A sign over Route 28 North of Downtown Pittsburgh alerts out of state motorists to Pennsylvania covid-19 travel restrictions on Tuesday.
Allegheny County on Saturday recorded 663 new coronavirus cases, a 260-case reduction from the day before’s record-high of 869 cases.
This month’s surge in cases isn’t a surprise to health experts. They predicted covid-19 infections would increase as the weather gets colder and people are spending more time indoors. However, county officials say some contact tracing efforts and case investigations have fallen to the wayside, due to the volume of new cases. Hospitals, officials warn, could reach capacity within a month.
Allegheny County has added about the same amount of coronavirus cases in the past 72 hours (2,305) as in all of April, May and June combined (2,375).
Throughout the week, the county reported 4,363 cases — a 740-case jump from last week (3,622).
To put November’s spike into perspective; in the entirety of October, the county had seen 3,448 new cases of the virus.
One new death was reported, lifting the county’s toll at 505.
There were 23 deaths reported throughout the week.
The death occurred Thursday. The deceased was someone in their 70s.
The county has had 27,484 cases of covid-19, according to data from the Allegheny County Health Department.
Of the new cases, 636 are confirmed, while 27 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 3,145 tests were collected from Nov. 8 through Friday. Twenty-seven of those tests were more than a week old, officials said.
The tests yielded a positivity rate of just over 20%.
Twenty-six new hospitalizations were reported. Officials say 1,957 people have been hospitalized since the virus was first reported in Allegheny County on March 14.
Saturday’s cases range in age from 1 to 101 years, with a median of 44 years old.
With two days left in November, the county has amassed 11,688 new cases for the month.
Allegheny County has posted triple-digit case numbers every day this month. It happened 19 times in October, and, in September, it happened only three times.
The last five days have seen at least 540 new cases, and the seven-day average is at a record-high 623 cases. Last Saturday, that number was a record at 524.
Samson X Horne is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Samson at 412-320-7845, [email protected] or via Twitter .
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