Earlier today we shared an article from Spotlight PA that reported that sources from within the Wolf administration were saying that the last remaining counties in the red phase of the reopening will move to the yellow phase by June 5th. Montgomery County is among those counties.
During the 4:00 p.m. press conference today, Wolf didn’t commit to all counties reaching yellow by June 5th. He used the word “anticipate” when discussing the subject. On a follow-up social media post he used the term”expected.”
However, both Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine stated that due to a number of factors such as declining hospitalizations and positive test results, they are more comfortable not relying on the previously announced formula of having fewer than 50 new confirmed cases per 100,000 county residents over the previous 14 days.
That formula meant Montgomery County needed to average 30 cases per day. As of today the average is 99, which is 69 off the required pace. This metric seems to no longer be relevant as long as the numbers do not get worse.
More to come.
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