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COVID UPDATE 5/29: Butler Counting moving to green on June 5

May 29, 2020 News Extra

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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.

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:

Butler County

Confirmed cases: 227

Negative tests: 3,672

Deaths: 12

Butler Memorial Hospital

Inpatients: 3

Suspected: 1

Confirmed: 2

ICU: 1

Total tests: 4,842

Outdoor tests: 2,635

Positive tests: 239

Clarion Hospital

Inpatients: 1

Suspected: 1

Confirmed: 0

ICU: 0

Total tests: 986

Outdoor tests: 710

Positive tests: 32

Pennsylvania

New cases: 693

Total cases: 70,735

New deaths: 91

Total deaths: 5,464

Negative tests: 366,970

Recovered: 65 percent

Surrounding Counties

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.

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