Lehigh Valley poised for reopening on June 5

Written by on May 25, 2020

Lehigh Valley poised for reopening on June 5

By Jen Rehill

May 25, 2020

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf says he expects to ease stay at home orders in the Lehigh Valley – and the remainder of the state that’s still under lockdown — by June 5th. WLVR’s Jen Rehill reports.

The governor cited positive trends across the state when he made the announcement — declining case counts, falling rates of hospitalization and ventilator usage, and a 65 percent increase in testing capacity since May 8th.

“Our ability to identify and isolate cases of COVID-19 has increased, and this will allow every Pennsylvanian in our commonwealth to resume a more normal life without constant fear of contracting COVID-19,” said Wolf

Despite citing positive trends in the reduction of COVID-19 in the state, the governor urged residents to continue using precautions to avoid spreading the virus. 

“Guidance from the CDC and the department of health must continue to be observed. This includes wearing masks in public, washing your hands and using hand sanitizer, self-isolating when you’re sick and social distancing,” he said.

And the state is moving swiftly toward that goal – as of Friday, May 29, eight more counties will move to the yellow phase of reopening – including nearby Monroe and Schulkill, and 17 will go green. That means restaurants and bars, salons, gyms and movie theaters can reopen, with some social distancing limitations.

In the absence of a vaccine, the state is also preparing for a possible resurgence of the virus in the fall.


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