ALLEGHENY COUNTY, Pa. — The Allegheny County Health Department is reporting its highest number of daily COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.
The health department normally does not release an updated case count on Sundays.
There were 527 new cases reported on Sunday. The cases ranged in age from 3 months to 104 years old with a median age of 40, according to the health department.
“The continued increase in new COVID cases is beyond concerning. This past week, I joined with the chief medical officers of our region’s health systems to talk about our growing concerns,” said Dr. Debra Bogen, Director of the Health Department. “Despite our cautionary messages, the number of cases is continuing to increase rapidly. While we are better prepared today than when we first began seeing cases in March, we must still be proactive in reducing the spread of the virus.”
There have been 4,230 cases and 24 deaths reported since Nov. 1.
“Doing nothing is no longer an option as we must protect our healthcare workers, both at hospital and long-term care facilities, and our first responders during this health crisis,” said Bogen. “People are doing well in structured settings, but we continue to see more and more cases as a result of unmonitored, private social gatherings. Just because you are gathering outdoors, or with people you know, doesn’t mean that you’re not at risk for COVID. Even outdoors or with those you know, people need to remain six feet apart and should be masked. Whether in someone’s backyard, or at a public space, the guidelines remain the same. We’ve become complacent in recent months, and the number of cases clearly shows that. We are actively considering what options are available to the Health Department to limit this spread.”