State Reports 71 New COVID-19 Deaths; Allegheny County Reports 2

Pennsylvania has reported a total of 1,492 deaths, with 903 being residents of nursing or personal care facilities.

 

Pennsylvania reported 1,599 COVID-19 cases Friday, a 4.3% increase from Thursday, bringing the state’s total to 38,652. The state also announced 71 new COVID-related deaths, bringing the total to 1,492. Of those who have died, 903 were residents of nursing or personal care facilities.

Allegheny County announced 28 COVID-19 cases Friday, a 2.4% increase from Thursday, along with two new deaths and four new hospitalizations. The county’s caseload is 1,177, with 208 past and present hospitalizations and 71 deaths.

Less than 3% of the county’s cases are in people under the age of 19. Fifty-seven percent of cases are in people older than 50. The county reported that 49 COVID-19 patients are on ventilators, and the state’s hospital preparedness dashboard shows that nearly 600 ventilators are still available in Allegheny County.

As of Friday, 55% of Allegheny County’s confirmed cases were white people, 17% were Black people, 1% were Asian people and 26% were unknown.

Pennsylvania has administered about 186,000 COVID-19 tests (20% were positive), meaning it has tested about 1.45% of the state’s population. Allegheny County has administered about 14,300 tests (with 8.2% positive), meaning it has tested about 1.2% of its population.

The western half of the state still has significantly lower counts of confirmed cases than the eastern half. Allegheny County is the only western county with more than 1,000 cases. Two of Allegheny County’s neighbors, Westmoreland and Beaver counties, have 317 and 337 confirmed cases, respectively. A few counties at or near the state’s northern border have fewer than 10 confirmed cases, but testing in those locations has been minimal.

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