Bucks Health Dept Director: “We Are Ready to Move to Green”

A map of coronavirus cases in Bucks as of June 11, 2020.

Bucks County is ready to move into the green phase of Governor Tom Wolf’s reopen plan, according Bucks’ Health Department Director.

This comes as the county maintains a trend of relatively few new cases per day. County officials reported 24 new infections Thursday. Bucks has averaged less than 23 new positives per day over the past two weeks.

During a press conference Thursday, Dr. David Damsker expressed his hope for the county to move into the green phase by next Friday.

“We feel like here in Bucks County, we are ready to move to green,” said Damsker.

Additionally, Damsker doubted the numbers would fluctuate too much for the foreseeable future. This would only change with a vaccine, or if somehow the virus went away due to social distancing.

The Wolf Administration’s phased reopen plan.

While the county reported 24 new cases Thursday, it reported 44 cases overall. This is because 20 of them are from early April, but the data was not sent to county officials until Thursday.

482 Bucks County residents have died from COVID-19. Fortunately, more than 42 percent of the county’s confirmed 5,047 cases have fully recovered.

Moving into the green phase of Wolf’s reopen plan would drastically change Bucks County’s situation.

Most, if not all, businesses could reopen. This includes gyms, hair salons, theaters and casinos until stated otherwise.

Meantime, the state General Assembly has voted with bipartisan support to pass a resolution ending Wolf’s disaster declaration. Lawmakers argue this mandates the end to the phased reopen altogether and would allow businesses to reopen now.

However, Wolf has stated he rejects the resolution’s premise. Without his signature, Wolf asserts the measure can have no affect.

The state Senate has filed suit to compel the governor to comply with the resolution. As the state House may likely join the suit, this sets up a potential battle in the Pennsylvania court system.