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Pa. extends coronavirus stay-at-home order until June 4; 24 counties will still move into yellow reopening stage Friday

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As Lancaster County prepares to reopen, coronavirus case count remains twice the level Pennsylvania says is safe

With 30 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, Lancaster County edged no closer to meeting a key state metric that local (Republican) officials have decided to disregard as they prepare to partially reopen the local economy on Friday.

Lancaster remained at more than twice Gov. Tom Wolf’s requirement for no more than 50 new coronavirus cases per 100,000 population over a two-week period. Reopening with a higher rate of new cases is unsafe, the governor has said.

https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/as-lancaster-county-prepares-to-reopen-coronavirus-case-count-remains-twice-the-level-pennsylvania-says/article_cc35f268-9544-11ea-8a1f-df30a9aca5e8.html

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Thirteen Republican elected officials - U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker, the entire Republican state legislative delegation and two GOP county commissioners - wrote a letter to Wolf stating they are prepared to move the county from the “red phase,” the most restrictive of Wolf’s reopening plan, to “yellow” on Friday.

“I quite honestly wonder if the governor was Republican, if they would have done this,” Ephrata Mayor Ralph Mowen, a lifelong Republican, said.

Republicans control borough council in Ephrata, Denver and Columbia. Democrats control the councils in Marietta and Lancaster city.

“I just don’t feel that they are prepared to make the move, and I think it was political and not science-driven,” Mowen told LNP | LancasterOnline Wednesday.

https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/at-least-five-municipalities-are-pushing-back-against-lancaster-countys-gop-led-move-to-defy/article_ef2896ee-954a-11ea-8fee-13df8cdf4333.html

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Commissioners, residents clash over plans to reopen
 
The Lancaster County Commissioners clashed Wednesday over a Republican-led plan to reopen businesses as early as Friday in defiance of Gov. Tom Wolf.
 
Citizens questioned the legality of the move and accused the board of jeopardizing public health.
 
“Why are you rushing to reopen the county — risking thousands of our lives — before your own plan is ready for implementation?” a commenter identified as Lee Scaralia and a resident of Lancaster city, asked of the Republicans. 
 
Latest numbers
 
 

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On 5/12/2020 at 7:51 PM, prettylight said:

 

Am thinking maybe I was wrong that Republicans ever did mind the normal voting by mail (maybe they never had a problem with that?), but maybe just don't want everyone voting by mail this year, during the pandemic?

Instead of my presuming to mind-read, we should just ask my husband's parents point-blank if they'd like to vote by mail, and then, if they say yes, help them get the paperwork. Even though, yep, they would vote Republican, for sure. ;)

Maybe they would like to do it and wouldn't see any obstacles at all, Fox News-generated or otherwise.

It doesn't mean Republicans aren't trying to make it harder to vote, in general--they clearly are (^Farmer Vincent's good post, above). But, you know, maybe I really was wrong here, Lanzate.

 

Update: we asked my better half's parents if they'd like to vote by mail (he asked them this morning), and they said YES. They didn't say anything negative about it; Fox News hadn't convinced them it was a bad idea. So I was wrong.

So will use FV's link (at the top of the thread, below) to get their paperwork.

 

 

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... Must stand in line for half a day if you live in a predominantly minority area.

... Must scramble to get your name reinstated after they purge you from the rolls and even then your information must exactly match your previous registration down to the punctuation.

... Must nevermind if the absentee ballot you asked for comes too late to send in to meet the deadline. 

... Expect your vote to not count if you live in a district that is heavily gerrymandered.  

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Democratic Commissioner Craig Lehman said he’d support reopening as early as next Friday, May 22, if stepped up testing and contact tracing for COVID-19 was in place by then.

“That’s not a bad deal,” Smucker said after Lehman spoke.

The Republican U.S. House member said he values bipartisanship and could support a one-week delay to May 22 if Democrats were on board.

“I’ve been saying for weeks that we should allow businesses to operate if they can do so safely,” Smucker told reporters at the Lancaster County Public Safety Training Center near Salunga. But “I would far prefer that all of the elected officials in Lancaster County come together, both Republican and Democrat, and say that we are ready to open.

“If that date is May 22, and (Lehman) believes that’s the date, I’d be willing to support that,” Smucker said.

 

Sounds all good to me. 

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In 3 Key States That Elected Trump, Bitter Divisions on Reopening

With Democratic governors and Republican legislatures, ending stay-at-home orders mixes health guidance and partisan politics.

In Pennsylvania, some Republican lawmakers urged defiance of the Democratic governor’s orders to keep nonessential businesses closed, and President Trump flew to Allentown for a politically charged visit to a medical supply facility.

The response to the coronavirus in those three states, which determined the 2016 presidential election and could strongly influence the one in November, is becoming a confused and agitated blend of health guidance, protest and partisan politics — leaving residents to fend for themselves.

more at

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/14/us/coronavirus-wisconsin-pennsylvania-michigan.html

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^

Fort Sumter. 'PA Rep lawmakers pushed local officials statewide to commit to disobeying the governor’s “arbitrary & capricious decisions,” as officials in many counties indicated over the past weekend that they were likely to take such actions.'

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"A survey released this wk showed that 72% of PA adults approved of how the governor has handled the coronavirus outbreak, incl 51% of Reps & Republican-leaning independents. Only 45% of all adults in the state supported Trump’s handling of the outbreak."
 

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Lancaster faith leaders 'deeply concerned' about partial reopening decision, they tell commissioners

Local clergy are calling out Lancaster County officials who on Friday moved the county into the “yellow” phase of Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to reopen the state without his approval.

The Republican officials made the move despite Wolf previously extending the stay-at-home order in counties including Lancaster to at least June 4.

In an open letter to the Lancaster County commissioners, the religious leaders said they were “deeply concerned” that some officials unilaterally announced a partial reopening in defiance of Wolf’s orders.

“Civil disobedience is a last-resort tactic, to be engaged in after thorough deliberation when all other avenues of moral and legal persuasion have failed,” the letter said, and they are not convinced those conditions have been met.

The letter targeted Republican leaders who sent a letter to Wolf on Mother’s Day notifying him the county was moving from the “red” phase to yellow on Friday. The county has been in the red phase since March 27.

The letter to Wolf was signed by 13 Republican federal, state and county elected officials, including commissioners Josh Parsons and Ray D’Agostino. Commissioner Craig Lehman, a Democrat, did not sign the letter.

“If the county’s Republican leadership defy the duly-elected Democratic governor’s state of emergency, can each municipality’s leaders make their own rules, as well?” the clergy letter to the commissioners said.

more at

https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/lancaster-faith-leaders-deeply-concerned-about-partial-reopening-decision-they-tell-commissioners/article_4738e78a-9613-11ea-8dc0-370c30a8d805.html

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IF YOU OPEN, YOU WANT TO KILL PEOPLE!  New progressive mantra.

Like one of their many others - IF YOU DRIVE A CAR YOU ARE KILLING THE PLANET!  IF YOU EAT MEAT YOU ARE EVIL!

New York, New Jersey, Michigan, California and a few other states are wanting the other states to bail them out.

They have wasted our money on their failed socialist experiments.  

 

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3 minutes ago, grieker said:

IF YOU OPEN, YOU WANT TO KILL PEOPLE!  New progressive mantra.

Like one of their many others - IF YOU DRIVE A CAR YOU ARE KILLING THE PLANET!  IF YOU EAT MEAT YOU ARE EVIL!

New York, New Jersey, Michigan, California and a few other states are wanting the other states to bail them out.

They have wasted our money on their failed socialist experiments.  

 

Illogical drivel.

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Just now, Pastor of Muppets said:

Illogical drivel.

I know - why do you people insist on doing it?

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How virus data can mislead

Life in New York City felt pretty normal in early March. Children were going to school. Restaurants and theaters were packed. On March 9, I recorded a podcast in front of a few hundred people in Times Square.

In hindsight, we know that the coronavirus was then sweeping across the city. Deaths peaked in early to mid-April. And the typical time from contraction to death is from three to five weeks, according to my colleague Apoorva Mandavilli — which suggests early March was near the peak for transmission.

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By The New York Times

Over the next couple of weeks, it’s going to be important to keep this recent history in mind. Without mass testing — and the United States is not doing mass testing — there is a lag before a virus outbreak becomes apparent. Most people who develop symptoms don’t do so for at least five days, and sometimes longer. The worst symptoms usually take almost three weeks to appear.

With more parts of the U.S. starting to reopen, many people will be tempted to look at the data this week and start proclaiming victory over the virus. But this week’s data won’t tell us much. It will instead reflect the reality from early May and late April, when much of the country was still on lockdown.

“The data are always two or three weeks old,” Ezekiel Emanuel of the University of Pennsylvania told me. “And we have a hard time understanding that things are different from what we’re looking at.” Crystal Watson of Johns Hopkins University told The Associated Press that we wouldn’t really know how reopening had affected the virus’s spread for five to six weeks.

It’s possible that the reopenings won’t cause the outbreaks that many epidemiologists fear — because many people will still stay home, or because they will venture out cautiously, or because the virus may spread more slowly in warmer air. But it’s also possible that the country will find itself suffering through a new wave of outbreaks in June.

Either way, I’d encourage you not to leap to premature conclusions.

--David Leonhardt, New York Times Morning, 5/18/20

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New data from the Department of Health
 
The Pennsylvania Department of Health released a report Monday that, for the first time, includes race and some ethnicity information for almost all of the state's COVID-19-related deaths.
 
The new report shows that 73% of COVID-19 deaths were white, 20% are were African American, about 4% were those with multiple/other races and 2% were Asian. Hispanic individuals made up 5.4% of the deaths.

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"Researchers found that the biggest risk for negative health outcomes was probably not state regulations, but people’s own behavior. If Americans get out of the habit of social distancing — returning to their pre-pandemic behavior by not wearing masks or staying 6 feet apart —the forecast predicted that deaths could rise by as many as 135,000."

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/20/us/coronavirus-reopening-50-states.html

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On 5/14/2020 at 5:22 PM, lanzate said:

Sounds all good to me. 

Looks like Lehman will stick to his word.  Nice to see our local politicians working together from the best interests of their constituents. 

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HARRISBURG — A Republican state lawmaker from Central Pennsylvania confirmed Wednesday that he tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this month, leading at least one of his House colleagues to self-quarantine.

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State Rep. Andrew Lewis (R., Dauphin) said in a statement that he received a positive COVID-19 result on May 20 and immediately began self-isolation. He said he informed House officials after he received the result, and they have worked to identify anyone with whom he may have come into contact. Lewis said he was last in the Capitol on May 14.

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The state House and Senate approved remote voting after Pennsylvania confirmed its first coronavirus cases in early March. Unlike Democrats, many Republican lawmakers have chosen to continue traveling to the Capitol to attend session in person and have eschewed wearing masks.

Diamond, the Republican from Lebanon County, has been one of the legislature’s most vocal opponents of mask-wearing, boasting on social media that he goes shopping without one.

In an interview Wednesday, Diamond that he has been in self-quarantine since May 21, when House human resources officials informed him late in the afternoon that he had been in contact with a person who had tested positive for the virus.

Earlier that same day, he had appeared before a House committee, without a mask, to make the case for his resolution to end Gov. Tom Wolf’s emergency declaration.

https://lancasteronline.com/news/politics/pa-house-democrats-say-they-were-in-the-dark-for-a-week-about-republican-s/article

 

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