Susquehanna County officials call on Wolf to reopen

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MONTROSE, SUSQUEHANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Susquehanna County officials are asking Governor Tom Wolf to be more transparent and open their county. They are calling on the governor to turn their county to the ‘yellow’ phase and allow residents to get back to work.

County officials believe they are ready to take the next step to open, pointing to Pittsburgh as an example. They’re asking why Susquehanna can’t move to a partial reopening while one of the state’s most populated cities can.

“Please help us keep things in control by immediately moving us to the yellow and allow us to work with our business owners and residents to follow CDC guidelines,” Commissioner Alan Hall said.

Hall was joined by two other commissioners in asking for more transparency between Governor Wolf’s administration and local leaders.

“We have hit the target numbers regarding the number of cases that were set by Governor Wolf himself as a bench mark for a county to move into yellow,” Commissioner Judith Herschel said.

Commissioners say that Susquehanna County has reported zero new cases in the last 14 days, more than meeting the 50 new cases per 100,000 threshold.

“Talk to us. Tell us what’s going on,” Commissioner Elizabeth Arnold said. “I think the public has the feeling we know more and we’re not telling them everything. To be honest with you, we really don’t.”

A press conference was held on Monday during which state lawmakers echoed the commissioners’ pleas. They hope to show the governor that businesses and people are suffering from the state’s orders.

“People don’t trust the wisdom of state government,” Senator Lisa Baker, (R) PA 20th District, said.

“Mr. Governor we demand freedom, we demand liberty. Simply examine the numbers and do what’s right for Susquehanna County,” Representative Johnathan Fritz, (R) PA 111th District, said.

County commissioners sent a letter and paperwork to Governor Tom Wolf a little over a week ago highlighting how the county will continue to stop the spread of COVID-19 if the county is moved into the yellow phase.

The county will continue to comply with the governor’s order. They want to open the county legally so it does not hurt businesses even more if they open and are fined or licenses get taken away.

Susquehanna County will remain in the red phase until the governor changes that. 

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