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Grim milestone: 3,000 have died of COVID-19 in Allegheny County

ALLEGHENY COUNTY, Pa. — Allegheny County has reached a grim milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic, reaching 3,000 deaths.

That death toll was announced Wednesday by the Allegheny County Health Department.

“As I’ve noted before, these people are not numbers,” Allegheny County Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen said. “They are beloved members of our community -- grandparents, parents, children, friends and neighbors.”

“To put this death toll into perspective, from 2015 to 2022, all together fewer than 100 county residents died from influenza,” Bogen said.

The health department said that more than 70% of Allegheny County residents have been vaccinated.

In the United States, the omicron variant remains the most dominant strain of the virus.

Globally, COVID-19 cases surpassed 400 million on Tuesday.