Apr. 23, 2020

HARRISBURG – Blair County is well-positioned to be among the first of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties to have its businesses and services reopened as reported cases of COVID-19 taper off in Pennsylvania, Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair) has urged in a letter to Gov. Tom Wolf.

Gregory penned the letter Wolf on Thursday after learning more about the governor’s plan to lift stay-at-home orders by region. The representative is unhappy with Blair County being grouped with other counties experiencing higher rates of coronavirus.

Blair County had 15 reported cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday, with less than half of those believed to be in the 80th District.

“I join with my constituents to demand a different approach to allow for the people of this district to reopen businesses and services immediately. … My constituents have every reason to demand a different approach that is fair, not arbitrary and punitive, to the people who have followed all guidelines for safety,” Gregory wrote in the letter.

Among Gregory’s arguments for an expedited reopening include a recovery task force being developed among government leaders as well as robust healthcare services available.

Representative Jim Gregory
80th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives