Pennsylvania state flags at all commonwealth facilities, including Cal U, fly at half-staff to honor coronavirus victims


Jeff Helsel

The state flag of Pennsylvania flies at half-staff at the Cal U campus on April 8, 2020 after Gov. Tom Wolf orders all commonwealth flags at all commonwealth facilities fly at half-staff to honor the victims of COVID-19

Cal Times

(April 7, 2020) Governor Tom Wolf ordered commonwealth flags on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds fly at half-staff until further notice to honor the victims of the 2019 novel coronavirus pandemic.

“Too many Pennsylvanians have lost their lives to COVID-19, and, unfortunately, many more will die,” said Gov. Wolf. “Already we have lost friends, parents, grandparents, and siblings. We have lost first responders. We have lost community members. Each of these Pennsylvanians is irreplaceable. Each deserves to be honored individually for their contributions to our commonwealth, but this cruel disease will not give us a respite to mourn.

“This virus prevents us from honoring the dead at traditional gatherings. We cannot have funerals, wakes, or sit shiva. I hope this flag lowering provides some solace to the grieving families and friends. And, I hope it serves as a reminder of the reason for the sacrifices Pennsylvanians are making to help their community survive this crisis.”

Commonwealth flags should be lowered to half-staff until a date to be announced after the pandemic passes. All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.    (Source:

Jeff Helsel
The commonwealth of Pennsylvania flag is lowered to half-staff at California University of Pennsylvania.
Jeff Helsel