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Pennsylvania: Latest updates on Coronavirus

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Last updated on April 6 at 5:00 p.m. E.T.

The state is currently reporting 12,980 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 and 162 deaths, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health. An additional 70,874 patients have tested negative for the virus. Pennsylvania is currently 8th in the list of states with the most US coronavirus cases.

Latest updates:

— On Monday (April 6) Governor Tom Wolf urged Pennsylvania manufacturers that currently are producing or can pivot to producing COVID-19-related supplies to submit their information to the newly developed Pennsylvania Manufacturing Call to Action Portal.

"We cannot rely on the federal government alone to provide us with necessary equipment. We must tap our own valuable resources, including our manufacturing sector, to help our health care workers save Pennsylvanians' lives," Wolf said in a statement.

— On Monday (March 30) Governor Tom Wolf announced that all schools and non-essential businesses will remain closed indefinitely. Governor Wolf has also extended his "Stay at Home" order to include all 67 Pennsylvania counties, effective 8pm ET on April 1.

"This statewide stay-at-home order is not just to protect ourselves from exposure to COVID-19, but it protects those on the front lines,” state Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said in a statement. "Our doctors, nurses, police, fire, EMTs need us to do this. And the CNAs who are taking care of our family in nursing or long-term care facilities need us to do this."

A list of allowed out-of-home activities is available here. The orders will remain in place until at least April 30.

— Earlier, on Thursday (March 19) governor Wolf ordered all business that aren't "life-sustaining" to close by 8 p.m. Businesses considered to be life-sustaining include gas station, farms, health care facilities and transit systems, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported. A list of businesses allowed to remain open can be found here.

"We strongly urge non-essential businesses across the commonwealth to do their part by temporarily closing as we work to flatten the curve and protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians," Department of Community and Economic Development secretary Dennis Davin said in a statement.

— Penn State University also canceled in-person classes for the remainder of the spring semester, impacting about 76,000 students. Day care centers across the state have also been closed.

Originally published on Live Science.

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