Allegheny County reports 403 new COVID cases, J&J vaccine paused in PA until at least Apr.24

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by PublicSource Reporters

The Allegheny County Health Department on Thursday confirmed 403 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths in the past 24 hours.

The new cases include individuals ranging in age from two months to 95 years old, with a median age of 31.

To date, Allegheny County Health Department has reported 92,788 cases, 1,828 deaths from the virus and 6,358 past and present hospitalizations.

What Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen has called a fourth wave of COVID-19 cases continues to be concerning, she said Wednesday.

“Day after day, we see totals of at least several hundred people testing positive,” Bogen said. “The number of cases with the variant strains also continues to increase.”

In the last week, COVID-19 tests came back positive 9.6% of the time, which is about one percentage point more than the previous week. Hospitalizations in the county have been increasing, and between March 7 and April 10, 79 people died from the virus in the county.

The unfortunate state of the transmission of the virus is “somewhat tempered” by progress on the county’s vaccine rollout, Bogen said. More than half of the county’s adult population has received at least one vaccine dose, and more than 78% of the county’s 65 and older population has been at least partially vaccinated.

Addressing the decision by the Centers for Disease Control to pause administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, Bogen maintained that residents should not feel concerned about the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccination.

“As your health department director, I urge you not to view this pause as a signal that our local, state or federal vaccination efforts are in any way flawed,” Bogen said. “Rather, view this response as evidence that the healthcare officials will do, and have done, decisive action at even the slightest hint of an issue. And we will continue to do so.”

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