Allegheny County reports eight COVID-19 deaths Friday; Wolf calls for release of some nonviolent inmates

Allegheny County’s COVID-19 case growth is slower than the state as a whole.

by PublicSource Reporters

On Friday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced 78 new COVID-19 deaths, more than double the day before. To date, 416 people have died from COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, including 20 in Allegheny County. Pennsylvania has 19,979 cases, including 1,751 reported Friday.

All deaths in Allegheny County, including eight reported Friday, have been individuals over the age of 65. Allegheny County now has 788 COVID-19 cases, including 29 new cases from yesterday. The county reported 124 hospitalizations, both past and present, an increase by seven from Thursday.

Gov. Tom Wolf on Friday signed an order allowing for the potential release of nonviolent inmates in state prison who would otherwise be released within 9 months or who are within a year of release and have a high risk of complications from COVID-19. The state estimates that 1,500 to 1,800 inmates could be eligible, with releases set to begin April 14.

SCI Phoenix in Montgomery County currently has 11 cases, and the state is concerned about COVID-19 spreading to other facilities.

As of noon Friday:

The state’s hospital preparedness dashboard shows 2,069 COVID-19 patients hospitalized throughout Pennsylvania and 1,410 of the state’s 4,985 ventilators in use for both COVID-19 cases and unrelated ones.

 

 

A woman at Trader Joe’s gets ready to grocery shop by putting on store-provided gloves after disinfecting the handle of her shopping cart on March 29. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

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