State Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine hasn’t yet provided a date for Allegheny County to move to the yellow phase.
by PublicSource Reporters
Allegheny County reported three new COVID-19 deaths Saturday, bringing the county’s total to 102. This number includes 92 people who tested positive for the virus and 10 probable cases. All of the deaths were individuals age 42 or older; the median age among those who have died is 84.
The county reported 14 new cases Saturday, bringing its total to 1,333, and two new hospitalizations. The county has recorded 237 past and present hospitalizations.
Pennsylvania reported 1,334 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, a 2.8% increase from Friday, to bring its total to 48,305. The state reported 64 new deaths, bringing its overall toll to 2,418.
Residents and employees of nursing and personal care homes account for 9,975 (20%) of the state’s cases and 1,614 (66%) of its deaths.
Of the state’s total cases, 2,989 (6%) are in health care workers.
In a state press conference Saturday, Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine addressed concerns stemming from the state’s phased reopening announcement Friday, which moved 24 counties to the “yellow” phase.
The state said Friday that Allegheny County’s population density was a factor in keeping it in the “red” phase for the time being, and on Saturday Levine said that population density has been a consistent part of the department’s criteria as it is a “basic part of public health.”
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald on Friday said he’s hopeful that Allegheny will be one of the next counties to be moved to yellow, but Levine on Saturday refused to provide any specific date for the move.
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