PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Allegheni County Health Department is introducing a home stay advice, saying people should leave their homes only for work, school and basic activities amid an increase in coronavirus cases.
Allegheny County leaders held their weekly briefing on the coronavirus on Wednesday as the Pittsburgh area continues to see what County Executive Director Rich Fitzgerald called “alarming numbers.”
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The director of the health department, Dr. Debra Bogen, announced the consultation, which will take effect immediately, saying that the increase in cases is “very worrying.”
“Over the last few weeks, I’ve asked people to follow the rules, cut down on gatherings and parties, stay home, except for the most important thing, and wear masks,” said Dr. Debra Bogen.
“I have finished the question and I am telling you today that these are things we all need to do to reduce the level of proliferation and keep our community safe. Today, I am issuing advice on staying at home and “stopping social gatherings” for public health. “
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This is not a forced order to stay at home, but rather clear recommendations for staying home and stopping social gatherings.
She says people can only leave their homes for work, school and basic activities such as medical care or grocery shopping.
People should also not have guests in their home, and she is asking people to cancel their traditional Thanksgiving gatherings, which include members of other households.
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This happened when Allegheny set a new one-day record with 620 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours. Two more deaths were attributed to COVID-19 on Wednesday.
Dr Bogen said this increase in cases was threatening our health systems as more people were hospitalized. The increase in deaths is also being tracked for weeks after the rise in the case, she said.
She said that this sharp increase in cases was not due to intensified testing and that positivity rates continued to rise.
Fitzgerald said the number of cases was escalating due to after-work and after-school activities. With a vaccine that is possible in months, he says now is not the time to put it aside.
“We can do that,” he said. “I know we can do that.”
He also called on people to disguise themselves, calling wearing a mask “patriotic”.
Amid the resurgence of the coronavirus in the fall, Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine stepped up the mask’s mandate and issued an order to test passengers outside the country on Tuesday.
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Across the country, masks should be worn indoors and outdoors if you are away from home.
Anyone who visits another country must have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of entering Pennsylvania. If they cannot or decide not to take the test or are still waiting for the results, they must be quarantined for 14 days. The same goes for Pennsylvanians who visit other states and return home.
The Allegheny County Home Care Board is valid for 30 days or until Dr. Bogen deems it appropriate to change.