Trump declares federal disaster in Pennsylvania

By Michael Rubinkam, Mark Scolforo and Claudia Lauer

HARRISBURG -— The president declared a major disaster in Pennsylvania on Monday night, capping off a day that saw nearly 700 new cases in the state as Gov. Tom Wolf extended the closing of schools and nonessential businesses indefinitely.

The president’s declaration makes federal funding available to eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency protective measures, including direct federal assistance, for all areas in the state affected by COVID-19.

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