by PublicSource Reporters
The Allegheny County Health Department reported 83 new COVID-19 infections on Monday, bringing the total case count to 2,651.
Monday’s report follows the 96 cases reported Sunday, the highest since March 14 when officials announced the first cases in the county and the first time the county has led the state in number of new cases.
Health officials also announced four hospitalizations and no new COVID-related fatalities on Monday. To date, there have been 186 deaths and 386 past and present hospitalizations. The ages of those infected in the most recent cases, range from 9 to 89.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen held a briefing Sunday afternoon about the increase of COVID-19 cases and new mitigation measures.
“For the first time since COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the state, Allegheny County led the state in the number of new COVID-19 cases,” Fitzgerald said. “We’re going the wrong direction.”
The health department shortly thereafter finalized an order to restrict on-site alcohol consumption at any business, namely bars and restaurants. The order is effective immediately but will not be enforced until 5 p.m. June 30.
Masks are required in all businesses. The county also ordered masks in restaurants must be worn even when seated and may only be removed when eating or drinking. “Violations reported will be investigated with businesses being ordered closed for a minimum of a week,” according to the county statement. Complaints may be sent after 5 p.m. June 30 by a web form, by email to COVIDcomplaints@alleghenycounty.us or by calling 412-350-INFO (412-350-4636).
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