Jefferson County, PA – Jefferson County Commissioners have declared a disaster emergency, as has Punxsutawney Borough.
Government, municipal, township, and city buildings have been closed off to the public, although employees will continue to work diligently inside.
Officially declaring a disaster emergency means that government officials can legally do things like close municipal building to the public, delay deadlines, and request funding on state and federal levels.
Although no cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed for either Jefferson or Clearfield Counties, our area is taking precautions to slow the spread as much as possible.
You will see many businesses either closed or operating on reduced hours, and restaurants are not allowed to offer dine-in meals, only take-out or delivery.
You might also see emergency responders in protective suits. Don’t be alarmed. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re responding to someone with novel coronavirus symptoms. They’re being cautious for the sake of themselves and for others.