Pennsylvania hits the grim milestone of 1 million COVID cases since start of the pandemic

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed on Thursday 3,623 new COVID-19 cases and 41 new deaths. 

Since the start of the pandemic, Pennsylvania has reported 1,000,240 cases and 24,917 deaths.

Allegheny County Health Department reported 283 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths on Thursday. 

The new cases included individuals ranging in age from two to 86 years old, with a median age of 35. 

To date, the Allegheny County Health Department has reported 83,225 cases, 1,750 deaths from the virus and 5,553 past and present hospitalizations.

A slight surge in COVID-19 transmission appears to have hit Allegheny County, with increases not just in positive cases and the percentage of positive tests but also deaths and hospitalizations, according to the Allegheny County Health Department [ACHD].

“There is wide community spread, meaning that … these cases are coming from lots of places,” said ACHD Director Dr. Debra Bogen at a Wednesday briefing. “Not one place, not one business, not one university, not one type of location. It’s really wide community spread in every kind of setting you can imagine.”

ACHD plans to further expand and improve its rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines. Next week, the department will launch a new pre-registration system that will notify individuals when they are eligible for a vaccination at a given clinic.

Effective immediately, ACHD’s clinics will start vaccinating all people in Pennsylvania’s Phase 1a eligibility. Until now, ACHD has implemented age restrictions to prioritize older residents, who are more susceptible to the worst effects of COVID-19. In addition to clinics already in locations like the Hill District, Ross Township and Monroeville, ACHD has plans to further expand with areas like the Mon Valley in mind.

New data seem to suggest the vaccine doses that have been going into arms in the county have been highly effective at curbing the virus. As of March 17, only 31 of more than 74,000 fully vaccinated individuals in the county (about .04%) have been reported to have contracted COVID-19, and only three of those 31 people were hospitalized.

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