PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Allegheny County Department of Health is issuing home counseling, saying people should leave their homes only for work, school and basic activities amid rising coronavirus cases.
Allegheny County leaders made their weekly coronation briefing on Wednesday as the Pittsburgh area continues to see what executive Rich Fitzgerald called “worrying numbers.”
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The director of the Department of Health, Dr. Debra Bogen, announced the advice, which is valid immediately, saying that the increase in cases was “very worrying”.
“In recent weeks, I’ve been asking people to follow the rules, limit gatherings and parties, stay home in addition to the essentials and wear masks,” said Dr Debra Bogen.
“I’m done asking and today I’m telling you that these are things we all need to do to reduce the spread and keep our community safe. Today I am issuing a public health advice on “stay at home and ‘stop social gatherings’.”
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It is not a mandatory order at home, but rather clear suggestions for staying at home and stopping social gatherings.
He says people can only leave their homes for work, school and basic activities such as medical care or shopping.
People also should not have guests in their home, and asks people to cancel their traditional Thanksgiving gatherings with the participation of members of other households.
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Comes as Allegheny set another record of the day with 620 new cases of coronavirus the last 24 hours. Two more deaths were attributed to COVID-19 on Wednesday.
Dr. Bogen said that this increase in cases threatens our health systems because more people are being treated. The increase in deaths is also due to the few weeks behind the increase in the case, he said.
He said that this sharp increase in cases is not due to increased testing and that percentage positive rates continue to rise.
Fitzgerald said the number of cases is increasing due to after-work and after-school activities. With a vaccine probably months away, he says now is not the time to disappoint.
“We can do that,” he said. “I know we can do that.”
He also called on people to cover up, calling the mask “patriotic”.
In the midst of the fall of the coronavirus, the Secretary of Health of Pennsylvania, Dr. Rachel Levine strengthen the mask command and issue a test command for overseas travelers on Tuesday.
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Across the country, masks should now be worn indoors and outdoors if you are away from home.
Anyone visiting from another state is required to have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of entering Pennsylvania. If they can not or choose not to take a test or are still waiting for the results, they must be quarantined for 14 days. The same goes for Pennsylvaniaers who visit other states and return home.
Allegheny County’s home counseling is valid for 30 days or until Dr. Bogen decides it is appropriate to change it.