PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) — The Allegheny County Health Department has lifted its COVID-19 mitigation orders.
Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen announced the decision on Thursday, and the order is effective immediately.
"Our case counts continue to remain relatively low and we are doing much better than other areas of the country,” said Bogen. “Throughout the pandemic, the department has used the most up-to-date information to make decisions to control the spread of the virus in our community. Those efforts have been effective. While we are lifting the more restrictive orders today, we hope that residents will continue to follow guidance in place to protect themselves, their friends and their families."
This news, however, is only related to orders that were set in place by Allegheny County.
Statewide mandates are still in effect.
That means that mask wearing is still required.
Telework mandates and building, workers’, and hospital safety measures are still active.
Restrictions on facility occupancy rates, such as restaurants, indoor recreation, personal care services, health facilities, and entertainment venues, are also still active.
"We were able to get to this point because people are wearing their masks and being diligent,” continued Bogen. “The lifting of these orders doesn’t change the importance of still wearing masks, maintaining physical distance, washing our hands frequently, and all of the other mitigation measures that have been impactful in the county. The pandemic has had an enormous impact on individuals, families, communities and businesses. We need to remain strong as a community. Keep kindness, empathy and love at the front of your actions."
While some restrictions have been lifted, the Allegheny County Health Department is still reminding residents to adhere to Pennsylvania orders to wear masks, maintain safe social distances, and watch hands thoroughly.