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Pittsburgh (KDKA) – National models show that if the corona virus cases continue to rise, the community will lose “hundreds” of people in the coming months.
Alehony County Administrator Rich Fitzgerald, Director of Health Dr. Debra Bogan and representatives from AHN, Heritage Valley Health System, St. Clair Hospital and UPMC held a conference Thursday on the lawn of Point State Park.
“Although no new public health orders are planned at this time, we will continue to monitor the situation in our district and intervene if necessary,” says Dr. Bogan.
It is coming Alehony County announced the highest number of registrations New Daily Corona Virus Cases – 412 Thursday. Statewide, Pennsylvania saw the third day in a row Recording daily numbers.
According to Dr. Bogan’s data, our cases have been on the rise since mid-October, and they are accelerating. Cases are on the rise, and we have doubled our weekly case count to about 950 to 1,600 for the week ending November 6th. We are on the cusp of hitting 2,000 cases this week, he says.
For every 100 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the county, two have died.
“According to national models, if cases continue to increase, hundreds of people in our community will die in the coming months,” says Dr. Bogan. “It’s a painful thought as we approach the holidays. We can work together to ensure that we lose as few members as possible of our community. To do that, we must work to prevent the virus from spreading.”
Dr. Bogan says the trial points to meetings and parties as evidence of the uprising. Fitzgerald pleaded with fellow parents to keep their children away from parties because cases have been linked to sleepovers and children seeing their friends after school.
“Halloween is not a good time,” says Fitzgerald. He says it’s important to control the crowds before the holidays because Wednesday before Thanksgiving is “one of the busiest nights of the year.”
To illustrate the point, Dr. Bogan says there was an explosion with a wedding with 45 guests, 18 of whom were affected. One has been hospitalized and one of the cases is pregnant.
Dr. Bogan says to stop or “sharpen” meetings, and keep them out if possible. Otherwise, limit the size to a few who wear masks and social distance.
He asks people to respond to calls from the health department for contact tracking. He says fewer people are responding to calls and some are “abusing” employees.
Everyone is asked to answer their phone. Dr. Bogan says the Department of Health has made some changes to its communication tracking process. If you get a call, you will be asked fewer questions and you will have the opportunity to fill out a secure online form to provide more information. This will save time, so they can reach more people, says Dr. Bogan.
If you have symptoms or have a close relationship with a case, get tested, Dr. Bogan says, and make sure you get your flu.
Several doctors spoke Thursday, asking Fitzgerald to ask medical professionals, not politicians. Doctors say there has been an increase in hospitals, which is only a “fraction”.
“We know it’s going to continue over the holidays, so we’re ready for it. We have a lot of potential for those patients, we have contingency plans,” Dr. Dan Whiting told AHN.