Parts Of Southwestern PA Could Reopen Sooner Than Other Areas

Gov. Wolf said Tuesday the state will open on a county-by-county basis

Joe DeStio
April 21, 2020 - 1:51 pm

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HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Governor Tom Wolf says he is likely to allow businesses to reopen in Pennsylvania on a county-by-county basis as the state continues to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak.

In a conference call on Tuesday, Wolf told reporters between now and May 8, his administration will determine the exact benchmarks counties must reach to reopen.

“There is not one size that fits all, we can start to reopen the state and I think in some areas in a fairly robust way, other areas, less so” said Wolf.

While Wolf didn’t mention any counties that would be able to open specifically he did indicate that Northcentral, Northwest and parts of Southwestern PA could come backer sooner than later.

The Philadelphia area, hit hardest by coronavirus, will not reopen quickly.

The benchmarks needed for reopening will include things like death rates, availability of testing and hospital capacity.

He says the idea is to give employees, business owners and consumers the confidence that reopening is safe.

Wolf announced on Monday that online car sales would resume this week and construction projects, with very strict guidelines would begin to reopen May 8.

He also extended the state’s Stay-at-Home order till that date.

As of Tuesday, Pennsylvania had a total of 34,528 cases of COVID-19 and 1,564 deaths.

 

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