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Allegheny County saw its second largest addition to new cases in 19 on Friday, with the county Department of Health reporting 244 new cases.
The cases come from a batch of tests conducted last month, 30 of which sampled more than two weeks ago.
Officials said they were aware of the backlog and had already completed the case investigation and contact tracking. At the state level, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced Friday that it will increase its contact-1
In addition, the county set another record for new hospitalizations, adding another 33 people to a total of 669. The county reported 23 hospitalizations on Thursday.
In the last four days, 86 people have been added to the number of hospitalizations in the county. In July, the county added 276 people to the hospitalized list, which includes both past and present hospitalizations.
On Friday, the county added four new deaths, bringing the total number of county residents killed by the virus to 239. The deaths reported ranged in age from 74 to 93, with death dates for July 23-29.
New cases in the county range in age from 2 to 103 years with a mean age of 52 years. The cases are the result of tests conducted from June 30 to July 30.
The county said the new cases reported today represent at least 77 who are known to be among residents and employees with long-term care.
On Friday, Alegheni County was the source of the largest new cases in the state, with 244. Philadelphia County added the latter with a maximum of 130. These two counties account for more than 38% of the state’s new cases in 19 states.
In July, Allegheny County added 5,400 new cases of covid-19 to its total of 8,094. This represents nearly 67% of all county cases since March, when the pandemic began.
The total number in July was more than six times higher than the 849 cases in June. The county has 622 cases in May, 964 in April and 325 in March.
In July, Allegheny County averaged 174 new cases per day, while in June the average was only 28. In May, the average number was 20 cases per day.
To date, the county’s website has results in 5,097 cases – 4,861 are believed to have recovered and 239 have died. In cases with a result, the recovery rate is more than 95%. There are 2,952 cases without an expected result.
On its website, the county said, “Recovery is a CDC calculation based on one of two conditions: 32 days have passed since a person was hospitalized for relatives-19 and did not die, or 14 days have passed since a person was tested positive … and they were not hospitalized. “
In Alegheni County Jail, officials said there were no new cases of covid-19 infections. Currently, 34 prisoners and 11 staff have tested positive since March 13. Two prisoners with 19 positive persons remained in the facility, and 32 were reinstated or released. A total of 311 prisoners were tested, with 274 being negative for a 10.9% positive rate. The county said tests of two inmates were still ongoing.
Among the workers, 97 were tested, and 80 were negative for positivity, 11.3%. Six tests among employees are forthcoming.
Health officials continue to urge residents to wear masks, wash their hands and keep a physical distance from others to protect the community.
Chris Pastrick is a digital producer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Chris at 412-320-7898, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter.
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