Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2020-10-17 17:55:18 –
by PublicSource Reporters
Allegheny County Health Department [ACHD] reported 138 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday and two new COVID-related deaths. The newly reported cases bring the total number since March 14 to 13,959 infections.
The case tally released on Saturday came from 2,024 tests carried out October 11-16. The new infections were in patients aged 4 to 92 years, with the median age of 40 years. Of the new cases, 67% have been in people under 50. To date, the county has recorded 405 deaths and 1,338 people hospitalized from the virus.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health [DOH] reported 1,857 new infections and nine deaths on Saturday, bringing the number of cases statewide to 180,943 cases and 8,466 COVID-related deaths.
The second wave of COVID-19 infections is here, Pennsylvania Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said on Wednesday.
His statement came on the ninth consecutive day of more than 1,000 statewide case counts and an increase in hospitalizations.
“We believe we’re at the start of the fall resurgence,” Levine said.
Every region of the state has seen a significant increase in cases among young Pennsylvanians, particularly those 19 to 24 years old. An alert has been sent to healthcare providers about the changing demographics of COVID-19 cases, as there are more cases in the younger age groups than in the 50-64 and 65-year-olds and more. In April, about 5% of cases in southwestern Pennsylvania were among young people aged 19 to 24. The age group so far accounted for 13% of new COVID infections in October.
Starting Saturday, COVID-19 testing sites will be launched in faith-based settings in Allegheny and Dauphin counties, the Pennsylvania Department of Health said on Friday. Faith communities, hospitals, health systems and community health centers will work in partnership with counties to increase the availability of testing in more vulnerable communities. A timeline for test events can be found here.
County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.
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Allegheny County Reports 138 New Cases of COVID; Pittsburgh-area faith groups host free tests