A slow decline: Allegheny County reports 350 new COVID cases on Friday

by PublicSource reporters

The Allegheny County Health Department confirmed on Friday 350 new COVID-19 cases and three new deaths in the past 24 hours.

The new cases include individuals ranging in age from 1 month to 87 years old, with a median age of 31.

The dates of the deaths reported range from Sept. 8, 2020, to April 22, 2021. 

Two of the deaths occurred in April, and all three were associated with a long-term care facility. One person was in their 80s; two people were in their 90s. 

To date, the Allegheny County Health Department has reported 95,490 cases, 1,853 deaths from the virus and 6,578 past and present hospitalizations.

In an effort to increase vaccination, the county on Friday released a map of vaccination sites. The map includes information on location, registration and the types of vaccine available. Dr. Debra Bogen, director of the county health department, said the county is “trying to make it as easy as possible for as many people as possible to get vaccinated.”

Allegheny County Health Department [ACHD] Director Dr. Debra Bogen said Wednesday that while the county is still in a fourth wave of COVID-19 transmission, daily caseloads are starting to slowly decline.

“We have some encouraging movement, but, unfortunately, we still have a long way to go before I can report strictly good news,” Bogen said in a press briefing.

The first 10 days of April, the department recorded about 425 new cases a day, but this last week amounted to around 350 cases a day, Bogen said.

There are now more available vaccination appointments than there are people signing up for them, according to Bogen. Some clinics are offering walk-in vaccinations. College students who plan to return home to Allegheny County with only one shot will be able to schedule their second shot with ACHD because of the increased availability.

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