Increase In Deaths And Hospitalizations Could Lead To Another Shutdown

61 Cases on Friday is the second highest daily total for coronavirus

KDKA Radio Staff
June 26, 2020 - 12:14 pm

    Related: 61 New COVID-19 Cases Is Largest Daily Increase Since April For Allegheny County

    PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - 61 new COVID-19 cases along with two deaths and one hospitalization in Friday’s update is the second highest daily increase since the pandemic started in Allegheny County on March 14.

    Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald says the area hasn’t had a five day period this bad since mid-March.

    207 cases are been reported since Monday alone.

    Fitzgerald tells KDKA Radio’s Marty Griffin if hospitalizations and deaths increase along with cases some sort of another shutdown is likely.

    “People got to wear this mask, they got to socially distance they’ve got to do this things or we’re going to have this massive spread and then we start to shut things down again,” said Fitzgerald.

    The shutdown could mean a return to the yellow phase of the state's mitigation plan.

    On Friday Governor Wolf announced that by next Friday, July 3 all 67 counties in Pennsylvania will be in the green phase of the state's mitigation plan


    Fitzgerald says there a number of possible reasons for the increase.

    “There’s a concern about where they’re coming from, how it’s happening, people going on vacation, bringing it back, not isolating, not quarantining . . . it’s just concerning.”

    The Allegheny Health Department is keeping a close eye on hospitalizations and deaths, which have remained low but usually lag a week or two behind case counts.

    Earlier this week, Dr. Debra Bogen said the increase in cases is “concerning.”

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