PITTSBURGH —Wednesday, Mayor Bill Peduto announced that 10% of all City of Pittsburgh employees were quarantining because of COVID-19.”We just wanted to let people know that it is getting to the point where it will affect city services,” Peduto said Thursday.
Last week, the city announced recycling collection would be delayed in the East End due to some members of the Environmental Services Department needing to quarantine.
Staff needed to be shifted around in order to collect.
Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 spoke with Lois DeYoung, a North Side resident who said her recycling collection was late, but she’s not complaining.
“It doesn’t annoy me. I think we all need to worry about more important things right now than our trash pickup being a little late,” DeYoung said.
Peduto said the city has contingency plans if up to 40% of the city workers are sidelined.
How the city makes it work is itself a moving target, since the city can’t predict which departments may need to quarantine or how large a potential outbreak may be.