Allegheny County reports 852 COVID cases in 48 hours, warning that limited holiday testing caused drop in cases

by PublicSource reporters

The Allegheny County Health Department [ACHD] on Monday confirmed 852 new COVID-19 cases in the past 48 hours and five new deaths. 

Like the previous holiday weekend, ACHD points to limited testing as the reason for the relatively low new caseload. The new cases, from positive tests dated Dec. 28 to Jan. 3, come from individuals 7 months old to 100 years old, with a median age of 40. 

The deaths, which occurred Dec. 16 to Dec. 20, came from one person in their 70s, two people in their 80s and two people in their 90s. 

To date, ACHD has confirmed 56,262 COVID-19 cases, 982 deaths from the virus and 3,241 past and present hospitalizations.

County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

 

Vaccination update

Through Sunday, at least 135,044 vaccine doses have been administered. This does not include the individuals vaccinated through the federal partnership with CVS and Walgreens at skilled nursing facilities, as DOH still awaits that data from the federal government. 

The federal government has allotted 166,725 doses of the Pfizer vaccine to be shipped to Pennsylvania this week. Of these, 97,500 (about 58%) will be set aside to be administered as second doses for the first round of vaccinated individuals, 30,225 (about 18%) for healthcare facilities and 39,000 (about 23%) for the federal partnership with CVS and Walgreens. 

Pennsylvania also expects to receive 80,000 new Moderna vaccine doses this week. 

The Allegheny County Health Department added an additional COVID-10 vaccination distribution clinic Monday at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Monroeville Convention Center. 

Previously, the only COVID-19 distribution clinic was located Downtown. More than 700 facilities or organizations have requested vaccination through the county’s online form, according to a Monday press release. 

Vaccinations will only be administered at this time to individuals who fall in the Phase 1A category, which covers healthcare workers. Workers need only be employed in Allegheny County to access this clinic — it doesn’t matter where they reside.

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Allegheny County reports 852 COVID cases in 48 hours, warning that limited holiday testing caused drop in cases

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