Peduto And Fitzgerald Make Statements Following Yellow Phase Announcement

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto addresses the city of Pittsburgh during coronavirus pandemic
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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald have both made statements following Governor Tom Wolf’s decision to move Allegheny and many other surrounding counties into the yellow phase of coronavirus mitigation.

Mayor Peduto said, “I want to thank Governor Wolf for recognizing all that the greater Pittsburgh community has done to mitigate the spread of this pandemic, and allowing us to take initial steps toward reopening our city and our economy. But we are far from beating this — Pittsburgh residents, workers and visitors need to keep focusing on social distancing, not leaving home if they are sick, wearing masks, washing hands and generally just being smart about fighting this still-spreading disease. 

We owe it to our city’s heroic medical personnel and first responders to keep being vigilant, and we must do much more to test the greater population and to contact trace anyone who has tested positive for the virus. I have offered the assistance of the City of Pittsburgh to help implement these needed testing and tracing measures.” 

 Fitzgerald said, “We are delighted with the Governor’s announcement today that the Southwest region will move into the yellow phase beginning next Friday. This decision is a reflection of the great work that the residents of Allegheny County and our neighboring counties have done following the advice of our medical experts.  

“This is also good news for so many in our community who have been impacted economically because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re thrilled for the businesses and residents who will return to work, but also recognize that there are many more that will still be without.

“This community has always worked together and risen to the challenges and the COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. We recognize that it hasn’t been easy, and that we still have a long way to go. This won’t be a short process. As we begin to expand what businesses can operate in our region, we must stay vigilant and continue to follow the mitigation measures that are in place.”

Beaver County is the only county in the region that will remain in the red phase of mitigation.

The areas that are permitted to move into yellow will do so Friday, May 15.


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