Allegheny County reports 79 new COVID cases, as state urges unemployed to apply for added benefit

UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine announced a breakthrough Tuesday about a potential drug to treat and prevent the COVID-19 virus.

by PublicSource Reporters

The Allegheny County Health Department [ACHD] reported 79 new COVID-19 infections Thursday and 3 new COVID-related fatalities. The newly reported cases bring the total count since March 14 to 11,510  infections.

The case tally released Thursday came from 1,226 tests conducted from Aug. 30 through Sept. 16. The new infections were among patients aged 2 to 100, with the median age being 38. More than half of the cases were in people younger than 50.

To date, the county has had 366 deaths and 1,099 people hospitalized because of the virus.

During ACHD’s weekly briefing on Wednesday, Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen discussed students’ return to the classroom, noting that while the county’s positivity rate is up slightly to 7% to 9%, she was pleased cases are holding steady.

“We’ve had about a month of relatively stable case numbers of students returning to schools, colleges and universities around the county,“ Bogen said.

Bogen’s case summary:

  •     About 20% of cases since the beginning of September are associated with colleges and universities.
  •     2% of the infections are associated with in-person learning for K-12 students.

Following the infection of an 11-month-old baby announced earlier this week and a PublicSource inquiry, Bogen said that Allegheny County has seen more than 100 children younger than 3 years of age infected with COVID-19 since March when the first cases emerged. The World Health Organization recommends mothers with confirmed or suspected to be infected with COVID-19, to continue breastfeeding. Early and emerging research suggests breast milk may contain immune response secretions.


Allegheny County reports 79 new COVID cases, as state urges unemployed to apply for added benefit

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