This is the latest Live Well Allegheny e-update. It is full of information that will help in making Allegheny County healthy for all. This can also be shared with your own networks. More information is available on our website at: www.livewellallegheny.com including partner resources which are available here.
We now have 205 community partners, 68 municipalities, 51 restaurants, 33 workplaces and 18 school districts united in our efforts to make Allegheny County healthy for all!
A Letter From Our Director
Hello Live Well Allegheny community,
Allegheny County is entering a critical time in the coronavirus pandemic. With the weather changing, we will be spending more time indoors. And the holidays are a tempting time to gather with friends and family to celebrate.
But we must all take steps to reduce the spread of the virus and keep ourselves and our loved ones safe.
Our case numbers are rising very quickly, and this concerns me. According to national models, if our cases continue to increase, we could have hundreds of people die in the coming months. But they don’t have to.
Here is what I’m asking you to do.
First, please stop or sharply curtail your physical interactions with others. This means not hosting parties, even small ones like sleepovers, birthday parties, baby showers, end-of-season sports banquets, and larger ones like weddings. It means not meeting with friends for dinner or having people over to watch the game.
These parties can quickly spread the virus. The Health Department investigated an outbreak associated with a wedding that had about 45 attendees. Although everyone was asymptomatic at the time of the wedding, we have linked 18 cases to that event – from teens to seniors. One was hospitalized and one is pregnant.
Please, if you have parties, keep them outdoors if possible, and if not, limit the size to just a few people all wearing properly fitting masks and stay at least six feet apart. Six feet is more than you might think, and farther apart is better.
Second, please help contain the virus by answering the calls from the Health Department and following the isolation and quarantine recommendations. We have only a few ways to stop this virus, and containment is one that has worked for centuries. Containment means isolating those who are sick and contagious and quarantining close contacts who may have been infected.
Third, get tested if you have symptoms or are a close contact of a case. This map (https://bit.ly/ACTestingSiteMap) shows testing locations around the county, and we’re working to add more.
Fourth, please get your flu shot. The Health Department’s flu website (alleghenycounty.us/influenza) includes information about the vaccine, a link to a map showing where you can get a vaccine, and instructions to help community organizations host their own vaccination events.
I know what is happening right now might be scary or overwhelming; however, our experience with this virus over the past eight months has shown us that if we act as a community, we can reverse this unsettling trend.
Thank you. Stay safe, and be kind.
Stay safe and be kind,
||The flu vaccine is a safe and reliable way to lower the risk of getting the flu. And, if you do get the flu, the vaccine reduces the risk of serious illness – such as hospitalizations and the need for intensive care. The COVID-19 pandemic makes it even more important for residents to protect themselves by getting vaccinated because:
For information about where to get the flu vaccine visit the ACHD web site and the new flu map that is available at this link:
What’s Happening in Public Health: COVID-19
The Health Department wants everyone to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The department’s COVID-19 web page contains information on the virus, its impact in Allegheny County and information, guidance and resources. These materials can help you and your communities stay safe.
- Allegheny County is now offering free COVID-19 testing, for ages 3 and up, at a site in McKeesport. This testing is made possible by CARES Act funding that has been allocated directly to the county. For more information about how to make an appointment at this location please call 412-209-2262, or visit this link: http://bit.ly/McKeesportCOVIDTestSite. There is no cost for these tests.
- The Health Department’s case investigators and contact tracers are working hard to reach people but we need your help. Please pick up the phone when the Health Department is calling, answer our questions and follow our instructions. If you’re emailed a case investigation form, please fill it out and send it back.
Case investigation and contact tracing are vital steps to boxing in the virus and containing its spread. Please answer the call.
The Health Department encourages Allegheny County residents to download and use COVID Alert PA, a smartphone app designed to let you know if you’ve been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. The more people who use the app, the more effective it will be at keeping us safe.
Available now free to smartphone users as a download
from the Apple App store or Google Play store, COVID Alert PA is available in English and Spanish. More information is available here: pa.gov/covid/covid-alert-pa/.
Ways to Stay Healthy During This Time
Partner Information & Opportunities
Every day, roughly 1,300 Americans die from smoking-related illnesses; that’s 480,000 a year.
This isn’t just a national problem – the health effects of tobacco disproportionately affect Western Pennsylvanians:
The national average of people who smoke is 15%
In Pennsylvania, 17% of residents smoke
In Allegheny County, 19% of people smoke
From November 15-21, 2020 Tobacco Free Allegheny and Live Well Allegheny are celebrating the 6th annual Allegheny Quits for Life Tobacco Cessation Awareness Week!
What is Allegheny Quits for Life?
Allegheny Quits for Life is a week-long series of events and communications designed to support residents’ efforts to quit smoking and using tobacco products. Allegheny Quits for Life partners are critical in conveying the message that a tobacco-free Allegheny is a healthier Allegheny, and to secure commitments from Allegheny residents to take the first steps toward quitting.
Allegheny Quits for Life is all about cessation awareness. We’re looking for organizations who would like to support our efforts. This includes:
- Any organization who will share information about the free cessation resources that are available.
- Organizations who will share resources on their social media pages.
To get involved, check out this link and help us to spread the word that a tobacco-free Allegheny is a healthier Allegheny!
Adagio Health’s Power Up nutrition educators are offering weekly live discussions all about making the healthy choice, the easy choice on a limited budget! Join them every Tuesday from 4-5pm by following this link: https://bit.ly/SNAPEdLive.
Unable to make a virtual class? Power Up has created a library of pre-recorded lessons for all age groups PreK through adult! Find them at:
The Pittsburgh Food Policy Council recently released the Greater Pittsburgh Food Action Plan. The plan envisions the creation of a regional food system, rooted in collaborative, community-based decisions, that prioritizes equity and supports the health of our people, our natural resources and our economy. Access to fresh and healthy food is a critical need in Allegheny County. This plan brings together the input of 100 stakeholders and 600 residents.
For more information about the plan and how to get involved please visit this web site:
New Live Well Allegheny Community Partner!
A warm welcome to our new Live Well Allegheny Community Partner:
Every Child Inc provides clinical and family support services for children and families in Allegheny County.
You can learn more about their commitment to health and wellness at their profile page on the Search Local Resources web page.