Gov. Wolf teams up with five states on a plan to reopen the region

Written by on April 14, 2020

Gov. Wolf teams up with five states on a plan to reopen the region

By Jen Rehill

April 14, 2020

Pennsylvania’s top health and economic officials, along with the governor and his chief of staff will work with teams from five other states on a plan to reopen the region in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Each state will have its own custom blueprint – based on needs on the ground. Pennsylvania has not seen as many cases as New York or New Jersey. The eastern part of the state — including the Lehigh Valley — is expected to start hitting a peak in new cases in the next few days.

Speaking at the joint news conference Monday, Governor Tom Wolf said the partners will develop a specific and smart plan for the “uncertain future that lies ahead.” 

“As we figure out how we are going to reopen our schools, how we reopen our businesses and our homes, we’re also going to recognize that we’re going to figure out how we’re going to restore the sense of hope that this pandemic has taken away from so many of us,” said Wolf. 

Despite a tweet from President Donald Trump asserting federal authority over plans to relax social distancing orders – Wolf said states will have the “primary responsibility” for opening back up — since states had the authority to decide when to close down.

State health secretary Dr. Rachel Levine and Dennis Davin, state Secretary of Community and Economic Development Dennis Davin will represent Pennsylvania’s health and economy in the working group.


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