Dinniman Questioning Governor’s Plan and Timetable for Chester County Reopening

Dinniman Issues Statement on Governor’s Plan to Begin Reopening Pennsylvania

WEST CHESTER, PA — State Senator Andy Dinniman issued the following statement in response to Governor Wolf’s plan to begin the reopening of 24 counties in the northwest and north-central regions of the state beginning on Friday, May 8.

“As we continue to respond to and combat this unprecedented crisis, my constituents and I in Chester County have real questions about accessing adequate testing and moving with our economic recovery.

“While I understand the administration’s current approach to reopening, Chester County, which acted quickly in responding to this crisis and mitigating its spread, is now slated to be one of the last to reopen.

“First, a large percentage of cases in our region are located in nursing homes and senior care facilities. In addition to working to improve and ensure adequate care and testing for our seniors and nursing home staff, we would hope the fact that those who have tested positive are already quarantined and not moving about the community is taken into account when determining factors for reopening.

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“In addition, [on Friday] the governor announced that the Department of Health developed testing and contact-tracing plans that will be used in making decisions moving forward.

“What exactly do those plans entail and when and how will we be able to access increased testing and contact tracing in Chester County?

“Will additional staff and resources be available at the local and county level to help us meet the necessary criteria to move forward and gauge the effectiveness of our efforts to stop the spread of this virus?

“Chester County, to the credit of the county commissioners, is positioned to be a leader in deploying antibody, point-of-contact testing. Until recently, the state and federal government refused to work with us to remove obstacles that hindered the rollout of such testing.

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“Now that we can and are moving forward, will the administration accept such testing as a factor in reopening? And will the administration assist other counties in doing the same?

“Chester County moved quickly in responding to this pandemic and working to mitigate its spread. Our county health department is so well equipped that it’s been able to ramp up services to meet the needs of our neighbors in Delaware County during this public health emergency.

“Chester County is a geographically unique region that includes both rural and suburban communities. I would hope that the administration takes these and other factors into account in determining our path toward reopening and recovering.”

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Dan

Thank you Senator…it is nice to see a local official taking a stand…this should mean ALL businesses should be allowed to re-open…if a child care center can re-open in yellow, why not a responsible restaurant or hair salon be able to do the same. Trust local business owners to be creative and unleash the power of the small business operator and their teams…time to #trustthepeople

Elizabeth Chesnes
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Elizabeth Chesnes

Thank you for fighting for Chester County

Mike
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Mike

Great article and thanks to the senator for taking charge. 1,500 total cases out of 500,000 people and we are still shutdown? 105 deaths out of 118 are in nursing homes. Let’s use common sense and protect the elderly and let everyone else live their lives.

Cheryl A Mulqueen
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Cheryl A Mulqueen

Please consider that reopening too much too soon can put us back to where we started.

Janis
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Janis

We need to open. We’ve been closed long enough. Residents know how to social distance. It’s ridiculous to think that opening now is too soon!

Larissa
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Larissa

Nope.. That old argument no longer applies.. ALL lives matter, all.. not just people who are already compomised medically!!!

Janis
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Janis

Perhaps the representatives can get together and override the governor

Todd
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Todd

The lockdown is not about wiping out the virus before we can return to society. It was to make sure that the healthcare system does not become overwhelmed. It doesn’t matter if this ends in May or July we will all most likely be exposed to the virus. At this point the healthcare system is in a position to handle the on going crisis. Yes there are exceptions like NY and Philly where the stress on the system is much higher. In general PA and specifically Chester County is in a state to address the situation. Continue to protect those… Read more »

Larissa
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Larissa

WOW.. said like a champ. 1000% agree.

Stacy
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Stacy

The lock down is also keeping those in abusive relationships home.

George McLoughlin
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George McLoughlin

We are all essential front line workers to society, let us open and use exactly what makes it safe for Walmart, Home Depot and the hospitals all safe….gloves, mask, etc.

Larissa
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Larissa

Time to reopen. Senator Katie Muth’s office says is still focusing on flattening the curve, hospital overrun, etc.. Wish we still had good old Andy. I know first hand, businesses in her district will start to reopen next week, since they have no other choice. They cannot wait anymore. OPEN PA!

Christine
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Christine

Thank you Senator… while I respect the needs of Chester County residents to feel they are safe, the Governor keeps shifting the parameters by which opening business is determined.. As the owner of a retail business in West Chester that rarely has more than10 guests in the shop and employs just 5 others, I am in a far better position to determine how to make my shop safe for all concerned. While the numbers were rising, I understood the Governor’s reluctance to “open up”. However, his tossing Chester County into the mix with all of Southeastern PA is just wrong.… Read more »

Sharon
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Sharon

If the senator supports reopening, why will he not vote for SB 323 which will end the lockdown? Actions speak louder than words.

Jana
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Jana

Exactly!

Grisel
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Grisel

Senator your actions will speak louder than words when you take a stand and override Governor Wolf’s lockdown demand to June 4. There is no reason business can open with proper guidelines.
What the Governor is doing to businesses and people in PA is a disgrace.
Thank you for listening.