Allegheny County led the state in new COVID-19 cases Sunday, will close businesses for on-site alcohol use June 30

by PublicSource Reporters

Allegheny County reported 96 new COVID-19 cases Sunday, its largest single-day increase since the county started reporting the coronavirus case count in March.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen held a briefing Sunday afternoon about the record-setting weekend of COVID-19 cases and new mitigation measures.

“For the first time since COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the state, Allegheny County led the state in the number of new COVID-19 cases,” Fitzgerald said. “We’re going the wrong direction.”

Bogen said the health department is finalizing an order to restrict on-site alcohol consumption at any business. The order is slated to take effect at 5 p.m. June 30.

Masks are required in all businesses. The county also ordered masks in restaurants must be worn even when seated and may only be removed when eating or drinking. “Violations reported will be investigated with businesses being ordered closed for a minimum of a week,” according to the county statement.

Because the increase in cases has also been traced to residents returning from travel, Bogen recommended a 14-day quarantine for those traveling out of state or to have two negative tests at least 48 hours apart. Here is a map of testing locations in Allegheny County.

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