Four local counties at ‘high’ COVID-19 community level

PITTSBURGH — Four Southwestern Pennsylvania counties are back at the “high” community transmission level of COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler and Westmoreland counties wear masks indoors in public. They also encourage everyone to stay up to date on vaccines, and get tested immediately if experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms.

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In the last week, Allegheny County saw more than 4,300 new COVID-19 cases. Ninety-two of those resulted in hospitalizations, and there have been four COVID-related deaths.

“Most important advice is to try to be outside. We know the virus doesn’t spread as easily outside. If you have to go inside, try to keep your distance,” said Allegheny Health Network’s Dr. Marc Itskowitz.