Washington County PA Declares State of Emergency Due to Covid-19

Washington County Courthouse, photo by Generic1139 Creative Commons Attribution 3.0

According to the Observer Reporter:

Washington County declared a disaster emergency Tuesday after a second case of coronavirus was made public earlier in the day.

The second case was announced as another 20 positive cases of the virus were reported Tuesday afternoon in Pennsylvania, the state Heath Department secretary said.

The increase takes the statewide total to 96, with Allegheny County rising by two, bringing its number to eight, Secretary Rachel Levine said.


The three new presumptive positive cases are all young adults over the age of 18 who are in isolation at home, Downs said. Two of the patients acquired COVID-19 through recent international travel and one through recent domestic travel.

According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

The Washington County Board of Commissioners officially has declared a disaster emergency to allow coordination of its emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with two cases now reported in the county and 13 in southwestern Pennsylvania.

The declaration allows commissioners to suspend certain governmental procedures and formalities in monitoring and reacting to situations, all while working with community partners, hospitals, municipalities, and county, state and federal officials.

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Here is a link to the WTAE Facebook video with Washington County officials as of Monday March 16, 2020. This video is one day old and was recorded before the state of emergency was declared.

In related news

The Trib Live is reporting that:

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Pittsburgh-based health giant UPMC on Tuesday rejected calls from county and state health experts to stop doing elective surgeries at its hospitals.

I don’t expect UPMC to perform elective surgeries much longer though. Experts say the number of Covid-19 cases grows exponentially once it is circulating among the public.

It looks like the Chinese government wants greater control of information about Covid-19 coming out of China by expelling western journalists according to this tweet by the New York Times:

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Screen capture of NYT tweet about expulsion of American Journalists.

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