Gov. Wolf orders flags to half-staff to honor coronavirus victims

Flags are flown at half staff at the United States Postal Service in Shrewsbury, Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Gov. Tom Wolf ordered commonwealth flags at all state facilities lowered to half-staff in honor of the coronavirus victims, and he invited all Pennsylvanians to participate in the display.

"Too many Pennsylvanians have lost their lives to COVID-19, and, unfortunately, many more will die,” Wolf said in a news release Tuesday.

To date, there have been 240 confirmed deaths — including two in York County — among a statewide total of 14,559 cases.

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Though he would like to honor them individually, "this cruel disease will not give us a respite to mourn," Wolf added.

In the absence of traditional gatherings, he said he hopes the flags can provide some solace and serve as a reminder of the sacrifices made to help the community survive.