Wolf Planning Phased Re-opening Starting May 8, Monroe County has Fewest New Cases in a Month
HARRISBURG (APR 20 2020) - On a day we learned there are 27 COVID cases in Mount Pocono, and on which the county posted it's fewest new cases since March 25, Governor Wolf announced that he was planning on beginning a phased re-opening of business in the state beginning May 8. For the first time, today the state Department of Health released zip-code level data on COVID infections in the state. That data reveals 27 positive COVID-19 cases for residents of the Borough, and about 200 additional cases in the Greater Mount Pocono Community. Canadensis was shown with 8 cases, Cresco 14, 22 in Pocono Summit, 24 in Henryville, Long Pond has 20 cases, Scotrun between 1 and 4, Swiftwater with 13, and Tobyhanna the most, with 98.
Figures released today show Monroe County added seven additional COVID cases it its tally -- the smallest figure of new cases since the March 25 report. The county recorded one additional death.
Re-opening the state to business is the subject of protesters in the state capital today, about 1,000 of whom gathered on the state capitol steps, ignoring physical distancing requirements and most not even wearing masks. Secretary of Health Rachel Levine said she was concerned about their health. The governor said he did not see them, but that enforcement action for violating mitigation rules was not anticipated. Kentucky today announced it's largest single-day tally of new cases a week after similar protests in that state in which protesters also failed to follow mitigation and health precautions.
Addressing plans to re-open the state's businesses, the governor said reopening would be gradual and evidence-based. Initial plans target May 8 to commence partial lifting of business closures and stay at home orders. Some construction activities would be permitted beginning that day, subject to physical distancing and other requirements. The governor said guidance would be forthcoming. The date could be moved, the governor said, if the rate of infections begin to rise. The commonwealth's plans would be based on health and medical guidance, and will be phased in, both in terms of scope and location. Plans are under development and more information will be released as the plans are finalized, the governor said today. Statewide, the commonwealth added 948 new cases, and 92 additional deaths due to the coronavirus, for totals of 33,232 cases and 1,204 deaths in Pennsylvania due to the pandemic.