New restrictions will not be a shutdown, says Allegheny County Government Wealthy Fitzgerald – CBS Pittsburgh
By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – New restrictions to flatten the curve are now expected on Thursday. Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County’s executive, said he wouldn’t call it a “shutdown”.
It comes after Fitzgerald hinted at new mitigation efforts on Tuesday, saying an announcement by Governor Tom Wolf on Wednesday would be in line with local measures.
That announcement has since been postponed, and Fitzgerald said at the press conference that he now expects the restrictions on Thursday.
“I think what we have learned since this pandemic started are more strategic strategies for isolating where the risky behavior or potential is. I think the term “shutdown” is way too strong. I think you’re going to talk about limiting certain meeting numbers and activities and times and things like that, ”said Fitzgerald.
Allegheny County reported 34 new deaths from the virus and 727 new cases on Wednesday. Nationwide, more than 5,500 people are hospitalized.
Allegheny County’s Department of Health Director Dr. Debra Bogen said residents’ hospital admissions are rising and they don’t expect a peak until January or even February without “serious” mitigation efforts.
In November, Allegheny County lost 138 residents – enough to fill three Port Authority buses “and a few more,” says Dr. Bow.