Another new coronavirus rule comes into effect beginning on Sunday at 8PM. Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine signed a new order yesterday which requires employees at customer service oriented workplaces to wear masks by the beginning of next week. The order’s intent is to protect retail and restaurant workers from the spread of COVID-19 and will require that both the customers and employees of a business wear masks. The order does make exceptions for young children and for people with medical conditions preventing them from breathing properly through a face mask. The order also limits businesses to 50% of maximum capacity.
The state department of health added about 1,145 new cases of the COVID-19 disease each on Tuesday and Wednesday for a grand total of 26,490 confirmed cases. A little more than 3,000 cases are from care and nursing homes which also account for around half of the State’s 647 casualties; around 650 people have recovered. Locally Mercer County is the hardest hit so far with 47 confirmed COVID-19 cases, Erie County has 42, 16 each in Crawford and Clarion Counties, six in Venango County, five in Forest, and still only a single case in Warren County; no virus related fatalities have been reported in any of those counties. Nearby Butler, Lawrence, and Beaver Counties have not fared as well. Butler County has 150 cases with five deaths, 14 people have died with 148 infected in Beaver County, and five of 55 patients have passed away in Lawrence County.