On Saturday, Allegheny and Westmoreland counties recorded their highest number of new covid cases since mid-January.
Allegheny County added 653 cases, the most since 670 were added on January 13, while Westmoreland’s 214 additional cases were the most since 277 that same day in January.
Pennsylvania’s 5,343 new coronavirus cases are the highest since January 29, when 9,643 cases were reported. Saturday’s total for the state may have been even higher because the Philadelphia case data was not updated.
The new cases in Allegheny bring that county’s total to 87,101, the second highest in the state behind Philadelphia.
Westmoreland rose to 29,609 and Pennsylvania rose to 1,038,749.
Allegheny’s new cases (653) remained significantly higher than their seven-day average of 412 new cases per day.
Westmoreland’s seven-day average increased to 120 and Pennsylvania’s increased to 4,171.
Allegheny had the most cases in the state with 653, followed by Montgomery (372), Bucks (364), Berks (334) and Lancaster (249). Philadelphia, the most populous county in the state and generally one of the highest new cases, reported no new data Saturday.
In the region, Washington joined Allegheny and Westmoreland with more than 100 additional cases.
Here’s a look at the totals for the region, with the change since Friday:
• Armstrong: 5224 (+17)
• Castor: 13,383 (+68)
• Butler: 15451 (+80)
• Fayette: 11,352 (+73)
• Indiana: 5,416 (+20)
• Somerset: 7,013 (+30)
• Washington: 15,345 (+102)
The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported 40 additional deaths on Saturday, April 4, and March 36. The state total rose to 25,188.
The Allegheny County Health Department added two deaths, as their total increased to 1,792. Both deaths occurred in March, and one was associated with a long-term care facility. The state health department added one death to Allegheny County, with the state total for the county at 1,821. The discrepancy between health departments has been attributed to different reporting methods.
Westmoreland added a death when his total rose to 707.
In the region, Fayette, Indiana and Washington also added one death each.
Covid hospitalizations increased slightly in the state, increasing by 16 to 2,187. There are 422 covid patients in the ICU statewide, with 207 ventilators.
Allegheny County hospitalizations increased from six to 239, with 64 patients in an ICU and 22 on ventilators.
In Westmoreland, hospitalizations were stable at 22, four in the ICU and two required ventilators.
The state health department has yet to explain its data error that caused hospitalizations in Westmoreland County to suddenly drop from 117 on March 17 to March 26.
More than 2.2 million people in the state have been fully vaccinated, according to data from the state health department and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.
Allegheny County has 232,245 fully vaccinated people, which is equivalent to almost 19% of the population. Another 217,166 in the county are partially vaccinated.
In Westmoreland County, the number of fully vaccinated people exceeded 60,000, which translates to 16.6% of the county. More than 50,000 have received the first of two injections.
Mike Palm is a digital producer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Mike at 412-380-5674 or [email protected]
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