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12 more Pennsylvania counties will move into green phase next Friday, Gov. Wolf announces

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Next Friday, 12 more counties will move into the green phase of Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan for reopening Pennsylvania as part of coronavirus pandemic efforts.

Adams, Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, Northumberland, Union, Wayne, Wyoming and York are advancing to green. That means next Friday will see 46 counties in the green phase and 21 counties in yellow. That includes Dauphin County.

“I am very proud of our commonwealth for hitting this point in our reopening,” Gov. Tom Wolf said, thanking all residents of Pennsylvania.

The state also has a new plan of action — identify, isolate and eliminate.

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

He thanked health care workers, calling them “heroes” for fighting on the front lines. He also thanked essential workers for keeping resident fed, clothed and housed during the pandemic; and local officials who made to make “very, very tough decisions” to keep residents safe.

Wolf pointed out that there are now 384 testing locations in Pennsylvania.

“If you have symptoms of COVID-19 — a cough, fever, loss of smell or taste, or abdominal pain — please do not hesitate to call your doctor and ask for a test. By testing more Pennsylvanians, we can better identify cases of COVID-19. Using contact tracing and isolating, we can prevent one case from becoming 3 or 10 or 20,” Wolf said.

He raised concerns about recent numbers in Erie County, saying that state officials believe an outbreak is occurring there. Six contact tracers are being sent there to help stem the spread, he said.

YELLOW PHASE

As of June 5, these 33 counties are in the yellow phase: Adams, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Franklin, Huntingdon, Indiana, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming and York.

Outdoor dining begins in the yellow phase today.

As regions or counties move into the yellow phase, some restrictions on work and social interaction ease while others, such as closures of schools, gyms, and other indoor recreation centers, hair and nail salons, as well as limitations around large gatherings, remain in place.

Work and congregate setting restrictions

• Telework must continue where feasible.

• businesses with in-person operations must follow Business and Building Safety Orders.

• Child care may open complying with guidance.

• Congregate care and prison restrictions in place.

• Schools may provide in-person instruction only in accordance with Department of Education guidance.

Social restrictions

• Stay-at-home order lifted for aggressive mitigation.

• Large gatherings of more than 25 prohibited.

• In-person retail allowable, curbside and delivery preferable.

• Indoor recreation, health and wellness facilities and personal care services (such as gyms, spas, hair salons, nail salons and other entities that provide massage therapy), and all entertainment (such as casinos, theaters) remain closed.

• Restaurants and bars may open outdoor dining, in addition to carry-out and delivery (effective June 5).

GREEN PHASE

As of June 5, these 34 counties are in the green phase: Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Fayette, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Montour, Potter, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango, Warren, Washington and Westmoreland.

After a county transitions to the yellow phase, the state is closely monitoring for increased risk, such as significant outbreaks. If overall risk remains mitigated for 14 days, the county will transition to the green phase.

The green phase eases most restrictions by continuing the suspension of the stay-at-home and business closure orders to allow the economy to strategically reopen while continuing to prioritize public health.

Work and congregate setting restrictions

• Continued telework strongly encouraged.

• Businesses with in-person operations must follow updated business and building safety requirements.

• All businesses operating at 50 percent occupancy in the yellow phase may increase to 75 percent occupancy.

• Child care may open complying with guidance.

• Congregate care restrictions in place.

• Prison and hospital restrictions determined by individual facilities.

• Schools subject to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Pennsylvania guidance.

Social restrictions

• Large gatherings of more than 250 prohibited.

• Restaurants and bars open at 50 percent occupancy.

• Personal care services (including hair salons and barbershops) open at 50 percent occupancy and by appointment only.

• Indoor recreation, health and wellness facilities, and personal care services (such as gyms and spas) open at 50 percent occupancy with appointments strongly encouraged.

• All entertainment (such as casinos, theaters, and shopping malls) open at 50 percent occupancy.

• Construction activity may return to full capacity with continued implementation of protocols.

The state continues to use risk-based metrics from Carnegie Mellon University, with additional criteria including contact tracing and testing capability, a sustained reduction in COVID-19 hospitalizations, and infection rates, to make decisions on county moves.

After a county transitions to the yellow phase, the commonwealth will closely monitor for increased risk, such as significant outbreaks. If overall risk remains mitigated for 14 days, the county will transition to the green phase.