HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's fight against COVID-19 appears to be working.

The state is just one of three in the country-besides Montana and Hawaii-being recognized by the CDC with an ongoing decline in coronavirus cases.

Governor Wolf's office says federal health officials noted that the trend has been steadily dropping over the past 40 days.

In a news conference Wednesday afternoon, the governor admitted that he "understands" what it's like for people still cooped up at home, but defended his decision to reopen slower than other states.

He also urged folks to continue practicing health recommendations.

"Actually, things like washing hands, that works. Bringing your own water to sports practice, that works. And of course wearing masks, that works," Wolf said.

Wolf says the state's new case rate is about one-quarter of what it was at the peak. The positive case count now stands at nearly 80,000, and the death toll is at more than 6300.

Health officials say we should learn from the positive gains we've made and not get too comfortable, since the threat of a second wave in the state is real.

"We have no crystal ball and I go back to if we're smart about re-opening and we are vigilant and continue to adhere to good smart public health policies we can do our best to really mitigate the likelihood that we are going to see a peek like we did before," said Dr. Timothy Friel, an infectious disease specialist at Lehigh Valley Health Network.

Dr. Friel says the summertime helps, since it's a good time to get out and spread out.

"I think it's easier to really come up with scenarios where you can do things safer in the summer and the warmer months," Dr. Friel said.

He says the fall is when things may change, but there's a blueprint for how to beat COVID-19, if people follow it.

"Through our own personal commitment as individuals and as a community to doing everything we can to keeping ourselves each other safe," Dr. Friel said.

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