Montco commissioner announces 4th coronavirus death, begs residents to ‘please stay home’

EAGLEVILLE, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Montgomery County officials announced a fourth coronavirus-related death in the county on Friday — a 95-year-old man from Cheltenham — bringing the total positive cases in the county to 371. 

Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh said she’s grateful to everyone who is taking the stay-at-home order seriously and practicing social distancing. 

But to those who aren’t taking it seriously, and who are not staying home, she shared this plea: “Please, for the sake of all of us, for the sake of your parents and grandparents, for the sake of people who have underlying medical conditions, or who are immunocompromised, please stay home.”

Arkoosh said the potential of overwhelming the health care system in the U.S. is no longer a hypothetical, as we’re starting to see it unfold in and around New York City.

Delaware County officials also announced two more deaths: a 70-year-old woman from Ridley Township, and a 63-year-old man from Middletown Township.

That brings the total coronavirus-related deaths in Delaware County to four.

County officials say they send their condolences to the families of those who have died. And, they say, it’s a reminder of why stay-at-home orders are in place.

Also on Friday, Gov. Tom Wolf expanded his stay-at-home order to nine more counties: Berks, Butler, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Luzerne, Pike, Wayne, Westmoreland and York.

In all, 19 counties are under the order. 

Statewide, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported a total of 2,218 cases and 22 deaths.

Arkoosh also said they’re changing how people will register for testing at Montco’s drive-thru site on Temple Ambler’s campus, because more than a quarter of the people who made appointments aren’t showing up. 

Now, the site to register will open at 8 a.m. the day of. The site itself is open from 10 a.m. 4 p.m.