Lawrence County among those going to green phase of reopening

Henrietta Strickland
May 23, 2020

On the same day, eight counties still in the red, including Dauphin and Lebanon counties, will be moved to the yellow. Those others include Franklin, Huntingdon, Lebanon, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, and Schuylkill counties.

All remaining counties-Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton, Montgomery, and Philadelphia-will be moved to yellow on June 5, a decision that Spotlight PA had reported earlier today prior to Wolf's announcement.

"We know not only that we succeeded in slowing case growth, but that our actions, our collective decisions to stay at home and avoid social contact-we know that saved lives", he said.

The final 10 counties yet to change to the state's yellow phase will do so on June 5.

Local elected officials, Republican and Democrats alike, have been pressing for shutdown relief amid skyrocketing unemployment, as have small business owners who are struggling to keep afloat. That fight could have enormous implications in the November election in this presidential battleground state. From May 8 when the first counties moved to yellow to yesterday, the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized dropped by almost one thousand - from 2,618 to 1,667.

The first counties to move from red to yellow two weeks ago are located in north central and northwestern Pennsylvania, and Wolf announced that 17 of those mainly rural counties will move to the least-restrictive "green" phase of his reopening plan May 29.

Wolf said that 17 counties will go to the green phase next Friday, which means all businesses can reopen as long as they follow state and federal guidelines.

"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.

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