Coronavirus in Western Pa.: Over 105,000 cases in 14 counties, according to PA Dept. of Health
This is an exciting day for HN. As you mentioned, we received vaccine at all of our facilities yesterday, and from the distribution from Pfizer and in earnest this morning at 6 30 began vaccinated, vaccinating our employees at all of the facilities. The preparations have been going on for weeks, as we knew Pfizer had put in its emergency use authorization and awaiting its FDA approval last weekend. But we also knew that we needed to be prepared, and part of that in large was making sure we had the proper storage for the vaccine when it arrived. And as a result, all of our facilities were not only able to receive it but are able to store it as we make our way through our front line employees. But that Dan, I’d like you to go ahead and show the video, which really highlights all that preparation and how things went yesterday. Oh Soto highlight. This vaccine is from Pfizer exceptionally safe, very effective, 95% effective, meaning 95% of folks who receive it won’t get symptoms as a result of exposure to the virus. But more importantly, over the coming weeks will be able to vaccinate all of our frontline employees that seek vaccination. This one vaccine is just one of another, that of many that air coming down the pike In terms of approval, Moderna is the next that we expect to see approved hopefully today by the FDA, with additional guidance from the C I p over the weekend. Additionally, AstraZeneca and Johnson and Johnson will probably be early contenders for approval in early 2021 which will add to the national stockpile of vaccine allowing us to move out of the hospitals and from the critical care workers and critical workers across the state of Pennsylvania and other locations so that we can offer vaccine to the general public. This vaccination program is starting in phase one A in Pennsylvania, which means it is for health care workers in the acute care setting. Initially, the reason this is important is it’s to stabilize our workforce. They live in the community there in the community when they’re not at work. They’re not wearing their PPE when they are out in the community and their risk Israel. So by stabilizing our workforce and making sure that they’re able to come toe work and hopefully not contract the virus as a result of vaccination. It means our hospitals will be able to stay open treat co vid patients and, importantly, non covert patients as well. But that I’d like to turn it over toe Dr Don waiting for some additional remarks. Thank you, Brian. Um, I would like to reinforce what Brian just said. The vaccination, um, is safe. And it is critical right now to keep our workers safe, particularly right now, the people taking care of the code patients on the front lines, we need to keep them safe, get them vaccinated. So they’re there to take care of the rest of the patients coming in and also keep the workforce going because that’s one of our limitations. Is keeping the workforce to take care of people as they get exposed. So vaccine is critical for us to keep our business going. But it’s also the critical path to getting the the world back to where it was and the economy back to going where it is. So I encourage everybody thio, you know, when it’s time, get the vaccine and know that it is safe and good to proceed. Um from the co vid pandemic standpoint, H N has had a surge plane in place since the beginning and we’ve worked through that and had time to refine it over the summer. And we’ve activated it as the numbers of covert patients have increased in our system. We’ve done all the steps we need to, and we continue to have the ability to take care of the patients as they come to us. The governor’s stay at home order has helped to flatten that out a bit lately and will continue to do so over the next few weeks, which will help us keep that surge somewhat in check at this point and will help us continue to take care of all of the people we need. Thio. But we have activated the various stages of our plan and we continue to have capacity to do so. Moving forward, um, questions sometimes come up about surgeries. Um, we’ve continue Thio, continue our surgery schedule with some modifications as needed, where we might move from one like location to another. But we’ve been able to accommodate because these plans have been so well organized and while orchestrated by all the facets of our system, we’ve been able to continue to accommodate taking care of coma patients as well as people that have other diseases in the way that we typically had. We will continue to do so with the plans that we have, and we’ve been very successful so far. Um, I think it’s also important to know that we continue a very strict PPE policy, and coming to the hospital is really a very safe thing to do. Ah, lot of the exposure that we’re seeing is community acquired exposure, not hospital acquired exposure. So I want to emphasize the fact that it is important to continue getting your care, your necessary care, your routine care, the things that you need to keep you healthy during this time because it is very safe to continue to do that. Um, I think that’s very important. And, you know, we’re really striving to make this the place where you continue to take care of your health with covert without cova, but continued that through this crisis. So with that, I will turn it over. Thank you, Dr. Whiting. You know, I want to address, um, the press on what is happening on the front lines. It’s been a really long nine plus months for our caregivers on the front line. Our nurses on the front line, you know, they have valiantly fought this pandemic, and they continue to do so. They know that there is more to come yet they’re there every single day, and it has taken an emotional and physical toll on them. But they keep coming back every day. And I could tell you I was there yesterday. Toe witness the arrival of the vaccine and the first vaccinated um, caregiver. And it was just amazing. And about nine o’clock last night, I got a text from our director of our emergency department. That just was amazing, she said. This was the most uplifting day in nine months. The excitement and hope was palpable. This is the first day most of us will drive home without crying all the way. Last night it was a different cry, one of hope. Enjoy. Truly, we’re seeing a light at the end of the tunnel, but we know it’s not over. We have a vaccine, and we’re all excited about that. But our caregivers are continuing to employ our communities across Western Pennsylvania to be vaccinated to be vigilant, where masks continue to physically distance and stay home. If you’re sick when everyone has the chance to take the vaccine, please take it. Our frontline caregivers air seeing the worst of this pandemic and they can tell you it’s heartbreaking to see the effects of this pandemic. But now we have it in our control through this vaccine and the clinical trials that show us that it’s effective and safe. We’re vaccinating our frontline caregivers as we speak and those that are taking care of our covert patients. And they’re protecting themselves because they’re also protecting their families and their communities and all of the patients that we serve. So now I’d like to hand this over to Doc Doctor um, Larkin’s PETA Group. Good morning. First, I want to say that we are committed to make sure that every one of our community members is taken care of. We want to serve everyone, and with that, I really want to appeal to the African American in the communities of color. So we have 400 years of history of oppression in this country. We know that we have embraced that and acknowledge that this is our tipping point. Cova, 19, is killing. We see it every single day, killing many, many members of the African community. American community. Think about the history. This is a historical event, and this is one that we want to make sure that we make part of our history. I’m asking you to really think about why you would or would not take part in this trial. I am a part of the trial I have engaged in. My husband and I, China’s are part of the adviser trial. And we did that because we understand that we have to trust the science. We’re part of the African American community who lived through and know what has happened to us in this country. This is the time that we will come together. All of us come together and make sure that we’re part of this historical event that we really think about the trust. Understand the information Allegheny Health Network and Health and Highmark. We are committed to make sure the communities understand why they’re getting the virus, what the virus will do to them, and to make sure that they are part of the education process. We have partnered with the community health, um, system in our city. We have worked with our community leaders and our faith based organizations. And we will make sure that everyone has access to this. This vaccine, we will roll it out just like we did when we did our our testing for the virus. So with that, I’m gonna end again by saying we want to take care of everyone. We’re committed to make sure that we’re taking care of everyone in our community. Great. Thanks to everyone on our panel this morning, I would ask the media. Now, if you have questions, please raise your hand and please identify yourself with any before asking the questions to our panel is aware of who it is. Um, you can do that through raising your hand and, uh, in the the online portal. Yeah. What about going off? Okay. Our first question is going to come from Paul Gough, Pittsburgh Business Times. Hi. Can you hear me? Okay. Yes, we can hear you, Paul. Thank you. Thank stand and thanks everybody for the taking this time I wanted to know a couple things. One how Maney Healthcare employees have you have vaccinated as if As if I guess the last four hours, right? Yeah, probably across the network. We’re looking at several 100 folks have you know, been able to be vaccinated. We did a soft launch last night and vaccinated it. A couple of our facilities around 100 folks. Eso and they all have schedules that have been built to accommodate the process and the social distancing and all of the observation that’s required with the administration of the vaccine. So, you know, with all with all of the facilities operating simultaneously, we’ve probably gotten through several 100 folks, are you? Thanks. Dr Proper. Parker, are you Are you seeing the same amount next week? Um, because, you know, there’s some concerns about the supply. Uh, for the second week that I’ve seen there was a county executive statement as well, About an hour ago. Yes. So the way that we’re doing this with the prioritization of are basically one a phase one a workforce is there’s a couple of things. One, we have enough toe work through that group, but we’re doing it in a staggered fashion based on the c. D. C. Recommendation that for folks, especially after the second dose because of potential side effects. We don’t want to cause a staffing issue or have a large number of people from the same unit or space within the hospital vaccinated on the same day. So we’ve intentionally staggered folks out, and because we have the freezers were not in a rush to do this. It’s gonna be a marathon, not a sprint. Great. Thanks, Paul. Any other questions? Good. Okay. Okay. Next we’re gonna go to Sarah Boden, W s A. Hi. Can you Harry, we can hear Sarah. Thank you. Okay. Sorry about that. Um, So I wanted to follow up on the comment about I think, uh, maybe Dr Whiting mentioned the state homeowner. We’re not understate home Order were under advisory. So was Dr Whiting referencing the new mitigation efforts that the governor put in last week about having an effect on hospital emissions with co vid. So I didn’t understand that. Can you repeat the question? Yeah, definitely. So I believe Dr Whiting said that he’d start to see the effects of the governors stay at home order on hospital emissions were not understate home order. We are under an advisory. But was he actually referencing the governor’s new mitigations like no indoor dining, for example, Limits? Um, crowd sizes. Yes. Yeah, I was referencing the stay at home the modified stay at home order. Because that helps from a covert standpoint. There’s usually a couple of week lag before we see that effect in the hospital. So but it does have an effect. So that is Ah, thing that is a welcome thing. Tow us in the hospital, particularly over the holidays. Okay, So you are seeing that effect? Yes. Slowly. Okay. And then my other question is, um you said somebody mentioned potential side effects and staggering. It’s my understanding that the side effects are pretty mild for the vaccine. Eso Why? Why do you need to stagger them? Are really the side effects that profound? You know, we’re following the C. D. C. S recommendation, and because we’re now out in the general population, no longer just inside the Pfizer study, with millions of doses now being given, we think it’s prudent to be conservative rather than just do mass vaccination. Eso That’s the reason why. Okay. Thank you. Great. Thanks, Sara. Next, we’re gonna go to Ah, Mixed Anneli from the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Hi, folks. Um, Dr Whiting mentioned a surge plan that went into effect. I was wondering when that was activated and what it would take. Thio end that surge plan. Um, that’s a good question. The surge plan was developed back in March when this whole pandemic started. Um, and and there was the march in April where there was high numbers and a lot of very sick people, and then we had a little bit of, ah, decrease in that through the summer months. So we established the plan back in March and April and ever find it over those subsequent months. And then a few months ago, we started seeing increasing numbers, and it’s always been activated to some degree, but it’s been sort of increasing. Levels of activation have come on as we’ve seen more and more numbers of patients in the hospitals. Andi, we would get back to normal once the rest of the Once Cove, it is kind of under control. Okay. Thank you. Great. Thanks, Mick. Next, we’re gonna go to Karen Mansfield from the Washington Observer reporter. Hello. Hi. Can you hear me? We can hear you. Uh, thank you. First of all, so much for all that you frontline healthcare workers do for us every day. It’s so much appreciated. Um, And, uh, so second, there is obviously a light at the end of the tunnel now. Um, but we are entering the Christmas holiday season. Christmas is a week away. Um, how important is it for you to emphasize to people, um, not to let up at this point? And what do you advise people to do? Um, for the Christmas, Uh, you know, for the Christmas season. You know, typically, people are getting together. Um, what is your advice? So I’ll say a couple of things. One. This is not the time to get pandemic fatigue. Meaning, you know, this is not the time to let your guard down. Um, and because the vaccines they’re starting to become available, that doesn’t mean that everything that we’ve been doing and asking people to do up till now should stop. So the as Claire said earlier, the masking the social distancing keeping inside your bubble this holiday season is gonna be extremely important because with the mitigation efforts that were put in place by the governor and Dr Levin for the three week period up through January 4th is meant to really give everyone the opportunity to get a break from the surge that’s been going on since the since the end of October and early November and to actually try and break the cycle of day over day record cases and record deaths not just here in Pennsylvania but elsewhere in the country. So it’s really important that folks continue to really be vigilant and do all of those things through the holiday season. So what we’re asking folks to do is right now is roll up your sleeves and and be diligent and work hard at doing the things we’re asking you to do. So we don’t have a January like we had a November and early December. And then when the vaccine is available to you, roll your sleeve up again and take the vaccine. Great. Thank you, Karen. Next, we’re going to Michelle, right from WT Michelle. Okay. Okay. Hello. Um, a few questions I have, first of all, with this several 100 people that received it so far, your workers, any allergic reactions or any problems with any of them. Hello? None. None that we’re aware of. None that you’re aware of. Okay, um, so some of the other questions that I have are, um I’m just wondering, are you hearing anything about supply issues in the months ahead? Are you planning accordingly, or have you heard anything official about what may or may not happen in terms of shipments? So we’re not aware of any issues of supply. What we’ve heard is that 2.9 million doses of Pfizer were sent and made available to the states. 2.9 million were held back as the second dose for those individuals receiving it. And that Madonna has just shy of six million doses ready to be shipped once they receive the way approval. So, uh, to me, the issue that we’re going to be facing going forward into the new year is the ability for those manufacturers to meet demand mhm. And then when you’re talking about that, if I could just follow up well, when it’s time for the general public to go get vaccinated, will they have an option? Do they get to decide which vaccine they want to take or how will that work I think that’s something that would be better ask to the Department of Health in the state. Because they’re the point for all of us right now in terms of operation warp speed and the distribution channels. Okay. Thanks, Michelle. Thank you. Next, we’re gonna go to Nicole. Forward it, KDK. Good morning. I have a question on just how are you prioritizing which frontline workers get this first round of the Pfizer vaccine and about how many people in total are you going to be able to vaccinate and how many a day? So the priority list is made up essentially of, you know, pretty simplistically. We’re prioritizing the individuals who care for covert patients on the co vid units in the intensive care units in the procedural areas. So anyone that is considered high risk and the state’s guidelines for interim vaccination included are these employees who work within 6 ft for greater than 15 minutes with individuals who are suspected or co vid positive. So that makes it relatively easy for us to identify that portion of the workforce once we get through them, will go through the rest of the hospital for those that do not face co vid patients but are in the direct care of patients otherwise and then through the rest of the personnel, and then eventually out into the ambulatory spaces. So it’s very methodical, Um, and making sure that we deal with the highest risk individuals first. Thank you. Thanks, Nicole. Next, we’re gonna go to eerie news now. Yes, thank you. A couple questions One is Has your hospital has been receiving a lot of calls and communications from the general public about when they will be able to get the shots clear. You know, our hospitals have not been receiving those calls just yet. Um, I think the public is understanding that frontline workers are getting the vaccine first with this first shipment. Um, we do expect that the that our own patients will start calling and asking when they it will be available to them and will be prepared toe respond because we’ll know more about what shipments were getting in. One other question, uh, about the Madonna vaccine. The news release that was sent by H N says that Westfield Memorial Hospital in New York has received the Madonna vaccine. Have they actually received it in house yet or they are waiting for it. No, they’re waiting for it because they’re under a different jurisdiction within the Department of Health of New York State, New York State made a cut off for the size of a particular hospital to receive the Pfizer vaccine because of the size of the allotment that comes with each shipment. So they prioritized Westfield to receive Madonna, which, if indeed it is approved by the FDA, they would they would receive that shipment next week. Thank you. Thanks. Next up is my crop, Nick, from the Sharon. Harold? Yes. Mike, are you there? Okay, we’ll try. Sarah Boden It ws a Sarah. Have another question. Yes, I do. So kind of a follow up on the order of which workers will receive the vaccine. I’m wondering where people in environmental services and patient transportation people that aren’t medical workers but interacts very closely with patients. Where did they fall along the line of prioritization when it comes to the vaccine. So the way the state has classified anyone working in an acute care facility that comes in contact with patients is included in that. So as a result, e v s dietary transporters. All of them are prioritized as well when their covert facing. Okay. Thank you, Harold. Michael, you’re on e seem to have a problem with Mike. Let me see if anybody else is left here. I looks like machine. Looks like Michelle. Right? Might have another question, Michelle. Yeah, I dio Is my mic already on? I don’t have to open it again. You’re on. Sorry. You’re doing a great job, Dan. You have a lot of pressure on you. What I’m wondering is, can can you address how much money has been spent by the hospital on getting the equipment together and the training? Um, that has just got to be overwhelming for you. And as we’re seeing the video you made of those freezers how much money is involved from the hospital in getting this together? I can answer the question around the freezers. Maybe clear. Wants to take a take a stab, but you know, the personnel side. But we we spent more than a quarter of a million dollars on acquiring freezers to be able to store vaccine. Um, from a logistic standpoint on the planning peace for all of that, we’re utilizing internal personnel and resource is in order to get us to the point where we were, uh, this morning at 6. 30 to be able to start administering it. But clear. Do you have any other at our vaccination stations? At each hospital? We have, um, front line staff. We have, um, staff that work in our ambulatory areas. We have administrative staff. We have staff from our health planet high mark who are stepping up and serving in those the roles of either an observer of those that are vaccinated a vaccinate er or registering them when they come in. And we’re just using our current personnel and their it’s either on their own time or on a time that they’re taking from their units to do that. There is such excitement around the vaccine and around this entire initiative and the logistics that we’re We’re as people are excited to step up and and staff these areas. So, um, in terms of a cost, were probably might be paying a little bit of overtime here and there. But nothing material you can. And did I hear you right? People are donating their own time to do this. Some are some are stepping up and saying that they will just come thio the vaccination site and serve in one of the roles. Um, and some are doing that on some of the work time. We’re pulling them off of their work, their workstations to do this, Um, at this time. Great. Thanks, Michelle. Next, we’re gonna go to Brian Rightmyer from the Tribune Review. Brian. Good morning. Uh, two quick questions is have you seen any adverse reactions from anybody getting the vaccine this morning yet? And have you had many or any declined to receive it, and then it How does the network respond to handle that? So we haven’t seen any adverse reactions. And right now, the lists that we’re compiling to schedule folks are those that air coming forward, that air asking to be vaccinated. So we’re not actively asking individuals. Are you going to receive it or not? Because we’re prioritizing those covert unit, uh, individuals who are facing those patients. So on. Because this is day one, we don’t have good insight yet into what that’s gonna look like going forward. Yeah, Next time to cool. Ford has a follow up question. KDK. Hello. I just wanted to. Do you have a timeline on? You wanna have this first round of frontline workers vaccinated? I know some other health systems said by Christmas, by January, I wasn’t sure if you guys had a timeline. Right now, we were anticipating based on scheduling and availability. And all of the logistics, including the social distancing and required observations, were thinking the week of January 4th. Great. It looks like a Sarah Boden has another fall up. Yeah, actually, Nicole kind of asked my question, but to just follow up, that’s everyone in the hospital. Or just all medical workers are is that everyone in the hospital that will get vaccinated by January 4th. They’re only workers that are frontline workers on Lee, the priority one A. So then we’ll be moving into the other folks that air in the other units of the hospital. The other employees. Okay, so that would be like, let’s say you’re in oncology. You would be in the you wouldn’t be vaccinated by January 1st. Fourth, for example. Correct if you’re if you’re patient facing, but you’re not one of those priority covert facing individuals on one of those units. You’re gonna be in the next wave. So when do you think the next wave or everybody who’s a medical worker patient facing? Even if you’re a non CO it patient facing worker, What do you think? Everybody will be vaccinated. We would hope to be able to have that completed sometime end of January, beginning of February. Thank you. Okay, we’re gonna try Mike Rock, Nick. Third time. Hopefully, the third time’s a charm here for Mike. Are you on Mike? Uh huh. Sounds it. Sounds like you have a bad connection there. Mike. Brian Rightmyer. Did you fall up? Yes, if you can hear me. You hear me? Yeah. We can hear you. Yes. Okay. Wondering how many are in this first priority group. And are you gonna be focusing on their booster shot before going to other employees? Or are they? They remain the priority now and then also for the second shot. Yeah. So the number of I would have to look at the list to give you the exact number of folks that Aaron that priority. But the way the Pfizer vaccine is being distributed to us is that the first shot that they’re receiving for the first You know, this first dose is a separate shipment from what we will be receiving from Pfizer, which will then cover everyone for that second dose. So they’re actually it’s two independent shipments that we’ve been told by the state that will receive. Thank you. Paul Gough has a follow up. Paul? Yes? Hi. Um one. Do you have a plan? Any plans for the long term care facilities? That agent way don’t We don’t really have any, um that are under our purview. But we partner with those individuals so they’ll be covered by the program that the state is putting together for vaccination using pharmacists and pharmacies. Great. Thank you. And then three other question is for the communities of color and other underserved communities. What sort of the plan and the timing do you think? And what is h and specifically going to do to make, uh, Thio make that available? We have a process in place already were being very proactive. We have done this when we did did the testing. And so we’re very aware of where we need to be and to make sure that we’re making sure everyone gets a vaccine and has the opportunity to understand what the effects are. So, um, they won’t be getting that vaccine until it’s open to the general population like everyone else. Um, but we definitely have plans. And very proactive making sure that they’re educated and they have the opportunity. Thanks, Paul. Yes, I think you’re going to see in the weeks and the days and weeks ahead, Uh, some of the efforts at HN and Highmark health they’re gonna make in collaboration with our colleagues at the county health level and our peer institutions around the region in terms of reaching those, uh, those communities that Dr Larkin’s Pettigrew references Obviously high priority for everyone in this room and this organization toe to meet those needs in the in the coming weeks and months as we try to wind down this pandemic. With that, I’d like to thank everyone for joining us this morning. A lot of great questions. Just a reminder. You’ll see the link in the press release to the still photographs to the video B roll that we shot at our facility this morning or yesterday. I should say of our first of vaccine recipients. Everybody have a happy and healthy holiday. Stay safe. Thank you.
Coronavirus in Western Pa.: Over 105,000 cases in 14 counties, according to PA Dept. of Health
There are now over 105,000 confirmed or probable cases of coronavirus reported in the Western Pennsylvania area. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s latest numbers, here is the breakdown in Western Pennsylvania counties. Allegheny44,684 total cases (827 new cases)770 deaths reported by county Health Dept.Armstrong2,646 total cases (36 new cases)61 deathsBeaver6,894 total cases (301 new cases)203 deathsButler7,172 total cases (139 new cases)136 deathsClarion1,689 total cases (18 new cases)23 deathsFayette5,233 total cases (269 new cases)50 deathsForest185 total cases (4 new cases)2 deathsGreene1,224 total cases (17 new cases)9 deathsIndiana3,518 total cases (16 new cases)82 deathsLawrence3,429 total cases (42 new cases)95 deathsMercer4,834 total cases (83 new cases)86 deathsVenango1,841 total cases (38 new cases)27 deathsWashington7,153 total cases (135 new cases)103 deathsWestmoreland15,546 total cases (397 new cases)251 deaths reported by coronerCurrent hospitalization data is available at this link. Choose “Hospital Preparedness” at the bottom of the dashboard, then select a county from the drop-down menu in the upper right corner.Click the link below to view a statewide map with county-by-county details.The Allegheny County Health Department announced Friday that the county has had 44,684 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19, an increase of 827 cases from Thursday.Of the new cases, the county said 741 were confirmed from 2,625 PCR tests, which means that 28% of the tests were positive. The other 86 cases are probable.The county’s new cases range in age from 1 week to 98 years old, with a median age of 47. Dates of the positive tests range from Nov. 13 to Dec. 17, with 38 of the positive tests being more than a week old.To date, there have been 770 COVID-19 deaths in Allegheny County, according to local health officials.”There were 27 new deaths reported which include information imported by the state from the Electronic Death Reporting System (EDRS),” the county said. “The dates of death ranged from November 20 to December 17. Two people were in their 50s. Three people were in their 60s. Five people were in their 70s. Nine people were in their 80s. Eight people were in their 90s. Eleven deaths were associated with long-term care facilities.”Watch Allegheny County’s most recent news conference (Dec. 16) in the video above.Allegheny County released an interactive map that shows which municipalities in the county have confirmed cases, and how many cases each municipality has. Click here to view the map.Additional demographic information is available on the Allegheny County Health Department’s website.A map from the Pennsylvania Department of Health is available HERE.Get the latest local and national coronavirus headlines in our newsletter:ï»¿The Allegheny County Health Department has partnered with United Way 211 to offer a 24/7 hotline. Please call 888-856-2774 to speak with a representative.
There are now over 105,000 confirmed or probable cases of coronavirus reported in the Western Pennsylvania area.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s latest numbers, here is the breakdown in Western Pennsylvania counties.
- 44,684 total cases (827 new cases)
- 770 deaths reported by county Health Dept.
- 2,646 total cases (36 new cases)
- 61 deaths
- 6,894 total cases (301 new cases)
- 203 deaths
- 7,172 total cases (139 new cases)
- 136 deaths
- 1,689 total cases (18 new cases)
- 23 deaths
- 5,233 total cases (269 new cases)
- 50 deaths
- 185 total cases (4 new cases)
- 2 deaths
- 1,224 total cases (17 new cases)
- 9 deaths
- 3,518 total cases (16 new cases)
- 82 deaths
- 3,429 total cases (42 new cases)
- 95 deaths
- 4,834 total cases (83 new cases)
- 86 deaths
- 1,841 total cases (38 new cases)
- 27 deaths
- 7,153 total cases (135 new cases)
- 103 deaths
- 15,546 total cases (397 new cases)
- 251 deaths reported by coroner
Current hospitalization data is available at this link. Choose “Hospital Preparedness” at the bottom of the dashboard, then select a county from the drop-down menu in the upper right corner.
Click the link below to view a statewide map with county-by-county details.
The Allegheny County Health Department announced Friday that the county has had 44,684 confirmed or probable cases of COVID-19, an increase of 827 cases from Thursday.
Of the new cases, the county said 741 were confirmed from 2,625 PCR tests, which means that 28% of the tests were positive. The other 86 cases are probable.
The county’s new cases range in age from 1 week to 98 years old, with a median age of 47. Dates of the positive tests range from Nov. 13 to Dec. 17, with 38 of the positive tests being more than a week old.
To date, there have been 770 COVID-19 deaths in Allegheny County, according to local health officials.
“There were 27 new deaths reported which include information imported by the state from the Electronic Death Reporting System (EDRS),” the county said. “The dates of death ranged from November 20 to December 17. Two people were in their 50s. Three people were in their 60s. Five people were in their 70s. Nine people were in their 80s. Eight people were in their 90s. Eleven deaths were associated with long-term care facilities.”
Watch Allegheny County’s most recent news conference (Dec. 16) in the video above.
Allegheny County released an interactive map that shows which municipalities in the county have confirmed cases, and how many cases each municipality has. Click here to view the map.
Additional demographic information is available on the Allegheny County Health Department’s website.
A map from the Pennsylvania Department of Health is available HERE.
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The Allegheny County Health Department has partnered with United Way 211 to offer a 24/7 hotline. Please call 888-856-2774 to speak with a representative.