The 13 counties will join 24 that moved to yellow Friday, all of which must continue social distancing and other mitigation efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19.
by PublicSource reporters
On Friday, May 8, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Allegheny County and 12 others will move to the next phase on the state’s reopening timeline.
Wolf announced the 13 counties, mostly in the state’s southwestern corner, will move to yellow on May 15, meaning the stay-at-home order is lifted but strong mitigation measures and social distancing efforts will remain in place. The counties are Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland. Beaver County will remain red.
Those moving to yellow will join 24 counties in the northern and northeastern regions of the state that began reopening Friday.
Pennsylvania announced 1,323 confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday to bring the state’s total to 54,238. Continued data collection efforts resulted in 200 new deaths reported, increasing the state’s death toll to 3,616.
Of the total state cases, 12,461, or 23%, are in residents or staff of nursing and personal care facilities, and 2,458, or 68%, of those who have died were residents of such facilities.
“As we prepare to move a number of counties from red to yellow, we need all Pennsylvanians to continue to follow the social distancing and mitigation efforts in place,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said in a press release.
Allegheny County reported 16 confirmed COVID-19 cases Friday, bringing its total to 1,455. The county also reported five new hospitalizations and two new deaths. The county has now had 119 total deaths, 109 confirmed with a positive test and 10 probable, and 259 past and present hospitalizations.
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