Coronavirus in Pennsylvania

The Latest Guidance

Pennsylvania counties in the red phase are under a Stay at Home Order through June 4. 

37 counties are currently in yellow and include: Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Bradford,
Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie,
Fayette, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Montour,
Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington and Westmoreland. 12 counties will move to the yellow phase of
reopening at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 22.
Those counties include Adams,
Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry,
Susquehanna, Wyoming, Wayne, and York.

Pennsylvania is utilizing a three-phase matrix to determine when
counties and/or regions are ready to begin easing some restrictions on
work, congregate settings, and social interactions. View Governor’s Wolf’s phased reopening plan for Pennsylvania. View the testing and contact tracing plans.
Stay home as much as possible.
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How to safely commute, go shopping, and go on vacation as states reopen for business during the coronavirus pandemic

A coronavirus vaccine remains far off, but the stay-at-home orders in many states are starting to lift, if they haven’t already.

That means millions of Americans can step outside their door and go to reopened retail stores, restaurants, gyms, parks and other public venues across the country.

They’ll be finding a world that’s vastly different from the last time they visited a doctor’s office, travelled, grabbed a cup of coffee or sat at their office desk.

For example, under state laws, Georgia hairdressers need to take a customer’s temperature. Colorado’s rules will let employers fill their offices with only 50% of their workforce and retail stores in Florida can only fill up to a quarter of capacity.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say everyone — from workplaces to schools to homes — needs to come up with plans on when they should clean (which removes germs

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Coronavirus spread sparks fears for American travelers

Summer Mutz’s dream of visiting Europe was finally arriving this weekend — a trip to Rome, Vienna and Paris with a friend. But with the novel coronavirus sweeping the globe and the number of cases in Italy surging, what once seemed like a wonderful milestone was now a source of fear and anxiety.

“I literally could not stop thinking about it all night,” said Mutz, 23, of New Jersey.

Mutz said a recent case of bronchitis and the fact that she has an autoimmune disease had left her worried about her health and wondering whether the trip was worth the risk. She was also concerned about being in a situation where she’d potentially be quarantined and stuck in a country she didn’t know.

“It’s all I can think or talk about right now,” she said.

Full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak

The coronavirus outbreak has spread from China to at

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Tahoe towns ask vacation homes to stop rentals amid coronavirus outbreak

South Lake Tahoe city officials sent a message on Monday to all vacation homeowners, short term rental property owners, hotels and motels to stop rentals immediately amid the coronavirus outbreak. The city is requesting rentals stop until at least April 23. The immediate request for all vacation homeowners to stop rentals comes after the city saw thousands of visitors last weekend despite Gov. Gavin Newsom’s mandatory order to stay at home order.Mayor Jason Collin said visitors are traveling for non-essential needs, and could be held accountable for a misdemeanor charge.“We are very kindly asking people to not to come to Tahoe. We love our visitors, we just don’t want you here right now,” Collin said. City officials are concerned about visitors coming into town given their limited health care resources. Barton Memorial Hospital is the only hospital for the city. The hospital has nine ICU beds, according to a hospital … Read More

The Wealthy Flee Coronavirus. Vacation Towns Respond: Stay Away.

People with second homes in the Catskills region of New York are being warned to stay away in venom-laced Facebook posts and blunt messages from county officials.

Boardwalks and beaches in some Jersey Shore towns are barricaded and residents are urging the closure of coastal access bridges to outsiders.

In the Hamptons, the famous playground for the rich on the East End of Long Island, locals are angry that an onslaught of visitors has emptied out grocery store shelves.

This clash between year-round residents and those with the means to retreat to vacation homes intensified on Tuesday as White House officials advised anyone who had passed through or fled New York City to place themselves in

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Inslee says elective surgeries, outdoor recreation and some construction could restart as Washington begins to recover from coronavirus

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee Tuesday evening announced a road map for reopening Washington’s economy that could soon allow the return of some elective surgeries, outdoor recreation and certain construction projects.

In a 5 p.m. televised public address, Inslee didn’t say when the stay-at-home order — scheduled to lift at the end of the day on May 4 — might start to be rolled back. The plan would only move forward, he said, once cases of the new coronavirus have fallen enough that the state is able to manage future outbreaks.

But Inslee said that data on cases of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus, was beginning to look favorable.

If that continues, Inslee said, elective surgeries could begin again soon, as well as some outdoor recreation. Meanwhile, the governor’s office has agreed upon a plan with the construction industry and labor unions, “allowing limited return to construction with

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Digimon Adventure Will Be Suspended Amidst the Coronavirus Pandemic

The spread of the novel coronavirus has impacted several major entertainment industries around the world, and while the anime industry initially seemed like it was going to avoid the hardest hits, the last few weeks have seen some significant changes as Japan has declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 disease. Toei Animation has now joined the increasingly long list of suspended anime productions by confirming that not only will One Piece will suspending its Japanese broadcast and simulcast outside of Japan, but the same will go for the Digimon Adventure reboot as well.

Toei Animation confirmed the upcoming hiatus for Digimon Adventure in the following statement, “Due to the state of emergency in Japan caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have carefully considered the safety measures for the spread and have decided to suspend the simulcast and Japanese broadcasting of both “One Piece” & our new

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Colorado vacation rentals offered as coronavirus relief lodging

Colorado vacation rental companies, brought to a standstill by the novel coronavirus and ensuing stay-at-home orders, have banded together to provide optional lodging for people who have been adversely effected by the pandemic.

The relief program, started in late March in partnership with property owners, who like the companies provide relief housing for qualifying individuals, has been dubbed: “Vacation Rentals to the Rescue.”

The coordinated Colorado effort includes Premier Vacation Rentals, Effortless Rental Group in Denver, Red Cliffs Properties, Vacation Accommodations of Durango and the Vacation Rental Management Association.

Chris Bettin, founder and CEO of Premier Vacation Rentals Group

With ongoing networking additional property owners and companies may join the effort.

“Our company manages over 300 properties in 13 different markets. We’ve got over 40 properties who have volunteered for the program,” said Chris Bettin, founder and CEO of Premier Vacation Rentals Group. Premier has properties in Denver, Colorado Springs,

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Coronavirus Travel Restrictions: Europe to Tighten Entry Rules for All Foreign Travelers

coronavirus travel restrictionsThe European Union Member States may soon introduce a harmonized approach to restricting entry for all foreign travelers, amid an outbreak of the Novel Coronavirus.

A possible move to restrict entry for travelers who have recently been to China has indirectly been confirmed by Jens Spahn, Germany’s Federal Minister of Health in the fourth Merkel cabinet.

During a meeting with his French counterpart Agnes Buzyn, Minister Spahn said that possible travel restrictions are being discussed.

Indeed, there is the question of possible travel restrictions or at least increased examination [of travelers] at the border,” Minister Spahn revealed, while answering to a question whether the EU would consider a ban similar to that imposed by the United States.

European governments could consider a US-style ban on foreign visitors who have recently been to China, in a bid to impede the spread of the deadly Coronavirus outbreak, the health ministers

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Coronavirus: Utah’s vacation hotspots are still seeing out-of-state travel

PARK CITY — Not long after the first case of COVID-19 hit Utah, Summit County, home to the international ski destination Park City, emerged as the state’s hotspot.

And almost a month later, the number of cases per capita in the northern Utah county still rivals some of the hardest hit areas of New York, even after officials enacted a sweeping stay-at-home order that restricted large gatherings and asked out-of-state travelers to stay away.

“It appears to be a fairly common phenomenon in some of the ski towns in the West. And we’re no different,” said Dr. Richard Bullough, Summit County health director. “The data really strongly supports that the first cases that we saw were all travel related.”

Although Bullough said there hasn’t been a travel-related COVID-19 case in Summit County for over a week, his office continues to get calls from concerned residents uneasy about people from across

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