We're Now In The Green Phase, But What's Next?

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HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Most counties are currently in the green phase of the state’s COVID-19 mitigation, with Beaver County moving into the green next Friday.

But what’s next after the green phase in Pennsylvania?

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf says the latest phase is called "Identify, isolate and eliminate."

“Move away from this broad brush, blunt instrument of mitigation, to these three things that really target the effort to contain and get rid of this COVID-19 virus,” said Wolf.

That includes increased testing and contact tracing.

During a news conference on Friday, Wolf said while a full plan is not in place yet for what is next, that is what the state is looking toward.

PA Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine says that restrictions like occupancy limits in restaurants will be eased in the future.

“We’re trying to figure out what the new world looks like,” said Wolf.

Dr. Levine says they don’t know if there will be another color or a different shade of green but as cases continue to decline in areas, restrictions will be eased.

“We don’t intend to continue those restrictions forever, but we’re going to have to be alert and vigilant, particularly in the fall . . . for an increase in terms of coronavirus cases.”

Health officials are concerned about a possible surge in the fall and along with the flu could cause serious health issues.

While a flu vaccine will be available, a COVID-19 vaccine likely will not be available.

Wolf says the reality is masks and social distancing is now the norm and he believes there will a post-pandemic world.

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