Health Officials Concerned About Young People Partying

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - While Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald is pleased that the number of COVID-19 cases in the county continue to fall, with a positive rate at 3 percent on Wednesday, he is warning of dangerous behavior by younger people.

While the daily case count of 27 is the lowest since late June, Fitzgerald says that they are getting reports of college kids gathering without masks or practicing social distancing.

Fitzgerald says they want to avoid outbreaks on college campuses like the ones reported in North Carolina and West Virginia but they can only do that if everyone takes the virus seriously.

As students gather for in-person classes, there are already reports of parties and other activities in Oakland, Squirrel Hill and the South Side that could lead to another outbreak.

“Nobody should be walked around on the streets without a mask on, these are populated areas . . . we need to be wearing those masks,” said Fitzgerald.

He added that the community is relying on young people to do the right thing and that it only takes a few people not following the rules to cause outbreak.

County Health Director Dr. Debra Bogen says it is important people wear their masks outside and limit activities to small parties, adding she was in Oakland recently and was disappointed to not see many people wearing a mask.

Both the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University have pushed back the start of in-person classes one week.

 Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner has written an open letter saying he has heard of many students attending parties without masks.

It writes, “your behavior is threatening a successful term for all of us.”

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