Early in May, one Pennsylvania County–Lebanon–went from “Red” to “Yellow” without the permission of Governor Wolf. Can you guess which county Governor Wolf refused to move to the “Green” phase of his (inconsistently applied) reopening guidelines?
If you guessed Lebanon County, give yourself a pat on the back.
From the Governor’s press release:
“The only county not slated to move to green on June 26 is Lebanon County. Against the advice of public health experts and against orders from Gov. Wolf and Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine aimed at keeping Pennsylvanians healthy, Lebanon County commissioners voted 2 to 1 along party lines to prematurely reopen in late May. Now, the county is facing an uptick in cases, and is unable to move to green.
“’Lebanon County’s partisan, politically driven decision to ignore public health experts and reopen prematurely is having severe consequences for the health and safety of county residents,’ Dr. Levine said. ‘Case counts have escalated and the county is not yet ready to be reopened. Lebanon County has hindered its progress by reopening too early. Because of this irresponsible decision, Lebanon County residents are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19.’”
It’s worth noting that none of the counties where Black Lives Matter held mass protests, including Dauphin where the Governor participated, were prohibited from entering the Green Phase.
The Governor’s actions in keeping a county that had the audacity to disagree with him in a more restrictive phase are the actions of a petty tyrant, and the businesses subject to his licensing restrictions in Lebanon County are paying the price.