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Allegheny County recorded its second largest incorporation of new cases of covid-19 on Friday, with the county health department reporting 244 new incidents.
The cases come from a batch of tests carried out during the last month, 30 of which present data from the collection of specimens from more than two weeks ago.
Officials said they were aware of the delay and have already completed the case investigation and follow-up contacts. Statewide, the Pennsylvania health department announced Friday that it will boost its covid-19 contact tracing staff to about 1,000 more workers.
In addition, the county set another record for new hospitalizations, adding 33 more people to its total of 669. On Thursday, the county reported 23 hospitalizations.
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 current hospitalizations.
On Friday, the county added four new deaths, bringing it to 239. The total number of county residents who have died from the virus is 239. The reported deaths range from 74 to 93, and the dates of the deaths were from 23 to 29 July.
New cases in the county range from 2 to 103 years with an average of 52 years. The cases were the result of tests conducted from June 30 to July 30.
The county said the new cases reported today represent at least 77 known among long-term care residents and staff.
On Friday, Allegheny County was the source of the state’s new largest cases, with 244. Philadelphia County added the second most with 130. These two counties accounted for more than 38% of new covidal cases. -19 of the state.
In July, Allegheny County added 5,400 new cases of covid-19 to its total of 8,094. This represents about 67% of all cases in the county since March, when the pandemic began.
July totals were more than six times higher than the June 849 cases. In May, the county had 622 cases, in April there were 964 and in March there were 325.
In July, Allegheny County averaged 174 new cases a day, while in June the average was just 28. In May, the average was 20 cases a day.
To date, there have been results in 5,097 cases in the county website records: 4,861 are thought to have recovered and 239 have died. In cases with a result, the recovery rate is over 95%. There are 2,952 cases without an assumed outcome.
On its website, the county says, “Recovery is a CDC calculation … based on one of two conditions: It’s been 32 days since a person was hospitalized for covid-19 and didn’t die or 14 days later that a person put positive.… And they were not hospitalized ”.
At the Allegheny County Jail, officials do not report any new cases of covid-19 infections. Currently, 34 inmates and 11 employees have tested positive since March 13. Two 19-year-old covid inmates remain at the facility, with 32 recovering or being released. A total of 311 inmates have been tested, with 274 negative tests for a positivity rate of 10.9%. The county reports that there is still evidence of two inmates.
Among the workers, 97 were tested, with 80 negative for a positivity rate of 11.3%. Six tests are pending among employees.
Health officials continue to urge residents to wear masks, wash their hands and keep physical distance from others to keep the community safe.
Chris Pastrick is a digital producer Tribune-Review. You can contact Chris at 412-320-7898, email@example.com or via Twitter.
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