December was deadliest month in Allegheny Co. since start of COVID-19 pandemic

December was deadliest month in Allegheny Co. since start of COVID-19 pandemic

ALLEGHENY COUNTY, Pa. — Allegheny County is reporting nearly 700 new COVID-19 cases in patients ranging from 7 months to 95 years of age.

Additionally, 74 new deaths were reported, 73 of which are from the month of December, making it the deadliest month since the start of the pandemic.

A majority of those who died were 75 and older, and 49 of the victims were associated with long-term care facilities.

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There have been over 62,000 COVID-19 cases in the county and over 1,100 deaths. A majority of the deceased were over the age of 70.

So far, in phase 1a of the vaccination process, almost 32,000 people in Allegheny County have received the inoculation.

On Wednesday, Channel 11 asked the county how many seniors in phase 1a received both doses of the vaccine. That number wasn’t known, but officials said getting residents in the phase 1a group vaccinated as quickly as possible is their top priority. We also asked what phase 1b will look like for those 75 and older.

“It will be a multi-mobile response,” said Dr. Debra Bogen, director of the Allegheny County Health Department. “The vaccine will be in pharmacies and federally qualified test centers. We will have mobile vans. We are working on that plan right now, but it will be certainly multifaceted.”

On Friday, Channel 11 asked the county about reports that people were being turned away after registering online for the vaccine at the Monroeville site. They said nearly 25 people were turned away because they didn’t qualify for the vaccine at the moment, meaning they didn’t fall under the phase 1a category.

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