DCIU COVID-19 Updates
May 27, 2020
Delaware County and nine other counties turn from red to yellow on June 5. Schools remain closed.
April 17, 2020
No Decision on Date for Ending Statewide LockdownOn April 16, when New York extended its statewide lockdown until at least May 15 and President Donald Trump unveiled national guidelines for a phased-in, state-centric reopening of the economy, Gov. Tom Wolf indicated he hasn’t made a decision yet as to whether he’ll extend his current statewide lockdown beyond April 30.
In a press conference yesterday, the Governor said he will continue to look at what he thinks is best for Pennsylvania but no plans have been made at this time and no decision along any of those lines. He added that any effort to reopen the economy will be dependent on how the population feels about their safety, because people want to be confident that they can go to places/go back out.
Gov. Wolf stated that testing still needs to be improved to help with delivering some of that confidence, but he knows of no metric, as yet, by which to determine it’s time to start the reopening process for Pennsylvania or any state.
“I am working very hard to get to that point because I think Pennsylvanians need some certainty in terms of when we’re going to be able to start to get back to life as we once knew it,” Wolf said.
On April 1, Wolf extended his “stay at home” order statewide; prior to that, 33 counties had been placed under the order since it was first implemented on March 23 for seven counties. Wolf began the enforcement of his ordered closure of the physical locations of all “non-life sustaining” businesses on March 23 as well.
Despite growing complaints about what critics have said is the “one size fits all” approach of the Governor’s “stay at home” order and the inconsistency and ambiguity of his business closure directive, the Governor continues to argue that applying his orders statewide is the only way to keep all Pennsylvanians safe, and that without his statewide orders, the spread seen in southeast and northeast Pennsylvania, as well as the Lehigh Valley, could occur in other areas of the state. (Capitolwire, April 17, 2020)
Coronavirus Cases - Pennsylvania Update
As of today, April 17, 2020, there are 27,735 positive coronavirus cases in Pennsylvania and 2.055 in Delaware County.
All 67 Pennsylvania counties remain under a Stay at Home order through April 30.All individuals in counties subject to this policy must STAY AT HOME except for certain essential activities and work to provide life-sustaining business and government services.