Washington County leaders frustrated by lack of information from state about coronavirus cases

Washington County leaders frustrated by lack of information from state about coronavirus cases


NINETY SIX HAVE TESTED POSITIVE. NEW AT 11:00, I-IN CRITICAL CARE IN WASHINGTON HOSPITAL AWAITING TEST RESULTS ON THE CORONAVIRUS. HE WAS TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL LAST THURSDAY AND ADMITTED FOR DOUBLE LUNG AMMONIA. HE WAS TESTED FRIDAY FOR COVID- 19. BECAUSE OF THE TEST ON THAT BACKLOG, THEY WILL NOT THE RESULTS UNTIL THE END OF THIS WEEK. THAT LEADS HIM ON A VENTILATOR. I CANNOT GO IN AND HOLD HIS HAND AND TALK TO HIM, AND LET HER KNOW I AM THERE. THE HOSPITAL STAFF HAS TO GO IN WITH FULL CARE WITH GOWNS AND GLOVES AND THE MASK AND EVERYTHING. UNTIL THEY GET THE RESULTS. THAT IS NOT THE ONLY FRUSTRATION IN WASHINGTON COUNTY. THERE ARE TWO CONFIRMED CASES AND AN EMERGENCY DISASTER DECLARATION. OFFICIALS SAY THEY ARE HAVING TROUBLE GETTING INFORMATION FROM THE STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT. CHANNEL 11’S MICHELE NEWELL’S LIFE. YOU SPOKE TO A COMMISSIONER ABOUT THE PROBLEM TONIGHT. Reporter: WE WERE IN WASHINGTON COUNTY EARLIER TONIGHT. WE STOPPED TO GET SOMETHING A NOTICE THE SIGN. IT SAID STAY SAFE, WEAR GLOVES WHILE FEELING. YOU CAN SEE THERE ARE BOXES OF GLOVES AT THIS GAS STATION. CLEARLY, A LOT OF BUSINESS IS TAKING CAUTIONS. THERE ARE NOW TWO CONFIRMED CASES OF COVID-19 IN WASHINGTON COUNTY. WE DON’T KNOW YET. Reporter: WASHINGTON COUNTY A COMMISSIONER TOLD CHANNEL 11 TUESDAY NIGHT THEY ARE NOT GIVING ANY INFORMATION FROM THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ABOUT THE CASES. IT MAKES IT THAT MUCH MORE DIFFICULT TO PREPARE FOR WHAT ELSE COULD COME. IT IS FRUSTRATING. NOT EVERYONE NEEDS TO KNOW THIS, BUT WE HAVE KEY PEOPLE IN THE COUNTY THAT SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THIS. THE DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC SAFETY. Reporter: THERE IS NOW I DECLARATION OF DISASTER EMERGENCY IN WASHINGTON COUNTY, WHICH ALLOWS FOR A PROACTIVE RESPONSE AND A SUSPENSION OF SOME COUNTY ACTIVITIES. TONIGHT WE FOUND A NUMBER OF BUSINESSES CLOSED, WITH SIGNS LIKE THESE TAPED TO DOORS IN CANTERBURY. THIS ONE SAYS, SORRY, WE ARE CLOSED FOR TWO WEEKS. PLEASE TAKE THIS TIME TO BE WITH HER FAMILY. IT IS LIKE BURNING THE FIRE LINE. WE KNOW IT IS COMING AND WE ARE TRYING TO SEPARATE PEOPLE AS MUCH AS WE CAN SO WE CAN SLOW DOWN THE SPREAD OF THIS. IT IS A SCARY TIME. AND, WHERE TRYING TO DO WHAT WE CAN AND, GOD FORBID IT HITS US AS HARD AS THEY SAY WELL. WE JUST HOPE WE ARE PREPARED AND THAT WE CAN DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO HELP PEOPLE FROM A COUNTY, PUBLIC SAFETY PERSPECTIVE. Reporter: WE ALSO ASKED THE WASHINGTON COUNTY COMMISSIONER ABOUT ALLEGHENY COUNTY HEALTH OFFICIALS SAYING AROUND HALF OF THE COMMUNITY WILL GET THE CORONAVIRUS WITHIN TWO MONTHS. WE TALKED TO AN AND INFECTIOUS DISEASE DOCTOR TODAY. WE KNOW IT WILL GET WORSE BEFORE IT IS BETTER. ANY KIND OF NUMBERS LIKE THAT WHERE SPECULATING. WE JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT IT WILL BE. Reporter: WE KNOW THEY WERE ENCOURAGED TO GO TO THE PUBLIC SAFETY DESK FOR ANY UPDATES. OF COURSE, THERE IS STILL CONCERN, BASICALLY, TELLING