17 counties to move to green phase by May 29

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17 total counties are going green, including Bradford, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Potter, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango and Warren.

During a press conference Friday, Governor Tom Wolf announced Montour and Snyder counties will move to the green phase next Friday.

The announcement for Philadelphia came as Wolf declared eight counties will move into the yellow phase by May 29, along with 17 counties moving into the green phase on that date.

According to the administration's Plan for Pennsylvania, the criteria for moving to green is that overall risk remains "mitigated" for two weeks in the yellow phase.

The final 10 counties yet to change to the state's yellow phase will do so on June 5.

Counties remaining in red on and are expected to move to yellow by include Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton, Montgomery, and Philadelphia. Also seeing a downward trend are NY and New Jersey, two nearby states that have seen the most cases and deaths by far.

The remaining counties still in the red after May 29 are planned to move to the yellow by June 5.

Sens. Mario Scavello, R-Monroe/Northampton, and Lisa Boscola, D-Lehigh/Northampton, in a joint letter said the Upper Nazareth Township-based guitar manufacturer should be given a business waiver during the COVID-19 pandemic, or else manufacturing should reopen across the state. The case incidence rate there is also the highest in the commonwealth, with one out of every 75 people having tested positive for COVID-19. "My stay-at-home order did exactly what it was meant to do: It saved lives and it bought us valuable time". "Our actions, our collective decision to stay at home, saved lives".

He also cited New York Times data that shows Pennsylvania being one of just 19 states in which the number of new cases of coronavirus is now decreasing. "This is especially important when other states are opening up more readily and putting Pennsylvania businesses at a competitive disadvantage", Boscola said.

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