COVID-19 death rate in Allegheny County highest since April

PITTSBURGH — The rate of people dying from COVID-19 in Allegheny County is the highest it’s been since April.

“Misinformation is literally killing people,” Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen said Wednesday. “I hear from the medical staff that when they take care of people in the hospital with COVID-19 that most chose not to get the vaccine because of misinformation. They, quote, ‘did their own research.’”

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Bogen asserted that people wouldn’t be dying if they got the COVID-19 vaccine.

On Wednesday, the county reported 471 new cases of the coronavirus, more than double the number reported Tuesday. Most of the cases were among people between the ages of 25 and 49.

Within that same age range, nine people have died from COVID-19 since Sept. 1, officials said. None of them were vaccinated.

Channel 11 News Anchor Susan Koeppen is breaking down all the information released during Wednesday’s Allegheny County COVID-19 briefing in the video above.