Schuylkill County Commissioners meet to discuss reopening plan


SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Schuylkill County stopped its push to move into the yellow phase of reopening against the governor’s order. But county leaders still wanted to hear, from Harrisburg, the specific reasons why they weren’t allowed to reopen.

Schuylkill County remains in the red phase but commissioners are hopeful after a weekend spent talking to the Department of Health about its status.

“We’re asking ‘Well what marks do we need to hit? What are we missing that we can to go ahead?'” said Schuylkill County Commissioner Gary Hess.

Commissioners held a special meeting Monday morning notifying the public that the Health Department is going to do a deep-dive analysis on the metrics of the county.

“Prior to this we were told that we were close but we didn’t know what metrics we were missing and that’s upon us to get that information,” said George Halcovage, Chairman Schuylkill County Commissioner.

The purpose of the meeting—to inform the public why the county decided to change its plan to re-open on May 15th following the letter sent to the governor by local leaders.

“When the governor talked about collaborations, cooperations with the county commissioners, Commissioner Hess made the motion to continue to red until we had that conversation,” said George Halcovage.

County Commissioner Baron Hetherington noted Schuylkill County’s daily numbers are one factor holding the county back.

“We have to be, all have to be vigilant about keeping our masks on, sanitizing, careful who we work with,” he said.

Overall, commissioners say residents are taking proper measures and need to continue to do so when it’s time to move into the next phase.

“Any big venture, you take one big step. And this is a step we need to continue and continue moving forward,” said Gary Hess.

It’s unknown when Schuylkill County will get results on the deep-dive analysis but commissioners hope to get them as soon as possible.

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