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Allegheny County saw the second largest addition of new Kovid-19 cases on Friday, with the county’s health department reporting 244 new incidents.
The cases come from a batch of tests conducted for the past one month, of which 30 have collection dates dating back more than two weeks.
Authorities said they were aware of the backlog and had already completed investigation and contact tracing of the case. At the state level, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced on Friday that it would boost its Kovid-19 contact tracing staff to about 1,000 more workers.
In addition, the county set another record for new hospitals, adding 33 more people to its total of 669 people. On Thursday, the county reported other hospitalizations.
In the last four days, 86 people have been added to the county’s number of hospitals. In the month of July, the county added 276 people to the hospital list, including both past and present hospitals.
On Friday, the county added four new deaths, the total number of county residents who have died from the virus, to 239. Reported deaths occur at the age of 74–93 years, with the dates of death being 23–29 July.
New cases in the county occur between 2 and 103 years of age, with an average age of 52 years. The cases were the result of tests conducted from 30 June – 30 July.
The county said the new cases reported today represent at least 77 known among long-term care residents and employees.
On Friday, Allegheny County was the source of the largest new cases in the state, with 244. Philadelphia County added the second-most with 130. Those two counties accounted for more than 38% of the state’s new Kovid-19 cases.
In the month of July, Allegheny County added 5,400 new Kovid-19 cases to its total of 8,094. The county accounts for about 67% of all cases since March, when the epidemic began.
July totals were six times higher than June’s 849 cases. In May, there were 622 cases in the county, 964 in April and 325 in March.
In July, Allegheny County averaged 174 new cases per day, compared to just 28 in June. In May, the average was 20 cases per day.
To date, the county’s website records have yielded results in 5,097 cases – 4,861 were recovered and 239 people died. In cases of a consequence, the rate of recovery is more than 95%. There are 2,952 cases with no estimated results.
On its website, the county states, “Recovery is a calculation from the CDC … based on one of two conditions: 32 days have passed since a person was hospitalized for Kovid-19 and a person The deceased has not passed or 14 days after testing positive … and was not hospitalized. “
At the Allegheny County Jail, officials reported no new incidents of Kovid-19 infections. As it stands with 34 prisoners and 11 employees have tested positive since 13 March. There are facilities for two Kovid-19 positive prisoners, of whom 32 have either been recovered or released. A total of 311 inmates have been tested, with 274 tested negative with a 10.9% positivity rate. Trials of two of the county’s inmates are still pending.
Among the workers, 97 have been tested, with 80 being positive with a positivity rate of 11.3%. Six trials are pending between employees.
Health officials continue to urge residents to wear masks, wash hands, and maintain physical distance from others to keep the community safe.
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