by PublicSource Reporters
Allegheny County reported 39 new cases of COVID-19 on Labor Day Monday, bringing the county total to 10,810 reported cases. No new deaths were reported, leaving the total at 349.
The newest cases of COVID-19 reported from 536 tests, are among patients ranging in age from 3 to 82 years old with the median age of 30. The cases were reported from tests conducted between Sept. 2 and Sept. 6.
There have been 1,030 past and present hospitalizations reported in the county.
Ahead of the Labor Day weekend, Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen urged the public to remain vigilant so as not to repeat the summer surge following the Fourth of July weekend.
“COVID-19 is a virus that can spread rapidly if we let down our guard,” Bogen said.
During the Allegheny County Health Department’s board meeting Wednesday, board member Joylette Portlock expressed dismay at the fact that the racial gap between Black and white residents had increased during each of the two major times COVID-19 cases spiked in the county. During the April outbreak, Black residents were twice as likely to have a confirmed COVID-19 case as white residents. And during the July outbreak, that disparity had increased: Black residents are now three times as likely to have tested positive for COVID-19.
A patient sample that is awaiting testing for the coronavirus. (Photo by Kimberly Rowen/PublicSource)
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