by PublicSource Reporters
The Allegheny County Department of Health [ACHD] reported 37 new infections and no new COVID-related fatalities. The newly reported cases bring the total count since March 14 to 10,847 infections.
The case tally released Tuesday came from 480 tests conducted from Sept. 1-6 and were among patients age 17 to 95 years old, with the media age being 36. Roughly two in three of the new infections were in people younger than 50.
To date, the county has had 349 deaths and 1,033 people hospitalized because of the virus.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health [DOH] reported 496 additional infections and 11 fatalities Tuesday, bringing the statewide tallies to 140,359 cases and 7,791 COVID-related deaths.
Each region of the state has seen a significant increase in cases among younger Pennsylvanians, specifically 19 to 24 year olds. In April, roughly 5% of cases in Southwestern Pennsylvania were among 19 to 24 year olds. The age group represented 13% of new COVID infections in August, but that number had been as high as 21% in July.
Still, personal care and nursing homes continue to bear the brunt of the deaths, with residents representing 67.3% of all COVID-related fatalities in the state.
Roughly 9,914, or 7% of all infections, are among healthcare workers, a percent that has remained fairly steady throughout the summer surge.
Ahead of the Labor Day weekend, Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen had 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 last week.
A social distancing sign set up during the COVID-19 shutdown near food and school work distribution tables at Westwood K-5 in Pittsburgh. (Photo by Jay Manning/PublicSource)
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