Schuylkill County will enter the Green phase of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus reopening plan on June 19.
Of course, there’s that pesky issue of the concurrent House Resolution 836 passed earlier this week by the General Assembly. That move claims the color phases are as “meaningless” as Wolf says the General Assembly is throughout the state’s entire pandemic response.
Schuylkill County Entering Green Phase on June 19
So, if you’re one to follow Wolf’s words (remember, he previously called you cowardly and selfish if you didn’t), then Schuylkill County turns Green on June 19, next Friday, presumably at 12:01 a.m. Why 12:01 a.m.? That doesn’t really make sense either as days begin at midnight in our world.
Also, don’t think for a second that Green phase is anything remotely close to the normal we all enjoyed our entire lives prior to his March Disaster Emergency declaration.
No, there are still plenty of restrictions on activities and especially businesses during the Green phase, which Wolf dubbed the “new normal”.
And it appears Schuylkill County would be trapped in this “new normal” as Wolf says there’s no plan right now for what’s beyond his Green phase.
But, you will be able to get a haircut in the Green phase if you couldn’t find a barber or stylist willing to go along with the General Assembly’s actions earlier this week.
There are numerous other Green phase restrictions that we’ll detail over the weekend for you. Trust us, it’s not “normal” in any way.
The Metrics for Green
Remember when the state released that Healthcare Regions map that they admitted was drawn up in the 1960s? And then the state said they weren’t necessarily going by that? Well, it turns out they kinda were after all.
On the Pennsylvania Coronavirus County Dashboard website, Schuylkill County is still lumped in with the Southeast region. And on that dashboard, you’ll find the metrics used to determine which color phase your county is currently in and when it might enter the next phase of Wolf’s plan.
When you get there, you’ll see that the 50 cases per 100,000 people metric is long gone. So, anyone still tracking that is doing it for no reason whatsoever.
Here’s a look at Schuylkill’s status as of today:
Rather than that confusing metric people tried to calculate, the state went ahead with some new ones. It’s part of their plan to keep moving the goal posts further out on this as the pandemic response labored on and on and on …
Now, to get to Wolf’s Green phase, you needed 2 weeks of stable, decreasing, or low confirmed case counts in the past 2 weeks. We still don’t know when these confirmed cases are from (only they do) but we’ve seen some days were 0 cases were reported from Schuylkill County recently.
The state now believes we’re doing adequate and creepy contact tracing. And our rate of positive cases is less than 10% of the total number of tests being done in the last 2 weeks. Also, our hospitals are not near capacity — they never were.
So, in a week, Schuylkill County can move to Wolf’s Green phase. And you’ll see here that we’re the only county in the Southeast region doing so on June 19.
Of course, this could all change for the better for everyone if the Courts rule in favor of the General Assembly actions earlier this week and allow Pennsylvania to fully reopen by compelling the Governor to sign that proclamation ending his never-ending Disaster Emergency order.
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