Wolf Lifts Stricter Mitigation Measures As Case Counts Decline

Governor Tom Wolf and PA Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine.

Governor Tom Wolf says current strict coronavirus restrictions will not continue past January 4, 2021.

Implemented on December 12, the measures ban indoor dining, youth sports, gyms, casinos, and other venues.

The governor’s office says the mitigation measures are working to help flatten the curve of new cases.

“Our mitigation efforts over the past several weeks are working, and I thank everyone who abided by the restrictions put in place to protect us,” said Wolf said. “Every time we make a small decision to avoid risk – or take steps to make our actions a little bit less risky – we are helping to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.”

However, a look at statewide and Bucks County data may show a different story.

Daily case counts in Pennsylvania peaked on Dec. 10 at 12,785. From there, case counts dropped overall.

COVID-19 cases spiked in Bucks following Thanksgiving, but peaked Dec. 7.

In Bucks County the decline started several days before. COVID-19 cases peaked on Dec. 7 with a seven day rolling average of nearly 520. By Dec. 12, the average was down to 482 and continued to drop from then on.

This timing indicates the stricter mitigation measures may not have been the driving force for a decline in cases.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can take several days to appear and testing results are typically delayed as well.

Once the current restrictions are lifted, Pennsylvania will revert to the less strict mitigation measures from before mid-December.