Public access will be restricted at some city buildings and new safety protocols take effect today at City Hall with the rise in the number of positive cases of COVID-19 in the city.
Within the 18702 zip code for Wilkes-Barre, the Pennsylvania Department of Health reported a total of 1,270 positive cases of the novel coronavirus as of Dec. 1. On Nov. 20, the PADOH reported 865 positive cases. The additional 405 cases amounted to an approximate 47 % increase during that 11-day period.
Off limits to the public are the Department of Public Works Headquarters at 3 Conyngham Ave., the Wilkes-Barre City Police Department Headquarters at 15 N. Washington St., the Wilkes-Barre City Fire Department stations: Headquarters at 20-22 E. Ross St.; South Station at 313 High St.; and Hollenback Station at 1020 N. Washington St.