Federal changes may mean more COVID-19 vaccines in Pennsylvania, Allegheny County

by PublicSource Reporters

The Allegheny County Health Department on Thursday reported 313 new COVID-19 cases and one new death in the last 24 hours.

The new cases — from positive tests dated from Jan. 20 to Feb. 3  — include individuals ranging in age from 1 year to 96 years old, with a median age of 42.

The one new death reported occurred on Jan. 30. The death was associated with a long-term care facility.

To date, Allegheny County Health Department has reported 70,478 cases, 1,496 deaths from the virus and 4,575 past and present hospitalizations.

ACHD announced on Thursday that residents would be able to call 211 to help register for COVID-19 vaccine appointments. By late afternoon all 750 slots available at the Health Department’s Point of Dispensing (POD) inside the DoubleTree Hotel in Monroeville were filled. The phone registration support was part of ACHD’s expanded partnership with United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania and was intended to help residents 65 and older that did not have internet access or were having trouble navigating the vaccine registration website.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed 3,370 new COVID-19 cases and 146 new deaths Thursday. Since the start of the pandemic, Pennsylvania has reported 856,986 cases and 22,101 deaths.

Nursing and personal care home residents and employees represent about 9% of the state’s cases and approximately 52% of the state’s deaths. Healthcare workers represent about 2.7% of the state’s cases.

Through Feb.3, at least 1,110,783 vaccine doses have been administered in Pennsylvania.There are 650,939 people who have received one dose of the vaccine and 229,922 people who have received both doses of the vaccine.

A “Heroes work here” sign sits outside the Kane Living Centers – Glen Hazel. Nicole C. Brambila/PublicSource

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