Two Bucks lawmakers on Friday said that Gov. Wolf’s office had told them the county would be allowed to move into green on June 26, barring any spikes in new infections over the next week.
“Many of us hoped it would be a week earlier – the 19th – but they are taking this week and next week to evaluate,” State Sen. Steve Santarsiero told LevittownNow.com. State Rep. John Galloway confirmed the report.
Despite the county’s continued success in limiting the spread of coronavirus, Bucks was not among the eight counties that will be allowed to move from the yellow stage to green this coming week under Gov. Tom Wolf’s reopening plan.
Those counties – Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Luzerne, Monroe, Perry, Pike and Schuylkill – are all located far from Southeast Pennsylvania, where many of the remaining 13 yellow counties are located.
Those 13 counties include Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Susquehanna counties.
Of the 16 new covid-19 infections reported Friday in Bucks, five were spread through household contacts, three were community spread, two are long-term care residents, and one was spread at a workplace. Five were unable to be interviewed immediately.
Four of the cases were delayed reports from more than two weeks ago, meaning they are no longer considered infectious.
One death was reported – a 76-year-old man with underlying health conditions who lived in a long-term care facility. A total of 485 Bucks County residents who have tested positive for covid-19 have died, while 2,226 are confirmed to have recovered.