Author: KDKA-TV news staff
Pittsburgh (KDKA) – Allegheny County leaders are warning people that if coronavirus cases continue to climb, national models suggest that the community will lose “hundreds” of people in the coming months.
Rich Fitzgerald, Chief Executive Officer of Allegheny County, Dr. Debra Bogen, Director of Health, and AHN, Heritage Valley Health System, St. Representatives from Clair Hospital and UPMC held a briefing on the lawn of Point State Park on Thursday to introduce the virus to the community.
Dr. Bogen said: “Although there are no new public health orders currently planned, we will continue to monitor the situation in our county closely and intervene if necessary.”
Just when Allegheny County reported a record number of new coronavirus cases each day (412 on Thursday). Statewide, Pennsylvania set a daily record for the third consecutive day.
According to Dr. Bogen’s data, our cases have been on the rise since mid-October, and the increase is still accelerating. She said that the number of cases is on the rise. By the week of November 6, our weekly case count has almost doubled from 950, from 1,600 to 1,600.
In the county, for every 100 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 2 people died.
Dr. Bogen said: “According to the national model, if cases continue to increase, hundreds of people will be killed in our community in the next few months.” “As we approach the holidays, this is a painful thought. We can and must work together Work hard to ensure that we minimize the loss of community members. To this end, we must work hard to stop the spread of the virus.”
Dr. Bogen said that the case investigation pointed to gatherings and gatherings as the source of the surge in numbers. Fitzgerald interceded with his sibling parents and asked them to keep their children away from parties because the case was related to staying overnight and seeing friends after school.
“Halloween is not a good time,” Fitzgerald said. He also said that restricting pre-holiday gatherings is important because the Wednesday before Thanksgiving is “one of the busiest nights of the year.”
To illustrate this point, Dr. Bogen said that an outbreak was related to a wedding with 45 guests and that 18 people were infected. One patient has been hospitalized and one of them is pregnant.
Dr. Bogen said the assembly should be stopped or “slashed” and kept out if possible. If not, limit the size to only a few people who wear masks and stay away from society.
She also asked people to answer phone calls from the health department for contact tracking. She said that fewer and fewer people were answering the phone, and some even “abused” employees.
Urge everyone to answer the phone. Dr. Bogen said the health department has made some changes to its contact tracking process. If you receive a call, the system will ask you fewer questions, and you will have the opportunity to fill out a secure online form to provide additional information. Dr. Bogen said that this can save time and therefore attract more people.
Dr. Bogen said that if you have symptoms or are in close contact with a case, please get checked and make sure you get a flu shot.
Several doctors spoke on Thursday, and Fitzgerald asked people to listen to medical experts, not politicians. The doctor said that the number of hospitalizations has increased, although this is only “part of the capacity.”
“We know that the entire holiday will continue, so we are prepared for it. We have provided sufficient capacity for these patients and made emergency plans.” said Dr. Don Whiting of AHN.