ALLEGHENY COUNTY, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported a record daily increase in COVID-19 cases statewide for the second day in a row.
Officials said 4,711 new coronavirus cases were reported in Pa. over the past 24 hours -- bringing the statewide total to 243,368 since the pandemic began.
The health department said there are currently 1,948 people hospitalized due to the coronavirus in Pa., and the positivity rate is just under seven percent.
In Allegheny County, a person in their 20s was among five new COVID-19 deaths and 366 new COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday.
Wednesday’s increase of 366 is the highest daily increase to date.
Of the 366 new cases, 269 are confirmed cases and 97 are probable cases, according to the Allegheny County Health Department. The positivity rate is more than 15%.
New cases range in age from 3 months to 96 years, with a median age of 35 years. The dates of positive tests ranged from Oct. 30 to Nov. 10.
In addition to the person in their 20s, there were four other deaths. Two people were in their 70s and two people were in their 90s. Two of them were associated with long-term care facilities.
The dates of death ranged from Oct. 20 to Nov. 5.
Since March 14, there have been 18,339 cases of COVID-19 in Allegheny County residents, 1,588 hospitalizations and 453 deaths.
As COVID-19 cases in the county increase, the Health Department asks residents to help control the spread by doing the following things:
- Pick up the phone when a Health Department case investigator calls and answer their questions.
- As we spend more time indoors around others, keep physical distance and wear masks.
- Avoid parties and gatherings, even among your family and friends.
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