Increasingly, Governor Tom Wolf's draconian lockdown is being questioned and defied. Opponents of Wolf's sledgehammer approach to the Covid-19 pandemic have been derided as right-wing lunatics unwilling to listen to science, but as it happens, infectious disease experts like Dr. Luther Rhodes have concluded both that "fear is driving" the state response. In addition, at least Dr. Rhodes asserts that the data upon which the state Department of Health relies is biased because it includes nursing and personal care homes.
The map above is a pretty clear indication that 11 counties, most in the southcentral part of the Keystone State, will either open themselves or refuse to enforce the business shutdown.
Dauphin County Board Chair Jeff Haste made his feelings known in a letter to the people of Pennsylvania:
Let’s open up our businesses and our communities. For centuries, our people and businesses have shown they can adapt to changes to survive and prosper. They cannot, however, do a thing when a dictator and an unelected secretary place them in lockdown.
Updated Noon: - The "Dictator" Strikes Back! - Governor Tom Wolf has threatened to stop sending federal money (the state has none) to counties that defy him and revoke business licenses to the small businesses who dare try to eke out a living while his own Pandemic Unemployment System is a disgraceful failure. He accuses counties and businesses of "choosing to desert in the face of the enemy" in a news conference in which questions must be screened.
(Originally posted at midnight).