Allegheny County surpasses ‘grim milestone’ of 1,000 deaths across the COVID-19 pandemic

Confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in Allegheny County surpassed 1,000 on Tuesday. The 29 newly reported deaths bring Allegheny County’s death toll since the start of the pandemic to 1,011 deaths.

“Passing 1,000 deaths is a grim milestone that I had hoped Allegheny County would be spared,” said ACHD Director Dr. Debra Bogen in a press release. “Each of the 1,011 people that have died were loved members of our community. I extend my deepest sympathies to all who have lost loved ones to COVID-19.”

The deaths occurred from Dec. 5 to Jan. 4, and included one person in their 40s, two people in their 60s, six people in their 70s, 10 people in their 80s and 10 people in their 90s. ACHD associates 22 of these deaths with long-term care facilities. 

ACHD also reported 565 new COVID-19 cases, from positive tests dated Nov. 29 to Jan. 4. The new individuals to test positive range in age from two months to 100 years, with a median age of 43. 

To date, ACHD has reported 56,827 COVID-19 cases and 3,264 past and present hospitalizations.

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

Dr. Debra Bogen, a local doctor and professor at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, being introduced as Allegheny County’s new health director. (Photo by Ryan Loew/PublicSource/File)

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