Allegheny County reports first COVID-19 death in nearly a week; polls open with some social distancing concerns

by PublicSource Reporters

As Pennsylvanians headed to the polls Tuesday, Allegheny County reported its first new COVID-19 death since May 27 on Tuesday, along with nine newly reported infections.

To date, the county has reported 1,928 COVID-19 cases and 152 deaths.

After fielding “a few complaints from voters” that social distancing wasn’t being adhered to at the polls, workers were told to emphasize COVID-19 mitigation, Allegheny County spokesperson Amie Downs said in an 8:30 a.m. email to press.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 100 COVID new deaths and 612 additional infections Tuesday. This brings the statewide case count to 72,894 and 5,667 fatalities.

“As counties move into the yellow and green phases, we must take personal responsibility to protect others,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said in a press release. “Wearing a mask, continuing to maintain social distancing, and washing your hands frequently are all steps we can take to help protect others, including our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians, our essential workers and our healthcare system.”

Regarding the recent protests over the death of George Floyd, Levine recognized Pennsylvanians’ right to protest and urged protesters to do so safely. “Public health authorities throughout the country have been concerned about the impact of these protests if social distancing is not practiced and if masks are not worn, and we’ll do everything we can to mitigate that,” she said.

Illustration of novel coronavirus. (Graphic by Ryan Loew and Natasha Vicens/PublicSource)

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Allegheny County reports first COVID-19 death in nearly a week; polls open with some social distancing concerns

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