Allegheny County begins reporting data on the race of those hospitalized and dead from COVID-19; state reports 1,676 new cases

494 dead in Pennsylvania from COVID-19, including 19 in Allegheny County

by PublicSource Reporters

Allegheny County will now begin sharing the race of individuals who are hospitalized as well as those who die of COVID-19, but on the first day, some data is still unavailable.

Of the 130 individuals hospitalized as of April 11, 80 are reported to be white, 22 Black, 5 other and 23 unknown. Of the 19 reported deaths, 18 individuals are white and one is Black.

Previously, the county did not record data categorized by race despite disproportionate Black deaths from COVID-19 across the country. The county explained in a release sent Saturday that most of the COVID-19 test results sent from the PA National Electronic Disease Surveillance System do not contain information on race, so the Allegheny County Health Department has begun to ask about race during case investigation interviews.

On Saturday, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced another 78 new COVID-19 deaths. To date, 494 people have died from COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. There are 21,655 cases statewide, including 1,676 reported Saturday.

All deaths in Allegheny County have been individuals over the age of 65. Allegheny County now has 836 COVID-19 cases, including 48 new cases since Friday.

As of noon Saturday:

The state’s hospital preparedness dashboard shows 2,218 COVID-19 patients hospitalized throughout Pennsylvania and 1,468 of the state’s 4,907 ventilators in use for both COVID-19 cases and unrelated ones.

A man wearing a face mask waits for the bus along Murray Avenue in Squirrel Hill on March 27. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)

 

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Allegheny County begins reporting data on the race of those hospitalized and dead from COVID-19; state reports 1,676 new cases

 

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