by PublicSource Reporters
The Allegheny County Health Department [ACHD] reported 138 new COVID-19 infections Saturday and two new COVID-related fatalities. The newly reported cases bring the total count since March 14 to 13,959 infections.
The case tally released Saturday came from 2,024 tests conducted from Oct. 11 to 16. The new infections were in patients ranging in age from 4 to 92, with the median age of 40. Of the new cases, 67% were in people younger than 50. To date, the county has had 405 deaths and 1,338 people hospitalized because of the virus.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health [DOH] reported 1,857 new infections and nine fatalities Saturday, bringing the statewide tallies to 180,943 cases and 8,466 COVID-related deaths.
The second wave of COVID-19 infections is here, Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine announced Wednesday.
Her declaration came on the ninth consecutive day of 1,000-plus statewide case counts and increased hospitalizations.
“We believe we’re at the start of the fall resurgence,” Levine said.
Each region of the state has seen a significant increase in cases among younger Pennsylvanians, specifically 19- to 24-year-olds. An alert was sent to healthcare providers about the changing COVID-19 case demographics, as there are more cases in younger age groups than in those 50 to 64 and 65 and older. In April, roughly 5% of cases in Southwestern Pennsylvania were among 19- to 24-year-olds. The age group has represented 13% of new COVID infections so far in October.
Beginning Saturday, COVID-19 testing sites will be launched in faith-based settings in Allegheny and Dauphin counties, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced Friday. Faith-based communities, hospitals, health systems and community health centers will be partnering with the counties to increase testing availability in more vulnerable communities. A schedule for testing events can be found here.
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