Nearly half of new COVID-19 cases in all of Pa. are in Allegheny County

Nearly half of new COVID-19 cases in all of Pa. are in Allegheny County

PITTSBURGH — The spike in COVID-19 cases continued Monday with Allegheny County reporting 218 cases, making it the seventh straight day with more than 100 new cases reported.

Allegheny County now has a total of 3,775 cases since the outbreak began.

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There was one additional death reported bringing the total number of deaths to 188.

There were also 4 new hospitalizations, bringing the total number to 416.

In the cases reported Monday, ages range from 9 months to 95 years old with the median age being 31.

In all of Pennsylvania, 450 additional positive cases were reported Monday, bringing the statewide total to 90,304 cases.

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Allegheny County accounts for just about half of the total new cases in the entire state.

When Allegheny County entered the green phase on June 5, there were more than 1,900 coronavirus cases. On June 28, when the county ended in-person dining and alcohol sales, there were around 2.500 cases. That has spiked to more than 3,700 in the last eight days.

But how does Allegheny County compare to other major metropolitan areas?

Cuyahoga County is home to Cleveland, Ohio. It has more than 7,000 cases.

And Philadelphia County in Eastern Pennsylvania has more than 26,000 cases.

But even when you look at counties similar in size to Allegheny County, such as Mecklenburg County, the home of Charlotte, North Carolina -- they have more than 12,000 cases.

“I think you have to look at data more than day-to-day data. You got to look at data over the course of time. But I think that if you see big stark differences between one county or another, they’re probably people that are following social distancing and wearing masks. Better than other people,” said Dr. Jennifer Preiss, who works in internal medicine and pediatrics for Allegheny Health Network.

Preiss said that she thinks if people wear a mask and follow the social distance guidelines, they can help bring those numbers here back down.

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