Erie County Executive Kathy Dalkemper issued a Shelter at Home order for the whole of Erie County which began at midnight and is to remain in effect until at least April the 6th. Governor Tom Wolf has also extended Erie County under the umbrella of the Shelter at Home order effecting seven other counties and that order began at 8PM. Erie County only has five confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of 8:15am this morning but is the most populous county in Northwestern Pennsylvania because of the city of Erie. Statewide there are currently 851 cases as of the writing of this story and seven deaths, nobody in Pennsylvania is listed as recovered.
Meadville Medical Center has closed its laboratory facilities on Liberty Street and is requesting all patients needing lab work go to their facility in Vernon Place instead. Vernon Place will have new hours and be open from 6AM to 4PM Monday Through Friday and closed on weekends. MMC is putting a stop to all elective and outpatient surgeries as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and has temporarily furloughed about 200 non-essential employees until at least the 5th of April in order to keep operating with less income. The furloughed workers will retain their health and other benefits while away.
School districts are still serving lunches for children every day, most districts have lunch available for all children under 18 years of age regardless of if they are registered with that district or not; please check with a school district’s websites, social media pages, and any letters for more information. In Harrisburg, the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives will be voting today on a bill that will guarantee full pay for all public school teachers in the commonwealth regardless of how long schools remain closed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.