Sec. Levine denounces transphobic attacks targeting her and other members of the LGBTQ community.
by PublicSource Reporters
The Allegheny County Department of Health [ACHD] reported 125 more COVID-19 infections Wednesday, bringing the total case count since March 14 to 7,718 cases.
The new cases come from tests conducted from July 8 through July 28 from 1,310 tests. Roughly half of the new cases were in people younger than 50.
ACHD also reported five new fatalities and 10 additional hospitalizations. The new fatalities were patients between the ages of 70 and 90 and occurred between July 14 -24.
To date, there have been 234 deaths and 613 past and present hospitalizations in the county.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health [DOH] reported 834 new infections and 16 fatalities Wednesday, bringing the statewide case count to 110,218 and 7,162 deaths.
The state’s largest population centers reported the most infections with Allegheny County announcing 125 cases Allegheny and 111 in Philadelphia County.
Each region of the state has seen a significant increase in cases among younger Pennsylvanians, specifically 19 to 24 year olds. Southwestern Pennsylvania, which includes Pittsburgh, however, has seen one of the greatest spikes in this age group. In April, roughly 5% of cases in the region were among 19 to 24 year olds. So far in July, the age group represented 19% of COVID infections.
Still, personal care and nursing homes continue to bear the brunt of the deaths, with residents representing 68.2% of all COVID-related fatalities in the state.
Roughly 8,110, or 7.3% of all infections, are among healthcare workers.
County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.
Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine opened her Tuesday press conference with a statement denouncing transphobic attacks targeting her and other members of the LGBTQ community.
“Our children are watching,” she said. “They are watching what we do. And they are watching how we act, and to all LGBTQ young people, it is okay to be you, and it is okay to stand up for your rights, and your freedoms.”
“As for me, I have no room in my heart for hatred, and frankly, I do not have time for intolerance,” she said.
“My heart is full with a burning desire to help people, and my time is full with working towards protecting the public health of everyone in Pennsylvania from the impact of the global pandemic due to COVID-19, and I will stay laser focused on that goal.”
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