Crawford and Warren Counties both reported their first confirmed cases of COVID-19 yesterday and Butler Health System revealed that two people in Clarion County are currently in Clarion Hospital ICU with suspected cases of the illness. Meadville Medical Center revealed that Crawford County’s first confirmed case was one of their non-medical employees and is currently only exhibiting mild symptoms.
It was a busy day in Harrisburg yesterday as lawmakers took several steps to help people during the pandemic. The House and Senate both unanimously approved a bill that reduces the length of the school year to less than 180 days while ensuring public school teachers receive their full pay and benefits for this year. Legislators also approved $50 million of emergency funding for medical equipment, temporarily waived most of the requirements for unemployment compensation, and directed all school districts in the state to develop distance learning plans for April. Governor Wolf directed the Industrial Development Authority to begin offering no interest loans for any small business with less than 100 employees and extended the shelter at home order to two more counties.