Two state senators representing the Lehigh Valley are calling on Gov. Tom Wolf to allow Martin Guitar to reopen.
Many of these counties had been among the first to move into the yellow phase on May 8th. The department says it will be continuing to monitor the case data to see if those counties can potentially move to green in the next week or two. Those counties include: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton, Montgomery, and Philadelphia.
"We know not only that we succeeded in slowing case growth, but that our actions, our collective decisions to stay at home and avoid social contact-we know that saved lives", he said.
The red phase is the most restrictive phase of the state's shutdown, which began in March, and comes with things like prohibitions on gatherings of 10 or more people.
At a news conference Thursday, Wolf said, "We're making decisions based on the best information we have, and making the best decisions we can, based on the best models that are always changing and moving, I'll be announcing a whole range of counties tomorrow moving from red to yellow, and the hope is that we'll also be making some counties that might even be moving from yellow to green tomorrow".
Governor Tom Wolf has updated in the state's response to the coronavirus. From May 8 when the first counties moved to yellow to yesterday, the number of COVID-19 patients hospitalized dropped by almost one thousand - from 2,618 to 1,667. Eight counties are moving to yellow a week earlier, on May 29: Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lebanon, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike and Schuylkill.
Wolf said that 17 counties will go to the green phase next Friday, which means all businesses can reopen as long as they follow state and federal guidelines.
Those include Bradford, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Montour, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango and Warren.
Wolf announced said 17 counties will move to the state's green phase on May 29.