PITTSBURGH — A new daily record has been set for COVID-19 positive cases in Allegheny County, the second day in a row.
The health department reports 96 positive cases of coronavirus Sunday. That is on top of 90 new cases reported Saturday.
There were 2,568 confirmed or probable cases, 382 hospitalizations and 186 people have died from the virus.
Sunday’s numbers from the health department mark the new highest single day increase in confirmed cases of the virus for Allegheny County. The next highest daily increase was on March 30 when there were 75 new cases reported.
35% of the cases in Allegheny County were reported in people aged 25-49.
County health officials said in a news release Friday that the cases were “overwhelmingly among younger people who were traveling, visiting bars and restaurants, and out in the community” the county said in a news release.
The department said in the news release Friday that case investigators traveled all over the country, including Myrtle Beach, Houston, Nashville, and places in Florida such as Miami, Tampa and Naples.
For reference, the population of Allegheny County according to the U.S. Census Bureau is more than 1.2 million people.
County leaders said they would be holding a news conference Sunday to address the rapidly increasing number of cases.
Statewide, health officials reported an additional 505 positive cases of coronavirus, bringing the total in Pennsylvania to 85,496. There was also an increase of three deaths, for a total of 6,606 total deaths.
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