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Erie Times E-Edition Article-Officials: No timetable for county to enter green phase

Posted by M. C. on May 13, 2020

State and county leadership has not changed.

Erie County might not enter…

Dahlkemper said that she asked about a timetable to enter the green…

They didn’t say specifically…

Dahlkemper received no guidance from Wolf or Levine…

“The response we got was that they have not determined…

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Erie County might not enter the green phase of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 reopening plan until all of the other counties in the state have left the red, or most restrictive, phase.

Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper said that she asked about a timetable to enter the green, or least restrictive, phase during a conference call Tuesday with Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, M.D.

“They didn’t say specifically, but I understood that they want everyone to get to yellow,” Dahlkemper said.

Twenty-four Pennsylvania counties, including Erie and Crawford counties, entered the yellow phase on Friday. Thirteen more counties will enter the yellow phase this Friday.

But all of the counties in the eastern part of the state remain in the red phase with no timetable to advance to yellow. In addition, Dahlkemper received no guidance from Wolf or Levine about the criteria needed to move from yellow to green.

“The response we got was that they have not determined what those data points would be, but they want to get us all transitioned to yellow,” Dahlkemper said.

Dahlkemper reported two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the county Tuesday. The county’s total has risen to 122 during the pandemic.

Ninety-seven of those people have recovered from the virus, Dahlkemper said. Two have died. That leaves just 23 active cases of COVID-19 in the county, even though 27 cases have been reported since Thursday.

“To be recovered, you need to be 72 hours past your last symptoms,” Dahlkemper said when asked about the recent cases.

“Some do recover quickly, and also when did some of these people get tested or get the results of their test,” Dahlkemper said.

The county has recorded 2,734 negative test results. Contact David Bruce at dbruce@timesnews. com. Follow him on Twitter @ETNBruce.

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