Talk that President Donald Trump, fresh from a hospitalization for COVID-19, might soon hold a campaign event in the Pittsburgh area, drew rebukes from local officials Thursday.
“I am extremely concerned,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, during a press conference held via Zoom by Democratic officials, and focused primarily on the need for more aid to address housing needs during the pandemic.
Neither Fitzgerald nor Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto had received any official notification of details of a visit, but the county executive said he heard it was in the president’s plans for “potentially Monday.” That echoes reporting Wednesday evening by New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman.
“I think it is irresponsible [to hold a public event], when you’ve been told that you should quarantine for at least 14 days,” Fitzgerald said.
“He comes with a whole lot of people that he’s been exposing,” Fitzgerald said, adding that the Republican president would be speaking “probably without a mask, without any other protective equipment.”
The Allegheny County Department of Health [ACHD] reported 127 additional COVID- 19 infections Thursday and no new COVID-related fatalities. The newly reported cases bring the total count since March 14 to 13,024 infections.
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