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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

McKean County Officials Support Governor’s Stay at Home Order

On April 1, 2020, Governor Wolf amended the “Stay at Home” order to include McKean County beginning at 8:00 p.m. The order went out to include all 67 counties in Pennsylvania. McKean County Commissioners, Tom Kreiner, Carol Duffy, and Cliff Lane and District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer agree that it is imperative that residents follow the established mitigations plan. 

“We need to limit the exposure as best we possibly can,” emphasized Kreiner. “Several other counties in Pennsylvania have been under the Stay at Home order for some time and Cameron and Forest Counties were added recently, now McKean County must take action.”
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf indicated nearly 1,000 new cases have been identified since yesterday and it is spreading rapidly across the state, in every corner of the state. With a deep concern for all Pennsylvanians, he is asking for full compliance and urging that you should not leave your home until absolutely necessary. This Stay at Home order will remain in place until April 30, 2020.

“We Pennsylvanians want to survive and we want our friends and our families and our neighbors to survive, too. We want to get through this as quickly but as safely as possible, so we can restart our economy and get back to work, said Wolf. “We will all work together in this. It’s our only choice.”

“Some of you might think that a month is too long to go without seeing your friends or family, but if won’t do everything we can to slow the spread of COVID-19, there are some people who you will never see again,” warned Wolf. “We know if we implement strong mitigation efforts, we can stomp down that curve. Please assume everyone has the virus, including yourself. Avoid leaving your house like someone’s life depends on it, because ultimately someone’s life does depend on it”

The Stay at Home order does not prohibit residents from leaving their homes altogether, nor is it intended to be a curfew. The intent of the order is to ensure that people self-isolate in their place of residence, but people can continue to do things that are absolutely necessary.

The order is intended to reinforce that we should be staying at our homes except for essential activities and work that provides life-sustaining business and government services. Because the Coronavirus, or “COVID-19,” is easily transmitted, separating ourselves from other people is a critical step in preventing the spread of the disease. The intent of the order is to ensure that people remain at home while continuing to provide life-sustaining services.

“The Stay at Home order requires we Stay at Home except for allowable activities and essential travel and, when we have to leave our homes, to remain at least 6 feet from other people and practice other safety measures such as washing our hands frequently,” stated Vettenburg-Shafer. “Of course, many people in the county continue to work at jobs deemed life-sustaining and they face the risk of infection every day.”

“Law enforcement’s objective will be to educate people on the order and continue to address any issues that may arise in a calm and rational approach. Ultimately, we are all in this together and the sooner we isolate ourselves and prevent the spread of the disease, the sooner we can return to our normal lives,” noted Vettenburg-Shaffer.

The Governor’s Office has provided guidance in complying with the order, a summary of which is below. The entire document can be found at:

• Tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family or household members (including, but not limited to, pets), such as obtaining medicine or medical supplies, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from home.

• Getting necessary services or supplies for themselves or their family or household members, or to deliver those services or supplies to others, such as getting food and household consumer products, pet food, and supplies necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences. This includes volunteer efforts to distribute meals and other life-sustaining services to those in need.

• Engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running if they maintain social distancing.
• To perform work providing essential products and services at a life-sustaining business (see below for details about life-sustaining business activities).
• To care for a family member or pet in another household.

• Any travel related to the provision of or access to the above-mentioned individual activities or life-sustaining business activities (see below for details about life-sustaining business activities).
• Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons.
• Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services.
• Travel to return to a place of residence from an outside jurisdiction.
• Travel required by law enforcement or court order.
• Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the commonwealth.

Nothing in this order shall be construed to affect the operations of the followibg:
• Health care or medical service providers.
• Access to life-sustaining services for low-income residents, including, but not limited to, food banks.

• Access to child care services for employees of life-sustaining businesses that remain open as follows: child care facilities operating under the Department of Human Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning waiver process; group and family child care operating in a residence; and part-day school age programs operating under an exemption from the March 19, 2020 business closure Orders.
• The news media.
• Law enforcement.
• The federal government.
• Religious institutions.

Residents are asked to limit the number of outings for essentials to reduce chances of exposure. The goal of shelter in place is to reduce the spread of the virus in order to decrease the impact on healthcare services and to “flatten the curve,” noted Kreiner. “On Tuesday, March 31, the state saw its’ largest single day increase as of yet, bringing confirmed cases in the state to 5,805 with 74 COVID-19 related deaths.”
The White House response team has issued a warning that America must brace for 100,000 – 250,000 Americans to die in the coming months.

“As sobering as that is, we should be prepared for it,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top immunologist and advisor the White House response team.
“We have been monitoring all news briefings very carefully,” added Duffy.
In a news briefing on March 31, President Trump indicated that the 100,000 number could be a floor, not a ceiling. The president expressed concern that when you see 100,000 people and that’s a minimum and it’s unlikely you’ll be able to attain that.
During the press conference, Trump said, “This is a matter of life and death.”
Lane indicated, “More than 80% of Americans currently live under a Stay at Home order. As of Wednesday, 34 U.S. state have issued stay at home orders, asking residents to shelter in place and go out only for essential services like buying food and medicine.”
The Stay at Home order goes into effect at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1for all counties in Pennsylvania. Governor Tom Wolf indicated this order will remain in effect until April 30, 2020.

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Unknown said...

Is this a April fools joke this got to be how does the fricking government not have to abide by it oh that's right they can do what they want and where they want when they want sounds like Communism's that's my just opinion

Anonymous said...

These counties would not have cases or potential cases if people from other areas had stayed home very few people from these counties travel

Anonymous said...

Unconstitutional. 1st Amendment guarantees freedom of assembly. What will we be subjected to next?

Anonymous said...

Or if the people in these countries would just stay put in their own country. & not run off to other countries & than come back & not even quarantine & expose other people here !

John R. Stilson said...

Amen post7:49. It doesn't mean much to the flatlanders. But it very well may in the future.

Anonymous said...

While I certainly agree that we ought to severely limit travel, just one thing has me VERY concerned here. That little part about "travel for life sustaining work will not require travel papers".

Funny, the first thing it makes me think of is 1937 Nazi Germany: "Where are your papers?"

It doesn't say WHO will need travel papers, nor WHERE or HOW they might be issued; not to mention WHEN that might go into effect.

Hmmm? "Travel papers"???

Anonymous said...

Stay home you ignorant dildines!

Anonymous said...

Inconvenient, yes. If the government

bashers would put as much energy into keeping themselves, their families, and communities safe and healthy as they do into complaining and disregarding the protocols to tame this monster, this COVID19 would be stopped quickly. I'm sorry you are inconvienced, so am I, however, unlike you I will do whatever it takes to be safe and healthy when this becomes a bad memory.

white russian said...

For the sake of your loved ones, and children, if not your nation,
educate yourself on the tactics of Bolshevism; using a crisis to destroy a people's freedom.
There was a documentary called, "In The Name of Zion", I believe that it might have been done by Bill Still, a well known reporter from the past.
Even the releasing of prisoners for some humane reason have not changed; their tactics have remained the same for the last 150 plus years.
They are well entrenched in America, and throughout the world. Never underestimate evil.

Anonymous said...

The s is what the Govt wants, turn our great country into communism country, tell us what we can & cannot do, I understand we do need to help to control the virus by staying home but there are people coming in to escape their own states & we have people here going to other countries for spring break or whatever & some have came back & did not quarantine & some were tested positive & exposed the virus to others so we need to use common sense, I agree with all of you, I’ll be just glad when it’s out of here & we can live our normal lives again & our people who are out of work can go back to work, all we can do is PRAY. Pray for all our Dr’s, Nurses, Military, In Home Nurses, etc, they’re working tirelessly to take care of patients, they need our prayers, they’re exhausted, pray for the families that have lost their loved ones, my heart goes out to those families. pray for our loved ones, this virus shows no mercy, praying is vital, I’m thankful for every day I have with my family !!

Anonymous said...

Have you seen how high Trump's coronavirus briefings ratings are? They're saying as high as The Bachelor Finale! Very Fantastic. Trump 2020.

Anonymous said...

Coronavirus numb nut$ (8:23)

Anonymous said...

I encourage any one interested to actually read the governor's order as it is written. Yes, it does refer to "travel papers" as the poster at 8;57 stated. Interesting.

Anonymous said...

Be thankful People as has been said, quit your whining, the best thing you can do is get on your knees & Thank God for what you have. prayer is your only answer & just be thankful you haven’t lost a loved one, be thankful yourself & your family members are healthy. Just be thankful. PERIOD !!!!!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 10:45 does make some interesting points, but holy crap man! Are your sentences long enough? Ever heard of the concept called "paragraph"?

Josie said...

If people from out of the area want to come to their seasonal camps let them. But they should bring 14 days worth of supplies with them. When they get to camp they should STAY THERE. No "running into town" to go to the store(s) or the beer distributor. And if anyone from out of the area chooses to come to your camp after you have arrived the "quarantine clock" should start over for everyone at the camp. This may sound harsh but it would be the sensible and unselfish thing to do. Of course, we all know that many people ARE selfish and lack common sense.

Anonymous said...

Who in the world cares about paragraphs at this point & time ? As 10:45 said is Pray !!! This is no time to be critical. Be thankful for what you have for this the day the Lord has made, Rejoice & be glad in it !