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Allegheny County saw its second-largest increase in new cases of covid-19 on Friday, with the county Department of Health reporting 244 new incidents.
The cases come from a group of tests carried out over the past month, 30 of which have sampling dates from more than two weeks ago.
Officials said they were aware of the work process and had already completed the case investigation and contact tracing. At the state level, the Pennsylvania Department of Health announced Friday that it will strengthen the contact of its covid-19 staff with about 1,000 more workers.
In addition, the county set another record for new hospitalizations, adding 33 more people to its total of 669. On Thursday, the county reported 23 hospitalizations.
In the last four days, 86 people have been added to the county hospital number. In July, the county added 276 people to the hospital list, which includes both past and present hospitals.
On Friday, the county added four new deaths, bringing the total number of county residents who died from the virus to 239. The reported deaths range in age from 74 to 93 years, with dates of death range from 23 to 29 July.
New cases in the county range from 2 to 103 years with a median age of 52 years. The cases were the result of tests carried out from 30 June to 30 July.
The county said the new cases reported today represent at least 77 known to be among residents and long-term care staff.
On Friday, Allegheny County was the source of the largest new cases in the state, with 244. Philadelphia County increased the second most by 130. Those two counties accounted for more than 38% of the new Covid-19 state cases.
In the month of July, Allegheny County added 5,400 new cases of covid-19 to its total of 8,094. This accounts for nearly 67% of all county cases since March, when the pandemic began.
July totals were more than six times higher than the June 849 case. In May, the county had 622 cases, in April there were 964 and in March there were 325.
In July, Allegheny County averaged 174 new cases a day, while in June the average was only 28. In May, the average was 20 cases a day.
To date, at the county website there are results in 5,097 cases – 4,861 are presumed to have been recovered and 239 died. In resulting cases, the recovery rate is more than 95%. There are 2,952 cases with no presumed outcome.
On its website, the county says, “Recovery is a calculation by the CDC … based on one of two conditions: 32 days have passed since a person was hospitalized for covid-19 and has not died or 14 days have passed since a person tested positive … and they were not in the hospital. “
At the Allegheny County Jail, officers report no new cases of covid-19 infections. At present 34 prisoners and 11 employees have tested positive since March 13. Two positive prisoners of 19 people should remain at the facility, with 32 recovering or being released. A total of 311 inmates were tested, with 274 testing negative for a positivity rate of 10.9%. County reports of tests of the two prisoners are still pending.
Among workers, 97 were tested, with 80 negative for a positivity rate of 11.3%. Six tests among employees are pending.
Health officials continue to encourage residents to wear masks, wash their hands and maintain physical distance from others to keep the community safe.
Chris Pastrick is a digital producer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Chris at 412-320-7898, email@example.com or via Twitter.
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