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Luzerne County Council meets to approve yellow phase request

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Governor Wolf announced today that he will move additional counties from the Red Phase into the Yellow phase in the coming weeks. He will hold a News conference sometime tomorrow.

This comes as Luzerne County Ramps up its efforts to move into the Yellow phase before the scheduled tentative date of June 4th.

Luzerne County Council members tell us they are confident that the county can safely transition from the Red Phase to the Yellow Phase of reopening. The letter to Governor Wolf stating their case is ready to go…

Barb Miklieski runs a real estate abstract business in the back Mountain of Luzerne County, but for the past two months she could not carry out that work because of Governor Wolf’s shut down order. So, she used her time to make dozens of masks and donated most of them to groups in her area. She insists Luzerne County is ready to turn yellow.

Mikielski says,“I feel very stringent about this. I think we learned a lot in the last couple of months about what we need to do to stay safe , we need to open up.”

Luzerne County Council member, Lee Ann McDemott, is leading the county’s effort to convince Governor Wolf to allow the county to transition to the Yellow Phase before the tentative transition date of June 4th set by the Governor.

McDermott tells us, “you know we are following the guidelines you know we’ve flattened the curve. We should be able to move to the Yellow phase.”

They outlined their case to the Governor in a letter now posted to the county website.

McDermott says, “our biggest thing is to be able to make our point that we are opening in the proper way. Our businesses have to follow the guidelines. “

One of the biggest guideline according to State Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, is… “ we are looking at incident rated how many cases per values how many cases per 100,000 and new cases per 100,000? Not their previous cases but how many new cases over the last two weeks per 100,000.

County Council will hold a Special meeting tomorrow at 5 pm to discuss the letter to the Governor and then vote on whether to forward it to him.

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