Gov. Wolf announces most southwestern Pa. counties moving to 'yellow'

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Gov. Wolf announces most southwestern Pa. counties moving to 'yellow'

FROM CHANNEL 11 NEWS >>> GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE WE ARE BREAKING INTO PROGRAMMING AS GOVERNOR WOLF AND HIS TEAM ARE ABOUT TO GIVE A MAJOR UPDATE ON THE REOPENING IN PENNSYLVANIA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PUT OUT A LIST OF COUNTIES THAT ARE EXPECTED TO MOVE INTO THAT YELLOW PHASE HERE IS A MAP OF ALL THE COUNTIES OF TRANSITIONING THIS COULD BE VERY BIG NEWS FOR SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA AN AREA THAT OBVIOUSLY HAS BEEN PUSHING TO BE IN THE YELLOW AND EVENTUALLY INTO THE GREEN AS OTHER COUNTIES TO THE NORTH HAVE ALREADY MOVED INTO THE YELLOW FOLKS AND SURROUNDING COUNTIES HAVE BEEN THE SAME LET OUR PEOPLE GO THE GOVERNOR IS ABOUT TO MAKE HIS ANNOUNCEMENT LET’S LISTEN TO THE GOVERNOR NOW >> THANK YOU FOR JOINING ME TODAY 24 COUNTIES MOVED INTO THE YELLOW PHASE OVER REOPENING PENNSYLVANIA THIS PLAN PRIORITIZES THE HEALTH AND WELFARE OF PENNSYLVANIA RESIDENTS BY USING A COMBINATION OF FACTORS TO GAUGE HOW MUCH A MOVEMENT TO A LOCATION CAN TOLERATE BEFORE THE VIRUS BECOMES A THREAT WE ARE CLOSELY MONITORING THE 24 COUNTIES IN THE YELLOW PHASE AND WE WILL REIMPOSE THE RESTRICTIONS OF DANGER RISES WE ARE WATCHING OTHER COUNTIES AND MOVING THEM INTO THE YELLOW PHASE AS SOON AS WE CAN ON MAY 15th 13 MORE COUNTIES WILL MOVE INTO THE YELLOW PHASE AS WITH THE 24 COUNTIES THAT ENTER THE YELLOW PHASE THESE 13 COUNTIES WILL SEE AN INCREASING NUMBER OF THOSE ACTIVITIES REOPEN HOWEVER RESIDENTS SHOULD BE MINDFUL THAT YELLOW STILL MEANS CAUTION CONTACT BETWEEN TWO PEOPLE IS A LINK IN THE POTENTIAL TRANSMISSION AND IF THE NEW CASE COUNT BEGINS TO CLIMB RESTRICTIONS WILL NEED TO BE IMPOSED TO PREVENT MEDICAL FACILITIES FROM BECOMING OVERWHELMED WE ARE ALSO LOOKING AT NEARBY COUNTIES AND IF CURRENT TRENDS CONTINUE THEY SHOULD MOVE TO YELLOW VERY SOON AS WELL PENNSYLVANIA RESIDENTS SHOULD CONTINUE TO MAKE GOOD CHOICES IF YOU HAVE THE CHOICE GO TO FEWER STORES TO ELIMINATE THE STORE EMPLOYEES YOU CONTACT IF YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO CALL INSTEAD OF A VISIT EXERCISE IN A QUIET NEIGHBORHOOD INSTEAD OF A CROWDED PARK AND IF YOU HAVE THE CHOICE TELEWORK INSTEAD OF TRANSMITTING THE VIRUS TO YOUR COLLEAGUES THIS JUST ISN’T FOR THE YELLOW COUNTIES COUNTIES IN THE RED PHASE CAN ALSO MAKE CHOICES TO LOWERING THE CASE COUNT THAT WILL HELP PUSH THE COUNTY TOWARDS THE REOPENING MORE QUICKLY LAST NIGHT DR. LEVINE SIGNED ORDERS EXTENDING THE STAY AT HOME ORDER FOR THOSE IN THE RED FACE AND FOR THOSE MOVING TO YELLOW IN THE COMING DAYS WE HAVE PROVIDED ADDITIONAL GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES INCLUDING CHILDCARE CENTERS AND A FAQ SHEET FOR THOSE TRANSITIONING TO THE YELLOW PHASE ULTIMATELY IT WILL BE UP TO EACH OF US INDIVIDUALLY TO MAKE DECISIONS THAT HELP ALL OF US GET THROUGH THIS CRISIS AS A SAFELY AND EFFICIENTLY AS POSSIBLE PENNSYLVANIA RESIDENTS HAVE DONE A GREAT JOB TO CHOOSE ACTIVITIES THAT REDUCE THE RISK OF TRANSMITTING COVID-19 AND I AM OPTIMISTIC THAT WE WILL CONTINUE ON THAT PATH YOU THINK YOU ALL FOR YOUR HARD WORK NOW I WILL TURN THINGS OVER TO DR. LEVINE FOR HER DAILY UPDATE >> THANK YOU GOVERNOR HERE IS THE LATEST UPDATE ON THE COVID-19 IN PENNSYLVANIA AS OF MIDNIGHT WE HAVE 1323 NEW CASES OF COVID-19 THIS BRINGS THE STATEWIDE TOTAL TO 54,000 PENNSYLVANIA RESIDENTS WHO’VE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 IN ALL 67 COUNTIES INCLUDING 3553 POSITIVE CASES IN HEALTH-CARE WORKERS

INCLUDING 2122 POSITIVE CASES IN WORKERS IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY AND HUNDRED AND 27 FACILITIES STATEWIDE AND ALSO INCLUDES 10,000 POSITIVE CASES AMONG RESIDENTS OF 522 LONG-TERM CARE LIVING FACILITIES INCLUDING NURSING HOMES AND PERSONAL CARE HOMES TRAGICALLY WE NOW HAVE A STATEWIDE TOTAL OF 3616 PATIENTS WHO HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 AND PASSED AWAY TODAY ALL DEATH HAS BEEN AMONG THE ADULTS THE NEXT PHASE OF REOPENING IMPACTS OF DENTAL PROVIDERS THIS AFTERNOON WE HAVE RELEASED GUIDELINES FOR DENTAL PROVIDERS THIS IS A STATEWIDE GUIDANCE DUE TO THE NATURE OF HOW COVID- 19 IS TRANSMITTED EXTREME CARE AND CAUTION MUST BE USED TO TREAT PATIENTS IN A DENTAL SETTING. THESE GUIDELINES ARE DESIGNED TO ALLOW ACCESS TO THIS IMPORTANT HEALTH CARE WHILE ENSURING THAT THE PATIENT AND THE ENTIRE DENTAL TEAM ARE PROTECTED WHILE PERFORMING TREATMENT PROVIDERS MAY PERFORM NON- AEROSOL, NON-EMERGENT CARE ONLY IF PROPER PPE EQUIPMENT IS AVAILABLE FOR THE ENTIRE DENTAL TEAM INFECTION CONTROL PROCEDURES SHOULD BE FOLLOWED THIS IS NOT A RETURN TO ROUTINE DENTISTRY BUT A WAY TO ENSURE THAT PATIENTS WHO NEED CARE CAN OBTAIN IT SAFELY FOR THE PATIENT AND THE ENTIRE DENTAL TEAM HERE ARE MY DAILY REMINDERS PLEASE WASH YOUR HANDS WITH SOAP AND WATER FOR 20 SECONDS OR THE TIME IT TAKES TO SING HAPPY BIRTHDAY TWICE PLEASE USE HAND SANITIZER IF SOAP AND WATER IS NOT AVAILABLE COVER COUGHS AND THE SNEEZES WITH YOUR ELBOW NOT YOUR HAND AND TRY NOT TO TOUCH YOUR FACE, ESPECIALLY AFTER TOUCHING SERVICES CLEAN SURFACES ARE FREQUENTLY AND IF YOU HAVE TO GO OUT FOR LIFE-SUSTAINING ACTIVITIES PLEASE WEAR A MASK IF YOU ARE GOING TO COME INTO CONTACT WITH OTHERS IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR HEALTH PLEASE CONTACT YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER IF YOU NEED A MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES BECAUSE YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS EXPERIENCING A MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS PLEASE CONTACT THE CRISIS TEXLINE BY TEXTING PA 271 71 THE MOST RELIABLE INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT HEALTH.PA.GOV REMEMBER TO STAY HOME, STAY CALM, AND STAY SAFE >>> THE FIRST QUESTION IS FROM WPXI THEY’RE CALLING FOR AN INVESTIGATION INTO BRAIN REHAB AND THE STATE’S RESPONSE IN OVERSEEING THE FACILITY WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE? WILL YOU SEND THE NATIONAL GUARD? BUT THE SITUATION AT THAT NURSING HOME HAS BEEN VERY CHALLENGING AS IT HAS BEEN IN 500 NURSING HOMES THROUGHOUT THE STATE WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING WE CAN TO TRY TO HELP THE PATIENTS AND STAFF AT THAT FACILITY. WE HAVE A SPOKEN WITH THE CONGRESSMAN AND WE UNDERSTAND HIS CONCERNS FOR A FACILITY IN HIS DISTRICT AND THE RESIDENTS AND STAFF IN HIS DISTRICT WE PUT IN TEMPORARY MANAGER WHICH WAS A VOLUNTARY ON BEHALF OF THE FACILITY THEY ARE CALLING IT A CONSULTANT WE ARE GOING TO BE PLACING IN A TEMPORARY MANAGER AT THAT FACILITY PRESENTLY >> IS A STATE BACKING AWAY FROM THE GUIDELINES AND WHAT WILL DETERMINE THAT WHEN WE MOVE INTO THE NEXT PHASE FOR PHILADELPHIA? >> BECAUSE IT IS SOMETHING QUANTITATIVE AND NUMERICAL I KNOW THE PEOPLE HAVE REALLY

LATCHED ONTO THAT AS THE FACTOR IN DETERMINING WHICH COUNTIES GO FROM RED TO YELLOW IT IS ONE FACTOR THAT WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT THERE IS OTHER DATA WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT INCLUDING THE MODELING FROM CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY WE ARE LOOKING AT THE STABILITY OF THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IN TERMS OF TAKING CARE OF PATIENTS THERE ARE QUALITATIVE OR SUBJECTIVE FACTORS IN DETERMINING THAT OUR TEAM STARTED DISCUSSIONS WITH THE HEALTH COMMISSIONER IN TERMS OF WHAT PARAMETERS WOULD BE NECESSARY FOR PHILADELPHIA AND THE SOUTHEAST TO GO FROM RED TO YELLOW IN THOSE CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE >> DOES A DATA SUPPORT KEEPING A RURAL COUNTIES IN THE YELLOW PHASE FOR ANOTHER MONTH? WHY WOULD THEY REMAIN THERE FOR ANOTHER MONTH? BUT WE DO NOT KNOW HOW LONG SPECIFIC COUNTIES WILL REMAIN IN THE RED WE WILL BE LOOKING ON A REGULAR BASIS, DAY BY DAY AND WEEK BY WEEK AT ALL THE DIFFERENT DATA WE HAVE BEEN DISCUSSING TO SEE WHAT IT WAS RIGHT FOR CERTAIN AREAS AND COUNTIES TO GO FROM RED TO YELLOW >> YOU TALK ABOUT HOW CHILDCARE FACILITIES CAN FUNCTION ? >> ALL OF THE INFORMATION IS ON THE FAQ GUIDELINES THAT WERE PUBLISHED TODAY >> HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE GATHERINGS OF NO MORE THAN 25 PEOPLE? >> WE DISCUSSED IT WITH THE EPIDEMIOLOGY TEAM AND WE LOOKED AT THE DIFFERENT GUIDELINES THAT WERE OUT THERE AND FELT THAT THIS WAS THE MOST APPROPRIATE >> CHESTER COUNTY IS DOING ANTIBODY TESTING FOR FRONT-LINE WORKERS COUNTY OFFICIALS SAID THEY ARE READY TO IMPLEMENT A TESTING ONE MONTH AGO BUT THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT TOOK TOO LONG TO GRANT PERMISSION CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE PROCESS FOR APPROVING ANTIBODY TESTING? >> THERE ARE NUMBER OF DIFFERENT LABORATORIES THAT HAVE STARTED ANTIBODY TESTING AND I KNOW THAT THERE ARE DIFFERENT HOSPITALS AND HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS THIS HAS TO DO IN TERMS OF LABORATORY TESTING HOW RELIABLE ARE THOSE TEST? I DO NOT KNOW THE GRANULAR DETAIL IT’S VERY IMPORTANT FOR IT TO BE RELIABLE AND FOR ANTIBODY TEST TO BE APPROVED BY THE FDA THERE HAVE BEEN MANY TESTS THAT HAVE COME INTO THE MARKET AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE IS USING THE BEST TEST AND THEN THERE’S THE QUESTION OF WHAT ANTIBODIES THAT MEAN? IT MEANS THAT SOMEBODY HAS HAD COVID-19 WHAT WE DO NOT KNOW IS HOW PROTECTIVE THOSE ANTIBODIES ARE FROM CONTRACTING ANOTHER CASE OF THE VIRUS AND HOW LONG THEY LIVE THERE IS RECENT DATA COMING OUT ABOUT THAT EVERY DAY AND WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT AS TIME GOES BY WE WILL LEARN MORE ABOUT THE UTILITY OF THOSE TESTS AND EXACTLY HOW THEY SHOULD BE USED THE GOVERNOR WHY THE DECISION TO PUSH THE STAY AT HOME ORDER UNTIL JUNE 4th? IS IT BASED ON THE METRIC OF 50 CASES PER 100,000 PEOPLE? >> WE ARE NOT LOOKING AT JUST ONE VARIABLE PEOPLE KEEP COMING BACK TO THE 50 PER 100,000 WE ARE LOOKING AT A WHOLE HOST OF THINGS WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO WITH ALL THE DATA IS FIGURE OUT HOW TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE WE HAVE NEVER BEEN THROUGH THIS BEFORE AND I DON’T BELIEVE THAT MOST PENNSYLVANIA RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN THROUGH SOMETHING LIKE THIS WE ARE UNITED IN WANTING TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE WE ARE LOOKING AT ALL OF THE DATA INCLUDING THE NUMBER OF CASES WE ARE LOOKING AT HOW THAT TRAJECTORY IS CHANGING OVER TIME AND ALL OF THOSE GO INTO THE DECISION AS TO WHETHER WE THINK THINGS ARE READY TO

REOPEN THE STAY AT HOME ORDER GOES FOR ANOTHER MONTH IN THOSE AREAS WHERE THEY HAVE NOT MOVED TO YELLOW AGAIN WE ARE MAKING THE BEST JUDGMENT WE CAN TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE >> QUESTIONS ABOUT ELECTIONS BY EXTENDING THE STAY AT HOME UNTIL JUNE 4th WILL THERE BE WAIVERS FOR PRIMARY ELECTIONS? >> ELECTIONS ARE CONSIDERED ESSENTIAL THAT’S JUST LIKE GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE AND THE PHARMACY IN PENNSYLVANIA WE ARE LUCKY THAT WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO VOTE BY MAIL AND YOU CAN GET A NO EXCUSE ABSENTEE BALLOT THE SAFEST WAY TO VOTE IS TO DO IT BY MAIL AND YOU CAN DO THAT BY GOING ONLINE AND GETTING YOUR ABSENTEE BALLOT MAILED TO YOU IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO DO THAT AND YOU STILL WANT TO GO AND VOTE IN PERSON YOU CAN DO THAT >> WHY IS A REAL ESTATE IS STILL CLOSED? >> WE’VE GIVEN GUIDELINES THAT CERTAIN ASPECTS OF REAL ESTATE ARE OPEN WHEN IT COMES TO THIS BUSINESS WE ARE TRYING TO KEEP PEOPLE FROM CONGREGATING KEEP DOWN THE OPPORTUNITY FOR THIS VIRUS TO SPREAD THIS IS THE ENEMY NOT REGULATIONS OR THE GOVERNMENT WE ARE ALL WORKING TOGETHER AND WE ALL WANT THE SAME THING AND THAT IS TO STAY SAFE THE FEWER CHANCES WE TAKE TO CONGREGATE FOR WHATEVER REASON THE SOONER WE WILL DEFEAT THIS VIRUS >> WE ARE HEARING FROM FRUSTRATED BUSINESSES IN THE AREA THAT SAY THEY PLAN TO OPEN DESPITE THE STAY AT HOME ORDER WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE? >> I UNDERSTAND THE FRUSTRATION AS A FORMER BUSINESS OWNER I WOULD SHARE THAT FRUSTRATION BUT IT HAS TO BE DIRECTED AT THE REAL ENEMY WHICH IS THE VIRUS IT’S NOT THE REGULATION ANYTHING WE DO TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER WHETHER IT IS EMPLOYEES, CUSTOMERS OR BOTH WE ARE MAKING IT EASIER FOR THAT VIRUS TO ATTACK AND INFECT PEOPLE AND WE JEOPARDIZE THEIR HEALTH ULTIMATELY THAT IS WHAT DECISIONS NEED TO COME DOWN TO PICK WE DON’T WANT THE HEALTH AND WELFARE ON HER HANDS JEOPARDIZING THAT IN THE END IT’S NOT ABOUT REGULATIONS OR WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE IT TO DO I WOULD LIKE TO BE OPEN ALL ACROSS PENNSYLVANIA I WOULD LIKE TO GO BACK TO WHERE WE WERE IN JANUARY WE CANNOT WE HAVE A VIRUS STANDING BETWEEN US ANYTHING WE DO THAT JEOPARDIZES ANYONE’S LIFE AND MAKES IT EASIER FOR THAT VIRUS TO SPREAD IS NOT GOING TO BE HELPFUL REGARDLESS OF REGULATIONS >> IF BUSINESSES DEFY ORDERS WHAT PENALTIES WILL THEY FACE? BUT THE REAL ENFORCEMENT IS DO WE WANT TO JEOPARDIZE THE LIVES OF PEOPLE THAT WE CARE ABOUT? OUR CUSTOMERS, OUR EMPLOYEES , OUR FAMILY MEMBERS? THE ANSWER IS NO WE DO NOT WANT TO DO THAT THERE ARE ENFORCEMENT MECHANISMS I THINK THE STATE POLICE HAVE ISSUED A NUMBER OF WARNINGS FOR THE MOST PART EMPLOYEES HAVE THE ABILITY THAT THEY COULD BEFORE THE VIRUS ASSERTED ITSELF AND THAT IS GO TO THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND INDUSTRY AND FILE A COMPLAINT ULTIMATELY THE PERSON THAT OWNS THE BUSINESS HAS TO DECIDE IF THEY WANT THE LIVES OF THOSE WORKERS, FAMILY MEMBERS, AND CUSTOMERS ON THEIR HANDS? BUT THERE’S SEVERAL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE REOPENING OF BEAVER COUNTY OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE UPSET ABOUT THE WAY THEY’VE BEEN TREATED AND THEY SHOULD NOT BE SINGLED OUT HE SAID THE STATE DISCOUNTED THAT MOST OF THE CASES HAVE BEEN FROM ONE NURSING HOME WHAT YOU SAY TO THESE CONCERNS AND WHAT WILL THE COUNTY HAVE TO DO TO MOVE FROM RED TO YELLOW? >> WE HAVE A NUMBER OF COUNTIES IN NEIGHBORING AREAS THAT WE ARE LOOKING AT AND THAT WE WILL CONTINUE TO KEEP TABS ON AND HOPE TO MAKE A DECISION VERY SOON

WHAT WE ARE TRYING TO DO IS TAKE THE INFORMATION WE HAVE AND ANTICIPATE WHAT IS GOING TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE IF WE HAVE ANY CONCERNS WE MAY GO SLOWER ON THE REOPENING COUNTIES ALL CROSSED PENNSYLVANIA WANT TO REOPEN AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE IT IS FRUSTRATING TO BE CLOSED DOWN THE REMEDY IS TO NOT TO IGNORE THE FACT THAT THE VIRUSES OUT THERE TO NOT IGNORE THE FACT THAT WE NEED TO TAKE WHAT INFORMATION WE HAVE AND DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE THE REMEDY IS TO DO OUR BEST TO GET THROUGH THIS AS QUICKLY AND SAFELY AS POSSIBLE TO REOPEN AS QUICKLY AND SAFELY AS POSSIBLE >> OFFICIALS IN BEAVER COUNTY SAID THEY WILL ACT AS IF THEY ARE IN THE YELLOW PHASE WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE? >> AGAIN I THINK YOU ARE JEOPARDIZING THE LIVES WE’VE SHARED THE INFORMATION AS MUCH AS WE POSSIBLY CAN IN TERMS OF WHAT WE BASED OUR DECISION ON IN OUR OPINION THE TIME IS NOT RIGHT IT IS SOON BUT NOT WRITE TODAY TO ANNOUNCE THAT THEY ARE READY TO REOPEN IF THEY DO THAT THEY ARE TAKING THAT CHANCE WITH THE LIVES OF RESIDENTS AND THE CITIZENS OF BEAVER COUNTY AND I THINK I WOULD BE VERY CAREFUL DOING THAT >> DO YOU HAVE ANY RESPONSE TO THE REOPENING PROTESTS IN PHILADELPHIA TODAY? WERE ANY OF THE CORONAVIRUS CASES LINKED TO THE REOPENING RALLY? MANY SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS ARE SAYING THAT THE RESTRICTIONS ARE TOO STRINGENT ARE YOU LOOKING TO ADJUST A PLAN WHERE BARBERSHOPS AND HAIR SALONS CAN OPEN SOONER? >> I UNDERSTAND THE FRUSTRATION AND I SHARE THAT FRUSTRATION THE VIRUS IS FRUSTRATING IT’S SNEAKY AND THE DEADLY AND VERY CONTAGIOUS WE CANNOT LET THAT FRUSTRATION LET US IGNORE THE FACT THAT THE VIRUSES OUT THERE IT DOES VERY WELL WHEN WE DO CERTAIN THINGS ONE COME IN CLOSE CONTACT AND WE BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER I SURE THAT FRUSTRATION THE SOLUTION IN THE WAY TO RESOLVE IS NOT BY PUTTING PEOPLE IN HARMS WAY, KEEPING PEOPLE SAFE SO THAT WE CAN REOPEN THIS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE >> CAN YOU PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT RULES CUSTOMERS MUST LIVE BY? >> I CANNOT REMEMBER ALL THE DIFFERENT THINGS THAT GO INTO THE GUIDELINES WE HAVE SENT OUT A FAQ SHEET IN HOPES THAT ALL THOSE QUESTIONS CAN BE ANSWERED SPECIFICALLY AND ACCURATELY >> YOU SIGNED AN EXECUTIVE ORDER GIVING LIABILITY PROTECTION TO HEALTH CARE WORKERS YOU DID NOT OFFER SIMILAR PROTECTION TO HOSPITALS AND NURSING HOMES WHY NOT? DO YOU SUSPECT THERE IS A WRONGDOING AND YOU WANT TO KEEP THAT OPTION OPEN? >> THE EXECUTIVE ORDER WAS AIMED AT BRINGING PEOPLE OUT OF RETIREMENT THAT ARE NOW FRONT- LINE WORKERS I WANT TO BRING SOME LIMITED PROTECTION TO THOSE FOLKS IF THEY ARE DOING THINGS THAT ARE FOOLISH THEY ARE NOT IMMUNE FROM PROSECUTION I WANT TO SPECIFICALLY PROTECT THOSE FOLKS AND THAT IS THE OBJECTIVE OF THE EXECUTIVE ORDER >> DR. LEVINE NEW DATA SHOWS THAT PENNSYLVANIA HAS REPORTED HALF OF THEIR COVID-19 DOES WE’VE HEARD A LOT ABOUT DATA RECONCILIATION ISSUES IN PENNSYLVANIA WHAT IS CAUSING THIS SPECIFIC DELAY? >> WE WILL MAKE SURE THAT OUR STAFF LOOKS AT THAT CLOSELY AND THAT ALL OF OUR DATA IS REPORTED TO THE CDC. WE DID GET ANOTHER DATA DUMP FROM LABCORP

AND TURNS OF RECONCILIATION WITH THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT IN TERMS OF CASES THAT HAS INFLUENCED OUR NUMBERS I DISCUSSED THIS WITH OUR TEAM AND THEY’VE DISCUSSED IT WITH THE PHILADELPHIA AND THEY’RE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO RECONCILE THAT DATA SOME OF THAT RECONCILIATION WILL GO ON FOR ANOTHER WEEK AND WE CAN EXPECT SOME INFLUENCE IN TERMS OF NUMBER >> I DON’T KNOW SPECIFICALLY FROM LABCORP FROM PHILADELPHIA IT HAS BEEN TWO WEEKS I WILL HAVE TO LOOK IN TERMS OF WHEN THOSE TESTS WERE OBTAINED FROM LABCORP AT LEAST SEVERAL DAYS IF NOT A WEEK OR OR MORE >> WE SEE INMATES IN PRISONS BEING TESTED WHERE IS THE PRIORITY IN THE DISTRIBUTION OF TEST KITS? >> IN TERMS OF COUNTY PRISONS WE HAVE VERY LITTLE TO DO WITH THAT WE ARE ABSOLUTELY PRIORITIZING THAT LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES AND NURSING HOMES ANY SYMPTOMATIC PATIENTS ARE BEING TESTED AND ANY SYMPTOMATIC STAFF MEMBER IS BEING TESTED IMMEDIATELY THERE IS NO SHORTAGE IN TERMS OF TEST WHAT IS BEING REFERENCED IS THE IDEA OF DOING SURVEILLANCE TESTING AND THE TESTING EVERYBODY NO SPECIFIC FACILITY WE HEARD THAT RECOMMENDATION AND WE WILL CHECK WITH OTHER STATES WE HEARD THAT THEY DISCUSSED DOING THAT THEY HAVE NOT DONE IT YET BUT THEY HAVE DISCUSSED IT AND WE ARE DISCUSSING HOW WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO DO THAT AND THE BEST WAY FROM A PUBLIC HEALTH PERSPECTIVE >> LAST FRIDAY THERE WERE 2300 DEATHS REPORTED TODAY MORE THAN 3600 THAT’S ONE THIRD OF DEATHS REPORTED IN ONE WEEK YOU SAID THAT THE HIGH NUMBERS ARE DUE TO A BACKLOG IN REPORTING DO YOU SUSPECT MORE PEOPLE THAN WE REALIZE HAVE DIED FROM THE VIRUS? DO YOU EXPECT THAT NUMBER TO CONTINUE TO INCREASE IN COMING WEEKS? >> AS I PREVIOUSLY SAID WE WILL DO THAT RECONCILIATION WITH PHILADELPHIA AS WELL AS OUR TWO DATA SYSTEMS THERE MAY BE SOME FLUCTUATION IN DATA WHEN THAT IS COMPLETE AND WE HAVE FIXED TO THOSE THERE WILL BE MORE CONSISTENT DATA REPORTING >> WERE ANY CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAKS LINKED TO THE RALLY IN HARRISBURG? >> IT’S VERY POSSIBLE I WAS VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE INDIVIDUALS THAT WERE PARTICIPATING IN THE RALLY THAT WERE NOT EXERCISING THE PREVENTIVE FACTORS THAT WE HAVE DISCUSSED NOT SOCIAL DISTANCING, NOT WEARING MASS, SHAKING HANDS THERE WERE MANY PEOPLE THERE FROM THE COMMONWEALTH AND THROUGHOUT THE STATE WE DO NOT KNOW HOW MANY PEOPLE CONTRACTED THE VIRUS FROM THAT EVENT THAT HAPPENED A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO AND THAT WILL DEPEND ON THEM TELLING US THAT THEY PARTICIPATED IN THE RALLY >> WE HAVE BEEN PUSHING OUT PPE THERE ARE NO SHORTAGES THAT WE ARE AWARE OF WE JUST CONTACTED TEMPLE AND ALBERT EINSTEIN IN PHILADELPHIA AND THEY SAID THAT THEY ARE FINE IN TERMS OF PPE WE WILL MAKE SURE THAT WE DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO PROTECT OUR HEALTH CARE WORKERS >> FROM THE SCRANTON TIMES TRIBUNE A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE WONDERING WHEN WE WILL GET TL CAN YOU CHARACTERIZE WHAT THOSE NUMBERS LOOK LIKE IT LOOKS LIKE IT COULD BE QUITE SOME TIME BUT THERE ARE STILL SIGNIFICANT COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION OF COVID- 19 IN THE SOUTHEAST PART OF PENNSYLVANIA

PENNSYLVANIA AND THE SUBURBAN COUNTIES WE ARE GOING TO DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO TRY TO PREVENT THAT ONLY GO OUT FOR LIFE-SUSTAINING ACTIVITIES LIKE GOING TO THE GROCERY STORE HANDWASHING IS A VERY VIGOROUS EVERYTHING WE TALK ABOUT EVERY DAY WEARING A MASK IF YOU HAVE TO GO OUT THIS IS CRITICAL TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO WATCH THAT THE DATA CAREFULLY WE HAD DISCUSSIONS TODAY WITH SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA. AND WE ARE PLEASED TO DISCUSS THAT WITH OUR COLLEAGUES IN THE NORTHEAST IT’S HARD TO GIVE A TIMELINE >> [ INAUDIBLE QUESTION ] >> I DON’T HAVE ANY GRANULAR DETAILS ABOUT WHAT THE COUNTY PRISON DOES THIS IS DIFFERENT WHEN YOU DO THIS POPULATION TYPE OF TESTING WE WILL DIAGNOSE THOSE THAT ARE ASYMPTOMATIC IT DOESN’T MEAN THAT IF YOUR NEGATIVE THAT YOU COULD BE NEGATIVE TOMORROW I THINK IN THE FUTURE WE MIGHT CONSIDER MORE POPULATION-BASED TESTING WHEN YOU SEE THOSE RESULTS >> A QUESTION FOR THE GOVERNOR HAVE YOU ARE THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR BEN TESTED FOR THE VIRUS AND WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NON- WORK RELATED THING TO DO TO KEEP BUSY AND MAINTAIN YOUR MENTAL HEALTH? >> I HAVE NOT BEEN TESTED AND I ENJOY READING BOOKS >> THINKING BACK TO WHEN YOU WERE FIRST BRIEFED ON THE CORONAVIRUS D FEEL A SENSE OF RELIEF WITH THE PROGRESS SO FAR? ARE THE NUMBER OF DEATHS LOWER THAN ORIGINALLY PROJECTED >> THE NUMBERS ARE LOWER, BUT I HAVE NO SATISFACTION FROM THAT IT IS A STRESSFUL TIME FOR EVERYONE IN PENNSYLVANIA INCLUDING ME WE ARE ALL TRYING TO DO THE BEST WE CAN GIVEN THE INFORMATION THAT WE HAVE IN THIS VERY NEW TERRITORY FIGHTING THIS NEW FIGHT WE ARE DEALING WITH A LOT OF UNKNOWNS STRESS IS WHAT EVERYONE IS FEELING >> COULD EVICTIONS FOR COMMERCIAL LEASES START SOON? >> I THINK THE ATTORNEY GENERAL ANSWER THAT QUESTION AND THE ANSWER WAS NO THAT THE EXECUTIVE ORDER WAS FOCUSED ON RESIDENTIAL AND RENTERS THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF THINGS THAT THE BANKS HAVE AGREED TO DO TO PUT OFF . LOAN PAYMENTS AND THINGS LIKE THAT FOR LANDLORDS OF COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES THAT WILL MAKE COMMERCIAL LANDLORDS MORE RECEPTIVE TO RENEGOTIATING AND EXTENDING LEASE PAYMENTS IN TERMS >> I THINK THE BEST WAY TO ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS WOULD BE ON THE FAQ EVERY BUSINESS OWNER SHOULD SAY WHAT CAN I DO TO BEST PROTECT MY WORKERS AND CUSTOMERS AND FOR A CERTAIN EXTENT THAT MIGHT MEAN TESTING, WHERE HE MASK >> THANK YOU

GOVERNOR THAT IS ALL THE QUESTIONS WE HAVE TODAY THE NEXT PRESS BRIEFING WILL BE ON MONDAY THERE WILL BE NO BRIEFING ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY THANK YOU SO MUCH GOVERNOR AND DR. LEVINE >> YOU’VE BEEN LISTENING TO GOVERNOR WOLF AND DR. LEVINE THE NEXT ROUND FOR REOPENING PENNSYLVANIA >> ALL LOCAL COUNTIES EXCEPT FOR BEAVER WILL MOVE ON TO THE YELLOW PHASE IT’S IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THOSE AREAS WILL NOT GET BACK TO NORMAL RIGHT AWAY THE STATE IS REOPENING IN PHASES THE YELLOW PHASE INCLUDES LIFTING THE STAY AT HOME ORDER WITH THE STRICT SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES SHOPPING WILL BE ALLOWED BUT RESTAURANT AND BARS WILL BE TAKE OUT ONLY GERMS, AND MOVIE THEATERS REMAIN CLOSE RICK EARLE HAS BEEN TALKING TO LEADERS IN ALLEGHANY COUNTY THAT REALLY WANTED TO SEE THIS HAPPEN >> THAT WAS REALLY GOOD NEWS FOR LEADERS IN ALLEGHANY COUNTY THE COMMISSIONER SAID THAT THEY WERE READY A COUPLE OF TAKEAWAYS I SUBMITTED THE QUESTION THAT WAS ASKED ABOUT BEAVER COUNTY THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY SAYING THAT HE WILL NOT PROSECUTE ANY BUSINESSES THAT DECIDE TO REOPEN EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE NOT BEEN GIVEN PERMISSION FROM THE GOVERNOR TO REOPEN THE GOVERNOR WITH A VERY STRONG STATEMENT SAYING THAT IF THEY GO AHEAD AND DO THAT THEY ARE TAKING A CHANCE WITH PEOPLE’S LIVES ALSO SAYING THAT I UNDERSTAND THE FRUSTRATION BUT THAT HAS TO BE DIRECTED AT THE REAL ENEMY, THE VIRUS , NOT REGULATIONS WE ALSO HAD A REACTION FROM THE PITTSBURGH MAYOR WHO SAID HE WANTS TO THANK THE GOVERNOR FOR RECOGNIZING ALL THAT THE PITTSBURGH COMMITTEE HAS DONE TO LIMIT THE IMPACT OF THE PANDEMIC IN THAT RESIDENCE NEED TO FOCUS ON WASHING HANDS, WEARING MASS , NOT LEAVING HOME, AND BEING SMART ABOUT FIGHTING THE STILL SPREADING DISEASE THAT WAS FROM THE MAYOR HE SAID HE IS OFFERING THE CITY’S HELP WITH CONTACT TRACING AND TESTING MORE COMING UP TONIGHT AT 5:00 AND A COMPLETE WRAP UP OF THE GOVERNOR’S ANNOUNCEMENT ALLOWING 13 COUNTIES TO REOPEN BEGINNING ON MAY 15th OF COURSE BEAVER COUNTY THE LONE EXCEPTION >> NOW TO AMY MARCINKIEWICZ WHO IS LIVE IN BUTLER COUNTY ? >> Reporter: WE ARE HERE LIVE THE SALON WAS LISTENING TO THE GOVERNOR AND IS HAPPY THAT BUTLER COUNTY IS MOVING INTO THE YELLOW PHASE THEY CANNOT STILL OPEN THE GOVERNORS ANNOUNCEMENT WAS NO SURPRISE BECAUSE OF BUTLER COUNTY COMMISSIONERS WERE TOLD THAT WE WOULD BE MOVING TO THE YELLOW PHASE AND THE COMMISSIONER TALK WITH US AND SAID SHE HAS NO IDEA OF THE LAWSUIT THAT BUTLER COUNTY FILED YESTERDAY MAKING THE PUSH FOR THEM TO REOPEN. SHE’S HOPING FOR HONEST AND OPEN COMMUNICATION AND SHE’S HOPING FOR MORE INFORMATION >> WE WILL CONTINUE TO PRESS FORWARD, LOOKING FOR THAT COOPERATION AND COLLABORATION AT THE END OF THE DAY THERE ARE A LOT OF BUSINESSES THAT CANNOT OPEN AND WE WANT TO GET THEM TO THE PHASE WHERE THEY CAN REOPEN LEGALLY WITHOUT FEAR OF RETRIBUTION >> WE WRAPPED UP A CONVERSATION WITH RICH WHO SAID THAT HE WILL NOT PROSECUTE ANY BUSINESS THAT OPENS UP TODAY, TOMORROW, OR NEXT WEEK TAKE A LISTEN TO WHAT HE HAD TO SAY >> USING YOUR BEST JUDGMENT AND FOLLOW PROCEDURES TO SOCIALLY DISTANCE MAKING IT A SAFER YOU CAN FOLLOW THOSE PROCEDURES JUST USE YOUR COMMON SENSE I’M NOT GOING SAY OPEN TODAY OR NEXT WEEK

DO IT WHEN YOU’RE READY >> WHAT THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY HAD TO SAY WAS REALLY WELCOME NEWS FOR THE SALON KNOWING THAT THEY WILL NOT BE PROSECUTED IF THEY OPEN THEIR DOORS WILL HELP THEM MAKE THAT DECISION THEY SAID THAT THEY WILL THINK ABOUT THIS AND THEY MAY OPEN NEXT WEEK FOR MORE TUNE IN TODAY AT 5:00, AMY MARCINKIEWICZ, CHANNEL 11 NEWS >>> AS YOU HEARD THE GOVERNOR, BEAVER COUNTY IS NOT ON THE LIST TO REOPEN WE HEARD FROM COUNTY LEADERS WHO ARE DISAPPOINTED WITH THIS DECISION HERE’S MORE ON THAT STORY FROM CHRISTINE D’ANTONIO >> Reporter: THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY SAID THAT WHEN THE OTHER COUNTIES GO TO YELLOW THAT THEY WILL NOT PROSECUTE ANY BUSINESSES THAT CHOOSE TO REOPEN THEY SAID THAT PEOPLE WILL LEAVE THE COUNTY TO DO BUSINESS THEY SAID BECAUSE THE GOVERNOR IS BASING THE ORDER ON THE OUTBREAK AT THE NURSING HOME IT DOESN’T REPRESENT CASES OUTSIDE OF THE FACILITY >> IF THE GOVERNOR’S PURPOSE IS TO MITIGATE COMMUNITY SPREAD AND OVERWHELM THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM HE NEEDS TO LOOK AT HOW CONTAINED THE NUMBER IS THAT HE IS BASING THIS DECISION ON THAT IS IMPACTING OUR COMMUTE NEARLY 70% OF ALL OF OUR POSITIVE CASES ARE IN ONE FACILITY 90% OF THE DEATHS ARE IN ONE FACILITY >> Reporter: THEY HOPE THE GOVERNOR RECONSIDERS COMING UP TONIGHT ON CHANNEL 11 NEWS WE WILL HEAR FROM A BUSINESS OWNER WHO IS CONCERNED ABOUT REOPENING HE’S FEARFUL THAT HE COULD POTENTIALLY LOSE HIS ESTATE LICENSE REPORTING FROM BEAVER COUNTY, CHRISTINE D’ANTONIO, CHANNEL 11 NEWS >> THE RECAP ON TOP OF BUTLER AND ALLEGHENY COUNTY ALL OF THE COUNTIES LISTED IN YELLOW WILL MOVE TO REOPENING IN THE YELLOW PHASE CHANNEL 11 NEWS WILL CONTINUE TO GATHER REACTION FROM PEOPLE ACROSS THE AREA THROUGHOUT THE DAY >> WE WILL BRING YOU MORE BREAKING NEWS COVERAGE STARTING AT 5:00 . WE WILL SEE YOU THEN THE VIRUS BEFORE FLU SEASON HITS >>> WITH I HAD ANY ISSUES HERE WITH OUR ANIMALS AT ALL >> Reporter: HAVE YOU CARE FOR WILD ANIMALS DURING A PANDEMIC? WHAT THE PICTURE PITTSBURGH ZOO IS DOING TO