Allegheny County reports 1,020 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday; Kane vaccinations set for early January

by PublicSource Reporters

The Allegheny County Health Department reported 1,020 new COVID-19 cases and 41 new deaths from the virus Tuesday. 

The new cases, from Nov. 24 to Dec. 28, occurred in individuals from two months old to 98 years old, with a median age of 41. 

The deaths occurred between Dec. 3 and Dec. 26. The deaths include one person in their 40s, two people in their 50s, six people in their 60s and 11 people in their 90s. The county associates 21 of the deaths with long-term care facilities. 

To date, the county has reported 52,473 COVID-19 cases, 898 deaths and 3,121 past and present hospitalizations.

During the first week of January, CVS will provide COVID-19 vaccinations for all residents and staff of the county’s Kane Community Living Centers, if they want the vaccine. 

Kane Executive Director Dennis Biondo expects there will be enough vaccinations available for everyone who want it. Nearly 70% of staff currently want the vaccine, Biondo said, and he hopes that can be increased to 80% or maybe even 90%. Some people are concerned about the vaccine because of misinformation. For example, some people fear the vaccine could give them COVID-19, which is not true. 

“Any staff that are indicating that they would not want to receive it, we’re going back and talking to them, providing them with those materials and answering just those kinds of questions,” Biondo said in a Tuesday press briefing. “If someone says they’re afraid they can get COVID from the vaccine, we’re prepared to answer that and explain to them that’s just not true.”

So far Pennsylvania hospitals have vaccinated 72,762 healthcare workers with the first dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. As decided by the federal government, this week, 58 Pennsylvania hospitals will receive an additional 47,775 Pfizer vaccine doses and 26,100 Moderna doses. 

As of Tuesday, 82,790 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Pennsylvania.

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