Fourth of July parade cancelled
July 2, 2020
With the second positive test result for COVID-19 in two days and a lack of participation, this year's Fourth of July parade has been cancelled, according to a joint statement between the Petersburg Borough and the Petersburg Medical Center released Friday, July 3.
The most recent case of the virus was confirmed Thursday evening. According to a separate joint statement between the borough and PMC, the person had developed symptoms and was evaluated by Petersburg Medical Center. A test was performed onsite and showed the individual was positive for COVID-19. The person was directed to isolate at home.
This year's Fourth of July Parade was to be spread out over a 2.5 mile route to allow the community to view the parade at a safe distance from one another; however, as of Friday afternoon, only four participants had signed up for the parade, and three of them were borough departments, according to a joint statement.
The virtual games and firework show on Friday evening and the Freedom Run on Saturday morning are all scheduled to take place.
The decision to cancel this year's Fourth of July parade was a result of the positive test result and the lack of participation in the parade, according to the joint statement. The Emergency Operations Center also noted that testing resources are being stressed across the nation. As of Thursday, PMC had 171 test results pending.
On Wednesday, July 1, a visitor to Rocky Point Resort was notified that he had COVID-19 after a test sample was collected from him upon arrival in Petersburg earlier in the week. The total cases of COVID-19 in Petersburg is six, two of which are active. At least two of the cases are non-residents.