The Butler County Commissioners announced Friday that the county has been selected to move on June 5 to the green phase of Gov. Tom Wolf's plans to reopen the state's economy.
At the announcement, the commissioners spoke about their plans to go “beyond green.”
About an hour after the commissioners' announcement, The Associated Press reported that 16 counties would move to the green phase, including Butler County and some of its neighbors.
The counties include Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Clinton, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Lycoming, Mercer, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland.
Wolf will conduct his own briefing alongside Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine at 2 p.m. Friday.
Moving to the green phase would lift many of the restrictions the governor put in place to slow the spread of the coronavirus. For more information about which restrictions might be lifted in the green phase, visit www.governor.pa.gov.
Meanwhile, the county's total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose by one to 227. Its death toll remained at 12.
The following numbers on the coronavirus pandemic were compiled from the regular news releases from the state Department of Health figures and the Butler Health System.
Friday's COVID-19 statistics:
Confirmed cases: 227
Negative tests: 3,672
Butler Memorial Hospital
Total tests: 4,842
Outdoor tests: 2,635
Positive tests: 239
Total tests: 986
Outdoor tests: 710
Positive tests: 32
New cases: 693
Total cases: 70,735
New deaths: 91
Total deaths: 5,464
Negative tests: 366,970
Recovered: 65 percent
Allegheny: 1,870 confirmed cases; 29,539 negative; and 162 deaths
Armstrong: 62 confirmed; 1,226 negative; and 4 deaths
Beaver: 582 confirmed; 3,637 negative; and 73 deaths
Clarion: 26 confirmed; 671 negative; and 2 deaths
Lawrence: 76 confirmed; 1,285 negative; and 8 deaths
Mercer: 107 confirmed; 1,546 negative; and 5 deaths
Venango: 8 confirmed and 541 negative
Westmoreland: 444 confirmed; 9,075 negative; and 38 deaths
This is a breaking news article, pick up Sunday's Butler Eagle to learn more about the commissioners' reopening plans.