State’s disaster declaration extended

Unless something changes, Pennsylvanians will be celebrating Thanksgiving under the again extended COVID-19 pandemic disaster declaration. Gov. Tom Wolf signed the extension order Monday.

Gov. Tom Wolf

"The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be of such magnitude or severity that emergency action is necessary to protect the health, safety and welfare of affected citizens in Pennsylvania," the governor said in the amended proclamation citing that, as of the end of August, COVID-19  had infected 134,025 Pennsylvanians and killed 7,495.

The original declaration was on March 6, and the governor extended it in early June through August. Yesterday's extension is for another 90 days, which ends Nov. 29. Thanksgiving is Nov. 26 this year.

The declaration could end sooner if rescinded by Wolf or if the legislature can get it repealed. The state House of Representatives failed in that attempt earlier this summer when Wolf vetoed a House Resolution 836 that would have ended the declaration then/

The matter went to the state Supreme Court, which opined in a split decision that the case was a legal nullity because the resolution was never sent to the governor to sign or veto.

The amended declaration may be found here.

State House Republicans scheduled a press conference for Wednesday, Sept.2 at 10 a.m. to discuss holding Wolf accountable for the extended declaration, according to an email.

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About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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