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Masks must now be worn across Pennsylvania whenever a person leaves home, according to an order signed by Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine.

Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday that the order takes effect immediately.

“This mask-wearing order is essential to stopping the recent increase in COVID-19 cases we have seen in Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said.

“Those hot spots can be traced to situations where Pennsylvanians were not wearing masks or practicing social distancing – two practices that must be adhered to if we want to maintain the freedoms we have in place under our reopening.”

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The order outlines the situations when a mask must be worn and includes limited exceptions to the face-covering requirement.

As of Wednesday, officials have confirmed more than 84,750 coronavirus cases statewide. More than 6,500 have died in Pennsylvania of COVID-19.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.