Schuylkill County backs down on plan to reopen against governor’s order

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SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Eyewitness News has confirmed that Schuylkill County leaders are now standing down on their plan to reopen the county on Friday. The decision comes after Governor Wolf offered some strong words for counties going against his orders, calling them “cowardly” and “deserters.”

Schuylkill County Commissioner George Halcovage says commissioners voted again to delay reopening the county, but leaders still want more details from the governor’s office about why Schuylkill County is not ready to enter the yellow phase of Pennsylvania’s plan.

Eyewitness News told you Friday, state leaders along with all three county commissioners sent a letter to Governor Wolf announcing their intention to self-transition the county to the ‘yellow phase’ of Pennsylvania’s reopening plan without an order from the governor.

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