PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Allegheny County Health Department announced Thursday that there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania at this time.
Pennsylvania still has no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at this time. ACHD remains vigilant in investigating possible cases in our area and would alert the public immediately should any threat be detected. pic.twitter.com/bJFhqA7EBwREAD MORE: Police Looking For 2 Suspects Accused Of Stealing More Than $1,300 Worth Of Merchandise From Indiana Co. Walmart
— Allegheny County Health Department (@HealthAllegheny) March 5, 2020
Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania Department of Health says it will soon begin its own testing for the virus.
UPMC officials said on Tuesday that they have not had any cases in any of the communities they serve in New York and Maryland, or internationally.
“If that changes, we have been putting measures in place since early January to quickly respond,” UPMC Chief Quality Officer Tami Minnier said.READ MORE: 2 W. Va. Child Services Workers Charged With Misdemeanors Involving Abuse Of 4-Year-Old Boy Who Later Died
Yesterday, the @PAHealthDept announced that it is now testing for #COVID19 & @UPMC announced that it is working to develop its own test for the virus. At this time, PA still has no confirmed cases of COVID-19, but some are expected with this expanded testing. pic.twitter.com/0uJPsqpv3t
— Allegheny County Health Department (@HealthAllegheny) March 4, 2020
UPMC is in the process of developing its own testing as well.
“This is obviously a priority as we’d be able to test more quickly if we do it here within our organization,” Dr. Snyder said. “I do not have a time yet as to when that would be available. Presently, we are course collaborating with our colleagues at the Allegheny County Health Department.”
Like federal health agencies, the Allegheny County Health Department is also recommending the public to avoid all non-essential travel to China, Italy, Iran and South Korea, as well as extreme caution if traveling to Hong Kong or Japan.MORE NEWS: Pittsburghers Protest Police Shooting Of Daunte Wright In Minnesota
They are also asking the public to reconsider any cruise trips in Asia right now.