Last Western PA County, Erie, Moves Into Green Phase of COVID Reopening

Pennsylvania COVID-19 Reopening County Map - June 19
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By NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

HARRISBURG, Pa (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Erie County is the last Western Pennsylvania county still in the yellow phase, but that will change next Friday.

Governor Tom Wolf announced that Erie, along with 11 other counties will move into the Green phase of his COVID-19 reopening plan on Friday, June 26.

Other counties include: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Susquehanna

“When these 12 counties move on June 26, we will have nearly every county in green,” Gov. Wolf said. “It’s a testament to the many residents and businesses that have sacrificed over the past three months to stay home and adhere to the guidance the state has provided to protect lives and livelihoods. As we begin to reopen, I urge everyone to stay alert and continue to follow social distancing to maintain the momentum of mitigation we have in place.”

The only county not yet approved to move to the Green phase is Lebanon County.

The Wolf administration said that Lebanon County leaders voted to prematurely reopen in late May and are seeing an increase in Coronavirus cases.

“Lebanon County’s partisan, politically driven decision to ignore public health experts and reopen prematurely is having severe consequences for the health and safety of county residents,” Dr. Levine said. “Case counts have escalated and the county is not yet ready to be reopened. Lebanon County has hindered its progress by reopening too early. Because of this irresponsible decision, Lebanon County residents are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19.”