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Reports: COVID-19 Case in Clairton

By Jason Togyer
The Tube City Almanac
March 15, 2020
Posted in: Announcements

(This is a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available.)

Clairton officials announced Sunday afternoon that a city resident who may be suffering symptoms of COVID-19 has been treated at AHN Jefferson Hospital.

Clairton Councilwoman Denise L. Johnson-Clemmons and Councilman Tony Kurta said via Facebook the city was notified and is working with Allegheny County Health Department to get additional information.

At a joint news conference Saturday, health officials from the county, AHN and UPMC reported Allegheny County’s first two confirmed cases of COVID-19. The patients were both adults, one in their 70s and one in their 60s, who were exposed to the virus during travel out of state.

Both patients are recovering at home and have not required hospitalization. They are Pittsburgh residents, county officials said.

Two additional cases were confirmed on Sunday afternoon by the county Health Department. The individuals are adults, both in their 60s, the department said. One person is currently hospitalized, and the other is in isolation at home.

In order to protect patient privacy and confidentiality, officials said, additional information regarding these cases is not being released.

Health officials will follow up with all individuals identified as close contacts of the known cases and will enforce appropriate quarantine measures, a spokeswoman said.

The Health Department said they anticipate additional local confirmed cases in the coming days and have recommended the following immediate steps:

• Suspend large gatherings, events, conferences of 250 individuals or more.

• Avoid traveling to recreational activities like gyms, movie theaters and shopping malls.

ACHD officials are also encouraging religious leaders to exercise discretion in order to mitigate the spread of illness.

Originally published March 15, 2020.

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