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health Rachel Levine said Wednesday that while it’s too soon to tell if the state’s viral curve is flattening, maintaining these stay-at-home orders can prevent an overwhelming surge of cases and limit the disease to numbers that can be handled by the healthcare system.

Allegheny County announced 31 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, bringing the total to 356, which is an approximately 10% increase from Tuesday. The county also announced 10 new hospitalizations, bringing the total to 61. The county death toll remains at two.

The city of Pittsburgh has 112 cases, and 146 of the county’s cases are in the 25-49 age range, making up 41% of the cases.

Wolf said Wednesday that state wine and liquor stores will remain closed statewide, but the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board announced in a press release that there will now be limited sales available for online order from FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com. Customers can order up to six bottles out of a reduced catalogue, limited to one order per day.

Access to the site will be randomized to keep traffic at a manageable level, according to the release.

People carry their takeout food beneath the windows of the Smith Brothers Agency in the North Shore. The windows read “Yinz Got This, #Together Apart”. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)


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