PITTSBURGH — Allegheny County reported 90 new positive COVID-19 cases Friday, some of them more than two weeks old, according to the Allegheny County Health Department.
In the last 24 hours, the new positive cases came from 1,237 test results from July 31 through Aug. 13. Twenty-two of the results are more than a week old.
Of the 90 cases reported, 49 are confirmed and 41 are probable.
The cases range in patient age from 1 to 96 years old with a median age of 43 years.
The department also received reports of 11 new hospitalizations, all over the age of 65, and 5 additional deaths.
The new deaths occurred between July 31 to Aug. 12, consisting of two people in their 70s and three in their 80s. Three of the deaths were long-term care facility-related.
From July 10-16, Allegheny County saw well over 100 cases per day, with a positivity rate near 10%. With the new guidelines, that would have put the county in a position where the Department of Education recommended virtual learning only -- due to the high case counts.
Since then, the number of cases has dropped despite more people being tested.
From Aug. 4-10, Allegheny County had fewer than 100 new cases each day. And the positivity rate fell to 5.3%, close to the level where full in-person instruction would be recommended.
That’s progress county leaders don’t want to lose, with the hope of getting students back in the classroom as soon as it’s safe to do so.
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