Editor’s Note: This statement is repeated in its entirety from Representative Seth Grove from York County from a Facebook post. The Pennsylvania Chronicle takes no position.
 
Today the Wolf administration announced restaurants can have indoor capacity at 50% on September 21. This basically is a step in the right direction as the data shows their attack on restaurants has been unfounded.
 
It is also interesting to see them make this announcement when:
“The Curve” is trending upward.
Infection Rate is trending upward.
Epidemic Curve is trending upward.
2-Week Incidence Rate is trending upward.
Positivity Rate is trending upward.
 
Every data point the administration has ever discussed is trending upward statewide. Why increase restaurant capacity when the Wolf Administration still asserts they were correct is their decision to limit restaurant capacity in the first place? It’s either an effective policy and data should reflect it or its a failed policy and data should reflect it.
 
Here is the reality. This administration is only testing symptomatic people. If you only test symptomatic people you will get upward trends. Testing has been a downward trend since July 31.
 
We beat out Wyoming last week to be the 49th worst testing state because the PA DOH added a new publicly reported data point: Total PCR Test (all test given including people who took multiple tests). Again, the administration only publicly releases data they think will make them look good. Only 6,443 total tests reported today. Remember back in the end of April/May when we were moving lots of reopening PA legislation and the democrats said we need testing before we reopen? We reopened being one of the worst (and the worst at times) testing states in the country, but we reopened to declining data trends without the massive deaths and hospitalizations the Democrats promised would happen.
 
This statement has been in PA DOH press releases for weeks: “The department is seeing significant increases in the number of COVID-19 cases among younger age groups, particularly 19 to 24-year-olds”. We have colleges and universities initiating universal testing for returning students.
Hospitalizations have been decreasing since April 20. Mortality rates have been decreasing since June 18.
 
The data shows Pennsylvania doesn’t have a statewide COVID-19 problem. Here are the underlying issues:
“The department is seeing significant increases in the number of COVID-19 cases among younger age groups, particularly 19 to 24-year-olds.”
Colleges/Universities
County/Local spikes
Long-term Care
Lack of Rapid Testing for K-12 in order to keep schools open
Protests/Rallies