(WKBN) – Cases of coronavirus in Pennsylvania continue to rise.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health released its updated case numbers on Wednesday afternoon. Those numbers show 1,127 cases of coronavirus in the state, compared to the 851 cases that were reported just a day ago.
The department also recorded four new deaths, bringing the total to 11 coronavirus-related deaths.
Locally, one case was reported in Lawrence County while there are two cases in Mercer County.
All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.
“Our notable increase in cases over the past few days indicate we need everyone to take COVID-19 seriously,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Pennsylvanians have a very important job right now: stay calm, stay home and stay safe. We have seen case counts continue to increase and the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home.”
All non-life-sustaining businesses are ordered to be closed and schools are closed statewide at least through April 6.
Wednesday, Governor Tom Wolf announced that new funding is available to help small businesses impacted by the coronavirus through a new program under the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority’s (PIDA) Small Business First Fund, the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA).
The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) recently authorized the transfer of $40 million to the Small Business First Fund for CWCA. PIDA authorized making $60 million available to provide loans of $100,000 or less to for-profit businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees. Funds are expected to become available this week.
All loan applications must be submitted through a Certified Economic Development Organization (CEDO). For the list of CEDO’s operating within Pennsylvania, go to dced.pa.gov/programs/covid-19-working-capital-access-program-cwca/.
Businesses seeking guidance from DCED can also contact its customer service resource account at firstname.lastname@example.org.