Allegheny County on Saturday recorded 285 new coronavirus cases, a relative bump up, as cases had been on the decline in recent weeks.
Reports haven’t reached 500 cases in nearly five weeks and the county hasn’t reported any 1,000-case days in the past seven weeks, according to data from the Allegheny County Health Department.
The seven-day average is 233 cases.
One death was reported Saturday, increasing the county’s toll to 1,629.
That’s 46 more total deaths than at the same time last week. Wednesday’s numbers included 26 deaths, the highest report for the week.
On Friday, 18 deaths were reported.
Saturday’s recorded death occurred Dec. 17. The deceased, in their 90s, was associated with a long-term care facility.
The county has amassed 74,602 cases of covid-19 since the start of the pandemic last March, according to the county Health Department.
Of the new cases, 206 are confirmed, and 79 are listed as probable. Health officials define a probable case as one in which a patient has a positive viral antigen test or covid symptoms with a “high-risk exposure” to someone who has been confirmed to have coronavirus.
The recent batch of samples comprising 936 tests was collected from Jan. 28 through Friday. Three positive tests were more than a week old, officials said.
The tests yielded a positivity rate of about 30%. The cases range in age from 11 months to 92 years old, with a median age of 38.
Ten new hospitalizations were reported. Officials say 4,749 people have been hospitalized — 86 more than at the same time the preceding week — since the virus was first reported in Allegheny County on March 14. Of those hospitalized, 872 were admitted to an intensive care unit.
Nearly three weeks into February, Allegheny County has reported 5,234 covid-19 cases, which is an average of 262 per day — down about 18 cases per day from last week.
Last month, 15,559 cases were reported — an average of 502 per day.
Throughout December, the county had amassed 25,405 new cases. This represents nearly 36% of Allegheny County’s cases. That averaged 820 per day.
In November, officials recorded 12,608 new cases. December more than doubled that amount.
In the entirety of October, the county saw 3,448 new cases of the virus, which was an increase of 72% from September (2,001).
According to the Allegheny County covid website, officials are estimating that more than 25,000 people have now recovered from the virus.
The website counts people as recovered based on one of two conditions: It’s been 32 days since the person was hospitalized for covid-19 and survived; and if they were not hospitalized, 14 days since they tested positive.
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