PITTSBURGH (KDKA)– Every day throughout this pandemic is marked by the release of the current number of new cases, hospitalizations and deaths.
I understand if those numbers continue to increase as they did in late June early July we have to shut things down. The lower we keep those numbers like we got in May and June indicates we can open up more of our economy and kids can go about school activities that are coming up and sports. ”
For Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, it is his first thought every morning.
Fitzgerald is worried bringing everybody back together could lead to an increase of numbers but he includes, “If the kids and the teachers and staff are all using their masks and keeping physical range, and follow the procedure that the district and structures lay out for people Im sure we can do this safely,” Fitzgerald said.
Each area school district is needing to make decisions on how to bring students back to education.
” Im sure were going to see Dr. Bogen and her group monitoring this extremely closely, case investigations, contact tracing, and if there is an outbreak in a structure or in a particular school district, Im sure shes going to wish to go out and enter and do something about it with respect to that, rather than shut down the entire system exists is only a hot spot in one area.”
KDKAs John Shumway reports:
The lower we keep those numbers like we got in May and June suggests we can open up more of our economy and kids can go about school activities that are coming up and sports. ”
” Its going to be tough and the reason is its an activity thats naturally possible and naturally risky for spread. Number one you are within, number two you are close together, and number three not wearing a mask.
Asked if he could predict dining establishments being allowed to expand the variety of people they seat the County Executive says this:.
Fitzgerald states the problem of people gathering has moved from the bars dining establishments and social halls to peoples houses. “We had people having graduation parties or had a birthday or anniversary whatever now youre going together with extended household and who understands where theyve been.”.
When it comes to the weeps from the dining establishment industry, “Weve got to do more get and outside dining due to the fact that the one activity that I know they wish to see is naturally dangerous.”.
Dr. Bogen put in limitations on the restaurants before the state and he states theyll make a choice about whether to follow the states lead or stay more strict when the time comes.
Fitzgerald stresses over the psychological health of the neighborhood, “Absolutely. Due to the fact that this is something that has actually affected not simply every person however every activity that we do, school, work going to church. Family reuniions wedding events you could go on.”.
And there is no end in sight, “until we have a vaccine we are going to continue to deal with this uncertainty. “.
Fitzgerald states, “We d like to see the numbers continue to come down but what I think weve seen is a greater level of cooperation. Once again the obstacle is going to be when the schools open and all these kids come into to school the students staff complying to keep those numbers low. “.
While the restaurant owners are going to Harrisburg to attempt and get the state to lift restrictions, Fitzgerald says he will follow the lead of Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen.
Number one you are within, number two you are close together, and number 3 not wearing a mask. The numbers of brand-new cases have settled into a reporting pattern of being lower over the weekend and climbing up in the early part of the week. Fitzgerald says, “We d like to see the numbers continue to come down however what I believe weve seen is a greater level of cooperation. Again the difficulty is going to be when the schools open and all these kids come into to school the students personnel complying to keep those numbers low. “.