The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have reached the U.S. state of Pennsylvania in March 2020. As of April 2, 2020, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has confirmed 8,420 cases and 102 deaths in the state.
On March 19, Governor Wolf ordered a statewide shutdown of all "non-life sustaining businesses," with enforcement of this order going into effect at 12:01 am on Saturday, March 21. The PA Department of Education canceled all statewide assessments including the PSSA testing, Keystone exams, and the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA) for the remainder of the 2019–2020 school year.
On March 21, the department of health announced the state's second death as well as 103 new cases. The second death was in Allegheny County.
On March 22, 273 new cases were reported, bringing the total to 644. The sixth death occurred in Montgomery County.
On March 25, A 35-year-old woman in Hanover Township, Luzerne County was arrested for deliberately coughing and spitting on food at a Gerrity's supermarket. She made verbal threats about being infected with Covid-19 and has been charged with two counts of terrorism and two other felonies plus a misdemeanor for attempting to steal a pack of beer. The supermarket had to throw out $35,000 worth of merchandise and has since raised employee pay $1 per hour. The woman is being tested for coronavirus.
On March 28, Governor Tom Wolf issued a stay-at-home order for Beaver, Butler, Westmoreland, Centre, and Washington Counties, according to a release from Harrisburg. Governor Wolf announced 533 new cases, bringing the statewide total to 2,751. The highest rise in cases was in Philadelphia County.
On April 1, Governor Wolf extended the stay-at-home order across the entire state effective that evening at 8:00 pm.
On April 3, Governor Wolf asked Pennsylvanians to wear cloth face coverings in public. Philadelphia reduced recycling pickup to every two weeks due to staff shortages.
As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Governor Wolf has implemented social distancing measures in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties in the Philadelphia suburbs along with Allegheny County in the Pittsburgh area, which urges non-essential businesses to close, such as malls, movie theaters, and casinos. Essential businesses such as gas stations, grocery stores, and pharmacies will remain open. Essential services such as police, fire, and emergency medical services will be available. Starting March 16, bars and restaurants will be ordered to close to dine-in customers in those counties. Starting March 17, Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores in the four suburban Philadelphia counties will close. In addition, non-essential travel is discouraged. A no visitor policy was implemented for correctional facilities and nursing homes statewide.
On March 22, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney issued a stay-at-home order for the city, set to take effect the following day at 8:00 am. On Monday the 23rd, Governor Wolf issued additional stay at home orders for seven counties: Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Monroe, and a redundant order for Philadelphia County, to go into effect at 8:00 pm the same day.
On March 16, the social distancing measures were extended to the entire state, while Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney ordered nonessential businesses and city government to close for two weeks. Starting March 17, SEPTA Regional Rail trains in the Philadelphia area will operate on an enhanced Saturday schedule for two weeks due to reduced ridership and staffing. In addition, SEPTA will offer refunds for unused and partially used passes.
On March 19, the state's department of education announced that all statewide assessments would be canceled for the remainder of the 2019–2020 school year.
On March 22, Governor Tom Wolf announced the commonwealth would likely postpone its Democratic and Republican primary elections from April 28 to June 2.