Gov. Wolf Says Decision On Next Areas Moving Into Yellow Phase Coming 'Soon'

The Southwestern region of PA has met most standards to move out of the red phase

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    PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Soon. That’s when Governor Tom Wolf says he will decide which counties will move to the yellow phase of his plan to ease restrictions that limit the spread of the coronavirus and at the same time cripple Pennsylvania’s economy.

    On the KDKA Radio Morning Show Tuesday, Gov. Wolf told Larry Richert and Kevin Battle he doesn’t, “want the reopening process to outstrip our ability . . . to keep people safe.”

    “We want to do contact tracing, we want . . . to make sure that the health care system has the capacity to deal with whatever issues may rise up,” said Wolf.

    The governor did not offer any examples of a lack of available testing or medical facilities in the Pittsburgh area, where the number of new daily cases were below the threshold when Wolf decided last week to leave the southwest region in the red phase.

    The governor denied that he was being subjective in keeping Southwest PA in the red.

    He says population density if one of 14 metrics in the Carnegie Mellon University model the state is using to reopen the economy.

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    While the county and the surrounding area has met the required numbers to move into the yellow phase, the governor says COVID-19 thrives more in places with higher population density. Allegheny County has a population of approximately 1.3 million.

    On Monday, Allegheny County reported zero deaths from COVID-19 for the second day in a row.

    As of Monday, 1,365 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the county.

    "We're going to be looking at the data this week," said state Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine on Monday. "The metric that we discussed before, but then the Carnegie Mellon data and other data that we're looking at as well as our ability to be able to expand testing and contact tracing. We will put all of that together and discuss that with the governor and the governor will make his decision about which other counties can go from red to yellow."

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