by PublicSource Reporters
The Allegheny County Department of Health [ACHD] reported 200 additional infections Wednesday and five new COVID-related fatalities. The newly reported cases bring the total count since March 14 to 16,410 infections.
The case tally released Wednesday came from 1,752 PCR tests, which are considered more accurate, conducted from Aug. 31 through Nov. 3. (Only three of these tests were from samples more than a week old, health officials said.) The new infections were among patients aged 1 to 88 years old, with the median age being 39. Roughly 63% were people younger than 50.
To date, the county has had 442 deaths and 1,488 people hospitalized because of the virus.
Among the five newly reported fatalities, two people were in their 80s and the remaining were in their 40s, 60s and 90s. Two of the deaths were associated with long-term care facilities.
County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.
The last week alone has seen five days with more than 2,000 COVID-19 infections. In the spring, Pennsylvania saw cases reach 3,000 a day.
But with the fall surge in full swing, Levine warned of dark days ahead. “We could see challenges to our healthcare system,” Levine said.
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