Allegheny County reports 74 COVID deaths, including 49 associated with care homes

by PublicSource Reporters

The Allegheny County Health Department [ACHD] confirmed 670 new COVID-19 cases and 74 new deaths from the virus Wednesday. 

The new cases, from tests dated Nov. 15 to Jan. 12, came from individuals seven months old to 95 years old, with a median age of 39. 

The deaths, from Dec. 4 to Jan. 8, involved five people in their 50s, seven people in their 60s, 15 people in their 70s, 25 people in their 80s, 20 people in their 90s and two people older than 100. ACHD associates 49 of these deaths with long-term care facilities. 

To date, ACHD has reported 62,439 COVID-19 cases, 1,178 deaths from the virus and 3,711 past and present hospitalizations.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 7,960 new COVID-19 cases and 349 new deaths from the virus Wednesday, bringing the new statewide totals to 741,389 cases and 18,429 deaths. 

So far, 342,588 vaccine doses have been administered in Pennsylvania. 42,634 people have received both doses necessary to be fully vaccinated. 

Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday encouraged all Pennsylvanians to get the COVID-19 vaccine. 

“The COVID-19 vaccines are really an important tool in our fight against COVID-19, but they’re only going to be effective if Pennsylvanians actually get vaccinated,” Wolf said in a Tuesday press briefing. “And we should get vaccinated, because these vaccines are both safe and they’re highly effective.” 

Wolf’s comments come as misinformation spreads around the country about the vaccine, such as the false claim that it can give you the virus or that it doesn’t work. He pointed those concerned about the vaccine to the websites of the Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

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