ALLEGHENY CO., Pa. — As more than a dozen states deal with increasing numbers of coronavirus cases, western Pennsylvania is moving in the opposite direction.
Not only are new cases down in Allegheny County, but the number of patients needing hospitalization has dropped significantly.
According to the Allegheny Co. Health Department, 70 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 since May 13. That’s compared to the previous 30 days, where 151 people needed hospital care.
“Western Pennsylvania is in a very good place. The extent of the infection is clearly dropping, we avoided extensive transmission in our communities,” said Dr. Graham Snyder, UPMC medical director of infection prevention.
Snyder told Channel 11 preventative measures like masks and hand-washing will likely stay in place for the foreseeable future.
While COVID-19 remains, he is hopeful the impact on our region will remain minimal.
“How can you get the public health interventions tuned correctly so people can go about work, go about school, go about their daily activities? And the interventions will do the job they need to do to prevent widespread transmission,” Snyder said.
Snyder said there is no guarantee there will be a second coronavirus wave or major increase in cases in western Pa. However, if that happens, he believes the medical community and UPMC will be well-prepared.
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