by PublicSource Reporters
The Pennsylvania Department of Health [DOH] reported a two-day total of 1,594 new infections and 7 fatalities for Sunday and Monday, bringing the statewide tallies to 156,826 cases and 8,107 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 27% of new COVID infections so far in September.
Still, personal care and nursing homes continue to bear the brunt of the deaths, with residents representing 67.0% of all COVID-related fatalities in the state.
Roughly 10,662, or 6.8% of all infections, are among healthcare workers, a percent that has remained fairly steady throughout the summer.
Allegheny County said the coronavirus numbers for the county have been delayed. Data on statewide hospitalizations can be found here. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.
Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen lifted an order Thursday limiting outdoor gatherings to 100 people and imposing stricter restaurant restrictions than the state.
“Our case counts continue to remain relatively low and we are doing much better than other areas of the country,” Bogen said in a press release.
State orders regarding face coverings, mandatory telework and business occupancy restrictions, among others, remain in place, the county said. On Wednesday, county officials said that limits on the size of gatherings would be enforced, despite a federal judge’s ruling that some of the state’s pandemic mitigation efforts are unconstitutional.
“I encourage people not to get caught up in the political battles that tend to go on,” Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said at a Wednesday press conference. “We’re going to continue to remain vigilant here and make sure that everybody continues to cooperate.”
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The Allegheny County Health Department reported 106 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday, but no new deaths. The new cases take the total to 12,101 infections and 380 deaths.
Saturday’s case tally came from 1,426 tests conducted from Sept. 17 to 25. The new infections were among patients 5 to 94 years old, with a median age of 31. Of the new cases, 68% were in people younger than 50.
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