Allegheny Co. reports 244 new positive COVID-19 cases from tests dating back a month

Deeper look at Friday's COVID-19 numbers in Allegheny County

PITTSBURGH — Allegheny County reported 244 new positive COVID-19 cases Friday, many of them long-term care residents and staff, along with a single-day record 33 hospitalizations, and 4 additional deaths, according to the Allegheny County Health Department.

With Friday’s new cases, Allegheny County’s total is now at 8,094 cases. In the last 24 hours, the 244 new positive cases come from 2,616 test results that span from June 30 10 July 30.

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County officials later clarified that the 33 new hospitalizations represents residents who were “admitted to hospitals with COVID-19 over the last three weeks.”

At least 77 positive coronavirus cases reported Friday are known to be among long-term care residents and staff.

New cases range in patient age from 2 to 103 years with an average patient age of 52 years.

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The total number of people who have died from coronavirus complications in Allegheny County is 239. The newly reported deaths range in age from 74 to 93 years with dates of death spanning July 23 to 29.

Across Pennsylvania, there are 970 new positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the statewide total to 112,048.

You can find a breakdown of the cases county-by-county HERE.

There are 7,189 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 13 new deaths reported. There are 1,104,824 patients who have tested negative to date.

In the past week statewide, there has been a case increase of 6,228. The previous seven-day increase was 6,010.

Meanwhile, the statewide percent-positivity went down to 4.6% from 4.7% last week.

According to the state health department, counties with “concerning percent-positivity” include:

  • Lawrence (7.4%)
  • Franklin (7.2%)
  • Indiana (7.2%)
  • Fayette (7.1%)
  • Armstrong (7.0%)
  • Beaver (6.5%)
  • Delaware (6.5%)
  • Allegheny (6.4%)

You can read the full statement from Allegheny County regarding the high number of new hospitalizations below:

“Today’s report of 33 new hospitalizations represents Allegheny County residents admitted to hospitals with COVID-19 over the last three weeks. On Thursday, the Allegheny County Health Department started reconciling data in the PA-NEDSS database with data reported to the department from area hospitals and added several past hospitalizations to the PA-NEDSS database. It is a manual process and is ongoing.

The Health Department has watched closely data showing the number of people hospitalized and the number of new people hospitalized each day and talks frequently with the chief medical officers of our region’s hospitals. Hospitals continue to report open beds and the capacity to add more if needed. The data shows that new admissions reached a peak in mid-July and the number of people hospitalized peaked about two weeks ago. Both appear to be declining, however there is a lag in the reporting of up-to-date hospitalization data.”

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