On the first Tuesday of Allegheny County’s yellow phase of pandemic recovery, the health department reported 17 new cases of COVID-19 – for a current total of 1,658 – and one new COVID-19 death, the first in three days.
Of the county’s 144 deaths since mid-March, 112 of them have been residents of long-term care facilities.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 610 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the statewide total to 63,666. The state reported 119 new deaths, a total of 4,624.
Within the total caseload, 16,003 have been among residents and staff of nursing and personal care homes. These facilities also account for about 68 percent of all deaths from COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. About 4,600 of the known cases have been among health care workers.
Pennsylvania Department of Health on Tuesday released COVID-19 related data for individual nursing homes and personal care facilities, including the number of residents and staff infected and the number of deaths per facility. The data will be updated daily, the secretary said.
Levine added that, “Now that the testing capacity is there, we’re working out a way to test everyone – all the patients and all the staff at every facility, both the nursing homes and the personal care homes. And we’re continuing to evolve our strategy.”
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