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Lebanon County to move to green phase July 3

Lebanon County will be the last county in the state to transition to the green phase of Gov. Tom Wolf’s reopening plan on July 3.

The midstate county is the only one still in the yellow after 12 counties moved to the green phase today including Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Susquehanna counties.

“We will soon have all of our counties in green; a milestone worth a cautious celebration of the hard work and collaborative spirit of Pennsylvanians,” Wolf said. “But we must remember that the restrictions that remain in the green phase will help us continue to enjoy the freedoms this phase allows for.”

Lebanon wasn’t part of this week’s green phase transitions because its COVID-19 cases were not yet decreasing at a steady rate and the county still had too high of a percentage of tests come back positive, said Nate Wardle, press secretary for the Department of Health.

Wardle said that the county had a 15% decrease in the number of new cases from June 12 to June 26. The county also had only 6.6% of its COVID-19 tests come back positive, compared to 10.9% the week before.

As of July 3, Lebanon County businesses who could be open in the yellow phase at 50% capacity can expand to 75% capacity. Child care services may reopen, and prisons and hospitals may allow vistors.

Gatherings of more than 250 remain prohibited, masks are required in businesses and restaurants, bars, personal care services, indoor recreation, and all entertainment must remain at 50% capacity.

Ioannis Pashakis
Ioannis Pashakis covers health care, the gig economy, cannabis and technology. Email him at ipashakis@bridgetowermedia.com.

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