Pa. leaders visit Pittsburgh museum to promote COVID-19 safety among unvaccinated kids

PITTSBURGH — As life is beginning to feel somewhat normal for so many families, COVID-19 cases are increasing and a number of parents are fearful but are doing all they can to keep their kids safe.

It might seem like a simple family activity, but a trip to the Carnegie Museum of Natural History is something families were unable to do because of COVID-19.

Lauren Williams’ children are too young to receive the vaccine for COVID-19.

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“We don’t go out a lot. When we do, we practice the hand washing. I carry hand sanitizer,” Williams said.

The Department of Human Services’ acting secretary joined Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and the director of the County Health Department Thursday to give parents advice on how to protect children aged 12 years old and under from the coronavirus.

“Children between the ages of 2 and 12 who cannot get vaccinated should continue to wear a face covering in indoor settings, at events and gatherings, and anywhere they will be around people outside of their household,” said Meg Sneed, acting secretary for the Department of Human Services.

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Rachel McBride is a mother of three and a teacher.

“Their district hasn’t said if masks are mandatory or not, making them optional, as a teacher of the cases are going up, I’m going to keep my plexi glass up. Keep my mask on and even fully vaccinated try to do everything to protect my community,” said McBride.