Gov. Wolf moves counties to yellow and green, releases summer camp and rec guidance: Latest on coronavirus in Pa.
23 May, 2020, 17:20
17 total counties are going green, including Bradford, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Potter, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango and Warren.
"We are looking at how to move counties from where they are to where the next phase, but we're also reserving the ability to say, 'you know this doesn't seem to be working out, ' maybe you should be tightening down, battening down the hatches a little here and trying to get to a place where people will feel safe and confident, moving about", Wolf said. The other counties that Wolf said are expected to move to yellow by June 5 are Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Montgomery and Philadelphia.
Gov. Tom Wolf announced at his live-streamed press conference he anticipates moving Philadelphia County to his next COVID-19 reopening phase on June 5. The state will look at this metric in addition to evaluating risk-based predictions from Carnegie Mellon University, contact tracing, testing capability and sustained reduction in COVID-19 hospitalizations.
Statewide there are now more than 66,000 positive cases reported and more than 312,000 negative tests.
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Wolf previously set a benchmark for counties to report an average of less than 50 cases per 100,000 residents in a 14-day period to be eligible for the yellow phase, according to the Commonwealth's plan.
He also cited New York Times data that shows Pennsylvania being one of just 19 states in which the number of new cases of coronavirus is now decreasing.