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Allegheny County saw the second-largest increase in new cases of covid-19 on Saturday, with the county Department of Health reporting 244 new cases.
The cases come from a series of tests conducted over the past month, 30 of which have been collecting samples dating from more than two weeks ago.
Officials said they were aware of the backlog and have already completed investigation of the issues and contact traces. At the state level, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced Friday that it will strengthen its covid-19 contact staff to about 1,000 more workers.
In addition, the county set another record for new hospitals, adding 33 more people to the total of 669. On Thursday, the county reported 23 hospitalizations.
In the past four days, 86 people have been admitted to the county hospital. In July, the county added 276 people to its hospitalization list, which includes past and present hospitalization.
On Friday, the county added four new deaths, bringing the total number of county residents who have died from the virus to 239. Reported deaths range in age 74-93, with death dates lasting July 23-29.
New cases in county district aged 2 to 103 with average age 52 years. The cases were the result of tests conducted from June 30 to July 30.
The county said the new cases reported today represent at least 77 known to be among long-term care residents and staff.
On Friday, Allegheny County was the source of the state’s biggest new cases, with 244. Philadelphia County added the second highest with 130. Those two counties accounted for more than 38% of the state’s 19 new cases. .
In July, Allegheny County added 5,400 new cases of covid-19 to a total of 8,094. This accounts for nearly 67% of all county issues since March, when the pandemic began.
The July total was more than six times higher than the 849 cases in June. In May, the county had 622 cases, in April had 964 and in March had 325.
In July, Allegheny County averaged 174 new cases per day, while in June the average was only 28. In May, the average was 20 cases per day.
So far, county website data has had results in 5,097 cases – 4,861 are presumed to have recovered and 239 have died. In cases with a result, the recovery rate is more than 95%. There are 2,952 cases without any presumed results.
On its website, the county says, “Recovery is a calculation by the CDC … based on one of two conditions: 32 days have passed since a person was hospitalized for covid-19 and not dead or 14 days have passed after a person was tested positive… And they were not hospitalized ”.
At Allegheny County Jail, officials do not report new cases of covid-19 infections. There are 34 inmates standing and 11 staff have tested positive since 13 March. Two undercover prisoners with 19 remain in the facility, with 32 who have either recovered or been released. A total of 311 prisoners were tested, with 274 negative tests for a positivity rate of 10.9%. The county reports two tests of inmates still pending.
Among workers, 97 were tested, with 80 being negative for a positivity rate of 11.3%. Six tests among employees are pending.
Health officials continue to encourage residents to wear masks, wash their hands, and maintain physical distance from others to keep the community safe.
Chris Pastrick is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Chris at 412-320-7898, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter.
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