HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA) – All K-12 schools in Pennsylvania will be closed for another two weeks amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Schools were set to reopen after this Friday, but in a Monday afternoon press conference, Gov. Tom Wolf announced all statewide mitigation efforts — including school closures — will be extended for two more weeks.READ MORE: 4 Charged With Scheme To Smuggle Drugs Into Prison And Pandemic Unemployment Fraud
Protecting the health and safety of students, families, teachers, and all employees who work in our schools is paramount during this national health crisis – we must continue our efforts to mitigate the spread of #COVID19.
— PA Department of Education (@PADeptofEd) March 23, 2020READ MORE: CDC To Recommend Masks For Fully Vaccinated People In Some Situations, Reversing Earlier Decision
“These measures may seem extreme,” Gov. Wolf said. “However, we are in desperate times and need to make drastic changes in order to save lives.”
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At the same press conference, Gov. Wolf put in place a stay-at-home order for several counties, including Allegheny County. The order was also issued for Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe and Montgomery counties.MORE NEWS: Duquesne City Schools To Hold Classes Once Again For 7th Graders This Year
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