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Coronavirus (COVID-19)


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PSATS Daily COVID-19 News

Monday, June 1, 2020

 

More Counties Moving to Green on June 5

On Friday, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that 16 additional counties across the commonwealth will move to “green” status under the governor’s phased reopening plan effective June 5, while affirming that those counties remaining in red will move to yellow on June 5.  

The state continues to use risk-based metrics from Carnegie Mellon University, combined with contact tracing and testing capability and a sustained reduction in COVID-19 hospitalizations, to make decisions on county moves. The 50 new cases per 100,000 population continues to be a consideration but not the sole deciding factor. The governor said that the administration is looking at the rates of new cases, increases in the percentage of positive cases, and where outbreaks can be managed by contact tracing.  

The state Department of Education is expected to release guidelines to schools this week, and school districts are expected to open in August or September. However, school is expected to look different.  

Wolf emphasized that he wants to prepare and do everything possible to avoid a shutdown in the fall if there is a surge. This includes expanding testing, more information on what antibodies mean for individual immunity, intensive contact tracing, and isolating to stop outbreaks.   

In response to questions on enforcement for large events, Wolf noted that the State Police can cite but that he is asking for self-enforcement by both businesses and individuals. As more counties and residents enjoy loosened restrictions, the governor stressed the need to balance resuming activities with keeping case counts low and taking personal responsibility by wearing a mask or choosing to stay away from crowds to reduce the likelihood of coming into contact with someone carrying COVID-19. 

Counties currently in the green phase: Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Montour, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango, and Warren 

Counties currently in the yellow phase: Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Carbon, Clinton, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Erie, Fayette, Franklin,

Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Juniata, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Northumberland, Perry, Pike,

Schuylkill, Somerset, Susquehanna, Union, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, Wyoming, and York.  

Counties moving from red to yellow on June 5: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, and Philadelphia. 

Counties moving from yellow to green on June 5: AlleghenyArmstrongBedfordBlair,Butler,CambriaClintonFayetteFultonGreeneIndianaLycomingMercer

SomersetWashingtonand Westmoreland.  

 For more information on the governor’s reopening plan, which contains information on all of the phases, click here

 


 

More PennDOT Driver’s License Centers to Open in Yellow Counties   

The state Department of Transportation has opened additional driver’s license centersin yellow counties with restrictions set by the commonwealth, including in Dauphin, Franklin, Lebanon, and Luzerne counties. Note that limited services will be available and numerous COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place. For a full list of driver’s license and photo license centers currently open and their hours of operation, please visit dmv.pa.gov.  

 


 

*NEW* Yellow and Green Phase Guidance

Life in the Yellow Phase

Life in the Green Phase 

*The green phase is the new normal for the foreseeable future until vaccines or effective therapies or treatments are available. *

 

What restrictions are lifted in the yellow phase? 

The stay-at-home order will be lifted, childcareday camps, and community pools may reopen, but must follow state and federal guidance (note: click on each for the appropriate guidance). Click here for the state guidance for summer recreation

The number of people allowed at large gatherings increases to 25 and in-person retail will be allowed (with curbside and delivery preferred). All businesses except those specifically excluded from the orders may resume in-person operations as long as they strictly adhere to the commonwealth’s guidance. Professional sports may resume with a state-approved plan but without spectators.

What restrictions are lifted in the green phase? 

All businesses may resume in-person operations as long as they strictly adhere to the commonwealth’s guidance (note that the business guidance document is the same for both yellow and green zones). Businesses that were authorized to operate in the yellow phase at 50 percent occupancy may operate at up to 75 percent of the maximum occupancy in the green phase. Businesses may reopen in green that were restricted to telework in yellow but are strongly encouraged to continue to telework and stagger the return of employees to in-person operations. 

Personal care facilities, such as hair salons and barbershops, may reopen in the green phase, but must operate by appointment only and are limited to 50 percent of their maximum capacity. Indoor recreation and health and wellness facilities, such as gyms or spas, may reopen in the green phase and are strongly encouraged to operate by appointment or reservations only and must also operate at 50 percent occupancy. 

All restaurants may reopen but must follow the commonwealth guidance noted above, as well as dining guidance that provides specific details on operations. Strict physical distancing, barrier requirements and maximum occupancy rules will be in effect. Click here for the specific restaurant guidance. 

Team sports may resume and waterparks and playgrounds may reopen, however, CDC guidance should be followed. Visits to prisons and hospitals may resume at the option of the individual facilities. 

What restrictions remain in the yellow phase? 

Restaurants and bars are limited to carry-out and delivery only (but will expand to outdoor dining on June 5), while schools, indoor malls, indoor recreation, health and wellness facilities (such as gyms and spas), and entertainment facilities (movie theaters and casinos) remain closed. A detailed listing of these categories appear in the FAQ document.

Waterparks, playgrounds, and team sports are included in the list of facilities that are to remain closed. Visitors will continue to be prohibited from nursing homes and prisons. In addition, businesses are encouraged to continue telework where feasible, and all are urged to continue to practice social distancing and universal masking and to remain home whenever possible. 

What restrictions remain in the green phase? 

Everyone in the green phase is strongly encouraged to continue to practice social distancing by staying six feet apart, wearing cloth facemasks, and frequently washing hands.All businesses must follow the commonwealth’s guidanceincluding universal masking. Nursing home visitation restrictions will initially remain in place. 

 

 

As a reminder, local governments remain exempt from the stay-at-home and business closure orders and are strongly encouraged to balance public safety with the need to maintain public infrastructure and provide critical services. This means it is the decision of each board of supervisors to determine how to hold public meetings, how services are provided to their residents, and what facilities to open or close. Townships should consult the state guidance for their county’s current phase of reopening, as well as the Centers for Disease Control Guidance.


Previous COVID-19 News

May  29, 2020: 

  • Pennyslvania is Growing Greener
  • Growing Greener II - Municipal Funding?
  • PA Supreme Court Ends Judicial Emergency 
  • DCNR to Open Pools, Beaches
  • PennDOT Extends Expiration Dates for Driver's Licenses 
  • More Liquor Stores Open Today

May 28, 2020: 

  • Commonwealth Issues Orders for Green Phase, Provides Guidance on Dining and More
  • PA Health Continues to Report Lower Case Rates, Hospitalizations
  • Wolf Highlights PA Businesses Rising to Meet COVID-19 Needs
  • PSP Reports COVID-19 Enforcement Numbers, Crime Statistics

May 27,2020: 

  • Wolf Thanks Pennsylvanians, Approves Centre to Move to Green
  • Shapiro Urges Congress to Expand High-Speed Internet Access
  • Independent Fiscal Office Reports Revenue Estimates for State's 2020-2021 Budget
  • Labor and Industry Releases April Unemployment Numbers

May 26, 2020: 

  • Wolf Announces Red Gone by June 5
  • First Lady Announces Be Best Initiative
  • Commonwealth Releases Summer Camp and Recreation Guidance

May 22, 2020: 

  • Additional Counties Move to "Yellow," More Reopening Announcements Expected
  • PA Health Reports Lower Case Rates, Hospitalizations
  • Administration Award Grants to Food Banks
  • More PennDOT Driver's License Centers to Open in Yellow Counties
  • More Liquor Stores Reopen, LCB Provides Guidance on Act 21

May 21, 2020:

  • OOR Updates Right-to-Know Law Advisory
  • CDC Releases Updated Guidance
  • Independent Fiscal Office Releases Monthly Economic Update
  • PSP Reports COVID-19 Enforcement Numbers, Crime Statistics
  • State to Distribute $51 Million in CARES Funding to Childcare Providers
  • Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Releases Casino Reopening Protocols

May 20, 2020:

  • Pennsylvania Air National Guard Flyover Honors Health Care Workers
  • Real Estate Industry Opens Statewide
  • CDC Teams Assist with Pennsylvania COVID-19 Response
  • Department of Health Releases Nursing Home Data
  • DCNR to Reopen More State Park, Forest Facilities in Yellow Counties
  • Property Tax/Rent Rebates Arrive Early to Help Seniors

May 19, 2020:

  • Wolf Stresses Roles of PEMA, National Guard in Pandemic Response
  • Health Department Releases New Weekly Report, Distributes Medication
  • DCNR Opens ATV Trails in State Forests Today
  • Federal Funding Available for COVID-19 Testing and Treatment of Uninsured

May 18, 2020:

  • A Dozen Additional Counties Will Move to "Yellow" this Friday
  • Federal HEROES Bill Passes House, Includes Stimulus for Local Governments
  • PA Extending UC Benefits for Additional 13 Weeks
  • National Cemeteries Limit Groups for Memorial Day

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Resources

 


April 30, 2020 Town Hall

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April 2, 2020 Town Hall

March 26, 2020 Town Hall