Allegheny County, which moved to the yellow phase of reopening Friday, announced eight new COVID-19 cases Sunday but no new deaths.
by PublicSource reporters
The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry on Sunday announced the launch of the state’s Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, which provides 13 additional weeks of unemployment benefits for those who have used up their payments.
This program comes from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security [CARES] Act. Individuals are eligible for the additional payments if they have already exhausted regular state or federal benefits after July 6, 2019.
Allegheny County announced eight new cases of COVID-19 Sunday but no new deaths or hospitalizations. To date, the county has reported 1,603 cases, 143 deaths and 292 past or present hospitalizations.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 623 new COVID-19 cases and 15 new deaths on Sunday. To date, the state has reported 62,234 cases and 4,418 deaths.
Nursing and personal care home residents and employees in 558 facilities across 45 counties represent 15,447, about 25%, of the state’s total caseload as well as 3,057, about 69%, of the state’s total deaths. Health care workers represent 4,451, about 7%, of the state’s total caseload.
As Allegheny County and much of Southwestern Pennsylvania moved to the yellow phase of reopening Friday, Gov. Tom Wolf announced that 12 additional counties, including neighboring Beaver, the only neighboring county that remained in red, will move to yellow on May 22.
“To Pennsylvanians in the 49 counties in the yellow phase, I cannot emphasize enough that you continue to practice social distancing,” Wolf said in a press conference Friday. He emphasized continuing to telework, keeping six feet apart from other people and continuing to wear masks in public.
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