PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Allegheni County Health Director Dr. Debra Bogen made a statement as COVID-19 cases reached a record high on Black Friday.
According to Dr. Bogen, if the cases continue to grow at their current rate, the county’s health systems will be overloaded next month.
At the time, she said health systems were equipped to deal with cases right now.
“We know it may take two weeks for changes in behavior to affect the spread of the virus and the number of cases to decrease, so please start now,” Dr Bogen said in a statement.
She urges residents of Allegheni County to follow the tips for staying at home.
Dr. Bogen also announced that due to the number of new cases, case investigators need to prioritize who to reach. As of Friday, investigators will no longer be able to immediately call people with new cases between the ages of 6 and 1
Allegheni County released its new COVID-19 numbers on Friday – 1,642 new cases in 48 hours.
“It simply came to our notice then. You don’t want to see the numbers increase. It’s scary, “said Tristan Brown, who lives in Lawrenceville.
Medical professionals fear that this is just the beginning.
“People who traveled just before and after Thanksgiving and unfortunately acquired the SARS virus are likely to be most contagious between now and Tuesday or Wednesday,” said Dr. Arvind Venkat, an emergency medicine doctor for the health network. of Allegheny.
This schedule means that health professionals will not have an accurate picture of Thanksgiving until the end of next week.
“We expect the number of people who have come in contact with the virus to become infected and may need care to increase. Our hospital system is ready to adapt to this, “said Dr. Donald Yale, senior medical director at UPMC.
“I understand how difficult it is to stay disciplined. But the alternative is much worse. We can do these simple things. Please do them, ‘added Yelly.
Venkat said the Allegheny health network was also prepared with space, but now society needs to help protect the front lines.
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