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May 9, 2020

Team PDE,

Recently, Governor Wolf introduced a Process to Re-open Pennsylvania in which counties or regions will gradually re-open by lifting some COVID-19 -related restrictions, while retaining others. The governor’s strategy categorizes counties as red, yellow, or green. With red being the most restrictive (under stay-at-home order) and green being the least restrictive. The strategy will allow some counties, with the fewest cases of COVID-19, to begin to re-open while allowing health officials to continue to monitor the impact of the virus.

Yesterday, the first set of 24 counties transitioned to a yellow status, mainly along the northern tier of Pennsylvania. While this designation does reduce some restrictions on those counties and their residents, many limitations remain, including the closure of schools, gyms and other recreational facilities. Teleworking is still the preferred method of working for yellow counties.  

However, while many counties are transitioning to yellow, those in south central Pennsylvania remain in red. And the Governor and Dr. Levine extended the stay-at-home order for the counties designated as red through June 4.

Lastly, the Governor announced that 13 additional counties in western Pennsylvania would transition into yellow status on Friday, May 15.

As portions of the state take the initial steps toward reopening, PDE continues to prepare and post guidance for schools and families as our communities continue to adapt to the evolving scenario related to the pandemic.

More information about the Governor’s Process to Reopen Pennsylvania can be found online, including descriptions of each of the color designations.

Please continue to check PDE’s website and the Department of Health’s website for updated information related to COVID-19, and thank you for all you continue to do to aid Pennsylvania’s students and communities.