Pennsylvania officials say they are now getting assurances from insurance companies that they will provide medical coverage for testing and appropriate treatment for the corona virus.

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During a briefing March 9, Governor Tom wolf said “Pennsylvania insurers proactively waiving costs associated with COVID-19 testing for consumers helps the commonwealth identify additional cases and gives us a better opportunity to increase our resources.. and better protect all Pennsylvanians.”  He said no resident should forego testing if deemed medically necessary over fear of what it may cost.

Meanwhile, more companies are coming forward with their plans for keeping workers and customers healthy. 

A national retailer specializing in tools and automotive, home and farm equipment says it is expanding its housekeeping efforts.  Harbor Freight issued a statement saying it is frequently disinfecting often-touched surfaces like door handles, countertops, keypads, restroom surfaces, shopping carts and baskets.  The company said it is also making provisions for any employee who has to stay home due to illness.