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 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 currently no planned new public health orders, we will continue to monitor the situation in our county closely and intervene if necessary.”
Just as Allegheny County reported a record high number of new coronavirus cases per 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 accelerating. She said that the number of cases is climbing. As of the week of November 6, our weekly case number has almost doubled from 950 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 the number of cases continues 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 lose as few community members as possible. 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 limiting 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 to stop or “draftly” reduce gatherings and keep them 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 calls from the health department for contact tracking. She said that fewer and fewer people are answering the phone, and some people even “abusive” employees.
Urge everyone to answer the phone. Dr. Bogen said that 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 this. We have provided sufficient capacity for these patients and developed emergency plans.” said Dr. Don Whiting of AHN.