PITTSBURGH (WJW) – As some regions of the country see spikes in the number of coronavirus case, Allegheny County in Pennsylvania closes its bars.
The order takes effect Tuesday at 5 p.m. Restaurants are allowed to stay open, but consumption of alcohol on site is not allowed. Restaurant patrons must wear masks and outdoor seating is encouraged. County officials are working with Pittsburgh to extend outdoor dining permits.
“We have seen alarming spikes in our numbers of positive tests in the past week and especially in the past two days. In fact, we have had more positive tests in the past two days than in the previous two weeks, “said Rich Fitzgerald, an executive with Allegheny County, at a press conference on Sunday.
Fitzgerald said he found hot spots in bars and trips abroad. They also monitor cases in youth sports.
“We went from almost no case of community spread to a lot very quickly. I am also concerned because most cases have very mild or non-existent symptoms and are therefore likely to unintentionally spread the infection to other people, “said Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen.
Bogen said the county has seen daily and weekly record highs in the number of COVID-19 cases, as well as a higher percentage of positive test results.
More than 75 percent of the cases involve people between the ages of 19 and 49, according to Bogen.
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