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Allegheny County recorded the second largest number of new Covid 19 cases on Friday. The district health department reported 244 new incidents.
The cases come from a series of tests conducted last month, 30 of which were taken more than two weeks ago.
Officials said they knew about the backlog and had already completed the case investigation and contact tracking. At the state level, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced on Friday that it would add approximately 1
The county also set another record for new hospital stays, increasing its total number of 669 by 33 people. On Thursday, the district announced 23 hospital stays.
Over the past four days, 86 people have been added to the number of hospitalizations in the county. In July, the county added 276 people to the list of hospitalizations, which included both past and current hospitalizations.
The county added four new deaths on Friday, bringing the total population of the county to 239 who died from the virus. The reported deaths are between 74 and 93 years old and are between July 23 and 29.
New cases in the county range from 2 to 103 years with an average age of 52 years. The cases were the result of tests conducted from June 30 through July 30.
The county said the new cases reported today represent at least 77 cases that are known to be among residents and long-term care workers.
On Friday, Allegheny County was the source of the largest new cases in the state at 244. Philadelphia County added the second most common at 130. These two counties accounted for more than 38% of the state’s new Covid 19 cases.
In July, Allegheny County added 5,400 new Covid-19 cases to its total of 8,094. This accounts for almost 67% of all county cases since March when the pandemic started.
July’s total was more than six times higher than the 849 cases in June. The county had 622 cases in May, 964 in April, and 325 in March.
Allegheny County’s average of 174 new cases per day in July, compared to only 28 in June. In May, the average was 20 cases per day.
To date, 5,097 cases of results have been recorded on the county’s website – 4,861 are believed to be restored and 239 have died. In cases with a result, the recovery rate is more than 95%. There are 2,952 cases with no assumed result.
On its website, the county says: “Recovery is a calculation of the CDC … based on one of two conditions: 32 days have passed after a person was hospitalized for Covid-19 and did not die, or 14 days had passed, after a person tested positive … and they were not hospitalized. “
At Allegheny County Prison, officials have not reported new cases of Covid-19 infections. Currently, 34 inmates and 11 employees have performed positive tests since March 13. Two inmates with Covid 19 positive results remain in the facility, with 32 either recovered or released. A total of 311 inmates were tested, 274 of whom tested negative for a 10.9% positivity rate. The county reports that two inmates are still pending tests.
Of the workers, 97 were tested, with 80 negative for a 11.3% positive rate. Six tests among the employees are still pending.
Health authorities continue to urge residents to wear masks, wash their hands, and keep physical distance from others to ensure community safety.
Chris Pastrick is a digital producer from Tribune-Review. You can contact Chris at 412-320-7898, [email protected] or on Twitter.
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