Gov. Tom Wolf issued a stay-at-home order for seven counties, including Allegheny County, during a virtual news conference Monday afternoon.
“We're living in a time unlike any other,” Wolf said. “All of us need to take this situation seriously.”
The order applies to Pennsylvania's largest city — Philadelphia — as well as Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties in the southeast, Monroe County in the northeast, and Allegheny County in Western Pennsylvania. The mandate will continue for two weeks, and recommends that anyone living in Allegheny County remain home unless leaving their house is essential to their life. At this point, Wolf said he did not think the order needs to be extended to all 67 counties
Wolf also announced an extension of school closings and social mitigation practices for another two weeks for the entire state.
“I know this is going to be difficult, even more than it is already,” Wolf said. “This is not a request I make lightly.”
Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine provided updated information about the state's COVID-19 statistics.
Levine said on Monday health officials confirmed 165 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 644 people infected across 34 counties. Of those cases, Levine further noted 60 patients have been hospitalized.
“This is about 10 percent of people who have tested positive,” Levine said. “We have had six Pennsylvanians die as a result of this illness. They are all adults.”
Wolf said the stay-at-home order was limited to seven counties as a measured approach. He said Philadelphia, which is technically its own county, and the other six counties have experienced the worst of the outbreak and are at the highest risk for overwhelming local health care systems.
Wolf said for those in counties outside the stay-at-home order, they should continue to practice the same social mitigation tactics as they have over the past week.