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A line of shoppers wait for their chance to get into the Wilkes Barre Twp, Pa., Walmart, Saturday, April 4, 2020, as the business begins limiting the amount of customers allowed into the store as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. (Dave Scherbenco/The Citizens' Voice via AP)

Pennsylvania sets COVID-19 cleaning rules for big buildings

Apr. 5, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's health secretary issued new standards Sunday for cleaning large buildings that remain open during the COVID-19 shutdown. Dr. Rachel Levine's order, which applies to building that are at least 50,000 square feet, requires building owners to maintain usual cleaning and...

Number of PA coronavirus cases tops 10,000; 136 deaths

Apr. 4, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Department of Health says the number of people who have tested positive for the coronavirus in the commonwealth has topped 10,000 with another 34 deaths reported, bringing the statewide total to 136. The department reported Saturday another 1,597 additional positive...

Bait shop owners reeling amid shutdown during spring fishing

Apr. 4, 2020 3:05 AM EDT

KIRKWOOD, Pa. (AP) — Tending to a line on his fly rod, Shawn Coe crouched Friday morning on a stone-and-mud island surrounded by the shallow waters of Octoraro Creek near Kirkwood. Coe, 30, who moved to Lancaster County from Alaska in October, said fishing has been a welcome way to stay active since both...

Bothers Mark, left and Tim Ott stand together with Geraniums at Cleveland Ott & Son in Collegeville, a wholesale nursery that sells its flowers and plants to smaller garden centers in the region, most of whom are closed. Tuesday, March 24, 2020.

For many garden centers, virus outbreak brings silent spring

Apr. 4, 2020 3:05 AM EDT

GLENSIDE, Pa. (AP) — David Green had just hired seasonal staff last week and received shipments of plants and supplies for the big spring kickoff at the Primex Garden Center, when he was instructed to close his Glenside store because of the coronavirus pandemic. With thousands of dollars of perishable...

A couple in protective masks during the coronavirus outbreak walk past the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia, Friday, April 3, 2020. The museum has temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Pennsylvania residents told to wear masks in public

Apr. 3, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

Pennsylvania residents should wear face coverings in public to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, the governor said Friday as the state recorded another single-day high in new cases and surpassed 100 deaths Gov. Tom Wolf urged Pennsylvanians to make their own cloth masks and put them on when they go to the...

A person wearing protective masks due to coronavirus concerns walks in Philadelphia, Thursday, April 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Deadline looms for Pennsylvania virus-shutdown waivers

Apr. 2, 2020 9:54 PM EDT

Pennsylvania businesses are running out of time if they want an exemption from Gov. Tom Wolf’s shutdown order as state health officials on Thursday reported more than 1,200 new cases of COVID-19. Wolf ordered all “non-life-sustaining” businesses to shutter their physical locations until...

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2020, file photo, funeral home workers remove the body of a person suspected to have died from the coronavirus outbreak from a residential building in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. Skepticism about China’s reported coronavirus cases and deaths has swirled throughout the crisis, fueled by official efforts to quash bad news in the early days and a general distrust of the government. In any country, getting a complete picture of the infections amid the fog of war is virtually impossible. (Chinatopix via AP, File)

The Latest: Israel's health minister has new coronavirus

Apr. 2, 2020 1:13 AM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: ___ — Isreaeo's health minister diagnosed with new...

A funeral director and a Wycoff Heights Medical Center, employee transport a body, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in New York. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

'A battlefield behind your home': Deaths mount in New York

Apr. 1, 2020 10:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York rushed to bring in an army of medical volunteers Wednesday as the statewide death toll from the coronavirus doubled in 72 hours to more than 1,900 and the wail of ambulances in the otherwise eerily quiet streets of the city became the heartbreaking soundtrack of the crisis. As hot...

People take a walk down their neighborhood street, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, in Harmony, Pa. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf expanded the stay-at-home order to all of Pennsylvania in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Wednesday's order raised the area from the previous 33 counties to include all 67 counties. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

All of Pennsylvania now under orders to stay home

Apr. 1, 2020 8:52 PM EDT

All Pennsylvania residents must stay home as much as possible over the coming month to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Tom Wolf said Wednesday as he expanded the footprint of the quarantine to include the entire state. The Democratic governor added 34 counties to his existing stay-at-home order,...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Apr. 1, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Economy in need of new ideas Altoona Mirror March 31 The coronavirus crisis has millions of workers and thousands of companies wondering when life will get back to normal. That will be weeks or months from now, with the initially...