New mitigation orders from state now expected on Thursday, Allegheny County executive says – WTAE Pittsburgh

LIVE IN THE NEWSROOM, MIKE CLARK, PITTSBURGH’S ACTION NEWS 4. SHANNON: ALLEGHENY COUNTY EXECUTIVE RICH FITZGERALD TOLD PITTSBURGH’S ACTION NEWS 4 YESTERDAY THAT HE EXPECTED NEW RESTRICTIONS FROM THE STATE TO BE ANNOUNCED TODAY. HE NOW SAYS HE EXPECTS THAT TO TAKE PLACE TOMORROW. MEANTIME, COUNTY HEALTH DIRECTOR DOCTOR DEBRA BOGEN SAID A SHORT TIME AGO IMPOSING RESTRICTIONS JUST IN ALLEGHENY COUNTY WOULDN’T BE RIGHT. >> I DON’T THINK THAT WOULD BE THE MOST EFFECTIVE APPROACH. THE CRISIS FACING ALLEGHENY COUNTY RESIDENTS IS REALLY A REGIONAL CRISIS.

New mitigation orders from state now expected on Thursday, Allegheny County executive says

Fitzgerald said he does not expect a complete shutdown when the state announces new restrictions.

Mitigation orders from the state are expected at some point on Thursday, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said during the county’s weekly COVID-19 news conference on Wednesday.This comes after Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating at home. Fitzgerald sent his best wishes to Wolf. “I talked to the governor about an hour ago. He seems in really good spirits, he seems very healthy to this point. No symptoms,” Fitzgerald said. Fitzgerald said the governor’s diagnosis shows that no matter how closely we follow the safety protocols, we are all at risk of the virus. Fitzgerald said he does not expect a complete shutdown when the state announces new restrictions. “I think what we have learned since the beginning of this pandemic is more strategic strategies to isolate where the risky behavior, or the risky potential exists. So, I think the term shutdown is much too strong. I think what you’re going to talk about is limiting certain gathering numbers, and activities and times, and those types of things. So, I think that’s exactly what Dr. Bogen, and Secretary Levine and the governor and others are contemplating,” Fitzgerald said. Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen said she could take action on her own and put in new safety measures that apply only to Allegheny County, but believes this is a regional, state and national crisis. Bogen said an Allegheny County only mitigation strategy would not stop people from crossing county borders to go places. “We need the entire region to be included in mitigation efforts,” Bogen said.

Mitigation orders from the state are expected at some point on Thursday, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said during the county’s weekly COVID-19 news conference on Wednesday.

This comes after Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced Wednesday he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating at home.

Fitzgerald sent his best wishes to Wolf.

“I talked to the governor about an hour ago. He seems in really good spirits, he seems very healthy to this point. No symptoms,” Fitzgerald said.

Fitzgerald said the governor’s diagnosis shows that no matter how closely we follow the safety protocols, we are all at risk of the virus.

Fitzgerald said he does not expect a complete shutdown when the state announces new restrictions.

“I think what we have learned since the beginning of this pandemic is more strategic strategies to isolate where the risky behavior, or the risky potential exists. So, I think the term shutdown is much too strong. I think what you’re going to talk about is limiting certain gathering numbers, and activities and times, and those types of things. So, I think that’s exactly what Dr. Bogen, and Secretary Levine and the governor and others are contemplating,” Fitzgerald said.

Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen said she could take action on her own and put in new safety measures that apply only to Allegheny County, but believes this is a regional, state and national crisis.

Bogen said an Allegheny County only mitigation strategy would not stop people from crossing county borders to go places.

“We need the entire region to be included in mitigation efforts,” Bogen said.