COVID-19 Cases Traced to Restaurants and Bars Cut in Half
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald says there are no plans to reduce restrictions yet.
During the week of June 28 to July 4 in Allegheny County, the number of COVID-19 cases traced to bar and restaurant employees and patrons was 221. Three weeks later, that number has dropped to 60, half of what it was in the previous week, according to the Allegheny County Health Department.
At a press conference Wednesday, Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen said that the trend should continue.
“I don’t think we need to do anything special or different, we just need to keep doing what we’re doing,” she said. “At this point, I just expect those numbers to keep dropping over the next couple of weeks if we keep at it.”
Despite a “steady decline” in the daily number of new cases, Bogen says there is still evidence of significant community spread because in many cases, those testing positive can’t conclusively determine when and where they became infected.
Whether it be colleges, high schools, or grade schools, many students will resume in-person classes later this month. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald says now is not the right time to consider easing restrictions.
“If we want to keep our universities and activities open, if we want to keep our schools open, it’s really going to be all of us, all of us challenging our teachers, professors, staff, kindergarten through university students to all continue to do the things we know we have to do,” Fitzgerald said.
Taking a closer look at the activities traced back to positive cases of COVID-19 and comparing those numbers to a week ago:
- Parties: 61 (down from 72)
- Retail store employees: 28 (down from 30)
- Weddings/funerals: 22 (up from 15)
- Gym/fitness center: 14 (down from 21)
- Religious services: 11 (down from 14)
- Grocery employees: 7 (no change)
- Salon/barber employees: 6 (up from 4)
There was a significant drop in the number of cases traced to visitors – or people returning from – other states.