Gov. Wolf Doesn't See Broad Shutdown As COVID-19 Cases Rise

map of Pennsylvania as of June 26, 2020
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Governor Tom Wolf says that while cases of COVID-19 are on the rise in Allegheny County, it’s nothing like “some of the disasters that other states are seeing,” and indicates he doesn’t see broad sections of the state returning to yellow if the number of coronavirus cases continue to rise.

Wolf tells the KDKA Radio Morning Show that he thinks Allegheny County is taking the proper approach to help slow the spread of coronavirus by temporarily banning on-site consumption of alcohol in bars and restaurants.

Wolf doesn’t think another state-wide shutdown is necessary because a lot has changed since the original shutdown in March.

“We’re in a different situation now and we can deal with this in a very surgical, very focused manor and when a problem arises in Allegheny County the whole state shouldn’t be asked to sort of say okay this is a one size fits all,” said Wolf.

Wolf cited far greater testing and hospital capacity and contact tracing.

Texas and Florida have recently ordered all bars to close.

Several other states have hit a statewide pause in reopening plans.

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