Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced last week that the state is on track to start reopening after months of stay-at-home orders. As the area begins to take these steps, we’re making sure you have a convenient, up-to-date guide to the progress locally. Be sure to check back often for the most up-to-date information.
Counties around the state are required to follow a three-phase color-coded plan to ease coronavirus-related restrictions. With the strictest of stay-at-home orders expiring, in the yellow phase, government officials will closely monitor regions for significant outbreaks over a period of 14 days. If the number of new cases remains low, the county will be permitted to move into the green phase.
What do the three color-coded phases mean?
Read the entire state government’s guidelines here.
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Beginning on June 26, after about three weeks in the yellow phase, Gov. Wolf will move most remaining Pennsylvania counties—including the heavily populated southeastern region, which were among the last to transition—into the green phase of reopening. Only Lebanon County remains yellow.
The state partnered with Carnegie Melon University to create metrics that examine both community health risk and economic benefit to best determine when each county should reopen. The government also takes factors like testing and contact tracing capabilities, plus the number of hospitalizations into consideration.
Pennsylvanians are encouraged to continue taking precautions like wearing masks and social distancing. “By participating in small actions recommended by the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, we can continue to break transmission links even while we resume our daily activities,” he notes.
In the coming weeks, the government will continue to monitor the virus and adjust restrictions where necessary.