by PublicSource Reporters
Allegheny County Health Department [ACHD] reported 378 new COVID-19 infections and 2 new COVID-related fatalities on Friday. The newly reported cases bring the total count since March 14 to 19,129 infections.
The case tally released by the county on Friday came from 1,673 tests conducted from July 8 through Nov. 12. The two positive tests reported from July 8 were ordered by the Florida Department of Health and have transferred to Allegheny County in the last 24 hours. The two individuals were tested two weeks later in the county and received negative test results. The new infections were among patients ages 1 month to 101 years, with the median age being 38. More than half of the cases were in people younger than 40.
To date, the county has had 458 deaths and 1,629 people hospitalized because of the virus.
Because of spikes in COVID-19 cases, several Pittsburgh Public Schools buildings have closed this week and on Friday afternoon, the district announced that it will return to fully remote instruction next week.
With COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania at an all-time high and rising sharply in the Pittsburgh area, Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald on Thursday called on parents to keep their children from social events where the virus can spread.
“I’m going to ask parents to really step up and not allow their children to go to parties, to have sleepovers,” he said during a Thursday briefing held outside at Point State Park.
“What we are seeing is school is working fine. Sporting events are working fine. It’s after school, when the kids get together,” he said. “They take off their masks, they get too close together because they’re familiar with their friends, and we’re seeing a lot of spread with that.”
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