SHARE Email Facebook Twitter March 30, 2020 Press Release, Public Health Governor Wolf’s Amended OrderSecretary of Health’s Amended OrderStay at Home GuidanceAs COVID-19 cases continue to grow and the state continues to seek relief to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, today Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine revised their “Stay at Home” orders to include Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin and Schuylkill counties, bringing the state total to 26 counties under a stay-at-home order. This order takes effect at 8 p.m., Monday, March 30, 2020, and will continue until April 30. All stay-at-home orders are now extended through April 30. All Pennsylvania schools will remain closed until further notice. Non-life-sustaining business closures remain in effect.The order now includes these 26 counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland and York counties.Individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following allowable individual activities and allowable essential travel:Tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as obtaining medicine or medical supplies, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from homeGetting necessary services or supplies for themselves, for their family or household members, or as part of volunteer efforts, or to deliver those services or supplies to others to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residencesEngaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running if they maintain social distancingTo perform work providing essential products and services at a life-sustaining businessTo care for a family member or pet in another householdAny travel related to the provision of or access to the above-mentioned individual activities or life-sustaining business activitiesTravel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable personsTravel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related servicesTravel to return to a place of residence from an outside jurisdictionTravel required by law enforcement or court orderTravel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the commonwealthAnyone performing life-sustaining travel does not need paperwork to prove the reason for travel.The following operations are exempt:Life-sustaining business activitiesHealth care or medical services providersAccess to life-sustaining services for low-income residents, including food banksAccess 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 OrdersNews mediaLaw enforcement, emergency medical services personnel, firefightersThe federal governmentReligious institutionsIndividuals experiencing homelessness are not subject to this order but are strongly urged to find shelter and government agencies are urged to take steps needed to provide shelter for those individuals.International students, foster youth, and any other students who would otherwise experience displacement or homelessness as a result of campus closures are exempt and may remain in campus housing.The Department of Education will be providing updated guidance and resources on the continuity of education for students to schools in the coming days.At this time, law enforcement will be focused on ensuring that residents are aware of the order and informing the public of social distancing practices rather than enforcement. To report a noncompliant business, contact your local law enforcement agency’s non-emergency number or the nearest Pennsylvania State Police station. Please do not call 911 or the Department of Community and Economic Development to file reports. Law enforcement officers should refer to Business Closure Order Enforcement Guidance available online.Read Governor Wolf’s original order here or view on Scribd. Read Governor Wolf’s amended order here or view on Scribd.Read Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine’s original order here or view on Scribd. Read Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine’s amended order here or view on Scribd.For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should visit: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/.View this information in Spanish here. Gov. Wolf and Sec. of Health Expand ‘Stay at Home’ Order to Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin and Schuylkill Counties, Extend School Closures Indefinitely
As the world now knows, Yasiel Puig is a quick study. It was true when the Dodgers called him up from Double-A in June and he proceeded to hit .436 the rest of the month, and it’s true in October.Puig had six hits, all singles, in his first 13 at-bats of the playoffs and scored four runs in Games 1 through 3. While his feats at the plate have been overshadowed somewhat by Hanley Ramirez and Carl Crawford, Puig’s attention to detail has been sharper than at any point in his rookie season.So far he’s been able to avoid the missed cutoff men, and the ill-advised attempts at taking an extra base, that once made observers nervous about his potential impact in postseason situations.“I give a lot of thanks to (my teammates) for helping me concentrate and focus on the details I need to focus on to make sure I’m always giving it my best,” Puig said. Perhaps most importantly with center fielder Andre Ethier limited to pinch-hitting duties, Puig is healthy.After scoring from second base in the third inning of Game 3 on Sunday, Puig slammed his helmet in the Dodgers’ dugout, then disappeared down the tunnel leading to the home clubhouse followed by assistant athletic trainer Nancy Patterson Flynn. Puig re-emerged in time to take the field for the top of the fourth inning, but not before flexing his left knee and jogging gingerly to his position.After the game, Puig denied that he had been injured and on Monday he declared himself “in perfect condition.”The numbers agree.What’s plaguing Paco?What appeared to be an attempt to build the confidence of Paco Rodriguez in Game 3 may have only worsened the mind state of one of the Dodgers’ most reliable relievers during the regular season.Rodriguez was pulled with one out remaining in a seven-run game, having allowed two runs on three hits to the Braves.After giving up the game-winning hit in Game 2 and allowing opponents to hit .308 off him in September, it’s difficult to believe the rookie left-hander’s role won’t be different moving forward.“It doesn’t kick Paco out of any plans,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “It just means he’s in a little stretch right now where he’s had some stuff going on with him as far as not getting outs… Doesn’t mean we lose confidence in him and and know who he is.”Catcher A.J. Ellis told Mattingly that Rodriguez had better stuff Sunday than he had in a little while. In support of that statement, pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said it’s nothing physical that has caused the lefty’s recent struggles.“A lot of times it’s maybe selection more than anything,” Honeycutt said, “and making the wrong pitch at the wrong time.”Steve Garvey’s bold predictionSteve Garvey threw out the ceremonial first pitch — with a twist — then added a bold prediction.Rather than throwing the ball from the mound, Garvey participated in a relay down the first-base line with former Dodgers first baseman Eric Karros and catcher Steve Yeager.Later, with a microphone in his hand, he added: “Welcome to the final game of the NLDS.”Coincidentally, the game began with an error at first base charged to Adrian Gonzalez.NotableCarl Crawford’s multi-homer game was the ninth by a Dodger in a playoff game. Seven Dodgers have accomplished the feat, most recently Shawn Green in Game 3 of the 2004 National League Division Series against the Cardinals. … The blue “rally towels” waving around Dodger Stadium during Game 3 on Sunday weren’t distributed for Game 4. … Lakers center Pau Gasol attended the game.Staff writer Clay Fowler contributed to this report Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error He is still challenging opponents with his raw tools. Monday, after a fourth-inning single, he took a wide turn around first base and intently watched Atlanta Braves center fielder Jason Heyward field the baseball before retreating to first. At times in the series, he’s looked runners back to first base on balls hit to right field rather than immediately throwing the ball in.But so far Puig’s bravado hasn’t cost the Dodgers a thing. And he’s picked up on the differences between playoff baseball and regular-season baseball.“I noticed that each pitcher is focusing more on each pitch that he throws,” Puig said. “Everyone’s trying to give their all on every single play. I noticed that the zone has been a little tighter. There is a lot more focus and more intensity on every little detail and that each player is doing their best not to make any errors and making sure that they can complete every play the best they can.”Puig is also swinging earlier counts, reversing the trend of patience that evolved from June to September. In the first three games of the series, Puig looked at 3.07 pitches per plate appearance, down from his already-low 3.58 during the regular season.
MASON CITY — A plea change hearing has been scheduled for a Mason City woman charged with insurance fraud and theft.34-year-old Amber Griffin was charged with four counts of insurance fraud by presenting false information and one count of second-degree theft after an investigation by the Iowa Insurance Division’s Fraud Bureau.The bureau says the charges stem from an investigation that started back in February of last year as Griffin allegedly submitted multiple fraudulent insurance claims to her insurance company seeking reimbursement through her insurance policy.Griffin’s trial was scheduled to start next week, but online court records show that Judge Karen Salic on Tuesday approved the scheduling of a plea change hearing on March 20th.