PITTSBURGH — Channel 11 News is committed to keeping you informed about the coronavirus, the impact on our community and your lives. Below you’ll find all of today’s updates, including the latest numbers and information from local and state officials.
UPDATE 2:40 p.m.: Channel 11 has confirmed that Beaver County will make an announcement this afternoon about shutting down bars and restaurants to stop the spread of coronavirus.
UPDATE 2:11 p.m.: A Strip District restaurant is temporarily closing after an employee tested positive for coronavirus.
DiAnoia’s Eatery on Penn Avenue is closed for deep cleaning.
The restaurant also says the entire staff will be tested.
UPDATE 2:00 p.m.: State health officials reported an additional 995 positive cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, bringing the total to 91,299 cases since the outbreak began.
There are 6,787 deaths attributed to the virus, including 33 more deaths added since Monday.
The following regions have seen significant increases among 19 to 24-year-olds in each month from April to July:
- SW – Approximately 5 percent of cases in April to nearly 30 percent of cases so far in July;
- SE – Nearly 5 percent of cases in April to approximately 15 percent of cases so far in July;
- NE – Nearly 6 percent of cases in April to nearly 15 percent of cases so far in July;
- NW – Nearly 7 percent of cases in April to approximately 14 percent of cases so far in July; and
- SC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to about 14 percent of cases so far in July.
UPDATE 1:45 p.m.: Pennsylvania’s mandatory face mask order applies to children and adults in schools, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Education:
“Yes, this Order applies to all individuals while in school entities, including public K-12 schools, brick and mortar and cyber charter schools, private and parochial schools, career and technical centers (CTCs), intermediate units (IUs); educational programming for students in non-educational placements such as residential settings (boarding schools), residential facilities, detention centers, and hospital settings; PA Pre-K Counts, Head Start Programs and Preschool Early Intervention programs; and Private Academic Nursery Schools and locally funded prekindergarten activities.
For the safety of students, staff and families, and to avoid community spread of COVID-19, students and staff are considered to be members of the public who are congregating in indoor locations. As such, they are required to adhere to this Order.
The Order is effective immediately and applies to all children aged two and older.”
Schools may allow students to remove their face coverings when students are:
- Eating or drinking when spaced at least 6 feet apart;
- Seated at desks or assigned work spaces at least 6 feet apart; or
- Engaged in any activity at least 6 feet apart (e.g. face covering breaks, recess, etc.).
UPDATE 11:00 a.m.: The spike in COVID-19 cases continued Tuesday with Allegheny County reporting 204 cases, making it eight straight days with more than 100 new cases.
Allegheny County now has a total of 3,979 cases since the outbreak began.
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There are 6 additional deaths reported bringing the total number of deaths to 194.
There were also 7 new hospitalizations, bringing the total number to 423.
UPDATE 10:00 a.m.: The county has seen a surge in coronavirus cases for the past week, with more than 100 new cases reported for the past seven consecutive days.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Allegheny County Health Department Director Debra Bogen, M.D., will be holding a briefing at 4 p.m.
UPDATE 6:30 a.m.: The Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania have cancelled their camps for the week. The organization said they its staff is getting tested for COVID-19.
They’ve also hired cleaners to thoroughly clean and sanitize the buildings.
Virtual summer camps are still happening this week.
In-person summer camps plan to reopen next week.
UPDATE 3:30 a.m.: Three local counties are reportedly on Gov. Tom Wolf’s “watch list” related to the rising rates of COVID-19 infections. Those counties could be facing sanctions from the state if the numbers do not improve.
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“We received a call on Thursday from the governor’s office that Washington County is one of three counties in southwestern PA on a watch list that sanctions could be taken. We don’t know what those sanctions could be,” said Washington County Commissioner Diana Irey Vaughan.
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