Allegheny County reports just 66 new COVID-19 cases, but rate of positive tests raises concerns

by PublicSource Reporters

The Allegheny County Health Department [ACHD] reported 66 additional COVID-19 infections on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases reported since mid-March to 8,160.

The new cases were found in 1- to 90-year-olds who received positive test results between July 7 and 31.

The department on Saturday confirmed one additional fatality, an individual in their 80s who died on July 29, bringing the death toll to 240. It also reported new 12 hospitalizations, bringing that total to 681.

Gov. Tom Wolf’s office noted in a press release Friday that over the seven days ended Thursday, 6.4 percent of COVID-19 tests in Allegheny County came up positive, placing the county among 12 counties that health officials deem to have concerning levels of infection.

The state on Saturday reported 888 new cases of COVID-19 and 15 additional deaths, bringing the state’s number of infections to 112,936 and its death toll to 7,204.

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and state Department of Health urged residents Friday to create emergency plans for any hurricane or tropical storm that may hit the state amid the pandemic. Residents should adhere to COVID-19 health guidance unless it slows responses or causes harm, Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said in a press release. Pennsylvanians should ensure their home emergency kits contain non-perishable food and a gallon of water per day for each family member, among other essentials.

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