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Centre County is going green Friday

Pa. Gov. Tom Wolf said that Centre County will move to the green phase of his coronavirus reopening plan after all this Friday.

County commissioners there had previously asked Wolf to keep Centre, which is home to State College and Penn State University, among other things, in the yellow phase for now.

However, they changed their mind over the weekend and instead asked for Wolf to move them ahead as he had originally planned to last week.

“On Friday afternoon, the Governor gave the Commissioners less than 90 minutes to prepare for, and communicate, our views on moving to the Green Phase,” Centre County commissioner Mark Higgins wrote on Facebook. “Based on the information we had at the time, we were concerned about our poll workers and an increased possibility of the election becoming a super spreader event if the County moved to the Green Phase before the Primary Election.

“After careful reconsideration, during the Commissioner’s meeting on Tuesday, I support the board urging Governor Wolf to consider moving Centre County to the Green Phase on Friday, May 29th.”

Wolf said he would grant their request, so now, 18 counties will move to the green phase at 12:01 a.m. on May 29.

Besides Centre, the other counties moving ahead to green include: Bradford, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Montour, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango and Warren.

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