Gov. Wolf on Thursday ordered mass closings in Montgomery County to help combat the spread of coronavirus there.
The closures will include all schools in the county, along with community centers, entertainment venues, gyms, and daycare centers.
Freedom of travel will be unimpeded, but officials are asking people to refrain from non-essential travel, and recommend that non-essential retail establishments close. AMTRAK will begin operating a reduced schedule and the Ardmore stop will close.
The closures will begin Friday, and be in place for at least two weeks.
“In Montgomery County, we are aggressively moving to a mitigation phase, and statewide we are providing guidance to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” said Gov. Wolf.
Guidance for Montgomery County and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
- The following guidance will be in place starting tomorrow, March 13, for fourteen days.
- We will evaluate our options throughout that period, and continue to communicate to you as we learn more.
- A no visitor policy will be implemented for correctional facilities, nursing homes, and others to be evaluated.
- Schools in Montgomery County will be closed starting tomorrow, as will child care centers licensed by the Commonwealth.
- Adult day care centers will be closed.
- Freedom of travel will remain, but the Governor and the Commonwealth ask all people to refrain from non-essential travel.
- Essential services will be available: police, fire, and emergency medical services, essential services for vulnerable populations.
- Supermarkets, pharmacies, and gas stations will remain open. The Governor and the Commonwealth recommends that non-essential retail facilities close.
- AMTRAK will begin operating a reduced schedule and the Ardmore stop will close to AMTRAK trains for two weeks, beginning tomorrow. The Wolf Administration is also working directly with SEPTA to evaluate potential impacts and will continue to provide service updates as things evolve.
- The Office of Administration will provide a message to all Commonwealth employees regarding those who work or live in Montgomery County.
- This includes individuals who live in Montgomery County and work in other counties and those who live in other counties and work in Montgomery County.
- Individuals will be instructed to work from home.
- The Commonwealth is authorizing a 10 workday paid absence for individuals who don’t have telework capabilities.
- Facilities that are in Montgomery County that are Commonwealth facilities and provide essential services will remain open.
- Facilities that are administered by Montgomery County will follow the same procedures as the county.
- The Wolf Administration strongly encourages the suspension of large gatherings, events, conferences of 250 individuals or more.
- The Wolf Administration discourages individuals from traveling to recreational activities like gyms, movie theaters and shopping malls.
- The Wolf Administration encourages religious leaders to exercise discretion in order to mitigate the spread of illness.
State correctional facilities and veterans homes have already introduced a statewide visitor ban to ensure the safety of inmates, residents, staff and visitors.
COVID-19 Case Information Update
The Department of Health advised that the state now has 22 presumptive positive cases of COVID-19, including one new presumptive positive case in Pike County – an adult who is in isolation at home and who came in contact with someone from another state who tested positive for COVID-19.
State presumptive positive totals as of 2 p.m. include:
Montgomery County: 13
Bucks County: 2
Philadelphia County: 1
Monroe County: 2
Delaware County: 1
Wayne County: 1
Pike County: 1
The Department of Health stressed the role Pennsylvanians play in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19:
- Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
- Clean surfaces frequently.
- If you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.
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